Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Hillary drives hawkish wedge into Democratic race

January 25, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Laura Carlsen  

"'Experience' in this race is a double-edged sword, and it looks like it cuts generationally. Older voters feel reassured by Clinton's experience, deeming it proof of the ability to get things done and understand the way the system works. Younger voters are tired of the way the system works and not happy with the outcomes. Sanders has made the most of being an outsider -- to Wall Street, to Washington and to the military-security complex. He has emphasized his opposition to the invasion of Iraq. On Sunday night he called out the 600 billion-dollar defense budget, however, instead of saying it was inflated or wasteful, he criticized it for being oriented toward the 'cold war' rather than ISIS and international terrorism. But the real problem with foreign policy among the democratic frontrunners may be that there is too little difference." (01/25/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/25/hillary-drives-hawkish-wedge-into-democratic-race/  

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A Bloomberg presidential bid would be awful and instructive

January 25, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Suppose that Bloomberg's 'worst-case' scenario unfolded and Trump and Sanders were the major party nominees, and he declares his candidacy to protest these results. It would be extremely easy for the two nominees to pillory Bloomberg as the candidate of draconian gun regulation, heavy-handed paternalism, foreign wars, meddling overseas, and unbridled corporatism. It would be a disaster for the Democrats, since a Bloomberg candidacy would almost certainly cause enough Clinton supporters to jump ship and throw the election to Trump. However, it would be useful to show just how little popular support there is for the agenda of elite so-called 'centrism.'" (01/25/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/a-bloomberg-presidential-bid-would-be-awful-and-instructive/  

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The anti-Democratic Party establishment

January 25, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Democrats aren't very good at democracy. Consider the party’s presidential contest .... As an appetizer, I noted the Democratic National Committee policy of hiding their debates from viewers by placing them on weekend evenings pitted against major sporting events. For meat and potatoes, ponder my warning of the very ugly scenario of Sen. Bernie Sanders capturing as much as 58 percent of the primary and caucus vote and resulting delegates, but still losing to Hillary Clinton." (01/25/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/01/25/demorules/  

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Why would Cruz insult New Yorkers? Thank the Electoral College.

January 25, 2016
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"[Ted Cruz] sneered that Donald Trump would be bad for America because he 'embodies New York values.' If Cruz gets the nomination, the state's residents, from Easthampton to Buffalo, won't forget the insult. But you know what? Cruz doesn't care. He has no reason to care. ... Under the Electoral College, we don't have a national election for president. We have 50 state elections, and nearly every one of them is winner-take-all. New York hasn't voted for a Republican for president since 1984 -- and even if Queens native Donald Trump heads the ticket, it won't do so this year. That means all 29 electoral votes will go to the Democrats." (01/25/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/01/25/why-would-cruz-insult-new-yorkers  

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The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 63: Concerning Dr. Marc Allan Feldman

January 25, 2016
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The KN@PP Stir KN@PPSTER
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"In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (of day jobs and conservative living constitutionalists); Dr. Marc Allan Feldman's campaign for the Libertarian Party's 2016 Presidential Nomination." [Flash audio or MP3] (01/25/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-63.html  

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Conservatives against Trump

January 24, 2016
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David Boaz Cato Institute
by David Boaz  

"From a libertarian point of view -- and I think serious conservatives and liberals would share this view -- Trump's greatest offenses against American tradition and our founding principles are his nativism and his promise of one-man rule. Not since George Wallace has there been a presidential candidate who made racial and religious scapegoating so central to his campaign." (01/22/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/conservatives-against-trump  

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The strange establishment backlash against Bernie Sanders

January 22, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Planned Parenthood is a 'non-profit' business with a history going back nearly a century, which has for decades kept its lips firmly latched on the US government's corporate welfare teat to the tune of half a billion dollars a year. It keeps that money flowing with intensive, ongoing lobbying and litigation to ensure that a plurality of American politicians support its goals and guarantee its revenues. It's as much a part of the American political establishment as any investment bank or old-money K Street lobbying shop. The Human Rights Campaign is a more interesting case -- and more obviously 'establishment' than even Planned Parenthood." (01/21/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4302  

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We just might get that Trump-Sanders race

January 22, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds  

"Back last summer, I wrote about the prospects for a Trump-Sanders 2016 race. At the time, I thought I was just being cute. Now it looks as if it might happen. Trump, of course, remains atop all of the polls for the GOP nomination. And now Bernie Sanders is crushing Hillary Clinton in CNN/WMUR's latest New Hampshire poll, 60% to 33%. That’s right, Bernie has a 27-point lead among New Hampshire Democrats. There’s no question that Hillary is in real trouble. As Peter Wehner noted in Commentary, “Mrs. Clinton is now running as basically the third term of President Obama. She may tweak what he did here and there, but she is fully embracing Mr. Obama. In an election year in which anger and disgust at the political establishment and business as usual are dominant, and in which only a quarter of the American people believe the country is headed in the right direction, that is a dangerous strategy to adopt." (01/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/01/20/glenn-reynolds-hillary-clinton-emails-bernie-sanders-donald-trump-column/79054166  

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Berating Bernie?

