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Old 09-14-2016, 09:05 AM   #46
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I don't know if we can fairly judge how Trump is percieved vs how Clinton is received, because Trump has and continues to do and say so many things that would have torpedoed any other candidate's campaign that he's on a level all to himself.

Ultimately I believe it's why Clinton will win in an electoral landslide, but we are truly beyond the looking glass here when it comes to the Trump candidacy; so all common sense and historical precedence needs to be thrown out the window.
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Old 09-14-2016, 09:11 AM   #47
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This kind of critique is odd to me. The Clinton Foundation has been a model of transparency among charities (contrast that to the Trump Foundation). The Clintons have released over 30 years of their taxes (contrast that to Donald Trump). Colin Powell was far less transparent in how he dealt with maintaining email records while SecState. She has gone before congressional witch hunts hearings/investigations numerous times to deal with their inquisitions questions. She has admitted fault (contrast that to Donald Trump).

I'm sure this will just be added on to the "we can't seriously discuss Hillary" pile, but of all the things to bash Hillary about, transparency seems an odd choice, given that she is completely normal in that regard among her peers, and arguably more transparent than normal.
I guess when you're comparing her to Trump. But I would say I disagree strongly with your comparison to her peers. Why do we still not know half of the meetings she took as SecState? Why did ANY of the meetings we know about have to be forced by a lawsuit? That's the lack of transparency. And there's an obvious reason as to why: we saw how easy it was to draw a line from donations to the Foundation to meetings with the Secretary of State. You buy influence from her, the case is easy to make.

Now, you can cry conspiracy theorist nonsense or subjecting her to more scrutiny than other politicians, and that's your prerogative. My stance is that all politicians are dirty, but the Clintons are a good bit beyond the politics-as-usual stuff. Is that nonetheless better than Trump? Sure. But I was hoping for a little bit of a higher standard, I guess.
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I don't know if we can fairly judge how Trump is percieved vs how Clinton is received, because Trump has and continues to do and say so many things that would have torpedoed any other candidate's campaign that he's on a level all to himself.
In a way he has played it perfectly - he was inexplicably offensive from his announcement speech and throughout the primaries we heard about Mexican rapists, Mexican judges, banning Muslims, female journalists bleeding out of their "wherevers", the size of his penis, disabled journalists and on and on and on. He has effectively conditioned the public to his repulsive persona so much so that he could say whatever at this point and it would just be accepted as par for the course.

And Republicans are hypocrites as a matter of course, so naturally Hillary's deplorable statement is an outrage while Trump's racism, sexism and other -isms are misunderstood/misinterpreted blah blah blah.
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That really is the most ridiculous and hypocritical thing from the GOP in a campaign cycle filled with ridiculous hypocrisy.

They are offended by deplorables... but not by, oh i dunno, pick anything their candidate has said and run with it.
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2016 US Presidential Election Thread XIII

The most worrisome thing is, if we get to the debate and Trump doesn't pee on Hillary's leg, it will be WOW! SO PRESIDENTIAL! DEFIED EXPECTATIONS! HE SHOWED HE BELONGED UP ON THAT STAGE WITH HER! LOOKING PLAUSIBLE!
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In a way he has played it perfectly - he was inexplicably offensive from his announcement speech and throughout the primaries we heard about Mexican rapists, Mexican judges, banning Muslims, female journalists bleeding out of their "wherevers", the size of his penis, disabled journalists and on and on and on. He has effectively conditioned the public to his repulsive persona so much so that he could say whatever at this point and it would just be accepted as par for the course.



And Republicans are hypocrites as a matter of course, so naturally Hillary's deplorable statement is an outrage while Trump's racism, sexism and other -isms are misunderstood/misinterpreted blah blah blah.


The one thing to take heart from is that Trump is still way, way behind Romeny when it comes to women. I think the Trump outrageousness has been normalized with many white male voters, if not even enjoyed due to cultural misogyny, but living in a market hypersaturated with political ads and in the same media market as a purple-trending-blue state (VA), the Clinton campaign has been quietly releasing several devastating ads using Trumps own words against him. It's especially his mocking of the disabled reporter that I think will continue to make him unacceptable to moderate women. I still find the mocking shocking, so many months later. I do remember reading that the campaign has an ad solely focused on that up its sleeve, and it apparently tests through the roof. We'll see if that holds true.

So long as the conversation stays on this, I think all will be fine.

And, looking at how effective Obama was on the stump yesterday, combined with sterling economic data, and cheap gas, I have to feel optimistic.

The past few elections have seen a GOP bounce over Labor Day. I wonder if people come back from the dog days of August and check in for the first time in a while. They may give the candidates a fresh look. And then, if the D's do their job like they did in 08 and 12, that's the GOP polling high point. They get worse and worse as the fall goes on.
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The best thing the big D has going for them is an incredibly well organized ground game, where as the Trump campaign is an unorganized mess.

So worst comes to worse, if this is a close battle come November, one side will turn out the vote, and one won't.
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And there's an obvious reason as to why: we saw how easy it was to draw a line from donations to the Foundation to meetings with the Secretary of State. You buy influence from her, the case is easy to make.
Is it though? Email records indicate that most donors who requested special meetings were told to go through proper SecState channels. As for pay-to-play, again, Hillary did not personally profit from any of the money donated to the foundation, as her extensive public tax records will back up. (And as an aside, if people want to donate millions of dollars to help the poorest of poor, in order to bend the ear of a politician, I don't necessarily see that as a terrible scandal.) And as SecState it would not be unusual for her to meet with some of the people she did meet with even if they were not donors.

The claim of buying influence is easy to make, sure, but harder to substantiate. But her opposition hasn't let years of hearings and investigations finding no evidence of wrongdoing dissuade them from trying. Say something enough times and it becomes the truth.
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I hate pay to play, but everything in Washington is pay to play. There's an entire industry of lobbyists whose function is to pay candidates to support their cause. At least in this case the money went to charity.

As for the debates it's going to be a farce. Trump will be applauded when he can spell cat, after having been supplied with the letters c and t. Clinton will be lambasted for not being able to solve the Riemann Hypothesis.
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The only way this ever changes is if some sort of law is passed whereby you cannot participate in lobbying activities within say 5-10 years of leaving office. Which will never happen, so...
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Who's the dude in that awful shiny suit?


Also, Trump and Dr Oz to discuss Trump's medical history. Or records. Or ... I don't know. His love of cheese.

A joke and a quack walk into a bar ....
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thanks for any context at all bruh... it's a well known fact that she was one of, if not the most prominent supporters of intervening in libya in the entire administration but that doesn't matter for much when you can do an iron horse-style drive-by, does it?

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The whole "didn't disclose pneumonia" and "not being transparent" thing on Clinton is such garbage.

Anyone who has ever worked hard and been ill has tried to hide it. It's not like we've discovered she's terminally ill and she didn't tell us. God forbid she was making excuses on 9/11, she would be criticized forever.
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But if she knew she was terminally ill and had two years to live, would she actually tell us? I think we all know the answer is no. It's the lack of transparency that opens up the possibility that they could hide a bigger issue from the public, just as her e-mail response continually changed with the public's growing knowledge of what happened.

It's just so much work. Making Hillary the nominee is like picking the dog from the shelter with an abundance of issues to deal with...this would have been a lot easier with someone that brings in millions like Bernie or someone safe like Biden. But people are in such a rush to elect a woman. My response? Baby steps.
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