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Northeast Corridor

It’s primary week in PA, CT, MD and RI. Holy Hemiola! It’s starting to get exciting now. Some short takes coming up:

1.) I’m starting to notice some gloating amongst the Clintonistas on Twitter towards the Bernie people. Just wanted to say that I’ve run into some really nice Bernie supporters in the past couple of days while I’ve been canvassing. They want to be heard and they need space to decide how best to make this election season count. I’d hate to see us driving them away by telling them they have nowhere else to go because that’s not true. They can always stay home in November. I doubt that Hillary will take any vote for granted because you never know what could happen in the days ahead. It’s dangerous to look too far into the future. So, if you feel like taunting a Bernie person, show some discipline and don’t.

2.) Did you see Hillary’s quick and deadly strike against Charles Koch yesterday when he said it almost might be better to vote for Hillary than whoever the Republican nominee is? Here it is:

Hillary Clinton Retweeted This Week

Not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate science and try to make it harder for people to vote.

All righty then. Things don’t necessarily go better with Koch.

I’d say that was pretty unambiguous, in case there was anyone out there stupid enough to believe she’d sell us out for Koch money.

3.) Nick Kristof wrote a tepid column yesterday about how Hillary was not dishonest… probably. (Note to self: never ask Nick Kristof for a recommendation) He also admits that the media gloms onto narratives and it can’t seem to let go of them. This has been unfair to Clinton. Then he immediately pivots into the newest narrative- she’s infuriating:

It’s true, of course, that Clinton is calculating — all politicians are, but she more than some. She has adjusted her positions on trade and the minimum wage to scrounge for votes, just as Sanders adjusted his position on guns.

Sanders’s positions seem less focus-group tested than Clinton’s, and she can be infuriatingly evasive. Partly that’s because she’s more hawkish than some Democrats, and partly that’s because she realizes she’s likely to face general election voters in November and is preserving wiggle room so she can veer back to the center then.

Does that make her scheming and unprincipled? Perhaps, but synonyms might be “pragmatic” and “electable.” That’s what presidential candidates do.

Then there’s the question of Clinton raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from speeches to Goldman Sachs and other companies. For a person planning to run for president, this was nuts. It also created potential conflicts of interest, but there’s no sign of any quid pro quo (in a broader sense, companies write checks to buy access and influence, but if that’s corrupt then so is our entire campaign finance system). Bill Clinton, Colin Powell and other prominent figures were speaking for high fees, so she probably thought she could get away with it as well.

It goes on from there.

Nevermind that Obama took oodles of money from Wall Street in 2007-2008 and had some very cosy meetings with the bankers who proceeded to flood his campaign coffers in February 2008 right after Super Tuesday, which he did not win, by the way. But why take my word for some of this? Check out this page on Frontline about Obama’s friendship with Wall Street and how he appeared to protect them from punishment.

Can we see his transcripts??

By the way, remember the telecom immunity bill that Clinton voted against in 2008? Of course we don’t. The Big Orange Satan told us that she voted against that in order to make Obama look bad for voting for it. {{rolling eyes}} And she also snuck some Banker squirming amendments into the bailout bill.

But I digress.

What I found really amusing about Nick Kristof’s column was that John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon used almost the exact same words to describe Hillary in the latest edition of Political Gabfest. Yeah, go listen. I was stunned when I was reading Kristof’s piece because it was like I had already heard it. So, this is the new narrative. Hillary is infuriating. Oooo, let’s let her get under our skin for being a human being who does and says things that are less than perfect and for not catering specifically to us.

My question is, where were they all together when they heard these words, absorbed them, and decided to disseminate them as if on cue?

Plus, listen to Emily, John and David go on and on about how the regular Northeast Corridor Amtrak train doesn’t have the same smell as the Acela. The regular train smells like students and academics and regular people. No special reason for bringing it up, they just noticed it. I’ve taken both trains but perhaps my sense of smell is not so refined. I never noticed a difference in cleaning products aromas.