January 22, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Bernie Sanders has risen in the polls. He may even beat Hillary Clinton in the first caucus and primary contests for the Democratic presidential nomination. A cause for celebration! Witnessing a huge hunk of Americans accept Mrs. Clinton, the consummate and corrupt insider, is too disheartening. Bernie Sanders, for all his faults, is at least not an insider like Hillary. And even when he's obviously wrong, he's a breath of fresh atmosphere." (01/21/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/01/21/berating-bernie/  

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The classier of two evils

January 22, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Jeet Heer  

"With less than two weeks till the Iowa Caucus, the shape of the Republican race could hardly be more frightening for the Republican establishment. Both of the two leading candidates, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, carry baggage that would make winning the general election a tough slog. But while some establishment types still hold out hope that one of their preferred candidates -- Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, or even Chris Christie -- can pull off a surprise resurgence, there is a growing acceptance of the reality of having to chose between Cruz and Trump. And the surprise is that all signs are pointing to Trump being the establishment's favored candidate -- or, more accurately, the lesser of two evils." (01/21/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/128107/classier-two-evils  

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Vagina voting is bad for women

January 22, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Ella Whelan  

"Neither Arlene Foster nor Hillary Clinton will make women's lives any better -- they probably won't make much of a difference to men's lives either. But the important point is, at a crucial time in both Irish and American politics, women are being asked to settle for the appearance of equality rather than substantial political change. The idea that simply being female makes either Foster or Clinton more appealing to women treats us like children -- or worse, idiots." (01/21/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/vagina-voting-is-bad-for-women/17945  

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Why evangelicals heart Donald Trump

January 22, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan  

"When Donald J. Trump, frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, took the stage at Liberty University on Monday, he ascended the podium in a wake of fundamentalist fairy dust strewn by Jerry Falwell Jr., son of the man who once was the face of the religious right, and who helped propel Ronald Reagan to the presidency. Not only did Falwell compare Trump favorably to the late Reverend Jerry Falwell Sr. (a comparison Trump deemed 'an honor') but also to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Never mind the cognitive dissonance there: Where King battled to break down the walls of Jim Crow, the elder Falwell made his mark as a segregationist. Oh, and don't forget Jesus. The younger Falwell compared Trump to him, too." (01/21/16)

http://prospect.org/article/why-evangelicals-heart-donald-trump  

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The Bernie-Hillary death match is here: Why the Democratic primary is going to get very ugly

January 22, 2016
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Salon
by Bob Cesca  

"While Hillary Clinton is far from innocent when it comes to going negative against Sanders, and Sanders'[s] subsequent counterattacks are certainly expected given the climate and stakes leading into Iowa and New Hampshire, his anti-establishment attacks have perhaps had another inadvertent effect: Shedding doubt on the Obama administration's legacy. Indeed, there appears to be an emerging sense that Sanders is running against the Obama record as part of his crusade against the establishment on both sides. Listening to Sanders, it's sometimes difficult to tell whether the current president is a failed Democrat or a successful Republican, and maybe that's his point." (01/21/16)

http://www.salon.com/2016/01/21/the_bernie_hillary_death_match_is_here_why_the_democratic_primary_is_going_to_get_very_ugly/  

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Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be so proud of the Affordable Care Act

January 21, 2016
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Veronique de Rugy Reason
by Veronique de Rugy  

"During the Democratic presidential debate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned that as president she would build on President Obama's signature health care plan. The Affordable Care Act 'is one of the greatest accomplishments of President Obama, of the Democratic Party, and of our country,' she added. I beg to differ." (01/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/01/21/hillary-clinton-shouldnt-be-so-proud-of  

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Why isn’t there more Republican resistance to Trump?

January 21, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"There is still a ceiling on how much Republican support Trump will receive during the primaries, but it is much higher than most observers believed. This Pew finding suggests that most Republicans aren't horrified by the prospect of a Trump nomination. On the contrary, it indicates that most would welcome that result. There is a group in the GOP (22%) that believe Trump will be a poor or terrible president, but it is not that much larger than it is for most of the other candidates and it is smaller than it is for some. While I agree that Trump would be a bad president, most of his party believes the opposite." (01/21/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/why-isnt-there-more-republican-resistance-to-trump/  

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Hillary in blackface: The blaxploitation politics of identity Dems

January 21, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Patrick Walker  

"When I consider what Hillary Clinton is likely to say in a presidential debate, I having one guiding principle. Namely, that electing her U.S. president is rationally indefensible, so her appeal to voters will inevitably involve lies or sleazy diversionary tactics. Such was my prediction for Sunday night's presidential debate, and I was hardly disappointed. But the nature of the candidate, and the timing and venue of the debate, should have alerted me more clearly to the nature of the forthcoming sleaze. As the pin-up girl for identity politics, debating in largely black South Carolina on the eve of Martin Luther King Day, Clinton decided to play the racial identity card -- a 'blaxploitation' move designed to keep black voters on Democrats' corporatist plantation." (01/21/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/21/hillary-in-blackface-the-blaxploitation-politics-of-the-identity-dems/  

