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‘Shattered’…The story of how Hillary Clinton LOST AGAIN….

I have REPEATEDLY emphasized here at the PDog the fact that Hillary Clinton NEVER liked campaigning….

Hillary Clinton put it off for as long as she could each time she ran …

And that Hillary Clinton lacks the basic political sense of feel that her husband, George Bush, Barack Obama and Yes…Even Donald Trump has….

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Despite her negative’s though?

She WAS able to beat Trump by almost THREE MILLION votes last November….

Everyone agreed that Clinton WAS qualified to BE President….

But that is only part of the deal….

Ya gotta win the job, and on her second try?

Hillary Clinton lost AGAIN….

(No ONE could say with a passion that they wanted to vote her)

This time by less than a 100,000 votes out of roughly 130,000, 000 votes…..

The underlying problem ‘Shattered ‘ points out is….. Her misteps from her 2008 try…. Were still there in her 2016 run,  8 years later….The authors lay the blame mostly on Clinton….

CreditPatricia Wall/The New York Times

In their compelling new book, “Shattered,” the journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes write that Clinton’s loss suddenly made sense of all the reporting they had been doing for a year and a half — reporting that had turned up all sorts of “foreboding signs” that often seemed at odds, in real time, with indications that Clinton was the favorite to win. Although the Clinton campaign was widely covered, and many autopsies have been conducted in the last several months, the blow-by-blow details in “Shattered” — and the observations made here by campaign and Democratic Party insiders — are nothing less than devastating, sure to dismay not just her supporters but also everyone who cares about the outcome and momentous consequences of the election.

In fact, the portrait of the Clinton campaign that emerges from these pages is that of a Titanic-like disaster: an epic fail made up of a series of perverse and often avoidable missteps by an out-of-touch candidate and her strife-ridden staff that turned “a winnable race” into “another iceberg-seeking campaign ship.”

It’s the story of a wildly dysfunctional and “spirit-crushing” campaign that embraced a flawed strategy (based on flawed data) and that failed, repeatedly, to correct course. A passive-aggressive campaign that neglected to act on warning flares sent up by Democratic operatives on the ground in crucial swing states, and that ignored the advice of the candidate’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, and other Democratic Party elders, who argued that the campaign needed to work harder to persuade undecided and ambivalent voters (like working-class whites and millennials), instead of focusing so insistently on turning out core supporters.

“Our failure to reach out to white voters, like literally from the New Hampshire primary on, it never changed,” one campaign official is quoted as saying….


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The Email story done Hillary Clinton in?

Matthew Yglesias@ Vox sits down and writes a piece on how a email server set up by the Clinton’s before Hillary Clinton actually became Sec of State and how the contents of that private server became a whipping cane for Republicans and the MEDIA…..

I will add that the Hillary Clinton’s reaction to the situation , by ‘ calming up’ did her NO favors and actually made the email story bigger and more posienous against  her chance to be come the first American Woman President….

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Historians will write of a growing trend toward partisan polarization and a brewing sense of political crisis dating back to Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998. They’ll note the projected end of America’s white majority, the geopolitical revolution induced by Russia’s reinvention of itself as an international beacon of cultural conservatism, and the corrosive effect of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. The “failures of neoliberalism” will come in for scrutiny.

All true and all important. But my message to the future is this. No matter how stupid it sounds, and no matter how much political and journalistic elites on all sides of America’s toxic politics began trying to ignore it as soon as the votes were counted, the dominant issue of the 2016 campaign was email server management….

Bill Clinton found himself in the unusual employment circumstances of being an ex-president in 2001, he hired someone to set up a private server for himself and his wife and her personal email was hosted on that server.

At the time Clinton became secretary of state, she was a heavy user of a once-popular early smartphone line called Blackberry.

The state of federal government information technology infrastructure, at the time, was such that a work-issued email address could only be associated with a work-issued Blackberry and the work-issued Blackberry could not be connected to a personal email address. Many federal workers at the time handled this by carrying around two smartphones, which was an annoying but workable solution. Clinton, as the boss, chose to spare herself the inconvenience involved by simply ignoring State Department guidelines and using her own phone and her personal email address….

FBI Director James Comey told the American people that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a case against Clinton…

Email fever reached its peak on two separate major occasions. One was when Comey closed the investigation. Instead of simply saying “we looked into it and there was no crime,” Comey sought to immunize himself from Clinton critics by breaking with standard procedure to offer extended negative commentary on Clinton’s behavior. He said she was “extremely careless.”

