2016 Presidential election campaign

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In last Sat. Nat Post, Diane Francis predicts that Trump may so damage the Clintons,so that Sanders may win. Lefties may not like Francis (or the Nat'l Post) but she has good experience and often insight.


[url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/bernie-sanders-will-be-sworn-i... course, it's hopeless for Sanders, and Clinton will inevitably win:[/url]

Bernie Sanders will be sworn in as our nation's 45th president. I explain why Sanders wins the Democratic nomination and presidency in my recent appearance on The Thom Hartmann Program. If you've disagreed with my thought process in the past, just watch the segment and you'll understand why Bernie Sanders is the true Democratic front-runner. American politicians don't set records with 2.3 million contributions (breaking Obama's record), draw crowds of over 100,000 people several months after announcing, and raise more money than every GOP candidate without massive political momentum. Furthermore, nobody in American politics goes from 5.3% support in the Democratic Primary race on March 9, 2015 to over 30% support in December, without media attention (Sanders gets 1/23th the television coverage of Trump) and with pundits giving the candidate little chance of success. The underlying data (money raised, attendance at events, social media popularity) undermines the polling data showing Clinton leading by a wide margin. Remember, Clinton was up by a similar margin over Obama in 2007.


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In last Sat. Nat Post, Diane Francis predicts that Trump may so damage the Clintons,so that Sanders may win. Lefties may not like Francis (or the Nat'l Post) but she has good experience and often insight.

That's where Sanders may fall down is in playing too nice with Clinton. If Bernie can't expose Clinton's lying and blatant opportunism during the primaries, the Republicans will do so in the general election.


Muslim Woman Ejected From Donald Trump Rally


"US police escorted a Muslim woman wearing a hijab from Donald Trump's campaign event, after she stood up in silent protest during the Republican presidential front-runner's speech.

Rose Hamid, 56, who was sitting in the stands behind Trump in the rally held in Rock Hill, South Carolina, stood up when the billionaire businessman suggested that Syrian refugees were affiliated with the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

Trump commented on Hamid as she was being kicked out of the event. 'There is hatred against us that is unbelievable. It's their hatred, it's not our hatred.'

CNN: Rose Hamid Interview


"They were saying ugly things."


Panic in Latvia: Trump Will Hand Ukraine, Syria and the Baltics To Putin


"Hysteria about the possible choice of Americans in 2016 is gaining momentum in Latvia. A well-known Latvian politician and economist Uldis Osis said that if Trump wins the presidential elections, Washington will give the Baltics to Russia, along with Syria and Ukraine.

The Latvian politician hopes that 'Americans don't go mad,' but believes that most likely they will. Trump, he says has already promised that he will..."


Ted Cruz gets burned by the birther fires he stoked




Three Theories Of Donald Trump’s Rise

We put more stock in Theories 2 and 3.



Noam Chomsky: Electing the President of the Empire (and vid)


Abby Martin interviews Noam Chomsky

'...The spectrum is basically centre to extreme right. Extreme right. Way off the spectrum...'


[url=http://commondreams.org/news/2016/01/10/sanders-and-clinton-neck-and-nec... competitive with Clinton in key states:[/url]

Just weeks ahead of the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are neck-and-neck, polls released Sunday reveal.

In New Hampshire, Sanders is backed by 50 percent—a four point lead over Clinton, who has 46 percent, according to surveys from NBC/The Wall Street Journal/Marist.

In Iowa, Clinton has 48 percent, compared to 45 percent for Sanders.

In both states, the gap between Sanders and Clinton fell within the poll's margin of error. Conducted between January 2 and 7 among 422 likely Democratic caucus-goers, the Iowa survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.8 percent. The New Hampshire survey of 425 probable Democratic primary voters had the same margin of error.

"Turning to the general election," the poll summary notes, "when Clinton and Sanders are each matched against, Trump, Cruz, or Rubio, Sanders does better than Clinton among registered voters in both Iowa and New Hampshire."


Donald Trump's Abuse of Power

The Republican frontrunner asks security to take coats from protestors, and then turn them out into the freezing cold.




Apparently there is a new NBC-WSJ poll out saying Sanders and Clinteon are tied in both NH & Iowa.


Go Donald Go! Laughing

Imploding the GOP: Republican convention is destined for chaos, and that’s exactly what Democrats want

Nightmare scenario for Republicans as they'll likely enter convention without a candidate locking up the nomination




'Who the hell wants to woo her!': Donald Trump renews attacks on Megyn Kelly ahead of Fox News debate



Realistically is it too late for other Democrats to enter their nomination race? I am thinking about Elizabeth Warren.


