RABA Research: July 30 Poll Results.
“Among likely voters, Clinton garners 46% support to Trump’s 31%. Libertarian Gary Johnson now captures 7% of the vote, while Jill Stein sits at 2%.” Interestingly, Johnson’s down a percent since the RNC. I assume some Bernie people having a tiff followed the crowd.
c|net: Dems hit by another hack.
Hmmm. Timing’s fishy. This hurts Trump more than Hillary, after his recent ‘supposed sarcasm.’
Mashable: Watch Shonda Rhimes’s video honoring Hillary Clinton, narrated by Morgan Freeman.
As I said, the video is brilliant. It did half the work for her. It humanized her in a way that her rhetorical skills never could. I only hope she has shorter versions to run before EVERY speech she gives across the US. She has enough money for such a thing - I’d recommend it in a Hollywood second. It gets her over the ‘hump’, and you ignore her performance and hear her message after.
Just reinforces the power of well-shot, tightly-edited video. With a fantastic, charismatic narrator, of course.
TechDirt: DNC Claims That Wikileaks Has ‘Malware Embedded Throughout The Site’.
“We’ve seen various organizations impacted by Wikileaks come up with all sorts of excuses and claims about why people shouldn’t use the site, but “the site is embedded with malware” is a new one. It also seems hellishly unlikely.”
TPM: The Reviews Are In = Conservatives Say The DNC Was ‘Disaster’ For The GOP
I referenced Martin Seligman’s “Learned Optimism” before. You should take it out of the library, borrow it, read the chapter on predicting Presidential election outcomes. I believe the observation was the candidate with the more optimistic rhetorical style wins, every time. A change in tone - even at the last minute - can tank a candidate. Makes the upcoming contest even more interesting.
PS Mag: A New Analysis Suggests Hillary Clinton’s Economic Plan Will Boost Employment and GDP.
And on the flip side, a non-economist view.
NakedCap/Michael Hudson: Obama Said Hillary Will Continue his Legacy – and Indeed She Will!
Vox: 9 prominent feminists on what Hillary Clinton’s historic candidacy really means.
NY Times: Russia, Suspected in Hacking, Has Uneasy History With Hillary Clinton.
The Nation: Can Hillary Clinton Convince America That She’ll Fight the Rigged System?
She needs a ‘corker.’ I’m sure she can hire great speechwriters. Question is, delivery.
Slate: The Democrats court GOP defectors.
It is time. Time to move center from here, to court as many Repubs as possible. I will critique her shift in stances only if they directly affect causes I believe in (moral, ethical). Otherwise, go for it, Hill.
[I remain concerned about the Russia/Uranium/Clinton Foundation issue, and the DNC emails. Haven’t forgotten.]
Guardian.UK: Tim Kaine to Republicans: ‘We have a home for you in the Democratic party.’
Even more ‘yuk-yuk’ than Biden. I sincerely hope this isn’t an upcoming fashion for VPs. I really liked Biden. This won’t come hard, but it’ll be a tax on my patience.
CNN: Trump urges viewers to skip Clinton speech as Democrats rack up ratings wins.
“Overnight Nielsen ratings indicate that Wednesday night’s DNC viewership was about 15% higher than last Wednesday night’s coverage of the RNC.” Next weeks polls become even more interesting.
BillMoyers: Patriot Games.
Economist.UK: Defend me maybe.
“Mr Trump is right that many European countries spend too little on defence. But to suggest ignoring treaty obligations is reckless.” See the chart. Countries that can easily afford it, don’t. Even Greece is paid up.
Vox: Bernie-or-Busters are nothing like PUMAs.
“... a lot of Sanders’s delegates don’t really come from the Democratic Party. Some are brand new to politics. Many, Yglesias notes, come from the world of political activism. Their loyalty is not necessarily to the party or even to Sen. Sanders, but to an issue or an agenda. They will support a candidate or a party only to the extent that it is a way to advance the agenda.” See Emmett’s comment on this post here.
In Santa Fe, the leftover ‘60’s hippies came out in force for Bernie. ‘60’s wannabees followed (new voters). They started with the candidate, but the candidate was ‘issues bundled.’ Now they don’t need the candidate.
HuffPo: Clinton Campaign - Trump Needs To Guarantee He Won’t Leak Before Getting Briefed.
“This isn’t a normal political story, and it’s not funny.” I hate linking HuffPo these days, but this was important.
Political Wire: First Gentleman?
As close to a confession as he’s ever come? You have to laugh.
Rolling Stone: DNC Leak Shows Mechanics of a Slanted Campaign.
This makes it kind of hard to celebrate the first female nomination in US political history. “What does it all mean? If you’re a Clinton fan, probably nothing. To anyone else, it shows that the primary season was very far from a fair fight. The Sanders camp was forced to fund all of its own operations, while the Clinton campaign could essentially use the entire Democratic Party structure as adjunct staff. The DNC not only wasn’t neutral, but helped with oppo research against Sanders and media crisis management.”
Later: Hate to be a bummer after that ripper Obama just gave, but this further info certainly looks bad.
Times of Israel: Turkey shutters dozens of news outlets in media crackdown.
The election is worrisome, but continuing events in Turkey serve to alarm.
Politico: Trump confuses Clinton’s running mate with former New Jersey governor.
“Her running mate Tim Kaine, who by the way did a terrible job in New Jersey—first act he did in New Jersey was ask for a $4 billion tax increase and he was not very popular in New Jersey and he still isn’t.” The jokes continue to make themselves.
NY Times: Defeat of ISIS Could Send ‘Terrorist Diaspora’ to West, F.B.I. Chief Says.
I think he’s wrong. The larger danger to me is ‘self-radicalization by internet.’ Mentally unstable, economically challenged youth are particularly vulnerable. It’s a huge problem, IMHO. ISIS could simply transfer itself to a virtual construct. I only hope someone in the FBI (and other security services) is thinking about it. I hope Anonymous is considering a response as well.
Guardian.UK: Why Bill Clinton shouldn’t be the first first gentleman.
Oh come on. I really want to see video of him pointing his finger and lecturing roses in the Rose Garden.
Mashable: Prince Harry’s live HIV test has had a pretty huge impact on HIV testing.
“Just like Prince Harry’s rapid HIV test, the test requires a small drop of blood and can give you a 99.7% accurate result within 15 minutes.” Great example to set for young folks.
LA Times: Clinton might have more all-star wattage behind her than any nominee ever has.
Well, Hollywood stars are not generally people I take political opinions from. Apparently I’m a minority. Experienced politicians I admire, yes. Stars, no. Seems like she’s leaning towards the former, thank goodness.