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Joining Donna Brazile…Eliazbaeth Warren backs away from the DNC primary was ‘rigged’ remarks…

The blowback at ex-Democratic national Committee chair Donna Brazile was immediate and STRONG…..

While Sanders people might be trying to complain about the way things went last year?

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Democrats on a whole KNEW and where ok with Hillary Clinton, not so good run….She bailed out a broke party and went on to lose the election after beating Donald Trump by almost THREE MILLON votes….

And just when Democrats are trying to move forward?

Recrimantions about last year to make Bernie sanders peoiple happy has NOT gone over well with the people who are ACTUALLY Democrats…

Warren has gotten the message to cool it…

And is doing so…

So is coming out of her shell with the press and learning that it isn’t sdo easy being out there…Hillary Clinton would agree with her…

The change in her view of the Democratic primary came six days after she shocked Democrats by unexpectedly wading into the party’s civil war and validating former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile’s allegations that Hillary Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters controlled party operations before Clinton was the nominee.

Warren told the Springfield Republican on Wednesday there was “some bias” within the DNC when the ultimate nominee, Clinton, and Bernie Sanders were battling for the party’s nomination. But she also said “the overall 2016 primary process was fair and Hillary made history.”

It’s a marked change from her comments last week when Warren said in three national TV interviews that the process was rigged. She was most explicit in a back-and-forth with PBS’s Judy Woodruff in which she said: “We recognize the process was rigged, and now it is up to Democrats to build a new process, a process that really works, and works for everyone.”

On Thursday, a spokesman for Warren, Lacey Rose, said, “Senator Warren believes there was bias at the DNC but when asked in an interview on Wednesday she clarified her belief that the broader primary process was fair.”…


image from last year…chicagotribune.com

We have never let Hillary Clinton speak for herself….


By DiesIrae  @Daily Kos…..


Say what you want about her politics — love her, hate her, oranything in between — throughout her career one thing is constant. No one has ever accepted Hillary Clinton’s right to speak for herself.

In the early 90s, it was all about how she was too liberal. It was the conventional wisdom that she was far more liberal than her husband. I still remember all the attacks on her for being an outspoken feminist, and the refusal to accept her desire to work for the public interest.

In the late 90s, she was attacked relentlessly for choosing to stay with her husband despite his affair. Never mind that being her personal choice. Then when she got into politics, she was smeared with all the usual tropes against strong women in politics: ambitious, calculating, ruthless.

(Is it any wonder that she reacted by forming a shell? The media, led by certain outlets we all know and love, spent a decade tearing her to shreds not just as a politician, but as a person. She emerged with a siege mentality which arguably handicapped her for the rest of her political career).

In 2008, she lost a heartbreaking primary. She dealt with defeat in an incredibly graceful way, endorsing her opponent unambiguously, with passion, and working her heart out to get him elected. After the election, she accepted an offer to serve as his Secretary of State.

What did she get in return? She became a lightning rod for grievances against the president from the left. All of Obama’s deviations from perfection — not to mention her husband’s — became her responsibility. In late 2015 and early 2016, she was accused at every turn of being a secret Republican. Of being against universal health care despite having proposed it and fought for it in the early 1990s. Of being singlehandedly responsible for Iraq, Afghanistan, and every other foreign policy mistake over the last 25 years (say what you want about her decisions, some of the criticism was far over the top). Of being a tool of Wall Street. Hell, she was accused of being anti-choice.

The fact that these criticisms were the exact opposite of the criticisms thrown at her in the 1990s was irrelevant. Neither narrative really matched reality. Clinton has been a fairly mainstream Democrat for her entire political life…..


Hillary Clinton supports bill limiting payouts and lobbying for private/government employment…

Highlevel government employees often leverage their government jobs into  higher paydays as they move back and forth between government and private jobs.

Hillary Clinton has announced that she is supporting a bill that will set limits to that practice….

She has no problem with private people moving into government jobs with expetise in certain fields…

But the partice of finacial companies accerating huge compensation package to those people, and the some of those people being involed with the very comaponies they have left would be cuttailed or outlawed in a bill supposed by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis)  and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)….

Oh, and Clinton gets Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.)  support on this….

The Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act, which is sponsored in the Senate by Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and in the House by Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), would ban golden parachutes and crack down on other conflicts of interest in government. Progressive groups, who believe that the revolving door between the private sector and the government fosters corruption, had written a letter to Clinton last week asking her to clarify whether she supported the legislation. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has called it “a bill any presidential candidate should be able to cheer for.”

