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Activist Monday: The Day the Republican Party Died

Posted on: August 21, 2016

Good Monday, Widdershins! For your activism today, please do check out the link to the Louisiana donations page on the right side of the blog. It is truly astonishing that 875 billion gallons of water (or 875 Superdomes) fell on the Baton Rouge area in such a short amount of time.

Now to the topic of today’s post: The really, truly, we-mean-it-this-time autopsy of the Republican Party. To paraphrase a famous, fictitious Scotsman: It’s dead, Jim.

Back in 2012, after The Glove lost handily to that evil Kenyan Muslim with the funny name, there was a famous “What the f*ck just happened?!” inquiry into the epic fail of the Republicans’ usual Presidential election strategy. Mitt had won all of the traditional demographics that had gained the White House in previous elections: educated white women and men, mostly. The formula should have worked like a charm…but it didn’t. Why not? The Republican brainiacs thought and thought, and here’s what they came up with: Demographically, the Party was out of touch. Young people, Hispanics, women, African-Americans…these groups were not interested in the self-important posturings of the overprivileged old men who make up the Party leadership.

So how would the Republicans “reach out” to the people in question? Would they tweak their platform at all? Why, of course not. They didn’t even bother to try. They would ignore the fact that their Party was dying not in spite of its message, but because of it; and not because people were too stupid to understand it, but because they understood it very well. The alleged “conservative movement” is nothing more than an excuse to further line the pockets of Party leadership, and the American people, in 2012, had figured that out – even the Republicans who still called themselves that.

Between 2012 and 2016; the Tea Party in Congress strengthened its position exponentially. More and more “moderates” were pushed out, and those who dared to try to actually do the work they were put in Congress to do – work to create legislation for the benefit of the American people – were viewed as “traitors to the cause.” No one was sure what the cause was, of course. But they all knew that Obama was very bad, that Democrats were bad, and what they should do was foil everything that those bad people did.

Despite the advice of those who tried to position themselves as more moderate, the RWNJs embraced the “Party of No” strategy; doubled, tripled and quadrupled down on it. And not surprisingly to anyone watching with an objective eye, this crazed group of fringers, when put in charge of nominating a Presidential candidate, nominated someone as racist, xenophobic and misogynistic as they were; but most importantly, someone as angry as they were.

That was the day the Republican party died completely. It just took a long time for the realization to sink in – at least, for some people, still pining for the lost glories of Raygun (the man who condemned it to its slow demise) and claiming that they no longer recognized their Party. Gee wilikers, what was your first clue that the Party had become a frothing, toxic mixture of hatred, fury and neo-Nazi fervor?

I find the most pithy statement of the Party’s epic fail came from Ms. Meghan (McMaverick) McCain. While some Republicans seem to feel Trump is an aberration, John McCain’s daughter isn’t buying it.

“Trump winning or losing has nothing to do with the party if the party can recover or not,” Meghan McCain said. “The problems run deeper than that.”

For those who want more details, I recommend this analysis by Justin Guest. It’s true, white, non-college-educated Americans have been economically left behind by globalism, and socially left behind by a growing mix of ethnicities slowly brown-ifying the lovely pale flesh tones they prefer to see. And oh my gosh, uppity wimminz are going to run the country, and probably take their transgender lovers with them! It’s enough to make David Duke weep. Check this out:

As part of a broad study of white working class politics, I solicited white Americans’ support for Donald Trump, but also for a hypothetical third party dedicated to “stopping mass immigration, providing American jobs to American workers, preserving America’s Christian heritage, and stopping the threat of Islam”—essentially the platform of the UK’s right-wing British National Party, adapted to the United States. How many white Americans do you think would consider voting for this type of protectionist, xenophobic party?

65 percent.

Clearly, Trump’s allure is bigger than Trump himself.