Comey then brought the email story back to the center of the campaign in late October by writing a letter to Congress indicating that the email case had been reopened due to new discoveries on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. It turned out that the new discoveries were an awfully flimsy basis for a subpoena, and the subpoena turned up nothing.

This all still sounds unimportant, but it was not at the time:

  • The New York Times dedicated 100 percent of its above-the-fold space to coverage of Comey’s letter to Congress.
  • Throughout the campaign season, network newscasts dedicated more time to Clinton’s email server stories than to stories about all policy issues combined.
  • Donald Trump’s campaign rallies featured regular “lock her up” chants, centering the email server as the opposition’s main criticism of Clinton.
  • Across five television networks and six major newspapers, 11 percent of campaign coverage was stories about Clinton’s email server.
  • Critically, one useful function of email-based criticism of Hillary Clinton was to pull together the Trumpian and establishment wings of the Republican Party. That’s why it served as the central theme of the 2016 Republican Convention, allowing the likes of Scott Walker and Rick Perry to deliver on-message speeches rather than clashing with Trump’s message…


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Joe Biden on Hillary Clinton…“I don’t think she ever really figured it out”….

The outgoing Vice President gave his views on how difficult it was for Hillary Clinton to run for President…..

Joe Biden started Presidential runs twice only to bow out…..
Vice President Biden believes Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election in part because she never figured why she was running for the nation’s highest office.

“I don’t think she ever really figured it out,” Biden told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Thursday. “And by the way, I think it was really hard for her to decide to run.”

As evidence, the vice president pointed to similar concerns raised privately by Clinton allies in hacked emails that were published by WikiLeaks in the midst of the campaign.

But he said it was unfair to solely blame Clinton for her loss. He said Clinton saw a noble purpose in her campaign, feeling an obligation to help pave the way for women in politics just as President Obama did for black people.

“She thought she had no choice but to run,” he said. “That, as the first woman who had an opportunity to win the presidency, I think it was a real burden on her.”…


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Hillary Clinton’s odds where higher ….

While we ALL bought into the view that incumbency (Barack Obama) would help  Hillary Clinton get back to the White House?

The truth is it does NOT help much…..

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It’s never easy to be second. Hillary Clinton has met the same fate as many men who ran as heirs apparent to an outgoing administration, and failed to be elected.

Al Gore, Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon (in his first presidential candidacy) were the vice presidents and apparently the heirs to outgoing presidents of their own party. They were closely tied to their respective predecessors, proudly advocated their administration’s record of achievement, and promised continuity. All three men boasted impressive résumés, with experience and party loyalty.

At the same time, each of the three were tainted with all the problems that had built up over a two-term administration. In addition, they lacked the winning characteristics of their predecessors: Nixon lacked Eisenhower’s heroic reputation, while Humphrey and Gore lacked the campaign skills of Lyndon Johnson and Bill Clinton, respectively. For his own part, Al Gore in 2000 awkwardly tried to distance himself from Clinton personally while politically promising to continue his policies.

Hillary Clinton faced many of the same challenges.

Despite a long résumé, many achievements and an opponent with many flaws, Clinton could not translate her predecessor’s surging popularity into an electoral victory.

Some of the baggage she carried was entirely her own: The pesky email scandal that would not go away, as well as more than two decades of scars inflicted upon both Clintons on matters ranging from absurd (that she murdered White House counsel Vince Foster) to arguably serious (that she had grown too close to moneyed interests).

On the other hand, some constituencies that voted twice for Barack Obama nevertheless held Clinton accountable for the administration’s policy shortcomings.

It’s not necessarily easier for those heirs apparent who do manage to get elected president. Governing as the third term of a popular president can be thankless….



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If you want be in the room?… Sanders supporters should vote for Clinton…

Donald Trump and the Republicans are NOT Bernie Sanders supporters Friend’s no matter how much they say so….

You may not like Hillary Clinton….

But al least she HAS listened to your greivences …

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…from Tim Robbins @ Huffington Post….

Dear fellow Bernie supporters and other irate independents,

In a time of insanity, I’m voting for Hillary.


Aside from the despicable racism and sexism of the reality show star?

Aside from his tax evasion and lying and bankruptcies?

Trump denies climate change.

Hillary has said she will honor the Paris Accords and invest in alternative energy.