Clinton voiced her support for the bill in an op-ed for The Huffington Post co-written with Baldwin. Their blog post argues that government workers with private sector experience are usually an “asset, and not a liability,” but “in some cases it can affect the public trust — for example, if a public servant’s past and future are tied to the financial industry. That’s when people start worrying that the foxes are guarding the hen house.”


Hillary Clinton comes out swinging at Iowa Get together

Hillary Clinton dials it up a bit….Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke Friday night at the Wing Ding Dinner in Clear Lake, Iowa.

She is under pressure to come across STRONGER to counter bad media (And Republican Glee) over her email and Benghazi stories that keep going…on and On…and ON….

Hillary Rodham Clinton was in political warrior mode as she addressed Democratic activists here Friday night, delivering a fiery, rip-roaring speech designed to help quiet concerns about her weaknesses as a presidential front-runner.

Clinton took the burgeoning controversy over her private e-mail server head-on, saying probes into her correspondence as secretary of state as well as her handling of the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, are nothing short of a political witch hunt by her Republican opponents.

“It’s not about Benghazi,” Clinton said. “And you know what, it’s not about e-mails or servers either. It’s about politics.”

Clinton vowed to fight back aggressively, saying, “I won’t get down in the mud with them. I won’t play politics with national security or dishonor the memory of those we lost. I won’t pretend this is anything other than what it is: the same old partisan games we’ve seen so many times before. I don’t care how many super PACs and Republicans pile on. I’ve been fighting for families and underdogs my entire life and I’m not going to stop now.”

Clinton’s remarks came at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding, an event that drew four of the party’s five presidential candidates (former senator Jim Webb of Virginia did not attend) to the historic Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake….


A defiant Hillary Clinton unleashed her harshest attacks on Republicans yet, bringing a rowdy crowd of Democratic activists to its feet Friday night by labeling the entire GOP field “just like (Donald) Trump without the pizzaz and the hair.”

In a 20-minute speech before 2,000 people at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding dinner here, Clinton attacked three Republican presidential contenders by name, blasting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush over education funding.

She hit Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — again, by name — over his accusation that Clinton is playing the “gender card,” saying, “If calling for equal pay and paid leave is playing the gender card, then deal me in.”

And Clinton bashed the Citizens United-produced attack film “Hillary: The Movie.” She noted that the Supreme Court case over the conservative group led to a decision that allowed unfettered money in politics — a ruling, she said, that “was about me.”

“How do you think that makes me feel?” Clinton said. “They ended up damaging our entire democracy. We can’t let them pull that same trick again.”

“I don’t care how many super PACs and Republicans pile on. I’ve been fighting for families….


Donald Trump 8/10/15 PM Update….Polls…FOX…Hillary…

Trump continues to climb in the polls…..He and Roger Ailes have a terse meeting of the minds and Hillary Clinton gets her digs in at Trump……

After almost a week?

Trump is STILL dealing with the FOX debate fallout….

But the noise is STILL eating up the air in the political world….


A new Morning Consult poll finds Donald Trump’s lead over the Republican field grew in the several days after his performance at the first GOP presidential debate.

Trump leads with 32% — up 7 percentage points over last week’s poll — followed by Jeb Bush at 11%, Ben Carson at 9%, Scott Walker at 6% and Marco Rubio at 6%.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds Trump leading with 24%, followed by Jeb Bush at 12%, No other candidate earned more than 8%….


FOX’s Riger Ailes and Trump make-up?

Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes says all is well between himself and Donald Trump after the real estate mogul spent days lambasting the network and anchor Megyn Kelly for the questions he received at the first Republican debate.

Ailes said in a memo obtained by CNN that he had a “blunt but cordial” conversation with Trump on Monday.

“Donald Trump and I spoke today,” Ailes said in the statement. “We discussed our concerns, and I again expressed my confidence in Megyn Kelly. She is a brilliant journalist and I support her 100 percent.”

“I assured him that we will continue to cover this campaign with fairness & balance,” Ailes continued. “We had a blunt but cordial conversation and the air has been cleared.”

The memo is in line with a tweet Trump sent out earlier in the day saying he and Ailes had smoothed things over…..


Hillary takes a swing at Trump and the Other GOPer’s

Hillary Clinton thinks that Donald Trump’s comments about Fox host Megyn Kelly were “outrageous” but so are Republican policies about women.

“I’m just going to leave my comments where they are,” Clinton said to reporters after a town hall in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Monday. “I thought what he said was offensive, and I certainly think that it determines the kind of reaction that it’s getting from so many others.