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Clinton emails said to include material exceeding “top secret”

January 21, 2016
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New York Times    

"Intelligence officials reviewing emails on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private computer server have found information they consider to be of a higher level of classification than 'top secret,' according to a letter sent to lawmakers last week by the intelligence agencies' inspector general. The letter, dated last Thursday, says that some of the information in Mrs. Clinton's emails has been determined to be 'top secret/SAP.' That designation is usually given to information about 'special access programs' -- often intelligence-gathering programs and other secret programs run by the Pentagon and the C.I.A. -- that are among the government's most closely guarded secrets." (01/19/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/20/us/politics/hillary-clinton-email-said-to-include-material-exceeding-top-secret.html  

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Why Trump and Sanders see losers everywhere

January 21, 2016
posted by

Steven Horwitz Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz  

"Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, many political actors, too many intellectuals, and much of the general public share a false and destructive belief about the nature of exchange: that economic activity is something akin to a battle or a full-fledged war in which the goal is for one group to 'defeat' another. We see this mentality across the political spectrum." (01/20/16)

https://fee.org/freeman/why-trump-and-sanders-see-losers-everywhere/  

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Trump is right about Cruz’s eligibility

January 20, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"During last week's Republican presidential debate, Ted Cruz said it's 'really quite clear' he is eligible to run for president even though he was born in Canada, because his mother was a U.S. citizen. His rival Donald Trump insisted 'there is a serious question' as to whether Cruz qualifies as 'a natural born citizen,' one of the constitutional requirements for the presidency. Here is a sentence I never thought I'd type: Donald Trump is right. Cruz describes a consensus that does not exist." (01/20/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/01/20/trump-is-right-about-cruzs-presidential  

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Palin, in desperate bid to recapture her former fame and influence, endorses Trump

January 20, 2016
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Toronto Sun [Canada]    

"Donald Trump, the reality television star-turned-politician, was endorsed by Sarah Palin, the politician-turned-reality TV star, in his front-running bid to be the next Republican U.S. president, his campaign said on Tuesday. To voters, it may seem a natural fit. Though she never made it to the White House after becoming the party's vice presidential pick in 2008, Palin's style, which showed a candidate could be popular by eschewing policy minutiae in favor of [babbling nonsense], is seen as a precursor to Trump's recent success." (01/19/16)

http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/19/sarah-palin-endorses-trump-in-2016-white-house-race-report  

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Bernie’s bogus “Medicare for all”

January 19, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Bernie Sanders promises universal health care, but, up until the other day, just waved his hands in the air, without specifics. Now he has a plan. Sort of." (01/19/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/01/19/bernies-bogus-medicare-for-all/  

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Brooks’s belated anti-populist “conspiracy”

January 19, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"David Brooks sounds the alarm over Trump and Cruz about six months too late: 'What's needed is a grass-roots movement that stands for governing conservatism, built both online and through rallies, and gets behind a single candidate sometime in mid- to late February.' Brooks is likely right that either Trump or Cruz as nominee would lead to a loss in the general election, but then it's not obvious that a nominee foisted on a fragmented party by Brooks'[s] imaginary 'movement' would do any better." (01/19/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/brooks-belated-anti-populist-conspiracy/  

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Is Sanders a political rebel?

January 19, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Dave Lindorff  

"I admit I've been slow to warm up to the idea of supporting Bernie Sanders. Maybe it's because I publicly backed Barack Obama in 2008 and quickly came to rue that decision after he took office. But I have decided Bernie Sanders is different." (01/19/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/19/rethinking-bernie-sanders/  

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Haiti: Several election offices attacked as runoff nears

January 19, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Stone-throwing demonstrators on Monday smashed car windows and set at least two vehicles ablaze in Haiti's capital, hours after several electoral offices were attacked in northern towns as the country prepares for a Jan. 24 presidential and legislative runoff. Roughly 2,000 protesters took to streets in downtown Port-au-Prince calling for new elections and the immediate removal of outgoing President Michel Martelly, among other grievances." (01/18/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/election-offices-attacked-haiti-runoff-nears-36366275  

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Inside Bernie Sanders’s “new” healthcare plan

January 18, 2016
posted by

The Jason Stapleton Program
by  

"While I was suffering through last night's Democrat debate, I heard Bernie Sanders mention he had a new plan out for a single payer healthcare system. I always find it funny when politicians talk about their 'plan' since it usually amounts to an eighth-grade version of a Christmas list. But I decided to head over and check it out for myself." [various formats] (01/18/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/inside-bernie-sanders-and-his-new-healthcare-plan/  

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