Trump wants to be a “law and order” president in a time when crime is at all time lows.

Hillary has promised to continue reforming the broken and racist criminal justice system.

Trump has shown an alarming disrespect for women and teenage girls.

Hillary promises to be a president in advocacy of women and children.

We must hold [Hillary Clinton] accountable if elected. But because of her promises, we will have a seat at the table.
These are all promises, of course. And it is up to us whether those promises become action. We must hold her accountable if elected. But because of her promises, we will have a seat at the table….


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Obama stump speech for Hillary Clinton in Florida 11/3/16…

Listening to Obama work the crowd in Miami, Florida

President Obama slammed Donald Trump's call to repeal the Affordable Care Act, calling it obstructionism.

The President is on a different plain…

He is forceful

He is loose
He is direct
‘Don’t Boo…..VOTE!

He has the crowd in his hands
He is funny
‘Come on Man!’

He is just having fun dissing Trump
And doing this
Pointing out WHO and What Trump is and will try to do against what America IS TODAY

‘It has become normal for someone saying wacky has become NORMAL?’

‘Who U Are before being President won’t change after u BECOME President!….This isn’t a joke!…This COUNTS!….We are American ‘s First….All U gotta do is just go out and vote …for someone who has been tested and most qualified….Hillary Clinton…She worked hard against me…And is STILL ….She made me a Better President…She doesn’t whine…She just works harder….’

Here’s the Link...Obama starts about 23 min in ….

President Barack Obama on Thursday mocked Donald Trump’s call to repeal Obamacare, dismissing the Republican nominee’s stance on the president’s signature health care law as stubborn obstruction and claiming Trump has “not even a hint of a plan” of what to do afterward.

Campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Miami, Obama lit into Republicans, accusing them of fostering needless gridlock in Washington, as he did Wednesday in North Carolina. On Thursday, he went on a riff about Obamacare, hitting congressional Republicans for repeatedly voting to repeal the 2010 law and then poked at Trump, who at a recent news conference called for a special session of Congress to “repeal and replace” it amid premium increases.

 “You watch the press conference and what you realize is they got no plan,” Obama said, not hiding the disdain in his voice. “They want to repeal because ideologically they’re opposed to the idea of helping these 20 million people get health insurance. It’s not like, they don’t even have a pretense of a plan. They don’t even have a semblance of a plan. There’s not even a hint of a plan. Not even a moat. Not even a — there’s no plan. Nothing, zero, nada.”

“Come on,” he went on, his voice rising. “You can’t just be against something. You’ve got to be for something.”…


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Five Thirty Eight on how Hillary Clinton is Winning….

A little less of Black support (But a lot)….

A Bit More of Hispanic and Asian support…..

And More college education Whites….

Hillary Clinton’s support is actually broader that her Husband’s and Barack Obama…

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Clinton’s voters overwhelmingly overlap with Obama’s, but there are important distinctions. Her support among Latinos appears stronger and more intense. On the other hand, African-American enthusiasm has dipped compared with that in 2012 — a surprising and disquieting development for Democrats who believed Trump’s racial appeals and flirtations with the birther movement would generate more urgency.

As polls have shown all year, the education and gender gaps in this race are likely to be wider than any we have seen in modern history. Clinton’s coalition is more dependent on college-educated white voters and less dependent on whites without degrees than Obama’s was in 2008 and 2012. It’s also more dependent on women than men.

But Clinton is also more dependent on high enthusiasm and support among Latino and Asian voters, who appear very motivated to oppose Donald Trump. And she’s less dependent on African-Americans and millennials, who could well support Clinton by the same margins they supported Obama but may not turn out at the same rates as they did in 2008 or 2012…..



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Hillary Clinton looks for votes from those Trump ranted against…

Old Democratic stomping grounds are having trouble adjusting to 21st Century America….

So the Clinton campaign has looked to spend it’s considerable campaign ad and organiztional dollor in places untinkable before seeking votes…

“He has woken up the sleeping giant,” Ms. Lorenzo, a native of Venezuela, said as she stood in a local Democratic campaign headquarters here in the desert between Phoenix and Tucson.

By driving women, educated white voters and, most significantly, growing blocs of minorities away from the Republican Party, Mr. Trump has hastened social and political changes already well underway in two key regions, the interior West and the upper South, that not long ago tilted to the right.