“But I think if we focus on that, we’re making a mistake,” she said. “What a lot of the men on that stage in that debate said was offensive.”

Clinton then took aim at Sen. Marco Rubio. During the Fox News GOP debate Thursday, the Florida senator said he never said he supported a rape and incest exception to abortion bans….


Hillary Clinton IS Human…..

The NY Times does a long piece on the Clinton campaign’s effort to show the ‘human’ side of Hillary Clinton….

After decades of public scrutiny , the Clinton family does NOT like the media….

The last few months have displayed their distrust and loathing of the fourth estate….

But the campaign in the below piece attempts to let in some sun light on who Hillary Clinton is unguarded and from up close….

The piece which is an insiders view during the first month of the launch of the 2016 Hillary for President campaign showing little views  of the woman , who seems to enlist good feelings by some and  bad feelings by other.

If you are inclined to actually believe this stuff….

You’ll find a imperfect , strong and caring woman , who would very much like to be the next President….And mush learn how to show her ‘regular person’ side , something she will find hard to do in public…..

But her handlers ARE trying to get her to change that….

In the kickoff rally for her campaign last month, Clinton said she would not be fazed by the accelerated graying of hair brought on by presidential stresses — because, she said, ‘‘I’ve been coloring it for years.’’ The line, which she had used previously, got a nice laugh. It was a good moment (relatable), and later I would receive a call from someone who would only be identified as a ‘‘senior campaign official’’ assuring me that Hillary had come up with the line herself. An actual authentic everyday quip, more or less.

If only you could know the person I know is a recurring lament among friends of candidates who, for whatever reason, have been deemed deficient on the likable-relatable scale. My reporting of this article coincided with the release of thousands of emails that Clinton had written and received during her time as secretary of state. As is well known, the emails do not include the thousands of missives, presumably deleted for good, that the former secretary had exchanged on a personal email server she had in her home. The first tranches of emails contained no bombshells or really anything damning at all. But they were nonetheless arresting and met with a level of fascination among readers, in large part over how they made Clinton appear so relatively ordinary as she went about her rarefied business.

She shared exasperated emails with her assistant Huma Abedin over how to use a fax machine and accepted, almost giddily, a compliment about a coat she wore on a trip to Afghanistan (‘‘Thx! I bought the coat in Kabul in 03 and thought it should get a chance to go home for a visit!!’’). Presidential campaigns expend hundreds of millions of dollars to ‘‘package’’ and ‘‘humanize’’ their candidate only to have these more unguarded renderings do it far better, and usually free. (Mitt Romney, whose friends also bemoaned voters’ inability to see the ‘‘real’’ him, never looked more appealing than he did in ‘‘Mitt,’’ last year’s Netflix documentary that portrayed the candidate behind the scenes.)…



Hillary Clinton is making sure gets the left this time….


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Hillary on misconduct in the financial industry: “There can be no justification or tolerance for this kind of criminal behavior.”

This is right out of the Elizabeth Warren playbook….

Nevermind that Clinton was the two term Senator from New York, the home of Wall Street, where those guys will pony up millions for her run for President….

They KNOW the deal….

They’ll take the hit….Now…..

And some progressive lefties will bite….

But in the end?

She will NOT go after Wall Street any harder than any President…

But Hillary Clinton has smartened up….

Get the nomination FIRST….

All things Hillary today….Teachers endorse her…Running on Middle America’s pocketbook…

The Hillary Clinton campaign Goes Big this weekend….

After NOT feeding in the media?..(and going small)

It appaears they have given them a full plate in the last 24 hours….

Part of that plate seems to be to attach her to President Obama’s economic policies….

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the nation’s third largest labor union, has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

“For nearly a century, the American Federation of Teachers has worked to expand opportunity for the people and communities they serve. I’m honored to have the support of AFT’s members and leaders, and proud to stand with them to unleash the potential of every American,” Clinton said in a statement.

It is the first international labor union endorsement in the 2016 presidential race.


Hillary Clinton has chosen the overarching economic theme of her presidential campaign: America’s middle class needs a raise.

In a speech Monday at the famously progressive New School in lower Manhattan, Clinton will lay out her economic theory of the case, and her main theory is that the incomes of “everyday Americans” have remained too low for too long. At a moment when the left wing of the Democratic Party is flexing its muscles—and flocking to the rallies of her socialist challenger, Bernie Sanders—she will stick with the liberal populism that has dominated the opening months of her campaign, contrasting the good times on Wall Street and corporate boardrooms with the wage stagnation of the middle class.