Do they have any idea how they sound??

‘gits.

4.) Finally, the sixth season of Game of Thrones began last night and it looks like the women have had enough and aren’t going to take it anymore. Don’t get on the wrong side of a Sand Snake. In one of the best scenes from last night, Brienne of Tarth rides to the rescue of Sansa Stark, who is probably starting to realize she needs to learn how to use a sword like her sister Arya. Looks like the women of Westeros are deciding they have to look after themselves. Will Sansa start acting like a Lord of the North? Time will tell. Nine more episodes to go.

 

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Charlotte Speaks

charlottes-webIf you aren’t a current listener of Slate’s Political Gabfest podcast, this latest edition, “Corey’s Gory Story” may not make you a faithful subscriber but it is very revealing.

The three panelists are David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. I hesitate to call them friends because I suspect that David Plotz, the “host”, is secretly hated (or not so secretly) by the other two. He has an odd habit of saying inappropriate things, insulting Emily, pissing off Dickerson and revealing himself to be one of those third wayers that doesn’t really have a defined set of beliefs. He just wants everyone to get along in a way that inconveniences him the least.

So, anyway, after going over the Trump crap on abortion and other recent news, they dive into Hillary vs Bernie and Bazelon says that Bernie is the wrong opponent for Hillary this year because all the “faux” revolutionary fervor is residing with Bernie and not with Hillary. They all agree that Hillary is just not exciting. She’ll never be revolutionary (someday we should discuss slow evolution vs punctuated evolution. I’ll take the latter). Right, like the first female president wouldn’t be a lot more revolutionary than all of the previous male candidates that came before. That’s as far as I’m going to go with the “historical precedent” argument for Hillary’s nomination and election. She’s simply the best candidate on either side of the aisle, she laps her opponents and if you can’t bring yourself to vote for her, you will necessarily have to vote for someone who is significanly less well qualified to be president, Bernie notwithstanding. These are facts. You might not like them but there they are.

But the Gabfest trio laments that she is not exciting. {{sigh}}.

And then, a rare moment of truth.

David Plotz moves on to some recent speech Obama gave where he criticized the press for giving Trump too much airtime and boosting his numbers unfairly. Well, get the smelling salts. Plotz was enraged. Why? Because, he says, Obama owes his nomination and presidency to them, the very same journalists that he is now criticizing. We were totally in the tank for him, Plotz says. In other words, he owes them. He has no right to criticize them. They MADE Obama.

Go to the 40 minute mark and you will be gob smacked by the angry truth. Plotz says that the worst example of presidential campaign coverage is not 2016. It was 2008 specifically because of what the media intentionally did to benefit Obama.  It’s refreshing to finally hear it but it’s also cold because we will never know how much of a difference it would have made if they had just done their jobs critically and honestly.

I think we can all agree that this is what we witnessed in 2008. Obama could do no wrong. Everything he did or didn’t do was covered favorably. Anything Hillary did was picked to pieces, made to look sinister and calculating, and was portrayed in the most negative light possible. So, thank you David Plotz for laying it all out so clearly.

Now, put this together with the podcast of Jill Abramson with Glenn Thrush at Politico last week. Glenn asks Jill, have you ever gotten the feeling that journalists aren’t allowed to say or write nice things about Hillary? Glenn says people who write about Hillary without being negative are criticized by their peers.

Ok, so here’s the scenario we are now facing: Donald Trump may have damaged himself this week because he blurted out what the right wing religious and proud penis wavers have been thinking all along. But there’s still a good chance that he can win the nomination. And if he wins the nomination, he’s probably going to go up against a candidate that the media has spent years flogging for no discernably good reason other than “everyone else is doing it”.