Now, even as Hillary Clinton contends with inflamed Democratic anxiety over renewed scrutiny of her private email server, these once-red areas — a string of states that voted twice for George W. Bush — are providing an unexpected firewall for her campaign.

Democrats are already strongly confident of victory in three of them — Colorado, Nevada and Virginia — and believe that a fourth, North Carolina, is likely to break their way as well. Added to the party’s daunting advantage in the Electoral College, these states have impeded Mr. Trump’s path to amassing the 270 electoral votes needed to win, limiting his ability to exploit Mrs. Clinton’s late vulnerabilities and forcing him to scrounge for unlikely support in solidly Democratic places like Michigan and New Mexico.

The shift is stark enough that Democrats are pressing for victory in Arizona and Georgia, two historically Republican strongholds, while Mrs. Clinton’s standing has wobbled in familiar battlegrounds like Ohio and Iowa….


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Open Thread for November 1, 2016…Early Democratic Turn Out…..

I have been saying this FOREVER….

Bracak Obama was viewed MORE favorable than Hillary Clinton who has a history and is admittly qualified to BE President….

But that same history works against her also….

Democrats need to make sure that people actually come out and VOTE….Not just answer pollsters questions…..Early voting numbers are mixed and…..

Democrats can ill afford to let up on getting their voters to COME TO THE POLLS and VOTE….

…from Daily Kos…..

With one week to go until Election Day, the statistics from Monday’s early vote were, on balance, a disappointment for Democrats. It consisted of the best day of the in-person early vote period thus far for the Republicans in Nevada and also showed a (narrow) bounceback for Republicans in Florida as they continued to offset narrow in-person gains for the Democrats with larger leads among returned mail-in ballots.

Much of the online discussion of early voting this week, however, seems to be revolving around the demographic makeup of those that have participated in the process thus far. A couple of studies released over the past couple of days indicate a potentially worrisome (for Democrats, at least) dive in the participation of African-American voters in early voting. So, the questions now appear to be twofold: 1) Are the studies indicating flagging black turnout accurate? and 2) Does this necessarily portend trouble for the Democratic ticket?


One of the places where the turnout performance (or lack thereof) is a big issue is Florida, where an explosive report was published on Monday by University of Florida Prof. Daniel Smith. Smith argued that African-American proportion of the early in-person vote (with eight days left in the election) has plummeted from 25 percent of the total early vote down to 15 percent of the early vote. A rising proportion of Latino votes relative to 2012 has offset that somewhat, but the white share of the in-person early vote has risen from 60 to 64 percent, according to Smith….



On the other hand, the racial voting patterns in North Carolina are growing a little more difficult to explain. Last week, it was clear that white voters were overperforming their 2012 numbers in early voting, and African-American voters were underperforming their 2012 numbers. But the early lag in African-American in-person early voting had at least one simple potential explanation: the huge decrease in availability of early voting centers, particularly in areas with a high proportion of African-American voters.

However, with nearly 1.9 million votes tallied (according to the VoteTracker project of the conservative Civitas Insitute), there are some very troubling signs. Despite a number of “Souls to the Polls” events over the past weekend, the African-American share of the early vote in North Carolina has barely moved. As of this morning, black voters have made up 22.5 percent of the early vote. By contrast, in 2012, black voters comprised just over 27 percent of the early vote….


Here the evidence is a little more mixed, but still disconcerting. Earlier today, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections estimated that their turnout for this election (an estimate based, in part, on early voter participation) will amount to 62 percent of registered voters. That is considerably lower than 2012, when turnout was 70 percent of registered voters. Given that (a) this is a 30 percent African-American county in a state that is only 12 percent African American, and (b) this is a county that went Democratic by a 69-30 margin in 2012, this would seem to be very bad news.

The offsetting good news, as we relayed in yesterday’s update, is that the two large Democratic vote sinks in the state (Cuyahoga and Columbus’ Franklin County) had both seen a distinct uptick in early voting performance over the weekend, putting them closer to their 2012 early vote shares, though still lagging….


Some of these numbers definitely should raise a healthy level of concern, but there is an important data point that might mitigate some potential trouble spots we’re seeing. A weekend review of polling data by Ipsos/Reuters suggests that Hillary Clinton is doing quite well among early voters in Texas, Arizona, and Ohio, and leading the overall national early vote by 15 points. We can readily explain Clinton doing well in Texas and Arizona (hint: Latino vote!), but Ohio’s story, demographically, has been that the early vote seemed to play right into Trump’s hands….


