Friday, December 9, 2016

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Hillary Clinton was asked a very straightforward question at the first Democratic Presidential debate. Of course, her answer was not straightforward.

“Will you say anything to get elected?”

The short answer is yes. We’ve seen her flip flop on seemingly every issue over the course of her political career. Immigration, gay marriage, gun control, and –most recently– the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Her unedited answer:

Well, actually, I have been very consistent. Over the course of my entire life, I have always fought for the same values and principles, but, like most human beings — including those of us who run for office — I do absorb new information. I do look at what’s happening in the world.

So, you changed your mind because…you changed your mind. Hillary would have us believe that the truth is subjective; much like the rest of the Left. Consider their position on life. Animals are protected better than people because life does not begin at conception, right?

Hillary Clinton has changed her mind based on the polls and it is easy to see. Her positions always change to the “popular” consensus.

People want gay marriage? She signs off on it despite having said years ago she believes marriage to be between a man and a woman.

In 2012, she supported the President and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Now, it is an election year and she opposes it. Maybe because of how, Bernie Sanders, her Democratic competition is against the TPP?

She continues to switch to the more liberal viewpoint on each issue each time.

Hillary wants votes, not a better government. She wants a title, not a better country. If she cannot even agree with herself for more than a few years, how is she going to steer the country back in the right direction? How is she going to set up the president coming after her to work on anything except cleaning up her mess?

We see through your buzzwords and politicizing, Hillary Clinton. We need a leader, not a reality show contestant.

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Kim Davis has become a notable figure for Christian conservatives–and now, it looks like two presidential candidates are fighting over who gets to claim her, to score political points.

When Davis was released from jail earlier this week, both former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas were in attendance–and seemed to fight over who got to stand next to her, and who got to claim victory for her release.

Both Huckabee and Cruz are competing for similar factions of the Republican Party in their fight to become President–namely, the Christian conservative wing.

But in the fight over Davis, Huckabee clearly came out ahead–thanks to a crafty staffer, who physically blocked Cruz from intruding on any of the photos, which were splashed across the media this week.

According to The New York Times:

“When Senator Cruz exited the jail a throng of journalists beckoned him toward their microphones, but an aide to Mr. Huckabee blocked the path of Mr. Cruz, who appeared incredulous.

“Moments later, Mr. Huckabee appeared, joined by Ms. Davis. He stuck close to her side as she approached the reporters, and again when she took the stage, and cast her fight as a choice of tyranny or religious freedom.”

Davis, the county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, had been jailed for just under a week after being found in contempt of court. Davis had refused to offer marriage licenses after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide in June. At the time she was jailed, she had already been previously told that she would have to start issuing licenses or suffer legal penalties.

She chose the latter, obviously–with the full backing of many conservatives. Including Mike Huckabee, who got plenty of photo ops with Davis, and Ted Cruz, who did not.

After her release, Davis returned to her job as the county clerk–after she agreed to let her deputies issue all marriage licenses in Rowan County. Despite the controversial nature of her stance, Davis is an elected official, meaning she can’t be fired, but must be voted out of office by the county residents.

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Hillary should be in full-on panic: the “inevitable” Democratic presidential candidate is now losing in a head-to-head poll against that “unelectable” Donald Trump.

The surprising poll from SurveyUSA has Hillary garnering just 40% of the vote, to Trump’s 45%.

Those numbers show that Hillary’s bruising email server scandal is having a real impact on her popularity and her poll numbers–but it also hint that Donald Trump might be more than the flash in the pan that many in the media have dismissed him as.

It also shows that, far from having his fifteen minutes of fame during the summer “silly season,” Trump in fact continues to strengthen, even after a number of controversies like his feud with Megyn Kelly and his debate performance, which may have wounded other candidates.

But unfortunately for Democrats, the election problems don’t seem to end with Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump leads every other major Democrat running for President as well–and not by small numbers, either.

Trump leads Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) 44% to 40%, as well. Against Vice President Joe Biden, he leads 44%-42% and against former Vice President Al Gore, who has been hinted at considering another run for the White House, he leads 44%-41%.

