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  • Nancy Pelosi Wishes Mitt Romney Was President Instead of Trump

    10/19/2017 5:01:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Newsweek ^ | October 19, 2017 | Harriet Sinclair
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi jokingly said she would rather have Mitt Romney running the country than Donald Trump. Speaking at a Q&A session hosted by The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday evening, the Democrat suggested she would now prefer to see the man she once branded a misogynist as America’s leader. “Wouldn’t be nice if he were president of the United States?” she said of Romney, prompting a round of applause from the crowd. Her comments harked back to those she made in November 2016, when she once said, “Doesn't Mitt Romney look good to us now? Oh my...
  • Why are Democrats losing in the heartland? Here are some ideas

    10/18/2017 7:50:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    McClatchy ^ | October 16, 2017 | Melinda Henneberger
    DES MOINES, IOWA — The Democrats who gathered here for a day of fairly anguished strategizing about what they’d have to do to win back rural voters did not speak kindly of their own national leadership or reputation or behavior. Over and over, during a seminar called “Winning Back the Heartland,” they bemoaned the condescending way some of their fellow Democrats talk about their fellow Midwesterners, particularly those who live in small towns. “We forgot how to talk to folks, and when we did, we often talked down,” said Tom Vilsack, the former agriculture secretary under President Barack Obama and...
  • Michigan: Four City Council Members Take A Knee for Pledge of Allegiance

    10/18/2017 6:23:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 18, 2017 | Fuzzy Slippers
    Because rejecting “the republic for which she stands” is the real message of the left The latest addition to the “this protest is not about America” leftist playbook is taking a knee for the Pledge of Allegiance. Four members of the Ann Arbor city council took a knee during the saying of the pledge that opens their meetings. Michigan Live reports: Four Ann Arbor city council members chose to kneel during the Pledge of Allegiance at a meeting on Monday, Oct. 16. Chip Smith, 5th Ward; Chuck Warpehoski, 5th Ward; Sumi Kailasapathy, 1st Ward; and Jason Frenzel, 1st Ward; moved...
  • Viewing the world through the eyes of a Trump supporter: Neil Macdonald

    10/18/2017 9:53:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | October 17, 2017 | Neil Macdonald
    Aside from the sesquipedalian Conrad Black – who puzzles me, because his own manners are impeccable and he generally loathes ignorant boorishness – just about every serious writer in the mainstream media regards President Donald Trump with disgust. Even Charles Krauthammer, whose ferociously controlled savagery toward liberals sets him apart from even his fellow columnists on the right, has called Trump a moral disgrace, among other things. Trump's fans are right: the coverage of their champion is utterly unbalanced. Not that there is anything wrong with that; "balance" is just relativism dressed in evening clothes. But it's always fascinating to...
  • White House: Americans are 'going to be begging for four more years of President Trump'

    10/17/2017 9:31:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 17, 2017 | Nolan D. McKaskill
    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders predicted Tuesday that President Donald Trump will be so successful in the remainder of his term that Americans are “going to be begging for four more years of President Trump.” In an interview Tuesday morning, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt suggested that Trump needs to return to Cleveland, where he was nominated to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2016, to be renominated in 2020. But the Trump administration spokeswoman was bullish on the president’s prospects to reclaim the GOP nomination, regardless of where the party holds its 2020 nominating convention. “You...
  • Former Hillary Clinton Strategist Refutes Claims That $100,000 Had Huge Impact On Election

    10/17/2017 3:51:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 17, 2017 | Eric Lieberman
    Mark Penn, the former chief strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, said Tuesday that $100,000 worth of Russian ads on Facebook certainly did not sway the 2016 presidential election. Appearing on a segment for Fox News, Penn, who also was a chief strategist for Bill Clinton’s 1996 presidential campaign, listed a number of reasons why the ads likely had a minuscule impact on the political contest. “Fifty-six percent were after the election … most of them were not to the swing states … [and] most of them didn’t mention candidates,” he said on Fox & Friends. “It really is...
  • No one 'shivved' Hillary: She lost because America was over her

