‘President Donald Trump’: Latest Polls Indicate Clinton Could Actually Lose This Thing

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‘President Donald Trump’: Latest Polls Indicate Clinton Could Actually Lose This Thing
by Lauren McCauley – Truthout

The decline of the Clinton campaign has less to do with her rival’s success and more to do with her failure to articulate a bold, inspiring vision for voters.

Although the public continues to express record dissatisfaction with both candidates, new polls suggest that the antagonistic bombast of Donald Trump has galvanized more enthusiasm among supporters than Hillary Clinton.

Two new polls released on Thursday highlight a disturbing reality: In a race between two unpopular candidates, an excited base could mean everything. And in the case of the current presidential contest—a race that observers say is “hers to lose”—the failure of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to inspire voters could prove her ultimate downfall.  [Read more]

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  • Clyde Duncan  On September 17, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Forget Hillary Clinton’s medical records – What We Really Need to See is the State of Donald Trump’s Tax Returns

    Trump refuses to release his tax returns, seeking to hide goodness knows what. That he doesn’t pay a cent in tax? That he’s in cahoots with Russian oligarchs?

    – Rupert Cornwall – Independent UK

    So Hillary Clinton’s back on the campaign trail, and Donald Trump has released a medical report confirming the obvious: he may be a dreadful man, but he’s the picture of robust health.

    Message to Planet Earth: you can start rotating again. And message to the American media: there is other and more important news out there than Hillary’s brief bout with pneumonia.

    You get the impression that Americans are paranoid about presidential health, that they see them with fury at the documented cases of previous presidents who have concealed alarming health problems. Not so.

    Gallup did a poll on the issue – admittedly back in 2004, before the 24/7 news cycle had fully taken root, and before the internet and social media could turn the fluttering of a few butterfly wings into a full-scale hurricane. But its findings are fascinating.

    Only 38 per cent thought a president should be legally obliged to release health information that might affect her ability to serve – compared to 61 per cent who thought he or she had the same right to privacy as an ordinary citizen.

    That said, four out of five believed he or she should undergo a thorough annual physical and mental exam to make sure they were still up for the job. The mental part undoubtedly reflects the Alzheimer’s that Reagan (who died of the disease that same year of 2004) had visibly suffered, during his second term especially.

    These figures seem pretty reasonable to me. I’d bet a similar poll in Britain tomorrow would produce a very similar result. And despite the current hoopla, I’d bet Americans’ feelings haven’t changed greatly either. The problem isn’t health, it’s secrecy; and the merciless, omnipresent spotlight generated by this most brutal and unconventional election in modern times.

    Yes, Clinton and Trump are among the oldest aspirants to the White House. He’d be the oldest president ever to take office. She’d be the second oldest, after Reagan.

    Nonetheless, though she’s had her health problems, she’s in decent shape for a woman of 68. Anyone can get the flu, or a mild case of pneumonia.

    It’s not the crime, however, but the cover-up which matters. Boy, did she make a mess of telling us about it, reinforcing the conviction that she’s pathologically addicted to secrecy – that she simply can’t come clean quickly about anything, be it her health or her emails.

    If Americans are told about candidates’ health issues upfront and early – even issues far more serious than Clinton’s – they’re not too bothered.

    Dick Cheney, one of the most powerful vice-presidents ever and the proverbial heartbeat from the Oval Office for eight years, had been plagued with heart problems that continued throughout the George W Bush administration (twice I had to update The Independent’s standing obituary of him during that time.)

    But people weren’t bothered. No one suggested Cheney wasn’t up to the job because of his precarious health. You might detest his hard-right neo-conservatism, but that was another matter.

    Ditto John McCain, who, had he won in 2008, would have been the oldest ever president. McCain, savagely treated as a POW in Vietnam, had a long medical history and suffered from skin cancer. He released hundreds of pages of medical records. Problem solved. The issue rarely arose in his campaign against Barack Obama.

    Keep quiet though, and you’re asking for trouble – as Trump may soon learn, on another topic. Still he refuses to release his tax returns, as every presidential candidate has done since Nixon.

    Hillary’s returns for the last 20 years are out there for all to see. Trump refuses, seeking to hide goodness knows what. That he doesn’t pay a cent in tax? That he’s in cahoots with Russian oligarchs? That he’s not the generous donor to charity he pretends to be?

    Donald Trump’s tax returns would tell us far more ABOUT HIS FITNESS FOR OFFICE than Hillary Clinton’s medical records say about hers.

  • Clyde Duncan  On September 18, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Are Hispanics WHITE …. ???

  • Clyde Duncan  On September 19, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I picked this up from the Daily Kos – Check this out ….

    Dana Milbank, The Washington Post, said it:

    Much of Hillary Clinton’s difficulty in this campaign stems from a single, unalterable fact: She is a WOMAN.

    I’m not referring primarily to the Bernie Bros, those Bernie Sanders supporters who fill the Internet with misogynistic filth about Clinton. What drags down her candidacy is more pervasive and far subtler — unconscious, even.

    The criticism is the same as in 2008: She doesn’t connect. She isn’t likeable. She doesn’t inspire. She seems shrill. “She shouts,” Bob Woodward said on MSNBC, also suggesting she “get off this screaming stuff.”

    Joe Scarborough, the host, agreed: “Has nobody told her that the microphone works?”

    We’ve learned a lot about sexism this year. Women are judged to be “dishonest” for that same pause before speaking for which men are judged “thoughtful.”

    Male candidates can shout, wave their arms, pound the podium, and are judged “passionate” “powerful” “strong leader.”

    Women are judged very harshly for raising their voices at all. “Doesn’t she know what the mic is for?” – Not passionate, it’s “why is mom shouting at me, am I in trouble?” She’s scolding – hectoring – shrill like a fishwife.