Over the past few months, Trump has begun to solidify support among Republicans–growing his lead to double digits in the polls.

Time will tell if Trump manages to make it through what will certainly be a grueling primary season, or if Democrats will work to improve their numbers–but if the election was held today, it’s clear that Trump holds all the cards, and that the Democrats are starting to panic over their lackluster slate of candidates.

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Donald Trump is steaming over what he considered to be a “gotcha” question–but Carly Fiorina stepped up and knocked the question out of the park.

On an interview about foreign policy with Hugh Hewitt on Thursday, the Republican frontrunner was asked by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt about General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s “Quds forces,” and how the Iranian nuclear deal would affect Iran’s military strength.

Trump began talking about the Kurds, the ethnic minority in northern Iraq, Syria, and southern Turkey instead–before Hewitt stepped in to correct him.

“Oh,” Trump replied. “I thought you said Kurds” instead of Quds.

He later slammed the conservative radio host, calling him “third-rate.”

“Well, that is a gotcha question, though,” Trump later said. “I will be so good at the military, your head will spin. But obviously, I’m not meeting these people. I’m not seeing these people… it sounded like gotcha. You’re asking me names that, I think it’s somewhat ridiculous, but that’s okay.”

Fiorina, however, when asked a similar question during her own interview with Hewitt–and had a very different response.

“We know that the general of the Quds force has been a powerful tool of the Iranian regime to sow conflict,” she explained to Hewitt. “The Iranian deal – which sadly, has just been approved by Congress – starts a massive flow of money, and that money is going to be used not only to build up an Iranian nuclear weapon – which they have been hell-bent on getting for thirty years – that money is also going to go to the Quds forces, going to go Hezbollah. It’s going to go to all of Iran’s proxies, which is why I’ve said to you on other occasions, Hugh, that we have to stop the money flow.”

While Fiorina agreed that, like Trump, she also “can get confused a bit between the name and group because they sound a bit alike,” she defend Hewitt for asking the question in the first place.

“I don’t think they’re ‘gotcha questions’ at all,” she said. “The questions you’re asking are at the heart of the threat that we face, that our ally, Israel, faces, that the world faces. It is critically important that America lead again in the world. It is critically important that we have a leader in the White House who understands the world and who’s in it and how it works.”

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This might be one of the saddest campaign events of all time: Hillary Clinton’s campaign hosted a “watch party” event in Marshalltown, Iowa, and only five people showed up.

The event was meant to gather Hillary supporters together, so they could watch her “official” campaign launch on TV.

The official launch itself was hosted on Roosevelt Island in New York City, and curiously came more than two months she started her campaign.

After the disastrous event in Iowa, media pundits are in full-blown panic: what happens if the American people just really don’t care about their annointed candidate, Hillary Clinton?

Even CNN, which like most of the mainstream media has been awfully friendly to Hillary so far in the election cycle, is starting to see the writing on the wall.

CNN reporter Fredricka Whitfield called the event “pitiful,” and, through laughter, joked that the event was “not really looking very exciting.”

And another CNN reporter, Jeff Zeleny–who covered the event itself–wondered if this isn’t the beginning of trouble for the Democrats.

“The real question here, is the enthusiasm going to be out there for Democrats. I’m at a watch party here and Iowa, and only six people, which includes one staffer, were actually at it…”

Democrats have every reason to worry.

For a candidate that’s essentially running for her party’s nomination unchallenged, it’s not a good sign that she inspires such little enthusiasm from voters–especially in Iowa, which is arguably the most important state of the presidential primaries.

With no realistic alternatives to Hillary for the Democratic nomination, it’s very likely that she’ll be on the ballot next November.
But, with a strong and deep Republican bench running for President, it’s highly likely that she’ll face a tough challenger. If she can’t energize the Democratic base like Barack Obama did in 2008 and 2012–but if her Republican challenger can energize the GOP’s base–she’s in big trouble.

Of course, one event is just one event. But if it’s indicative of a larger problem with her enthusiasm gap, Hillary has an uphill path to the White House. It’s going to take more than 5 votes to get her there.

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