Trump supporters…Forget the Money…He’s one of us…..

WHAT A MINUTE?

FORGET WHAT????

Mitt Romney got in trouble for having , like $250 million….

Some people where trying to sell the idea that the Clinton’s where NOT regular people due to the fact that are worth about $55 million….

Now Donlad Trump comes along says he’s worth about $10 BILLION (most experts revise that down to about $3 Billion)….

And people are DISREGARDING the Money thing for this GUY???

WTF???

What makes someone say they want Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States?

Bloomberg Politics’ John Heilemann went to New Hampshire to try to answer that question — sitting down with 12 people professing to support the Donald in 2016. The entirety of the focus group — or at least the part Bloomberg has released today — is worth watching. But one comment — from a woman named Jane — stood out to me. Here it is:

He’s like one of us. He may be a millionaire … but beside the money issue he’s still in tune with what everyone is wanting.

WHAT.

DOUBLE WHAT.

Donald J. Trump has been called many things in his decades-long run as a public figure. I am betting that “one of us” is not one of them. This is, after all, someone who at every turn professes how wealthy he is ($10 billion!!), how smart he is (“really smart”) and who lives a life — married to a supermodel, star of his own reality TV show (until recently) — that couldn’t be further from the everyday life of the average person in the U.S….

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Here’s ANOTHER look at this focus group…..

While Donald Trump makes noise…Hillary and Jeb will be looking for Black votes…

Preview….

Both Hillary Clinton AND Jeb Bush, in a prview of next falls election are going to address the National Urbam League, the Black organization….

They ARE both running for respective parties nomination, but make no mistake….

They ARE both begging to run for the general election next November….

Hillary WILL have the black vote….But Bush will be trying to peel off some of that vote, and will try to get more of Latino/Hispanic Vote….

( Democrats Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Republican Ben Carson are also penned in to attend the event)

For Mrs. Clinton, support from black voters is a strength she is trying to lock down in the face of a surprising surge from Mr. Sanders. The independent senator from Vermont, who caucuses with the Democrats, has caught fire with many white liberals.

For Mr. Bush, whom polls show with scant African-American support, it’s an opportunity to change minds and present himself as a Republican eager to broaden his party’s tent—an appeal that could help with voters of all races.

In the 2016 race, the lopsided support and huge turnout for Mr. Obama among black voters is not a given, said Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League. “People may look conventionally and say the African-American vote is reliably Democratic, but the issue really has to do with levels of motivation and levels of turnout,” he said.

A change in turnout could create some opportunities for Republicans in key states if they can broaden their support even marginally with minority voters, even if a big majority of them still vote Democratic….

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FOX News GOP Presidential Primary Debate…What is Donald Trump gonna be?

Will he be a shrill for the audiance and the camera’s?

Will he be a serious political candiadte for Office…

Or?

Will he just be dodging hard questions from the others …

At some point there are those who will want concrete policy answers from the guy….

He boasts about spending no time preparing for the event, which will be broadcast on Fox News on Aug. 6, even as his aides have put together briefing papers for him on policy and pungent lines of attack. He already knows plenty about the issues, he says, so much that, rather than cramming, he will be in Scotland over the weekend at a golf tournament on one of his courses.

And after weeks of slashing at his opponents in interviews, he refuses to say whom he may single out when the 10 leading primary contenders stand side by side. “I have great respect for some of the candidates,” Mr. Trump said in an interview. “I don’t have great respect for others.”

He cannot know who will try to embarrass him. Then again, he suggested, he may just choose targets of opportunity. “It depends on the feel,” he said. “It depends on what’s taking place.”

No candidate is more likely to wing it than the mercurial Mr. Trump. But the man who read Senator Lindsey Graham’s cellphone number aloud on a South Carolina stage has set the bar fairly high for himself to do something that would qualify as outrageous.

He is likely to arrive in Cleveland ready with cutting “observations” about each of his rivals, according to a person briefed on Mr. Trump’s debate preparations. (A recent example: He said former Gov. Rick Perry of Texas “put glasses on so people will think he’s smart.” He added, “It just doesn’t work.”)