Indeed…and we’d all better be vigilant. We’ve seen Great Britain suffer due to the predations of these throwbacks to a much less progressive and open-minded time, a time when white men were in charge of everything, and anyone who challenged that mindset could just drink from a different fountain, or be subjected to any indignity the masters wanted. This is the illness at the heart of the current Republican Party’s base, and they’re not going away any time soon.

Whether they stay Republicans or not, this is a group of people that have no business in the political arena. Their candidates and agenda must be firmly pushed aside, in this election and in every other following.

So despite the fact that Hillary now has a double-digit lead, and we’re all going to get out the vote to make sure she wins, we can’t get complacent. We can never forget that these people are out there, they’re malignant, and they vote. Let’s make sure they are demoted to the vast, irrelevant fringes of American society, where they belong.

This is an open thread.

 

 

 

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64 Responses to "Activist Monday: The Day the Republican Party Died"

Do I hear the sound of crickets? 🙂

Sorry, not the best of days for moi.

MB, this is so smart. All the cable shows could round up all the bobble heads, escort them to the door, and just have you explain this. For the few reality based Republicans, few and far between, they realize the jig is up. They can no longer sell enrichment of the 1% as a panacea to the 99%.

I harp on this too much around these parts, but let’s say Hillary is somehow able to straighten this out. Beat the Repubs into submission at the ballot box and in Congress. Fix the problem going forward.

What about the generation of people whose time has been wasted because of the intransigence of the Repubs, Tea Party, and the Freedom Carcasses? These people, in their quest for power, have wasted a whole generation of talent, of time, and productivity. It is just immoral. It is just as ethically bankrupt as locking them up without cause for 20 years. It is antithetical to the American dream of unbridled opportunity.

And don’t get me started on Obama’s idiocy of believing his impeccable charm and logic could sway the likes of McConnell, Boehner, Steve King, Paul Ryan, and Marsha Blackburn. Absolute foolishness.

The clamorous Yam has had enough with #socklessdeadintern and #drunkmika. This morning he threatened them with outing their “relationship” when things “settle down”. Taking down Joe and Mika would indeed, “Make America Great Again.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2016/08/22/donald-trump-launches-sexist-mccarthyite-twitter-attack-on-morning-joe-hosts/?utm_term=.eade94131cc3&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

SophieCT posted this next door and since it involves Mrs. Greenspan, I thought more than a few of us would be interested since the title is:

How in the Hell does Andrea Mitchell still have a job?

http://www.palmerreport.com/politics/hell-andrea-mitchell-still-job-msnbc/36/

Trump was sort of on-message for a day. He’s back to his old tricks. New campaign management ain’t gonna fix anything. He is damaged beyond repair.

But the headlines are: “More e-mails found” etc etc etc. I just remember when Bill Clinton met with Loretta Lynch on the tarmac and everyone was freaking out. And Paula Poundstone tweeted: “Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch could have had sex on the tarmac and I’d still vote for Hillary because she’s running against Donald Trump.” Those are my feelings on all the latest scandals.

@5, it is just the unmitigated laziness of the press. Their mental hamster wheel goes like this, “We reported what Trump said. Sounds like we said bad stuff against Trump. Must say something bad about Hillary.” That’s the extent of it. They are so simpleminded, Ryan Lochte, the “Idiot Sea Cow,” looks sophisticated next to them.

Good post madamab. I found it hilarious in 2012 when the Republicans suddenly realized they needed young people, Hispanics, women, African-Americans to win. And now with Trump, they’ve made it worse even though they didn’t stand a chance to begin with.

When the tea party started the “cause” was to repeal Obamacare. That and obstruct Obama was pretty much it. Then when they failed, they turned on the very people they elected to do so. Serves them right for making promises they could not keep.

As a member of the feline species, I reject that mutant critter at the top of this page.

Despite the advice of those who tried to position themselves as more moderate

Oh lil Piyush never really tried to be more moderate. He was trying to get face time on that meme. But all you had to do was look at how he and the Repub lege decimated the budgets in La. and left it to a Democrat to come in and try to clean up the mess.

