RummagingBedouin

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  1. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-presidential-debates/howard-dean-donald-trump-coke-user-n655216 After watching the Republican nominee spar with Hillary Clinton, the former six-term Vermont governor took to Twitter, suggesting that Trump's nasal troubles could be due to cocaine use.
  2. I wonder if April has let go of Bruce yet.
  3. Tweet from Frank Rich about who Trump said DNC hacker could be. Not nice but funny. Turns out the hacker was Chris Christie!
  4. Lots of peeps on Twitter thought Trump was allowed to talk too much but as Josh Marshall pointed out about the CiC forum, the more Trump talks the more non-sensical he becomes and I think this was part of Clinton's strategy. From the Bloomberg article Jim posted. Monday was also the first time that Trump came up against a candidate happy to let him have the floor. As the debate progressed, Clinton grew increasingly content to set off a firework with an attack line, then sit back and watch the show.
  5. David Shipley at Bloomberg. A debate is a high-pressure experience, intellectually and emotionally demanding. But so is the presidency. If Trump cannot prepare for a 90-minute exchange -- and show somecompetence, coherence and decorum -- it’s hard to see how he can rise to the complex tasks of running the most powerful nation on earth.
  6. And, there's this from PrincetonElection Consortium. Just sit back and relax. http://election.princeton.edu/2016/09/25/three-reasons-to-ignore-debate-related-punditry/ Polls are likely to move after the debate. It is the moment when voters get to make a direct, side-by-side comparison of the two candidates. This may also be the last time for any significant shift in the race. Both before and after the debate, pundits will emit opinions about “expectations.” This commentary does not have predictive value. It would be better if they kept their focus on policy substance or factchecking. Here are three reasons why you should basically ignore the onslaught of horserace punditry that is about to rain down. [Read more →]
  7. Good column on why Clinton isn't doing better against Trump. And, I'm afraid she might screw up the debate by being too wonky as she is below. I think she is lucky she is running against Trump. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/--100769 Political campaigns are thematic. They are not about detailed proposals. That’s what governing is partly about, although politics is crucial to governing, too. The most successful campaigns can be summed up in slogans and simple demands. I think of Ronald Reagan in 1980, George H.W. Bush in 1988 (who had to face the third term problem), Bill Clinton in 1992, George W. Bush in 2000, and Barack Obama in 2008. These campaigns had easily remembered slogans -- yes we can, compassionate conservatism, putting people first, kinder, gentler nation, making America great again (Reagan and Trump) and they had simple programmatic proposals – end welfare as we know it, an across the board 33 percent tax cut, read my lips; no new taxes, withdraw from Iraq, and not a dime from special interests. Trump’s campaign is very much along these lines, which is one reason he has gotten this far. Clinton’s is not. Nor was that of Dukakis (competence, not ideology) who at one point in the summer of 1988 was 17 percentage points up on Bush.... Compare for a moment Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton's response to the consumer fraud perpetrated by Wells Fargo. During Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf’s appearance before the Senate Finance Committee, Warren told Stumpf, “You should resign. You should give back the money that you took while this scam was going on, and you should be criminally investigated by both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.” By contrast, Clinton’s response was an open letter to Wells Fargo customers. “I was deeply disturbed when, last week, we found out that Wells Fargo had engaged in widespread illegal practices over many years… Today, Wells Fargo’s CEO will appear before Congress. He owes all of you a clear explanation as to how this happened under his watch. There is simply no place for this kind of outrageous behavior in America.” Clinton then went on to present a raft a proposals for reforming the banking system:
  8. Ms. RB's review of Born to Run for NPR. http://www.npr.org/2016/09/22/495024024/born-to-run-is-a-500-page-springsteen-show She was given only 750 words for the review then it was cut more because NPR wanted it immediately on their website.
  9. Another example of Republican stae legislators being unhinged. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/16/opinion/missouri-the-shoot-me-state.html?_r=0 The law will let citizens carry concealed weapons in public without a state gun permit, criminal background check or firearms training. It strips local law enforcement of its current authority to deny firearms to those guilty of domestic violence and to other high-risk individuals. And it establishes a dangerous “stand your ground” standard that will allow gun owners to shoot and claim self-defense based on their own sense of feeling threatened.
  10. I think it should be called election nightmare vision.
  11. My apologies, Spiritual. Of course, I should have included you.
  12. No reason to be afraid of him but he is a prominent white nationalist racist who is running for the Senate in Louisiana and he has been in the news for a few years. That he thinks Trump is the bees knees should give one pause about who to vote for.
  13. The only reason I can think of to not vote for Clinton is that as Prez the news media would be in Clinton scandal searching hyperdrive for 4 years.
  14. Here we go. Swamps, this one's for you. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/09/13/internet-thinks-hillary-clinton-has-body-double/90297312/ Among speculation that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's health is failing, there's another theory gaining traction online: she might have a body double. The only "evidence" of this theory is photographs taken Sept. 11, when Clinton ducked out of a 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York because she felt "overheated" and is battling pneumonia.
  15. If I get AD I'm checking out before it becomes too debilatating