Mr. Trump’s mantra, in his books and in his paid speeches, is to counterattack harder when anyone throws a punch……

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Trump campaign hires a political director …..

Most campaigns have one when they start…..

Six weeks AFTER he decideed  to run ?

The Donald gets someone to actually run a campaign….(It’s no longer a one man band?)

The campaign is talking to the RNC about reaching out to Republican voters nationwide….

Question?

Does this guy actually know HOW to run for President?

Trump’s campaign also announced Thursday that it had hired a political director. Taken together, two things become clear from this news: 1) The Trump campaign launched well before it was ready to from an organizational standpoint, and 2) Trump, who may not have expected to so swiftly become the national polling frontrunner, now appears to be taking his candidacy quite seriously.

Of course, there are limits for a candidate like Trump: On Thursday he was in Scotland to watch the Women’s British Open.

The RNC’s offer to share its file is especially significant in light of the fact that the political operation run by Charles and David Koch, Freedom Partners, has reportedly denied Trump access to its voter file and user interface, called i360….

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Daily Kos Morning Diges 7/30/15…As bad polls roll in for Mark Kirk, a top GOP fundraiser wants him to quit the race

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff Singer

GOP Sen. Mark Kirk

Illinois GOP Sen. Mark Kirk

Leading Off:

IL-Sen: PPP’s first Illinois poll of the cycle finds GOP Sen. Mark Kirk in a dire position. He currently trails his top Democratic challenger, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, by a 42-38 margin and sporting a plug-ugly 25-42 job approval rating. That’s down from a 28-32 score back in February (that survey did not include any general election numbers), leading Tom Jensen to conclude that Kirk’s astonishing and seemingly endless series of verbal debacles has harmed him with voters.

It’d be nice to believe that, though generally speaking, few normal people are paying attention to this kind of thing so far out (15 months!) from Election Day. Still, these numbers do suck for the incumbent, and here’s another reason: Kirk still only takes 38 percent of the vote against Duckworth’s little-known primary opponent, Andrea Zopp, who manages just 29 percent. (Duckworth leads Zopp 59-10 for the Democratic nomination.) And here’s the crazy thing: Kirk’s performance against Duckworth is actually better than in the only other poll we’ve seen this year, an Ogden & Fry survey last month that had him trailing 44-27!

But like we asked last time, is this poll too good to be true? Maybe, but it’s hard to see how it is. On the presidential side, Hillary Clinton leads by anywhere from 48-39 (over Jeb Bush) to 51-33 (against Donald Trump). If anything, that might seem soft, but bear in mind that Barack Obama’s election results in the Land of Lincoln were inflated thanks to his favorite son status. John Kerry carried Illinois by “only” 10 points, and a Feb. 2008 poll pitting Clinton against John McCain (the only legitimate one of the entire race, as it happens) found her ahead 48-37.

And it’s not just PPP who thinks Kirk is in trouble. Ron Gudwitz, a top Republican fundraiser in Illinois, just publicly called on Kirk to step aside, saying his big mouth has been damaging the party and could cause “collateral damage” to other GOP candidates. Gudwitz, who was finance chair for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s successful campaign last year, later tried to “retract” the remarks because he didn’t “want to take the heat” he immediately started getting—after all, Republicans don’t really have a better option than Kirk. But no incumbent facing a difficult re-election wants this kinds of headache—or this kind of polling result….

Senate:

FL-Sen: Just a day after the right-wing Sunshine State News reported that GOP Rep. Ted Yoho was considering a Senate bid, the congressman himself clarified matters on C-SPAN. Actually, no, wait, he didn’t. He just said a bunch of conflicting things:

Yoho: “I have no intention to run for the Senate.” […]Yoho: “It is ruled out.” […]

Host: “The story says, ‘looking at entering the race but is far from making a final decision.’ ”

Yoho: “Real far.”

Host: “Okay, so it’s done—you’re not gonna do it.”

Yoho: “It’s done.”

“Ruled out” and “it’s done” sound like definite “nos,” but “no intention” and “real far” from making a decision are definitely not “nos.” Whatever, people change their minds all the time. If Yoho wants to be crystal clear about his plans, he can issue a clarification. If he doesn’t, then we will still continue to view him as a possible Senate candidate.