    10/17/2017 12:33:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 17, 2017 | Jonathan Turley
    Perhaps it was her orange pantsuit that so many lampooned or Trump’s constant mantra of “lock her up,” but Hillary Clinton appears to be auditioning for the new season of “Orange Is The New Black.” Clinton recently complained that former FBI director James Comey “did shiv me, yeah.” The shiv in this case was the letter on the reopening of its investigation into Clinton’s emails that Comey sent to Congress 11 days before the presidential election last year, a letter that she blames for costing her the win. Clinton’s reliance on the Comey letter is dubious at best. Ironically, it...
  • Why Virginia Democrats Are Right to Be Nervous

    10/16/2017 8:32:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The National Review ^ | October 16, 2017 | Jim Geraghty
    On paper, Democrat Ralph Northam holds a small but fairly consistent lead in the polling of Virginia’s gubernatorial race. The most recent survey, from Emerson College, puts Northam ahead of Republican Ed Gillespie, 49 percent to 44 percent (with a margin of error of 5.5 points). But Democrats don’t feel confident at all. Last week Paul Krugman wrote about the race in a tone of panic: For whatever reason, however, Virginia isn’t getting nearly as much play in national media or, as far as I can tell, among progressive activists, as it deserves. Folks, right now this is where the...
  • Top Dem: Trump will win again if Dems are too liberal

    10/16/2017 12:16:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 16, 2017 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) predicted that Democrats would lose to President Trump again in 2020 if they are too liberal. Durbin — the second highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate — said on local Chicago radio station WLS-AM on Sunday that Democrats shouldn't “overdo it” by acting too liberal in response to Trump. The senator was responding to comments by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), who the host of the radio show Durbin was on said warned Democrats against moving too far to the left out of fear they could lose votes to Trump. "We need to be balanced. She's right about...
  • As goes Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, so goes Congress

    10/16/2017 11:32:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 15, 2017 | Salena Zito
    TURKEYTOWN, Pa. — Just as you crest the hill along the Glades Pike highway heading east, a red-white-and-blue "Drain the Swamp" sign sits on the well-manicured lawn of a sprawling home in this western Pennsylvania town likely named for the abundance of the wild game that flourish in the region. A year ago, a Trump-Pence sign sat in just about the same place at the same house in the same lawn. A few miles down the road, a tri-colored sign in green, blue, and orange sits in front of a shuttered business bearing a simple message in three languages: "No...
  • Hillary Clinton: How losing to Donald Trump changed her

    10/16/2017 1:01:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | October 16, 2017 | Sarah Ferguson
    The Hillary Clinton I met in New York for our recent interview with Four Corners was an angrier, less guarded version of the person we have come to know over her decades in public life. I have been following Hillary Clinton's career since the mid-1990s as a journalist in Washington reporting on the first term of Bill Clinton's presidency. The Hillary Clinton I knew then would not have said publicly she had been "shivved" by the former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey. She referred to Comey's handling of the investigation into her use of a private...
  • WikiLeaks deflected attention from crude Trump's groping case: Hillary

    10/15/2017 11:03:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Business Standard ^ | October 16, 2017 | Agence France-Presse and Press Trust of India
    Hillary Clinton on Monday accused WikiLeaks of working with Russia to deflect attention away from an infamous tape of Donald Trump bragging about groping women in the run-up to the US presidential election. The former secretary of state's devastating election loss to Trump remains raw and she again lashed out at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his alleged role in damaging her candidacy. "Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator," she said in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, referring to Russian president Vladimir Putin. "WikiLeaks is unfortunately now practically a...
  • Democrats continue to alienate Catholic voters

    10/15/2017 1:07:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | September 18, 2017 | Salena Zito
    OHIO VALLEY — A clip of actress Martha Plimpton’s exuberance over the “best” abortion she has ever had played on the television above a gas-station counter somewhere along U.S. Route 422 between Ohio and Pennsylvania. A woman with a name tag designating her as the manager rolled her eyes and said to no one in particular as she went about stacking the shelves behind the counter, “And they wonder why people don’t vote for Democrats around here anymore.” Plimpton, age 46, is best known for her role in the 1980s Steven Spielberg classic kid adventure movie The Goonies. She made...
  • Democrats agree: They ignored, talked down to rural voters, and lost them