H/T to uppity woman for tweeting this one. (corrction: retweeting this one)

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Good Borowitz right here.

the Republican Presidential nominee called the numerical system “rigged” and unleashed a torrent of abuse on numbers themselves, calling them “disgusting” and “the lowest form of life.”

“It’s why I won’t release my taxes,” he said. “They’re full of goddam numbers.”

@11 – LOL!

Thank you kindly Prolix and GAGal. I could not agree more about the way the media covers Hillary. I started listening to CNN recently and truly cannot believe my ears most of the time. There is nothing but a torrent of lies and negativity. They’re so out of touch with reality, it’s quite frightening.

Now they’re all bobbleheading about the Clinton Foundation and how it must be closed now. Yup, she’s going to close that charitable organization which helps people and doesn’t make.a profit…just as soon as Drumpf closes all of his for-profit companies. Every single.one! Because clearly he is creating a pay to play situation by running for president while operating businesses!

In re: crickets, Madamab, your post just about covered the topic. My only comment would have been “Ayep. True, dat”.

That old Republican party is indeed deader than a doornail – zombielike, they have yet to realize it and keep staggering around. Along about early November, they’ll finally fall over and lie there, twitching.

Thank you kindly Prolix and GAGal

I see some “southern” has rubbed off on someone here. 😉

You’re exactly right on the Foundation mb. There is no need to shut it down completely. They can do something just like rich folks do with turning their assets over to a blind trust. They can have some other entity run the Foundation until Hillary is out of office.

Hillary is going to be on Jimmy Kimmel tonight.

I’ve been away, for the most part, for few days helping a friend pack to move. Thank goodness she brought in the “muscle” for the actual moving.

I’ve hardly seen any TV news and it’s probably a good thing since last Friday’s horror shows did me in. I switched back and forth for hours and saw nothing but Trump people deflecting and the pundits loving it. I saw one short segment with Christine Quinn for Hillary. Unless you want to count Patti Solis Doyle’s worthless 30 seconds. I know she was an aide to Hillary for years until she was “let go” by the Hillary campaign for mismanagement of campaigns funds. She needs to stay away for Hillary’s sake. Truly useless.

@14 – I told you I have learned a lot from my Southern co-bloggers! Next I will learn New England “ayeps” from Pat, and a New Zealand expression or two from Quixote. 😄

I just think it is amazing that the media hasn’t mentioned the obvious nepotism and corruption that ran through both the Sanders and the Drumpf campaigns. It’s all about Hillary and her emails and her charitable foundation…in.other words, it’s focusing on a rain puddle while 875 Superdomes of water flood Baton Rouge.

Here’s the thing about corrupt people: they are corrupt in all areas of their lives, and they can’t help showing it. Take someone like Drumpf. How many lawsuits has that guy been involved in? How many promises did he break? He earned every single doubt about his truthfulness, because he stinks to high heaven.

Now look at Hillary. Until she entered public life and started getting vilified by, the media and the Republicans, there was never one whiff of scandal. While she was at Wal-Mart and the Children’s Defense Fund, there was nothing even whispered about her honesty. After decades of unrelenting politically motivated, fact-free accusations, she has been found guilty of….nothing. The only thing the media can do is parse her words so carefully that everything she says seems like a lie. Because Hillary is just as corrupt as Drumpf. My wife, Morgan Fairchild, told me so. That’s the ticket.

mb said: I just think it is amazing that the media hasn’t mentioned the obvious nepotism and corruption that ran through both the Sanders and the Drumpf campaigns. It’s all about Hillary and her emails and her charitable foundation…in.other words, it’s focusing on a rain puddle while 875 Superdomes of water flood Baton Rouge.

Exactly! And you can read online pieces, I mean good, substantive ones that will never see coverage by the ahem, main stream teevee shows.

Why isn’t the media asking Donald Trump how he will handle his business interests if he’s elected? It’s been said before he would let his children run ‘his’ companies. Now think about this: Trump has been blacklisted by American banks (cause he’s a crook) and is in hock to Chinese and most likely Russian banks. These are FOR profit businesses and yet the media is mute.