But an outline of the speech provided by a campaign aide suggested that she will strike less of a rabble-rousing tone than Sanders, challenging “top-down” Republican policies without suggesting that capitalism is inherently rigged against families on the bottom.

The speech is supposed to be a vision statement, not a laundry list of agenda items, and Clinton intends to roll out a series of specific policy proposals in the coming weeks. But the aide said she will preview several of those proposals, including more generous family leave policies, additional tax increases for the wealthy, and new corporate governance rules that would discourage short-term quick-buck thinking.

President Obama has been describing his own policies as “middle-class economics,” and Clinton is walking a fine line as she tries to distinguish herself from her former rival (when she ran for president) and boss (when she served as secretary of state) without criticizing his policies, which remain broadly popular among Democrats. In her speech, she will praise Obama for dragging the economy back from the brink of a depression in 2009, and for specific actions like his recent push to expand overtime pay. But even though markets have thrived and unemployment has drooped under Obama, her primary focus will be middle-class incomes that have barely outpaced inflation over the last four decades, a problem she will describe as the defining economic challenge facing the next president….



Remember….One’s economic status cuts across all voter demographics and is counters the Republican ‘take care of the rich’ basis…..

Jeb Bush has ALREADY stepped on his toe on this last week….

Hillary Clinton Update…Running on people getting More……

I just did a post on Jeb Bush saying people need to work MORE hours…..

Of, course he tried to ‘clarified ‘ his remarks after they landed with a BIG thud….

Before I even heard of Jeb’s comment, it dawned on me that Hillary Clinton was doing a VERY smart thing…..

She is running for economic equality for Americans….

In her first campaign video, Hillary Clinton talked about how “the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top” and how she wanted to be the champion for “everyday Americans.” In one of her first campaign stops, she criticized outsized CEO compensation. And in March, before her official announcement, she said Americans should “think hard” about ways to make sure cities deal with inequality. But despite Clinton’s talk, the actual specifics of what she would do as president to ameliorate growing wealth and income inequality in the United States have been quite thin….


In addition, Clinton is running her primary campaign on BIG Government, helping Americans that are not as fortunate as rich people….This appaeals to the primary left and progressive voters , but  has virtually NO chance in the American Congress….

“It’s not that the philosophical fights in the party between the left and the center have been settled in favor of big government,” said the presidential historian Robert Dallek. “It’s that likely Democratic primary voters right now want to see government used to build the economy.”

As ambitious as that may sound, Mrs. Clinton’s agenda may not be enough to satisfy restive liberals, including those supporting Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who still suspect that she is not one of them. Nor is it likely to win many converts among the Republicans who control both houses of Congress and give her ideas (and Mr. Sanders’s) little chance of gaining traction there.

The question is whether the lofty vision she is articulating as a candidate for the Democratic nomination is one that can be turned into a mandate if she is elected president…..



This Dog really doesn’t take much of this  seriously from Clinton, who needs to energize her base for the next 16 months….

If you look at the history …and the make-up of the nation’s Congress…

You KNOW little of what she’s trying to sell will end up being law….

But that she is putting her agenda out there is what Bernie Sanders is out there for , and will at least give her a place to start from against the right if she gets the job….

The Clinton people are not worried about Bernie….

As the media frenzy over Bernie Sanders continues….

Politico turned to the Hillary Clinton campaign handlers for a response…

They got a shrug it appears…..

As has been pointed out here…

The media excitement has about a guy who TRAILS Hillary Clinton in every Democratic primary state…

He has galvanized the Elizabeth Warren crowd for sure…

But it’s not gonna be much after New Hampshire….

Where most Democrats have no idea who the guy is….

So Hillary’s people DO NOT want her to go after Sanders too hard…

She’ll need his base of support for next November….

The Clinton campaign is reading straight from the front-runner’s playbook when dealing with the socialist Vermont senator. Her staff insists it’s taking Sanders’ polling bump seriously while showing no signs of changing its long-charted course. There are no new plans to attack Sanders, no alterations of the forthcoming policy roll-outs that will dot the summer calendar, and no expected leftward sprints to match him policy-for-policy. She doesn’t even mention his name on the campaign trail.

Instead, the former secretary of state’s political operation is making a show of its organizational muscle and safeguarding its position beyond the early-voting states. Far from sweating over reports of standing-room-only crowds at the Vermonter’s events, the Clinton campaign is breathing a quiet sigh of relief that it’s Sanders — and not a potentially more viable primary opponent like Elizabeth Warren — nipping at its heels this summer. The senator’s name pops up in conversations at Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters, but he’s not the topic of the day, week, or month — not even in the candidate’s chats with donors, who are keeping a close tab on the state of play.