    10/14/2017 8:00:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | October 14, 2017 | Erin Murphy Lee, Des Moines Bureau
    With a cardboard cutout of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in front of him, U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack speaks Sunday at the Central Iowa Democrats' fundraiser at Iowa State University's Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. DES MOINES -- Rural Iowa shifted its political direction in 2016 and caught Democrats off guard. The conversation of how to earn back those votes is dominating the conversation among Democrats these days. It was the focus by speakers at a recent fundraiser held by Democrats from Polk County, which is dominated by the city of Des Moines...
  • Bannon: Trump will win reelection with '400 electoral votes'

    10/14/2017 7:34:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 114 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 14, 2017 | Josh Delk
    Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon said Saturday that President Trump will "win with 400 electoral votes in 2020," following reports that he had lost faith in the president's ability to complete his current term. "The populist, nationalist, conservative revolt that's going on, that drove Donald Trump to victory, that drove Judge [Roy] Moore to victory, that will drive 15 candidates to victory in 2018, and I hate to break it Graydon Carter and the good folks at Vanity Fair, but yes, President Trump is not only going to finish this term, he's going to win with 400 electoral...
  • Hillary falsely claims Trump is an 'admitted sex assaulter' as she compares him to Weinstein

    10/13/2017 10:09:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 13, 2017 | Harvey Day
    Hillary Clinton, who received campaign funding from Weinstein, called rape and sexual assault allegations facing the movie mogul 'heartbreaking' Clinton was apparently referring to the tape leaked during the campaign where Donald Trump was heard boasting about 'grabbing women by the p****y' In fact he has never 'admitted' a sexual assault and apologized for 'locker room talk' She told the BBC's Andrew Marr: 'I really commend the women who have been willing to step forward now and tell their stories' In another interview with Channel 4 she said her campaign would hand back donations from Weinstein but had still to...
  • Democrats Are Playing Checkers While Trump Is Playing Chess

    10/12/2017 6:22:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 12, 2017 | Thomas B. Edsall
    For Democrats, the warning shots are coming thick and fast. “More than half of Americans don’t think Donald Trump is fit to serve as president, yet he has a clear path to winning reelection,” Doug Sosnik, who served as President Bill Clinton’s political director, wrote in the Washington Post last week. “Are Democrats Headed for a McGovern Redux?” Alan Greenblatt asked in Politico on Oct. 9. On the same day, a New York Magazine headline declared: “No One Should Rule Out a Trump Re-election in 2020.” What can Democrats do? A Pew Research Center survey released earlier this month documented...
  • Which Democrats could run for president in 2020?

    10/12/2017 5:59:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 12, 2017 | Kathryn Watson
    The 2016 presidential election was just 11 months ago, and President Trump has yet to finish his first year in office, but politicians -- including the president himself -- are already looking ahead to 2020. President Trump filed paperwork for reelection on Inauguration Day, and -- as long as a political scandal larger than anything we've seen yet or the Russia investigation doesn't bring him down -- he's showing so far that he intends to run for a second term. Public opinion polls continue to show Mr. Trump's approval ratings are stuck in the high 30s, and since the beginning...
  • New Jersey Teachers Union Backs Pro-Trump Candidate, Warning Dems Not to Take Educators for Granted

    10/12/2017 5:53:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Intercept ^ | October 11, 2017 | Rachel M. Cohen
    In an otherwise predictable New Jersey election season, the state’s largest public sector union has come out behind a Trump-supporting Republican facing an incumbent Democrat. The New Jersey Education Association, which is New Jersey’s top political spender, is backing Republican Fran Grenier against Steve Sweeney, the Democratic state Senate president and New Jersey’s second most-powerful elected official. The controversial endorsement has angered liberal allies, but the union remains unapologetic in its message: Democrats cannot take teachers for granted. It’s a contentious move, but one that is unlikely to change the ultimate outcome of the election. Democrats are expected to control...
  • The GOP Becomes the Party of the Little Guy

    10/12/2017 12:04:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | October 11, 2017 | Keith Koffler
    Follow the money. Because, even though Democrats don’t like it, money is speech. It speaks louder than words. And those who believe in something put their money where their mouth is. As they say. If you want evidence that President Trump’s populist revolution has made the Republican Party the party of the people, look no further than the money. The donations. An excellent but, of course, little-noted article by Matea Gold of the Washington Post reports that small-dollar donations – defined as $200 or less – to the Republican Party this year have vastly outpaced such giving to the Democrats....