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Can’t wait for the election to be done so that Trump and Jeb! can finally hit the road with their long-delayed stage act.

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I will never fully understand how party panjandrums so often push for obviously inferior candidates.

Here’s a recent poll that will surprise few, and make this blog’s contributors feel pleasantly vindicated in our continuing puzzlement over why the heck the Democrats put forward Hillary as our standard-bearer.

In the race for the White House, the most recent national survey of likely voters from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind finds Democrat Hillary Clinton with a ten-point lead over Republican Donald Trump. However, if Clinton were instead facing Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, the race would be a statistical dead heat. If Trump were up against Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, he would fare even worse than he is against the former Secretary of State.

Right now, half of all likely voters (50%) say that if the election were held today, they would vote for Clinton. Forty percent would vote for Trump. When third-party candidates are included among the list of candidates, Clinton and Trump both experience a four percent reduction in support  – Clinton to 46 percent and Trump to 36 percent…

A far more competitive landscape emerges if the presidential candidates are Clinton vs. Pence, rather than Clinton vs. Trump. When asked who they favor if the choices were Clinton and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Clinton’s lead is all but erased. The same number say they would support Pence (46%) as those who would vote for Clinton (47%)…

Conversely, if Trump were going up against Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, his prospects would dim even further. The ten percentage point gap among likely voters that separates him from Clinton would grow to sixteen points (39% v. 55%, respectively). In this matchup, the Democrats pick up support among women (63%) and independents (52%)…

When pitted against each other, in a hypothetical race that makes both the vice-presidential candidates the presidential candidates, the Democrats continue to dominate, but by a slightly smaller margin. Forty-nine percent say they would support Kaine, with 41 percent backing Pence.


For a man with generally excellent political instincts, it was remarkable to see how he stumbled when Hillary ran for President back in 2008, and some of the stumbles he’s been making lately.  To wit:

Bill Clinton criticized President Barack Obama’s signature policy reform while on the stump for his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, calling Obamacare “the craziest thing in the world.”

Speaking Monday at a Democratic rally in Flint, Michigan, the former president ripped into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for flooding the health care insurance market and causing premiums to rise for middle-class Americans who do not qualify for subsidies.

“So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world,” Clinton said.

Say what you will about the point buried in there, he should know better.  If Hillary is campaigning on a “maintain and improve the pretty good situation we’re in now” platform, being seen as rhetorically trashing the Affordable Care Act is just plain stupid.

Cue Republicans in 3… 2… 1… “Even BILL CLINTON thinks Obamacare is garbage!”



Estimated federal tax revenue generated by undocumented immigrants?

Billions each year.

Estimated federal taxes paid by Trump in the 1990s?


Remind me again who the freeloader is supposed to be?

Update:  Also, too:

Donald Trump likes to denounce other people for not paying taxes. Four years ago, he tweeted, “HALF of Americans don’t pay income tax despite crippling govt debt.” He complained that President Obama “only pays 20.5% on $790k salary. … Do as I say not as I do.” Last year, Trump groused that hedge fund managers “make a fortune, they pay no tax. It’s ridiculous … They’re making a tremendous amount of money. They have to pay taxes.”

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New Plinkett Review:

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The Times:

Throughout President Obama’s time in the White House, Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Persian Gulf have watched with dismay as the kingdom’s decades-old alliance with the United States seemed to be slipping.

Then came the overwhelming congressional support for Jasta, or the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which will allow relatives of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any suspected role in the plot.

That was all the proof many Saudis needed that the alliance that has underpinned the regional order for decades was fraying — perhaps irreparably.

Needless to say, the slant of the article sees this as a bad thing, but who really gives a shit if the Saudis give the military-industrial complex less money going forward? And yes, I’d be all for keeping up the alliance if there was a greater evil around, but I just don’t see it. Iran? Call me when they bomb the shit out of civilians for 18 months. For sure Republicans just did this to humiliate Obama, but given that Obama seems to be unable to see beyond the DC bubble on this issue, I don’t particularly object.

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The only question that matters about Chris Christie’s future, since Wildstein spilled the beans. I’m guessing resignation.

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