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The Media, Trump and GOPer’s are Happy with the FBI Director…It won’t save Trump…

There are MILLION’s of votes ALREADY cast in the election for President….

Democratic and Woman voters are voting against Trump in good size numbers…

Depending on whole you listen to?

There aren’t many undecided voters left…

Hillary Clinton has a 5% to 7% lead in the General Election polling…..

The new email’revalation isn’t about Hillary Clinton….

It’s about Clinton’s close assistant Huma Abedin and her estaranged husband Anthony Weiner….

If you don’t trust the Democrats, President Obama or the Clinton’s?

You are not gonna vote for Hillary Clinton…

If you DO trust Hillary or are scred shitless of Trump actually being President?

Todays story is NOT gonna stop you from voting for Hillary….

The Media is LOVING this a dn goimg bat-shit carzy because the Election story quite frankly, was getting boring…

Hillary Clinton is used to this stuff….

It just keeps coming at her…..

Over and OVER….

No wonder she is hesitant to be OPEN all the time….

Anything that even smell like her is throw out to the public as a negative…

Hillary Clinton IS gonna be President….

This stuff may casue her a 1% or 2% decline in the polling numbers..That’s All….

This story dropping now isn’t gonna change a LOT of people’s mind’s…

It is way more important to make sure Trump is sent back to his real estate business…..

Comey wrote in a letter to Congress that the newly discovered messages could be relevant to questions of whether Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information while she was secretary of State.

The emails were not to or from Clinton, and contained information that appeared to be more of what agents had already uncovered, the official said, but in an abundance of caution, they felt they needed to further scrutinize them.

Because Comey had told Congress that the FBI had finished investigating Clinton’s server, he felt he needed to let lawmakers know that agents were looking into the case again in light of the recent discovery, the official said….



There is NO DOUBT that James Comey , the FBI Director, and a Republican is in a bad place on this…But his action’s could be a lifeline for some Republican’s in tight races….

There also seems to be a repeated instance of ANYTHING tounched by Anthony Weiner turning to shit….

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FBI will look at new trove of Clinton emails…..Update…

There has been a discovery of a new batch of Clinton Sec of State emails….

The FBI Director has announced that his agency will review them …..

“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to this investigation,” Comey wrote in a letter to several House committee chairmen.

Comey was briefed on those emails on Thursday, he wrote, and said he “agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps” to “determine whether they include classified information” and otherwise “assess their importance to our investigation.”
He wrote that the FBI does not yet know if the new material is “significant” and did not specify a timeframe for investigating.


Update…Anthony Weiner FBI investigation angle

Federal law enforcement officials said Friday that the new emails uncovered in the closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server were discovered after the F.B.I. seized electronic devices belonging to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Mrs. Clinton, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.

The F.B.I. is investigating illicit text messages that Mr. Weiner sent to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. The bureau told Congress on Friday that it had uncovered new emails related to the Clinton case — one federal official said they numbered in the thousands — potentially reigniting an issue that has weighed on the presidential campaign and offering a lifeline to Donald J. Trump less than two weeks before the election….


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Hillary Clinton visits a ‘Hip-Hop ‘ Radio Channel

She sat down for a Q and A session….

Gotta give her Props!……

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CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Happy birthday.

ANGELA YEE: Yes, what a great birthday.

HILLARY CLINTON: Thank you, thank you. Yeah, it is pretty exciting.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: What, are you about 44 today? 45?

HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah, that’s about right. [Laughter.] Let’s just stop there.


ANGELA YEE: But even on your birthday [inaudible] obviously a really critical time for you.

HILLARY CLINTON: It is. It’s so critical. We have three weeks left – a little less than – and we’ve got to just keep charging forward. People are great across the country. Actually, more people registered to vote than ever before. More than 200 million people.


HILLARY CLINTON: Which is great. And that includes 50 million young people.


HILLARY CLINTON: So I think that’s a good sign.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: I’ve been watching this election, and one narrative that I’m shocked that’s not being pushed more is the fact that this is a historic time; like, you are a woman.

HILLARY CLINTON: [Inaudible.] [Laughter.]