On the other hand, there’s screaming and hollering about a NONprofit CHARITY that does good all over the world – but it must be disbanded (thanks Ed Rendell, asshole). Also for some reason, the Clinton’s child (unlike Donald’s) has to be forbidden to work (for free) for the Foundation. Will the media ever say anything about this? I’m waiting. Let’s get it started.

Republican super PAC sinks money into House races and pretends they all loved Paul Ryan all along.

“There’s a very positive feeling about Speaker Ryan and what he’s working to achieve,” Shields said. “There are new donors to our organization because… they’ve heard his message: that we need to be a proposition party that actually stands for something. There is a real hunger among supporters of House Republicans for that message.”

Yeah, let me fix that for them. ‘There are new donors to our organization because…TRUMP…they’ve heard his message…’ and now they’re desperate.

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/house-republicans-super-pac-227248

How in the Hell does Andrea Mitchell still have a job?
I think that MSNBC continues to employ Mitchell for the same reason that CNN still employs Wolf Blitzer: to make their viewers feel superior.

@21: From the comments over at that piece:

She is MSNBC’s Willard Scott.

@20: And that’s probably why I’m getting hammered by emails from the DCCC.

@19 – that’s exactly what I am saying. If Hillary has to disband the Foundation now, then Trump has to disband all of his for-profit companies now too. It’s only fair.

The thing about the Clinton Foundation is that the Clintons have not done a good job presenting to the public what the Clinton Foundation is. The coverage of it really does suggest that it’s the Clintons’ personal piggy-bank. That’s how everyone talks about it. And the Clintons and the campaign has not created the counter narrative, explaining what it actually does. That’s something they have totally failed at and I’m astounded by how they don’t even try. They are constantly on the defensive about it, instead of going on the offensive and making sure people understand what the Foundation does.

@26 – I agree DYB. I think they keep getting blindsided by the way it’s being presented by the media. Honestly, I think Hillary is not good at managing perceptions. (This is what she said during the convention: “I’m better at the ‘service’ part than the ‘public’ part.”) My impression is that feels like if she didn’t do anything wrong, that should be good enough for everyone, and they should move on. I think she still believes that even though the media is still screaming about the emails no one cares about.

Re the emails, the perception about the Foundation is that it created a “pay-to-play” environment for her donors when she was SOS. Even the faintest suggestion that supports this narrative should be dealt with immediately. There are now 20 emails out of tens of thousands which seem to potentially suggest a conflict of interest. The campaign should acknowledge the perception, give a good explanation that addresses the perception, and move on.

I have no idea where the piggy bank thing came from, but that should be dealt with too.

I think this is a good article on the emails, and the campaign response is good. As DYB mentioned, it is defensive, rather than offensive, though.

Interesting that the article puts it out there that Judicial Watch is a wingnut organization (Morning Joe completely omitted this while #drunkmika pushed the men to discuss this “issue”) and there is absolutely no evidence of corruption. In fact, there is some evidence to the contrary.

@27> Yes, I think she does think that if she did nothing wrong then everyone just accept it and move on. But that flies in the face of the last 30 years of of her life. How many times have the media and Republicans just moved on??? Why can’t she finally learn something. The stubbornness is maddening. The Clinton Foundation and explaining it is something they should have been doing for months already. But it’s still not happening. I keep telling people it’s a charity and they stare at me with a blank look. (Or on Facebook respond with silence.) This is like the swift boating of Kerry; why don’t they recognize these signs? I don’t get it.

The Washington Post article from today has a suggestive headline, but if you read the article they basically say about these new e-mails that people were contacting Abedin, and some people got a meeting with Clinton, but no favors appear to have been done. So there is no fire. But perception is everything, so this keeps coming up and up and up and up. And Clinton just keeps getting blindsided, but I don’t know how many times they can all be blindsided before their “eureka” moment.