Watch Donald Trump Smile as Supporters Chant ‘Hillary For Prison’



This poll will terrify both the Democrats and the GOP  Laughing

Trump Could Win It All

A new survey shows a sizable number of Democrats ready to defect from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump.



CNN’s John King:

Hillary Clinton Campaign Must be “Nervous” if They’re Using Bill on the Campaign Trail [Video]



The Empire and Terrorism, The Trump Phenomenon (and podcast)


"Eric Draitser of stopimperialism.org appears on WPFW 89.3 FM Washington DC (Jan 8, 2016) with Marcel Cartier to discuss the refugee issue, global terrorism and the role of the US and the Empire in fomenting this. Eric and Marcel also spend a significant time discussing Donald Trump's rise to presidential frontrunner..."


Trump is looking more and more like he has a lock on the GOP nomination.


And in other news Sanders has now pulled into the lead in both NH & Iowa.


Quinnipiac poll: Sanders surges to retake lead in Iowa



2016 Primary Forecasts

The odds and polls for presidential primaries and caucuses, updated daily.

According to our latest polls-plus forecast, Hillary Clinton has a 53% chance of winning the New Hampshire primary.

According to our latest polls-plus forecast, Hillary Clinton has a 73% chance of winning the Iowa caucuses.

According to our latest polls-plus forecast, Donald Trump has a 39% chance of winning the New Hampshire primary.

According to our latest polls-plus forecast, Ted Cruz has a 49% chance of winning the Iowa caucuses.



The Great Forgetting  -  by Chris Hedges


"Presidential candidate Donald Trump may be brash, narcissistic, stupid, racist and elitest, but he does not have Hillary Clinton's carefully honed and chilly amoral artifice. It was she, and an ethically bankrupt liberal establishment, that created the fertile groupd for Trump by fleecing the citizens on behalf of corporations and imposing the neoliberal project.

Trump and Clinton, along with fellow candidate Bernie Sanders, refuse to admit what they know: Our most basic civil and political rights have been taken from us. The corporate oligarchy will remain entrenched in power no matter who wins the presidency, and elections are a carnival act..."


Great speech by Obama tonite on his final State of the Union address. Must have fired up the Democratic base and reminded many of them why they voted for him even if many don't feel he delivered.

 What a huge shakeup we would have if Bernie wins the Presidency but I doubt the big boys would ever allow that to happen.


His former professor was quite revealing about how big of a of sleazeball Cruz actually is. 


Under Ted Cruz’s own logic, he’s ineligible for the White House

When Cruz was my constitutional law student at Harvard, he aced the course after making a big point of opposing my views in class — arguing stridently for sticking with the “original meaning” against the idea of a more elastic “living Constitution” whenever such ideas came up. I enjoyed jousting with him, but Ted never convinced me — nor did I convince him.

At least he was consistent in those days. Now, he seems to be a fair weather originalist, abandoning that method’s narrow constraints when it suits his ambition.

By the time another president takes office, three of the Supreme Court’s sitting members will have passed the age of 80 and one will be nearly 84. Cruz’s public pronouncements about the kinds of justices he would appoint suggest that his litmus test would filter out any jurist who views the Constitution as flexible enough to reflect accumulated experience and changed perspectives. Unless, it seems, that kind of jurist would rule in a way Cruz favors on one or another issue crucial to him — like his eligibility to serve as president. Because a rigid “originalism” tends not to favor women’s rights or gay rights, I wouldn’t count on a Cruz appointee to be open-minded on such matters.



Hillary Clinton Races to Close Enthusiasm Gap With Bernie Sanders in Iowa



Gotta love the GOP as they sure know how to get donations, eh!  Frown

Heart doctors outraged Florida dumps hospital standards after big gifts to GOP



Obama's Final State of the Union: Lies, Evasions and Threats


"The final State of the Union speech delivered Tuesday night by President Barack Obama was a demonstration of the incapacity of the American political system to deal honestly or seriously with a single social question..."


Clinton in 2008: Democrats should stick together over Healthcare

Clinton in 2016: Clinton attacks Sanders over Healthcare

Hypocrite much!

Hillary is sounding more and more like Ted Cruz. 


Brooks Borks Cruz

A deceptive attack on the former solicitor general.



Trump’s Birther Attack on Ted Cruz Is Landing in Iowa  Laughing



I agree.

Don’t underestimate the power of Trump’s rage-fueled rise



Bernie Sanders Will Win the Democratic Nomination and Presidency in a Landslide


Mr. Magoo

It's flattering that they're taking a page from rabble's book.