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: That’s not being celebrated enough. [Inaudible] when Barack ran for president, the narrative was he’s black. They’re not really pushing that with you. Why do you think that is?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, you know, I’m not exactly sure. I think part of it is people are trying to figure out what that means, and most people are okay with it, but some people are still having questions about it. And I’m proud to be a woman running for president. I’d be just incredibly humbled and honored to be the first woman president. But I have tried to emphasize to people that, hey, just like President Obama was a really good president, and the fact that he was black I think was historic and unprecedented, but he also claimed and owned his excellence, and that’s why I’m saying, okay – I think it’s really exciting and historic that I would be the first woman president, but I have a lot of work I want to do. And I hope that people will say, “Hey, she’s getting it done.” That’s how I think about it.

DJ ENVY: Are you excited to see younger people involved in politics? On the way up here, I was driving with my daughter, and she was like, “I don’t understand why people vote for Trump. He’s a jerk.” She said “jerk.” She’s going to get in trouble for that later. But she’s like, he’s a sexist –

DJ ENVY: Why? Why would you punish her for telling the truth?

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Well, not – change the word jerk – he’s a sexist, he’s a racist, and they’re starting to learn – she’s only 14; they’re really getting into politics young.

HILLARY CLINTON: I hope that young people – and I love the fact that your daughter’s talking to you about this election – will understand that every election is about the future, which by definition means it’s more about the future of young people than it is about me. Here I am, 44, 45 – it’s not the same – [laughter.] So I want young people to be involved, and I especially want young people to vote. I’m excited when I go to events, and somebody comes up and says, “I’m going to give you my first vote,” or, “This is my first time to vote.” But I don’t want it to stop there. I know that young people have a lot of other – I can remember – a lot of other things going on in your life, but I hope that people will stay interested in the issues in this election, because I’m going to try to get everybody who makes less than $125,000 in their family, which is the vast majority of people, to be able to go to a public college or university totally tuition-free. And if you make more than that, debt-free. And so I can’t get that done unless young people are out there really [inaudible]. So I’m going to be asking help even after the election….


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Hillary Clinton begins to think about running things as President….

While the candiadate  caution’s everyone to wait until November 9th to talk about this…..Clinton people ARE already beginning to think about after she wins the election….

There is two weeks until the votes are counted…

But the voting HAS BEGUN around the country with millions of ballot sheets already marked….

The polls ALL show Hillary Clinton with a single digit lead above the margin of error…..

The counting for Electoral votes has Clinton in the 300 to 350 range which is 30 above the required 270…..

Just about every Republican pollster and serious pundit has quietly agreed that Donald Trump is on his way to a LOSS…

Hillary Clinton has slowed down her direct references to Trump and hopes she can mend fences with some of Republicans supporting Trump….

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Hillary Clinton is devoting more attention to the postelection landscape, working to bolster Democratic numbers in Congress and trying to set voter expectations about what she could realistically achieve should she win.

Mrs. Clinton still talks about Republican rival Donald Trump on the trail, but she seems more resistant to directly engaging an opponent who has been losing ground in the polls.

The Democratic nominee told reporters she no longer wants to spend time parrying Mr. Trump, having stood on stage with him for three presidential debates. Aboard her campaign plane this weekend, she said: “I debated him for 4½ hours. I don’t even think about responding to him anymore.”

Still, wary of appearing overconfident, Mrs. Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine stress they aren’t assuming the contest is won.

“We’re going to hammer to do everything we can before the polls close the evening of Nov. 8,” Mr. Kaine said Sunday on NBC.

Asked about possible cabinet choices aboard her plane, Mrs. Clinton suggested it would be presumptuous to talk about filling a new administration. “I’m a little superstitious about that,” she said….



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Democrats newly confident, turn to down ballot races….

With Hillary Clinton seemingly having the top of the 2016 just about locked up….

She and others including President Obama, are turning to last minute support for down ballot Democrats up for a vote in November….

The US Senate should where their most concentrated effort would be….

With Breanne Deppisch

THE BIG IDEA: President Obama has recorded a remarkable number of personalized television commercials for down-ballot Democrats to air across the country during the next two weeks.

“I will not be on the ballot, but everything we’ve done is going to be on the ballot,” he explained last week at a fundraiser for Ohio Senate candidate Ted Strickland.

It’s a stark contrast to 2014 and 2010 when many congressional Democrats only wanted the president to raise money and not stump for them.