@16, GAgal, I took a few days off myself from the news. Its like you need a vacation from it.

@26, DYB, very good point!

@30 – Yes, totally agree. #drunkmika was insisting this was THE news story this morning on MSNBS, even though the boyz wanted to talk about Trump’s latest toxic tweets. But there’s nothing there, so why even bother with it? #drunkmika seemed frustrated and said “no matter what, Trump will find some way to make this not news and lose the election,” despite the fact that it wasn’t news!

I think she also feels it doesn’t mean anything, because she will win, and then people will like her. That’s usually what happens. She gets into office, does a phenomenal job, and then her favorability ratings go up yuuuuuuugely. But, this is the first time she’ll be President. This is a national stage. The virulence from the media will be unprecedented. (I know it’s hard to imagine, but I think we all know it will happen.) If she doesn’t have a better response than she’s been showing so far, I fear she will lose effectiveness as Commander-in-Chief.

My only consolation is that she is a lot smarter than I am, so I’ll bet she’s got a plan for once she’s in the Oval Office.

@mb: and my Cajun boy James gave both #socklessdeadintern and #drunkmika back as good as they threw out. It was so funny because Carville’s body language was perfect. It was like: “let me lean back and deal with these two amateurs for a few minutes and amuse myself”. And he did indeed just lean back in his chair rather comfortably from the looks of it.

Since I have contributed to the Clinton Foundation, this is the email I got from President Clinton yesterday:

Dear,

When I left the White House in 2001 and returned to life as a private citizen, I wanted to continue working in areas I had long cared about, where I believed I could still make an impact. That’s what the Clinton Foundation has tried to do, by creating opportunities and solving problems faster, better, at lower cost so that more people are empowered to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. I am grateful to everyone in the U.S. and across the world who has been involved in our work, and especially grateful to Chelsea for her role in increasing scope and impact.

From day one, the Foundation has pursued its mission through partnerships with governments, the private sector, other foundations, and philanthropists, creating networks of cooperation that are focused on results. In 2005, we convened the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to give people all over the world the chance to do the same thing.

These efforts have improved millions of lives around the world. For example:

More than 11.5 million people in over 70 countries have access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS drugs at 90 percent lower cost through our affiliated Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), including more than 800,000 children. That’s more than half the adults and three quarters of the children on treatment today.

CHAI has also organized the training of thousands of health care workers as part of an effort to address critical shortages in poor countries and help others build strong, self-sufficient health systems, and expanded access to high-quality, low-cost treatment and diagnostics for many other diseases and conditions.

Through our work with the affiliated Alliance for a Healthier Generation, more than 18 million students in over 31,000 American schools, in every state, now have healthier food and more physical activity options, and our agreements with the beverage industry have reduced the caloric intake from drinks by 90 percent in the vast majority of U.S. schools.

Our Health Matters Initiative is working in six communities to improve health and has worked with innovative drug companies to help reverse opioid overdoses and combat prescription painkiller misuse by lowering the cost of autoinjection naloxone and making naloxone nasal spray available to every high school in the U.S. at no cost.

The Foundation’s Haiti initiative has promoted sustainable investment resulting in the planting of more than 5 million trees, the development of 5 new agricultural supply chains benefiting more than 4,000 smallholder farmers, and support for more than 20 entrepreneurial businesses. And members of CGI’s Haiti Action Network have made more than 100 Commitments to Action to strengthen the health, education, agriculture, and infrastructure sectors.

Our climate change projects have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 33,500 tons annually across the U.S. We’ve also partnered on reforestation and land restoration efforts in South America and East Africa, and are working with island nations to develop renewable energy projects and reduce dependence on expensive imported diesel and petroleum.

More than 500,000 people in Latin America are benefiting from social enterprises that connect people to job training, supply chains, and entrepreneurship opportunities.

More than 105,000 farmers in East Africa have dramatically increased their yields and their incomes.