Couple that with the frenzy of feel good, overly emotional, “terrific”, “some pig!” coverage that Obama got in 2008 by a posse of upper middle class, ivy league, “journalists” who will never have to go on Obamacare or worry about whether they have enough money to retire on or whether they can pay for their kids’ educations. They pushed Obama on us with relentless pressure, called his supporters “creative class”, by which they intend to include themselves in the typical over estimation of their own abilities, and deliberately, and to this day, mischaracterize Hillary’s supporters as not just older but downright OLD, less well educated, less energetic, less technologically able.

Is it any wonder, Emily Bazelon, that Hillary’s campaign looks and feels post coital?*

You guys had better do something fast. Now that you freely admit that you have the power to make just about anyone look good, including the moderate, right of center, lackluster Democrat with very little practical experience that you got elected and, more importantly, protected for the last eight years, you know what you have to do. Start doing it. Quit the “Oh, woe is us, what can we do?” moaning about Trump.

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On another note:

Richard Gannon of Spartan Life Coach did a video hypothesizing “what if Donald Trump is a psychopathic narcissist?” It’s just a bit of exploration and I’m sure he’s not the only one who’s tried to figure out if The Donald has Cluster B Anti-social personality traits.

Pay particular attention to what he says about narcissists projecting their fury on people who they perceive as weak. You might be living your life, minding your own business, have a nice career and nest egg, and think everything is fine and dandy. But if you have the bad luck to fall out of that for any reason, watch out. Narcissists will be the first ones to kick you when you’re down.

Is this Trump?

Do you really want to find out?

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* To me, Hillary’s 2008 campaign was exciting. It had plenty of ups and downs and she started to really hit her stride and gave her best speeches when the Obots told her to drop out after she kept winning primaries in big states that I guess they felt Obama was entitled to.

This year, I get the feeling that she is playing it very safe and hewing so closely to Obama that she is turning off the people who supported her in 2008 and the people who did not benefit from the Obama years at. all.  They’ve had 8 long years of having Obama shoved down their throats and got nothing for it. They’re sick of it.

It seems to be the same journalists who perhaps feeling a bit like they bought the most expensive house in a bad neighborhood in 2008, that are forcing her to reassure them that they are still creative and amazing and young and beautiful. They want her to tell them that promoting Obama, not reporting on the skullduggery in the Democratic primary and convention process with any vigor, and gently lifting him over the threshold to the nomination in 2008 was the right thing to do.

This is forcing her to really crimp her style because she never was the kind of moderate, Reagan loving, “can’t we all get along?” guy that Obama was. If they want excitement, they’re going to have to stop applying the brake to her message and try to report on her honestly. Just because it’s truthy to portray her as a scheming, dishonest, collection of everything that is wrong with lady politicians (which means everything, from her hair to her pantsuits to her laugh to her wrinkles), doesn’t make you journalists. And I think we all see that now pretty clearly. We can’t lay the blame for this all on Rush Limbaugh, may he meet his own Charlotte someday.

I keep saying it over and over. What we are seeing today is a legacy of what happened in 2008 when the first party to implode was the Democrats who jettisoned their “old coalition” for a shiny new model. Big Mistake. YUGE.

 

Sunday Morning Rude Awakening

reyRey. Last name Solo or Skywalker? (I’m leaning towards Solo)

Hey, do you remember when Tweety said that the only reason why Hillary Clinton got into the senate was because people felt sorry for her? Ah la-la-la! Those were the days. I remember watching one of her senate debates when my news channels came from NY and she always deftly creamed her opponents. In 2007, she hesitated about telling other candidates that they had just repeated exactly what she just said. Not anymore. She called Bernie out last night after he repeated less eloquently her plan for stabilizing the middle east.

She has learned well. We won’t say the Force is with her yet, mostly because she’s leaning too heavily on those data models. I don’t know anyone who wants to work for themselves and my personal experience with profit sharing is that it sucks and is no substitute for a living wage or income stability.

Oh, and the best way to fix the ACA? Price controls. JMHO. I know, nobody wants to talk about it but it’s the crucial piece that is missing from the US healthcare system that every other successful system in the world thinks is a no-brainer.