“No one’s hair is on fire about him,” explained Maria Cardona, a national Democratic strategist who remains in close touch with the Clinton camp after working for Hillary’s 2008 campaign. “Not even the nose hairs. Nothing.”


Hillary seems to be taking Obama’s path..Not her husbands….

Hillary Clinton’s handlers seem to have choosen to follow Democratic President Barack Obama’s campaign startergy of working the Mid-West and established Democratic states , while NOT going hard in the South….

While Bill Clinton did a 50 state approach?

It seems smarter these days to NOT spend heavy time and money in the South, where Republicans ARE strong….Elsewhere the number of GOP voters have dropped….And if Hillary’s fight for MORE votes (Against suppression) highlights her ‘get out the vote’ needs….She’s in friendly territory….

This won’t make Southern Democratys happy…But the truth is they are simply outnumbered in their area’s….

On the whole….

Democrats tealize that in order for Hillary to NOT have the headwind President  Obama has facted since last year….

They will HAVE to have a majority in the Senate or at least a closer minority than now….

Democrats are PRAYING for strong Hillary Clinton coattails to help in down ballot races….

They will need it…

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to be dispensing with the nationwide electoral strategy that won her husband two terms in the White House and brought white working-class voters and great stretches of what is now red-state America back to Democrats.

Instead, she is poised to retrace Barack Obama’s far narrower path to the presidency: a campaign focused more on mobilizing supporters in the Great Lakes states and in parts of the West and South than on persuading undecided voters.

Mrs. Clinton’s aides say it is the only way to win in an era of heightened polarization, when a declining pool of voters is truly up for grabs. Her liberal policy positions, they say, will fire up Democrats, a less difficult task than trying to win over independents in more hostile territory — even though a broader strategy could help lift the party with her.

This early in the campaign, however, forgoing a determined outreach effort to all 50 states, or even most of them, could mean missing out on the kind of spirited conversation that can be a unifying feature of a presidential election. And it could leave Mrs. Clinton, if she wins, with the same difficulties Mr. Obama has faced in governing with a Republican-controlled Congress.

Already, it is causing consternation among Democrats in conservative states that could be given short shrift by her campaign or bypassed altogether…..


The Media vs Hillary…What makes You and Your Support Stronger…

The More the media keeps at Hillary Clinton…

For her emails…

Her and husbands Foundation…

For her making money like other politicians ….

For her past…

The STRONGER she comes across to her supporters and others….

And the BETTER she gets at fending off the media attacks, which now seem to moved Ahead of the Republicans….

To the irritation of her biggest devotees, the controversial donations to the Clinton Foundation—and the efforts to tie them to Hillary’s policymaking at the State Department—have loomed over the early weeks of her official campaign. Jack Bardo, a young Democratic activist from Arlington, believes “the media is missing the mark” by focusing on such issues. “I wasn’t surprised—that’s what you’d expect in this media landscape,” says Bardo, who supported Clinton in the 2008 primary.

The lack of competition in the Democratic primary has left Hillary’s most ardent supporters with the strange task of having someone to root for, without having someone to root against. Her Republican opponents are a distant challenge; the other Democratic candidates are mere speed bumps in the polls. Instead, the most visible threat to Hillary is her own public image, leaving her early supporters with the dual mission of ginning up enthusiasm for her campaign—and pointing fingers at the media for trying to drag her down….

For Clinton’s younger supporters—many of whom, like Maeur, were Barack Obama campaign volunteers—their memories of the scandals and pseudo-scandals of the Clinton years are hazy at best, filtered through the soft focus of childhood. In sharper relief for them are the accomplishments that Hillary has racked up since then—U.S. senator, 2008 candidate, secretary of state—which her young Arlington supporters quickly rattled off when asked why they were backing her. “She’s going down in history whether people like it or not,” says Renzo Olivari, 19, a political science major at James Madison University who hopes to run for office one day. He was still in middle school during the 2008 campaign but remembers watching her speeches at age 12 and getting “emotionally invested” in the Clinton campaign even then.

In Clinton, young supporters see someone who’s risen up through the political establishment on her own merits: the ultimate Washington success story.



And Yes people….

The media simply CANNOT help itself….

It needs to attack something…Anything …To keep it’s teeth sharp….

And Hillary Clinton has given it little or nothing to feed on….