And given how unsettled the Republican field is, that only makes sense. A new survey from St. Pete Polls confirms what we’ve seen elsewhere, finding Rep. David Jolly as the only contender in double digits in the five-man field (with just 10 percent); over 60 percent of GOP voters are undecided…..

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Political Roundup for July 30, 2015…Trump/Sanders similarities?…RHH Elections….

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Sanders:  Why has Senator Bernie Sanders (Socialist) gained traction at this moment of time?  While few think Sanders could actually win, Sanders seems to have a following based on a unique moment in history and him being in the right place.

Trump: Ross Douthat looks at what Donald Trump’s rise means politically speaking.  I tend to think Trump and Sanders really are grasping a batch of anger found within both parties for the status quo by groups of angry whites who somehow view themselves as victims….

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Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores is STILL a NY Met…

Terry Collins’ next-day message for shaken Wilmer Flores

The young man has player for the Mets major Laegue Baseball team since he was 17….

Last night we ALL had to watch him deal with the knowledge that he was getting traded, while he was playing in the feild as a Met…..

The trade didn’t happen….

On Wednesday night, the Mets finally pulled off a major deal, sending Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for the highly regarded center fielder Carlos Gomez. Except, it turned out, that they did not.

In what will go down as one of the more surreal nights in the history of the Mets, who have had many strange things happen to them in their 53 years of existence, a deal that was widely, if briefly, reported by various news organizations, including The New York Times, collapsed after it had already been confirmed by various people in baseball, including a high-ranking team executive who spoke to The Times…

The first sign that something was askew with the trade came when Flores remained in the Mets’ game against San Diego on Wednesday night, which the Padres won, 7-3, despite three home runs by Lucas Duda. Normally, when a player is about to be traded he is pulled from the game to avoid any possibility of a last-minute injury that would scuttle the deal.

And yet as Wednesday’s game proceeded, and the trade was reported as fact, Flores remained on the field, playing shortstop and taking his at-bats. Reporters were mystified as to why Flores was still in the game, as was just about everyone else who was watching, including all the fans at Citi Field who were reading about the trade on their cellphones.

Those same fans then saluted Flores with a standing ovation when he came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning, the clear assumption being they were watching him take his last swings as a Met.

And in the top of the eighth, when Flores dutifully ran back out to his shortstop position, the television cameras that zoomed in on him showed that he was crying. He, too, thought he was gone. Except that he was not….

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Trump…”Good’ Immigrants can come back after ALL are deported…

Doubling down on his going after the illegal’s , as a way to gather Conservative Republican primary voters…..The Donald says he wants to deport ALL illegals….Something that IS impossible…even his own party people know….

Donald Trump wants to deport all immigrants in the United States illegally and then grant the “good ones” an expedited pathway to legal status, he told CNN in an interview.

“I would get people out and have an expedited way to get them into the country so they can be legal,” he said, according to CNN.

“We got to move ’em out, we’re going to move ’em back in if they’re really good people.”
When pushed by CNN’s Dana Bash to explain how he would identify and deport the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, Trump wouldn’t give any specifics but ensured that it was possible….

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Big Money and Politics…Donald Trump….

Here’s the Donald on the Subject…..(And the Clintons)

“As a businessman and a very substantial donor to very important people, when you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do. As a businessman, I need that.”

— Donald Trump, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, explaining campaign donations he once made to Hillary Clinton….

Politicalwire….

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By the Way…..

Trump said also….

She is “very talented, very smart”

US Economy grew at 2.3% this Spring after a slow Winter…

It seems that the peopel who do the numbers have revised the Winter numbers up a little also….

But the wages part still is lagging I don’t care what they say….

The U.S. economy grew 2.3 percent in the spring, as the economy bounced back from a brutal winter.

The new numbers reported Thursday by the Commerce Department are a bit lower than what economists expected, but show a rebound from the dismal first quarter of the year.

In fact, first quarter numbers were revised upwards to show that the economy actual did grow somewhat, by 0.6 percent. Previously, the government had reported the economy actually shrank by 0.2 percent to open the year.