As he prepares to become a lame duck, Obama sees this as a mix of victory lap and legacy play. Ed O’Keefe and Paul Kane, based on conversations with several Democrats who are involved in figuring out how to deploy the president, round up several examples. Here’s a taste:

— POTUS will appear in closing TV spots for at least five Senate candidates and radio ads for two more: Florida’s Patrick Murphy, California’s Kamala Harris, North Carolina’s Deborah Ross, Pennsylvania’s Katie McGinty, and Illinois’ Tammy Duckworth. He’s on radio for Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto and New Hampshie’s Maggie Hassan.

The spot running for Murphy features Obama speaking directly to the camera in Spanish. He carried the Sunshine State twice and narrowly won in 2012 because of strong voter registration among Puerto Ricans. Marco Rubio’s narrow lead can be chalked up, in part, to the fact he is over-performing Trump among Hispanics. “Gracias, amigos,” the commander-in-chief signs off at the end:

— Also in Florida, he cut an ad for Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor-turned-independent-turned-Democrat who is running for a Tampa-area House seat. Recall that Crist was on John McCain’s short list for vice president during the 2008 campaign. “As governor, he worked with both parties to get things done. And I know you can trust Charlie to do the same in Congress,”


With three weeks until Election Day, Hillary Clinton’s team is stepping up its coordinated campaign efforts, sending an additional $6 million to seven battleground states with competitive Senate races.

The campaign is also expanding its efforts in states where it admits that the Democratic presidential nominee faces an uphill battle, but where down-ballot Democrats could get a boost from increased turnout.

The Clinton campaign now sees the presidential battlefield expanding to Arizona, where it intends to spend an additional $2 million that will also benefit down-ballot Democrats. First lady Michelle Obama will campaign for Clinton in Phoenix on Thursday, the campaign announced Monday.

Republican nominee Donald Trump and his comments about Arizona Sen. John McCain have made the state more competitive, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said on a press call Monday morning. Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is taking on McCain in the state’s Senate race.

Mook also highlighted the Grand Canyon State’s two competitive House races in the 1st and 2nd District, where Democratic candidates could benefit from Clinton’s increased attention to the state.

Missouri and Indiana are tougher states for Clinton to carry. But with competitive Senate and gubernatorial races, the two red states will see a combined $1 million from the coordinated campaign. The investment will go toward mail and radio and digital advertising to boost Democrats down ballot…


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Clinton probaly locked it in last night….

So says Nate Silver @ Five Thirty Eight…

Actually…… I think she had this  from 10 minutes after the Democratic Convention closing….

Steady as a Rock as President Obama and even Donald Trump has pointed out….

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I’m not sure I need to tell you this, but Hillary Clinton is probably going to be the next president. It’s just a question of what “probably” means.

Clinton went into the final presidential debate on Wednesday with a lead of about 7 percentage points over Donald Trump. And according to the only two scientific polls we’ve seen, voters thought that Clinton won the debate. Occasionally, the initial reaction to a debate can differ from the way it’s perceived days later. But in this case, the morning headlines, which focused overwhelmingly on Trump’s refusal to say whether he’ll accept the election results, are potentially worse for Trump than the debate itself. In YouGov’s poll of debate watchers, 68 percent of voters said they think the candidates should pledge to accept the results of the election.

There are less than three weeks left in the campaign, and there are no more guaranteed opportunities for Trump or Clinton to command a huge public audience, as they do at the conventions and the debates (although, they’ll get plenty of attention, of course). Millions of people have already voted. Trump has had a significant advertising deficit, and an even more significant deficit in terms of his turnout operation. He’ll probably spend a significant chunk of the remaining news cycles quarreling over his contention that the election is rigged, and with the numerous women who have accused him of sexual assault. He doesn’t have an obvious — or even a not-so-obvious — path to the presidency….


image…The New York Times

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Could Hillary Clinton REALLY get Georgia Election Day?

I have said here at the PDog No Way….

But Kyle Kondik over Sabato’s Crystal Ball thinks I COULDt be wrong….

Are things even WORST for Donald Trump?

Donald Trump’s apparent slide in the polls is continuing, and with that more states seem to be coming into play. We already moved heavily Republican Utah to Leans Republican earlier this week, a decision that was backed up by a recent Deseret News poll showing Clinton and Trump tied at 26% apiece, with independent Republican candidate Evan McMullin, a Mormon who has been focusing on the Mormon-majority state, running a close third at 22%.

It now appears that Georgia, like Arizona, is also moving back into play. There have been several reports of close polls there and the Clinton campaign might try to make a move for this reliably Republican state. We’re moving it back to Leans Republican, from Likely Republican,….


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