And, through Too Small to Fail (TSTF), we are working with the faith-based community, pediatricians, community and business leaders, and Head Start educators to provide parents with resources in everyday settings to support their young children’s early brain and language development, and have reached 155,000 parents with tips through direct text messages.

I have found great joy in simple moments shared with people who are benefiting from our work: holding a baby who is alive and healthy because he now has access to AIDS medication; planting rows of seeds with smallholder farmers in Malawi and hearing about how our programs have lifted their incomes, enabling them to send their children to school and electrify their homes; meeting with female entrepreneurs in Peru who are earning a good living for the first time in their lives by providing essential goods to their remote communities. This work has been my life for the last 15 years, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Since Hillary began her presidential campaign in 2015, Chelsea and I have made it clear that the work the Clinton Foundation started should continue if Hillary is elected, but that changes would be necessary. While it would be presumptive to assume a victory in November, now that Hillary is her party’s nominee, it would be irresponsible not to plan for it.

If Hillary is elected president, the Foundation’s work, funding, global reach, and my role in it will present questions that must be resolved in a way that keeps the good work going while eliminating legitimate concerns about potential conflicts of interest. Over the last several months, members of the Foundation’s senior leadership, Chelsea, and I have evaluated how the Foundation should operate if Hillary is elected. Throughout the process, our top priorities have been preserving our most important programs, supporting the people who work for the Foundation and its affiliated programs, and resolving legitimate conflict of interest questions.

If she is elected, we will immediately implement the following changes: The Foundation will accept contributions only from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and U.S.-based independent foundations, whose names we will continue to make public on a quarterly basis. And we will change the official name from the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to the Clinton Foundation.

While I will continue to support the work of the Foundation, I will step down from the Board and will no longer raise funds for it.

Much of the Foundation’s international work, like that of most global NGOs, is funded in part by donor governments’ bilateral aid programs. If Hillary is elected, we will transition those programs out of the Foundation to other organizations committed to continuing their work. Doing this in a way that ensures continuity and is respectful of all the employees working around the world will take time. We will complete these transitions as soon as we can do so responsibly.

With respect to CHAI, I will step down from the Board. We, along with the CHAI Board, are additionally considering a range of options to ensure that its vital work will continue and will announce details soon.

The Clinton Foundation was originally established to build the Clinton Presidential Center and Library in Little Rock, and the work there will continue regardless of the outcome of the election. Since opening its doors 12 years ago, more than 4 million people have visited the Center and it has helped to inspire new generations of leaders—including through the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a bipartisan educational partnership with the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. The Center has lived up to my vision and much more, including as an important educational and cultural resource and driver of economic growth for the Little Rock community.

Finally, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has accomplished even more than I dreamed when it began in 2005, and we’ve made the decision that the Annual Meeting this September will be the last, and that we will no longer hold our CGI America meetings. Nine years ago in my book Giving, I wrote, “I want to continue these meetings for at least a decade, with the objective of creating a global network of citizen activists who reach across the divides of our interdependent world to build real communities of shared opportunities, shared responsibilities, and a genuine sense of belonging.” That is exactly what CGI, its members, and its dedicated staff have done.

We started CGI to create a new kind of community built around the new realities of our modern world, where problem-solving requires the active partnership of government, business, and civil society. We’ve brought together leaders from across sectors and around the world both to talk about our challenges, and to commit publicly to actually do something about them. It was something different, but our bet paid off: there was a hunger for the chance to make an impact that brought together people and organizations with the resources to make a difference with people who have the knowledge and experience to turn good ideas into action. Corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations began combining their strengths and finding entirely new approaches to old problems. CGI quickly became an embodiment of what works best in the 21st-century world, and what has been behind all of the Clinton Foundation’s work since the very beginning: networks of cooperation.

This partnership model, which may seem self-evident today, was simply not how philanthropy and corporate responsibility worked over a decade ago. Today, members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made more than 3,500 commitments that are already improving over 430 million lives in more than 180 countries. These projects will continue to make an impact around the world and in the U.S. The idea that working together beats going it alone has caught on well beyond our CGI community.