    Hillary’s been criticized for laughing too loud, not smiling enough, smiling too much, or smiling the wrong kind of smile.

    Jimmy Kimmel tried to address that with “mansplaining” humour:

  • Clyde Duncan  On September 19, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I don’t understand why it is up to Donald J Trump to decide and confirm that President Obama was born in the United States of America??

    This takes us back hundreds of years ago during slavery when a Black Man was routinely accosted by a White Man about his identity or owner.

    More recently, in South Africa the government instituted a number of policies in the name of apartheid which sought to “ensure the survival of the white race” and to keep the different races separate on every level of society and in every facet of life.

    Accordingly, non-whites in particular were required to have in their possession a kind of passport called “reference books”. Anyone caught without their “reference book” was fined or imprisoned.

    And it is up to a white racist like Donald J Trump to decide if President Barack H Obama was born in the USA.

    This “dog-whistle” or “code speak” slips under the radar and is dismissed like nothing happened over the past 5-years or so …. No value – no meaning, except to deplorable people.

  • tata  On September 19, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    It is a sad reality, that we are now seeing the outrage against Donald Trump on President Obama’s nationality. In case we all forget, where was the outrage and public discourse in 2008, when Trump took such bigoted stance against the President and made the birther controversy a national debate? As a matter of fact, I cannot remember the Clintons, or many of those public figures we see today blasting Trump; coming to the defense of this president. Less we forget, it was not only Donald Trump and White people who were against President Obama; there were even Black Americans who questioned the legitimacy of the Obama’s place of birth. Looking back, I can remember how I fought with many Black folks who vehemently told me that Obama was born in Africa.
    So, we can run but we can’t hide because racism is ingrained in most of us. Sadly, America being the leader of the FREE WORLD has failed miserably in this process. Much so, that even the leader of the Philippines, without the BRAINS, INTEGRITY and SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES could speak with such venom against President Obama and his late mother. Moreover, I did not hear any public or international outcry against this antichrist. GO FIGURE!

  • Clyde Duncan  On September 22, 2016 at 10:24 am

    New York Times Editorial Board:

    All major party nominees for president going back nearly 40 years have released their tax returns except Donald Trump. That leads to a simple question: What is he hiding?

    Mr. Trump’s principal argument for why he should lead the country is that he is a successful businessman and billionaire. According to him, he alone has the negotiating chops necessary to boost the economy and bring foreign adversaries to their knees. Yet, he refuses to tell voters how he comes by his money, how much he actually has and what he does with it.

    It is odd that Mr. Trump, who demanded proof on paper that President Obama was born in the United States of America, would expect voters to take on faith his own claims about his commercial successes, his dealings with business partners, what he gives to charity and other financial matters that could conflict with his duties if elected president. His tax returns are the only documents that can conclusively corroborate or disprove his claims and allay concerns about conflicts of interest.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/opinion/mr-trumps-stupid-excuses-on-taxes.html?_r=0

  • Tata  On September 23, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Clyde, Donald Trump is a businessman and not the typical politician, so what do you expect? However, you can call him what you can, but he surely exposed the elitist Republican Party for all its worth. Also, he has gotten the attention of many frustrated voters, who are fed-up with both the GOP and Democratic Parties. People need CHANGE and are tired of the same old political hype every four years. No man is an Island. Voters don’t want to continue to live in crime ridden neighborhoods, working more for less pay, unacceptable housing conditions, relief for college student, burdened with student loan debt. ENOUGH!
    Don’t blame Trump, CURSE the VOTERS!

  • Clyde Duncan  On September 24, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Tata: Winston Churchill made the argument against democracy being about a five-minute discussion with the uninformed, intentionally misinformed and naïve voter ….

    That is as valid today as whenever Churchill said it…

  • Clyde Duncan  On September 24, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Oh, and there is one more thing to remind you about – it was Bill Clinton who encouraged Donald J Trump to run for office of President. If Trump was not running, Hillary would have been cut to ribbons by now. It’s a man’s world.

  • Clyde Duncan  On September 24, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Tata: Here, I just came across this one …. it is always better when a white man vents – no one comes up and says “Oooh, but da language he use … to them!?”

    This is a message to the Voters who vote for Trump:

    And so I’d just like to say to that portion of the electorate:

    Fuck you. No, seriously. Go fuck yourselves. I’m not gonna waste any more time trying to convince you that you’re about to do something you’ll regret forever. I’m not gonna show you old clips of Trump saying rotten things. I’m not gonna try to ANNIHILATE Trump by showing you records of his hypocrisy and greed. I’m not gonna link to a John Oliver clip and be like, “THIS. So much this.” Nothing’s gonna take down Trump at this point, so I’m not gonna bother. No no, this post is for ME. I am preaching to the sad little choir in my soul here.

    Because while Trump is a miserable bastard, YOU are the people who have handed him the bullhorn.

    YOU are the people willing to embarrass this nation and put it on the brink of economic ruin all because you wanna throw an electoral hissy fit.

    YOU are the people who want to revolutionize the way America does business by voting for its worst businessman, a disgusting neon pig who only makes money when he causes problems for other people instead of solving them.

    YOU are the thin-skinned yokels who clutch your bandoliers whenever someone hurls the mildest of slurs at you (“deplorables”), while cheering Trump on as he leaves a bonfire of truly hateful invective everywhere he goes.

    YOU are the people willing to overlook the fact that Trump is an unqualified, ignorant sociopath because DURRRR HILLARY IS BAD TOO DURRRR.

    The rest of it is here – Caution: This may hurt your virgin holier-than-thou eyes:

    http://www.gq.com/story/a-word-for-donald-trump-voters

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