Which means we have no brains.

Anyway, that’s not what I wanted to talk about. I wanted to talk about Political GabFest, Slate’s political podcast. I checked it out last night because I wanted to find something boring to listen to so I could fall asleep. Turns out it’s better than I thought and I spent the night paying attention.

The hosts are John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon. Emily Bazelon breaks down the Supreme Court’s upcoming cases. There’s a lot of tension between the hosts. They seem fairly well informed and not too dogmatic, except I didn’t really understand Emily’s take on renaming the Woodrow Wilson School in Princeton. She’s missing the point of Princeton, which is about as traditional as you can get. I’m not saying it’s good. But it is where we get our titans of Wall Street and they have legacies, and eating clubs. Woodrow Wilson’s recent fall from grace could mean that the school gets renamed the Goldman-Sachs School. Be careful what you wish for, Em.

In general, Political GabFest gets a thumbs up. And I don’t even read Slate all that often. Binge listening gave me insight into how gobsmacked these three are by the two decade culmination of events. If you’ve been an outsider for the last 4 election cycles, well, you already know how bad things are. But if you’ve been hobnobbing with the in-crowd, even if you’re technically a lefty, the turn that Americans have made towards indiscriminate hatred and cruelty can come as a bit of a surprise.

I had my first “No shit Sherlock” moment when they started to talk about how Trump’s popularity seems to be resilient the more crazy his talk is. (see this week’s The Chaos Candidate and Is he Mussolini or Hitler?) Are they starting to sense a Dark Triad forming? That’s where three personality disorders, antisocial, narcissistic and Machiavellian come together. Can we compare Donald Trump’s rise to Mussolini or Hitler without violating Godwin’s law? I’m afraid we must. I’m going with Mussolini. We don’t see the cruelty yet.

But they’re shocked that things have gone this far without any brake on his outrageous talk. In fact, the more outrageous he is, the more support he seems to be getting. That’s starting to alarm them and they think it might be due to the amount of reinforcement he is getting from the right wing media. It says lies and repeats those lies over and over again and they start to stick. And that’s really scary. Shouldn’t someone do something??

It’s almost like the journalism world is finally waking up to the way things really are. Like they’re finally understanding Jon Stewart’s plea on CrossFire to stop because it’s hurting America. It’s all fun and games to bash liberals, treat politics as a horse race, do the “earth is round?, opinions differ” stories until the truth is no longer recognizable and people honestly can not tell how far they have strayed from where we were 20 years ago.

Will it stop them from mechanically whaling on Hillary Clinton because everyone else is doing it? I don’t know but Emily B. did actually start to see Clinton as having “warm” and “human” qualities when Hillary was testifying before Congress regarding Benghazi.

She was surprised at this?

Oh, that’s right. For the past 22 years, we’ve had to put up with the Sally Quinn’s and Tweety’s painting this image of Hillary Clinton as being a cold, calculating, unpleasant, humorless opportunist. Turns out that when you actually start to pay attention, because she is one of the few candidates this campaign whose qualifications and experience have to be taken seriously, then you start to realize that maybe, just maybe, you’ve been lied to. But it is a universal truth that every Mean Girl Queen Bee knows that if you keep repeating lies and distortions, deliberately mischaracterize a person’s intentions and actions, and mock them relentlessly, the target’s actual behavior, while being perfectly normal, can almost be seen to be completely at odds with what you’ve been told. You’ve got to re-evaluate. Maybe you’ve been wrong.

Maybe the right has too much influence and can scare monger indiscriminately. Maybe they’ve taken things too far.

In the world of high control groups, we call this “waking up”. Now, if we could only get some of the other journalists to do this, acknowledge that they’ve been the unwitting flying monkeys of some people with dark intentions, and reverse course as quickly as possible. There’s more at stake than Hillary’s presidency.

Trump is a bad moon on the rise.