It’s been one of the great honors of my life to be part of this special community, and I hope the hard work and benefits of CGI’s great staff and its members’ creative cooperation will keep rippling out into the world. The commitment model has been adopted by other forums and I hope that more will do so, or that new organizations will arise to do this work. While this year will be the last for the CGI Annual Meeting and CGI America, I hope and believe we can and should preserve CGI University (CGI U), our meeting that brings university students together to develop innovative solutions to important challenges in the U.S. and around the world.

In addition to continuing CGI U and all of the activities of the Clinton Presidential Center, the Foundation will also continue those domestic programs that can be maintained with the funding restrictions we announced today.

The process of determining the Clinton Foundation’s future if Hillary becomes President has not been easy. It’s an unprecedented situation, so there’s no blueprint to follow. Part of what has made the Foundation successful over the last 15 years has been our understanding that solving problems and creating opportunities faster, better, and in the most cost-effective way sometimes means changing course.

Working alongside so many passionate people around the world who share our goals and believe in our approach has made these 15 years one of the most rewarding chapters of my life, as I know it has been for Chelsea. While my role in that work will change, the work itself should continue because so many people are committed to it and so many more are relying on it.

Chelsea and I are very proud of what the Clinton Foundation, its affiliates, and its partners have accomplished, and we are profoundly grateful to the staff, to those who have funded our work, and to all the people with whom we have worked and from whom we have learned so much. We will try to be faithful to them, their values, and their work in effecting this transition as quickly and effectively as possible.

Sincerely,

Bill Clinton

@35 Thanks for that Fredster. I’ve not heard a word about it from media. Guess it’s too complicated for their short attention span.

Somebody remind me again how much Chelsea is making off Hillary’s campaign. That would be $0.

https://news.vice.com/article/trumps-kids-are-cashing-in-on-his-campaign

Hillary proves she’s in good health on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night.

@36: If the media were to push on that announcement by Bill, there would go 15 or 20 minutes of talk time on Morning Schmoe, New Day (whatever that CNN show is called currently) and others.

Cumo (whichever one he is) and his current seat mate were on today with two guys I didn’t recognize and the seat mate asks all the others “So how do we know whether Hillary Clinton is in good health or not?” (or words to that effect). That was the topic of the segment – Hillary’s health. Well sweetie how do we know you aren’t gonna drop dead of a heart attack walking off the set?

More from Hillary’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel. Jimmy is going to be the Vice, Vice-President.

@37: From the article:

In July alone, Trump’s campaign paid $169,758.33 in rent to Trump Tower Corporation LLC, $48,239.77 for rent and catering at Trump National Golf Club in Weschester, $1,000 to Trump Restaurants LLC, and $428.53 worth of Trump’s bottled water Trump Ice.

I wonder if he’s ever considered (you know he has!) the possibility of Trump toilet paper?

@38 Hillary did better than I could have! When I open a pickle jar, I have to take the heavy end of a butter knife and bang it around the lid. If I’m lucky I get the pop!

GAgal: You think maybe someone gave that lid a helping hand before they gave it to Hillary?

I got my mom one these contraptions that looked kind of like a lever to open jars. I had to end up using it myself a few times. LOL

Oh this is too funny! Staffers quit new Sanders political group.

“A majority of the staff quit as a result of Jeff joining,” one person told the news outlet, adding they had joined the group with a promise from Sanders that Weaver would not be involved.

“Over the last few days, almost the entire staff resigned from the organization because they would not work for Jeff Weaver or help to enact Jeff’s vision for the organization in any way,” one of the former staffers added Monday.

And Trump jacks up the rent paid to his companies after he “started taking donations”.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-campaign-rent_us_57bba424e4b03d51368a82b9

@44 OMG Weaver rears his ugly head again. I’m sorry but Bernie has to be stupid if he still hasn’t noticed how toxic Weaver is. He’ll run their Revolution into the ground.