Thursday’s second quarter numbers were the first government estimate for second quarter growth, and will be revised twice more. The economy grew thanks to strong consumer spending, exports, and state and local government spending, among other factors.

The new numbers could put to rest lingering concerns that the U.S. economy could be in much worse shape than previously thought. The last few years have seen the economy show poor numbers in the first quarter of the year, only to bounce back as the year progressed. And Thursday’s report continues that trend….

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Q Poll Update 7/30/15…Trump continues his lead…Bush tops Clinton…

Ok…

A new Quinnipiac poll is out….(I know it’s 5 months out from primaries )

EVERYONE is running at the mouth about Donald Trump keeping his lead going in the GOP 2016 Presidential Primary race….

But the thing that Jeb Bush people and Republican insiders HAVE to be intersted in  the second part of my headline….

First almost the first time in the polling?

Jeb Bush is ahead of Hillary Clinton….(Clinton beats Trump (image THAT?) by 12% puts)

Now it’s by 1%….I know it’s within the margin of error folks….

But the Clinton people have to be a little concerned about this….

While he has a tiny lead over Clinton in the poll…Jeb Bush IS now floating around BEHIND Walker with Kasich coming up…I still Bush pulls it out…But this has beginning to get VERY interesting …..

Oh, and Walkers people have their guy in second place and Kasich is on the map now….

Yet another national poll of GOP voters shows Donald Trump leading the 2016 pack, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich climbs in the field and former Florida Gov Jeb Bush sputters.

Trump is on top of the new Quinnipiac poll with 20 percent, the best showing of any GOP candidate in all of Quinnipiac’s polls of the field. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is next at 13 percent and Bush follows at 10 percent.

The new numbers also show a strong rise by Kasich, who announced his campaign just last week. He’s more than doubled his support since Quinnipiac’s last national survey in late May, which bodes well for his chances to be in the top 10 come the first Republican debate.

Bush’s share of the field has remained stagnant since that late May poll, while Walker had a 3-point uptick.

Despite leading the field, Trump has the worst favorability score among the GOP field, which translates into a poor showing in a head-to-head matchup against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. She’d defeat him by a margin of 48 percent to 36 percent, according to the poll….

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The poll also indicates that Ohio Gov. John Kasich could ride a post-announcement bump onto the stage for next week’s debate in Cleveland, despite fears that Trump’s wall-to-wall media coverage had overshadowed his late entry into the race.

Fully 20 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters said they would vote for Trump if the primary were held today — the largest share any single candidate has received in Quinnipiac’s seven surveys over the past two years. That puts the brash real-estate magnate ahead of the two other candidates who earn double-digit support: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 13 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent.

It’s a four-way tie for fourth place — with pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio all at 6 percent. Kasich, at 5 percent, is tied for eighth place with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz…..

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The GOP’s ridiculous cliches…..

…from the Washington Post……

In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind.

Events include the Supreme Court’s favorable rulings on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage. Circumstances stem from the Republican presidential race, in which some candidates appear to be vying to out-Trump Trump.

In sum, Obama doesn’t think much of Trump — or of Trump’s Republican critics. Neither does he think much of GOP leaders and wannabe presidents, whose apocalyptic rhetoric has reduced political debate to a crypto-Armageddon-ish clash of cliches….

“Ridiculous” and “sad” were the words Obama chose to describe recent comments by Republican presidential contenders and others. Pointedly, he singled out former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.).

All three men dug deep into their sacks of Pavlovian metaphors and similes that would get their constituents banging their reward levers. Even ol’ Pontius Pilate, to whom Cotton compared Secretary of State John F. Kerry, got a trot-out. Huckabee said that the Iran deal was leading Israelis “to the door of the oven.” And Cruz brought it home with his charge that the Obama administration is a leading state sponsor of terrorism.

Put these three in a cocktail shaker and you get a rather mixed metaphor that nonetheless pours like a narrative: Pontius Kerry is leading the Jews to the Auschwitz ovens in a terrorist act orchestrated by the president of the United States.

With all due respect, you three are making Rick Perry look like Confucius, though you might edge out Graham for a spot on Fox News. Outrageous remarks get attention, and attention gets ratings, and ratings are the coins of the realm…..

 

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