"ONT NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will become Premier of Ontario".


79% of moveon.org members support Sanders over Clinton. That is even higher than the support moveon.org members had for Obama.

Why Moveon endorsed Bernie Sanders


Mr. Magoo

If they'd all be willing to relocate to Iowa it could be a lead-pipe cinch.


It's beginning to look more like bye, bye Ted. Two strikes and you are out. First, being a Canadian citizen, and now this.

Ted Cruz Didn’t Disclose Loan From Goldman Sachs for His First Senate Campaign

As Ted Cruz tells it, the story of how he financed his upstart campaign for the United States Senate four years ago is an endearing example of loyalty and shared sacrifice between a married couple.

“Sweetheart, I’d like us to liquidate our entire net worth, liquid net worth, and put it into the campaign,” he says he told his wife, Heidi, who readily agreed.

But the couple’s decision to pump more than $1 million into Mr. Cruz’s successful Tea Party-darling Senate bid in Texas was made easier by a large loan from Goldman Sachs, where Mrs. Cruz works. That loan was not disclosed in campaign finance reports.

Those reports show that in the critical weeks before the May 2012 Republican primary, Mr. Cruz — currently a leading contender for his party’s presidential nomination — put “personal funds” totaling $960,000 into his Senate campaign. Two months later, shortly before a scheduled runoff election, he added more, bringing the total to $1.2 million — “which is all we had saved,” as Mr. Cruz described it in an interview with The New York Times several years ago.




What Happens If Donald Trump Actually Wins New Hampshire?



Caught!  Frown

Ted Cruz Says He May Amend U.S. Financial Disclosures to Show Loans to 2012 Senate Campaign

The Texas senator did not properly report two campaign loans to the FEC during his 2012 campaign, according to a report in the New York Times.

On the campaign trail, Cruz often rails against Wall Street bailouts, and recently has launched an attack on Republican front-runner Donald Trump for what Cruz calls his "New York values."



Clinton attacks produce windfall of campaign cash for Sanders



Poll: Donald Trump Widens His Lead in Republican Presidential Race

Businessman tops Sen. Ted Cruz by 13 points in WSJ/NBC poll with less than three weeks to go before the first votes




Beginning to appear that it will be a Clinton-Trump contest for the White House. What a mess!

Mr. Magoo

I certainly don't "like" Donald Trump.  But insofar as he seems to have dominated the Republican side of things, I really do appreciate that he's not playing with a deck of 52 "Jesus" cards.

Is he obnoxious?  A blowhard?  A bully?  A priveleged white guy?  Sure.  But you'd get all that [i]and more[/i] with some Mike Huckabee type.  Maybe lack of Jesus stuff will end up being his Achilles' Heel.  Maybe you can't get the Republican nod if you don't start with a pious prayer.  But it's nice to see a mostly secular asshole for once.


I agree but it is discouraging to see some of these GOP clowns seriously running for the position of USA president. God help us if they ever succeeded. Laughing


Not sure it is gonna happen but if Sanders wins NH & Iowa does he have room to grow? Maybe his being an Independent until joining the Democrats in '15 might be a bonus as many voters are not big fans of party politics. Any possibility Obama would endorse Sanders?

Mr. Magoo

I agree but it is discouraging to see some of these GOP clowns seriously running for the position of USA president. God help us if they ever succeeded.

Well, it's surely no feel-good moment.  But if they were barred from participation on the basis of "being clowns" (even as it's clear that they resonate well with some voters) then that might be more of a concern.

To me it's a bit like seeing photos of some guy's wedding to an Anime body pillow.  On the one hand, is this what we've been fighting for for all these years?  The right of someone to "marry" their "waifu" from some cartoon they like?  On the other hand, what better evidence of freedom could we need?  When it comes to setting boundaries for freedom, the wackier the better. :)


Trump is quite effective and I hope for the Democrat's sake he is not the GOP candidate.

In the debate tonite Cruz took some shots at Trump, but Trump however waited until right moment and then squished Cruz like a bug over his derogatory New York, New York comments. Trump described the rebuilding effort by New Yorkers after the World Trade Centre came down and told Cruz his comments were very insulting. It was the perfect response.


For those that missed this evil Yanqui clown-show, get the popcorn and maybe a big fattie too...




A terrifying GOP debate: Amid all the fearmongering and lies, Donald Trump came out on top

The Fox Business debate was the worst one yet, and it was all to the benefit of the loudmouth GOP frontrunner



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