@46: Maybe he’ll bring Sarandon in to run things. 😛

I would have walked away too if Sanders had brought Weaver into it.

I’ll be amazed if this thing lasts a year.

@46: Ahh…this explains so much right here:

Jane Sanders, Bernie Sanders’s wife, chairs the board of Our Revolution and reportedly asked Weaver to join the group.

Too bad O’Reilly is not officially named in the lawsuit.

[C]ommencing in February 2016, Bill O’Reilly (“O’Reilly”), whom Tantaros had considered to be a good friend and a person from whom she sought career guidance, started sexually harassing her by, inter alia, (a) asking her to come to stay with him on Long Island where it would be “very private,” and (b) telling her on more than one occasion that he could “see [her] as a wild girl,” and that he believed that she had a “wild side.” Fox News did take one action: plainly because of O’Reilly’s rumored prior sexual harassment issues and in recognition of Tantaros’s complaints, Brandi informed Cane that Tantaros would no longer be appearing on O’Reilly’s Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor.

https://thinkprogress.org/the-explosive-new-sexual-harassment-allegations-against-bill-oreilly-detailed-532232faca58#.kkcb4dg90

@49: Good God what a bunch of pigs working over there at Fox!

I guess you can’t say the Scots don’t have a sense of humor.

Penguin promoted to brigadier at Edinburgh Zoo

What do y’all think of this latest poll showing Hillary ahead by 12? It’s an online poll so I’m not sure about it.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll-idUSKCN10Y28J

I’ve added a new link on the right side under Politics. It’s from Hillary’s group Correct the record and details some of Trump’s shoddy, terrible, bad business ventures.

@52: I’m not sure about that either. Prolix is our polling guru. However it did have this in there:

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English in all 50 states. Both presidential polls included 1,115 respondents and had a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 3 percentage points.

I would wonder how Reuters advertised or announced the poll, how they got email addresses (is that how they did it?) and the like.

So Jane brought WEvil in, eh? Gawd, these people are just so incestuous. No wonder Bernie never released his tax returns.

Yes GAGal – of course Trump’s kids get wingnut welfare. Trump is the ultimate crony capitalist.

@55: That explained so much, right there. Jane chairs the board, has no idea what she’s doing, so she calls in that thing that was with the campaign. Perfect.

@52 & 54, first, the Reuters/Ipsos has good reliability. It was the most accurate before the 2012 election.

It is an internet panel poll. A panel is a staggering number of respondents who have agreed to take surveys. Demographics and personal preferences are known prior to submission of the survey.

The long and short of this: It is like going cat adopting and knowing exactly the color, age, type, and temperament of the cats before they are presented to you.

With all that said, there is no question the demographics are sterling. It still comes down to turnout numbers and who will over or under perform in the turnout modeling.

So, the 12 point spread is probably accurate in a perfect world. I would caution the turnout model of uneducated males — they are probably under represented in the sample and I believe they will over perform in this election. So the 12 point spread might be a little ambitious, but all-in-all it is probably accurate based upon the 2012 turnout model and demographics.

@57: Prolix said:

I would caution the turnout model of uneducated males — they are probably under represented in the sample and I believe they will over perform in this election

So could we maybe give them two six packs of PBR and point them in the wrong direction?

For shame! There are people out there who do not like Fight Song! 👿

@58, it shouldn’t be any more difficult than telling them they will have to operate and decipher a Gregorian calendar. That should take care of it.

Mr. R. Pundit has a good post up on the latest Clinton Foundation nonsense.

@35, Fredster, thanks for posting that. Makes me sad that it will have to change.

@44, LOL, also, love WEvil MB!

@63: Oh it makes me more than sad when talking heads say “shut it down”.

This is part of Bill Clinton’s legacy. If other organizations had been able or willing to do what the Foundation has done, the Clinton Foundation CGI, CGI-U and the rest would not have had to be invented would they?

Silly pundits.

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