Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hasbro Releases Hillary Clinton Weeble Toy!


In honor of both the nomination of the first major-party female presidential candidate to be nominated, and in simultaneous commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Weeble toy, Hasbro is proudly releasing a commemorative collectors' edition of the Hillary Clinton Weeble, according to a press statement made late this afternoon.

Brian Goldner, President and CEO of Hasbro, stood proudly beside President of Hasbro Brands John Frascotti as the new Weeble Toy was presented to the press.

"We thought it was both appropriate and profound," said Brian Goldner. "Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down, as the old commercials used to say. And that's just like Hillary. You can knock her down and knock her down, but she always bobs right back up again!"

"Plus, if you're of a conservative mindset, you can just keep hitting her," added Frascotti.

"The toy, you mean," Goldner corrected.

"Yeah, the toy," said Frascotti.

Hasbro first released the egg-shaped Weeble Toy on July 23, 2971. It was marketed under their "Romper Room" brand. Because the "egg" is weighted on the bottom, the toy always pops back up when knocked over, and wobbles back and forth afterward. Weeble People have ranged from generic men and women to animals and celebrities of all sorts, and have delighted generations of children.

Hasbro wanted to do the release on the 45th anniversary of the toy, but had to wait for Hillary to officially accept her party's nomination first.

"It's a remarkable moment," said Goldner. "Chelsea probably played with Weeble toys when she was a kid, and now her mother is one!"

"She's also a history making presidential candidate," Frascotti pointed out.

"Yeah, that too," said Goldner.

When asked whether Hasbro was considering releasing a version of a classic children's toy, John Frascotti didn't hesitate in his answer.

"Silly Putty," he told reporters. "Without a doubt, Donald Trump is definitely Silly Putty."

"We'll get back to you about that," interrupted Goldner.


Eric

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Julian Assange Sinks To New Low


Well, he's done it again. Julian Assange, the master of smoke and mirrors, has put up online the email that he claims, through Twitter, is the smoking gun that will get Hillary Clinton arrested. This latest smear campaign against Lady Titanium comes through a website which dares to call itself thefreethoughtproject.com. Speaking as a freethinker, I don't appreciate this kind of hack journalism giving the non-religious community a bad name, nor do I like it associating conspiracy theory crackpot nonsense with the intellectual nobility which is skepticism of religion.

You can read the entire claim here. But I'll quote from the article anyway.

At issue is an email thread, beginning with a note from Clinton’s former chief of staff at the State Department, Jake sullivan, which tellingly states:

“They say they’ve had issues sending secure fax. They’re working on it.”

To which an apparently impatient Hillary replies:

“If they can’t, turn it into nonpaper w no identifying headline and send nonsecure.”

What she’s requesting from Sullivan is that he strip sensitive information of anything marking it as sensitive so it can be sent through without following security protocols. Clinton, in other words, blatantly asked Sullivan to break the law — because she apparently didn’t want to wait.

Well, nice try. When I read the article, I noticed right away that the e-mail thread had been cut off in the screen shot, leaving previous information below the bottom border invisible. Now, why would Assange deny us the ability to read the message in context, I wondered? So, I went to Wikileaks to read the entire email in its context. You can do the same thing by clicking here. Here's what I found. For clarity, I've put the messages in chronological order scrolling down. (They were not ordered that way on Wikileaks.)

From: Hillary Clinton 
To: Jake Sullivan 
Date: 2011-06-16 01:21 
Subject: UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05787519 Date: 01/07/2016 

RELEASE IN PART B5,B6

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From: Spence, Matthew J. [mailto: B6 
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 04L PM 
To: Sullivan, Jacob 3 
Subject: B5  

B5

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From: Sullivan, Jacob 3 [mailto:SullivanD@state.gov] 
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 05:51 PM  
To: H 
Subject: Fw: B5  

You'll get tps this eve. They're coming together. 

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From: H [mailto:HDR22@clintonemail.com] 
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 07:52 AM  
To: Sullivan, Jacob J 
Subject: Re: B5 

I didn't get the TPs yet.

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From: Sullivan, Jacob J 
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 08:00 AM 
To: 'HDR22@clintonemail.com'  
Subject: Re: B5  

?!!! Checking

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From: Sullivan, Jacob J [mailto:Sullivann@state.gov] 
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 08:17 AM 
To: H 
Subject: Re: B5   

They say they've had issues sending secure fax. They're working on it.

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From: H  
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 8:21 AM 
To: 'sullivanjj@ state.gov'  
Subject: Re B5   

If they can't, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.


Is this a smoking gun? No! Because as the original email thread clearly shows, the issue is an unclassified State Department case file. And not only that, merely the talking points regarding it. TP's, in case you don't know, are Talking Points, and are generally the pre-scripted soundbytes regarding any issue which are fed to the attention-deficit media.

Hillary complains she hasn't gotten the talking points yet. Now, you can't get much more non-classified material than talking points which are meant for the media anyway. But any fax sent to the Secretary of State is automatically classified because it's being sent over wire, which can be tapped. So when the fax fails, Hillary instructs Jacob Sullivan to send it by email without heading. Why not? It's meant for the newspapers anyway, right?

So why, for the love of Zeus, does Assange tweet this obvious disproof of his own argument?!

Because he knows you, the gullible public, won't bother to double-check his work! By claiming that a certain email proves Hillary's guilt, and then citing it, it appears at first glance to be proof of a Hillary Clinton lie. But if one actually follows up - something he knows that almost nobody will do - it's easy to see that he's making a claim on an email thread that actually says the exact opposite!

It's unethical, underhanded, and twisted, but admittedly genius!

It's no secret that Assange wants to destroy Hillary Clinton. The fact that he's helping to elect Donald Trump doesn't seem to bother him in the least. But then, living in exile inside an embassy in London, he doesn't have to feel the immediate consequences of a Trump presidency. Hell, Trump might even pardon him!

I've lost all respect for Julian Assange. He is no longer some knight in shining armor defending the people's right to know, because now he is deliberately and maliciously using his fame and power to spread lies of his own engineering.

If Debbie Wasserman Schultz had to step down, so should Julian Assange. He should hand Wikileaks over to somebody else, and then wait out his remaining years in his safe-house inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to fucking die. His crime was far worse by hundreds of orders of magnitude.


Eric

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DNC Emails Prove Nothing


So, there's another email scandal, and this time it involves the DNC. Some 20,000 emails were hacked out of DNC servers and then leaked to Wikileaks. The emails appear to show that the DNC preferred Hillary to Bernie, and wanted to help Hillary win.

Is this at all news? No. It simply shows what we already knew all along. The DNC had its clear favorite, and wanted to help her. But in the end, they had very little power to actually do anything, and did next to nothing they talked about in their emails anyway.

So the correct interpretation is, no harm, no foul. This certainly does not prove the primary was "rigged," and only a wishful-thinking fool would say so.

But that's not how people see it. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who called Sanders' campaign manager an asshole in one of the emails, has stepped down, effective when the convention she worked so damned hard to pull together is over. Even that's not enough.

People just don't do the fucking research. The Wikileaks emails are searchable by anybody, but most people just take the news media's word for it regarding what it was the emails actually said.

Take as an example the most damning of the emails, sent by Brad Marshall, the CFO of the DNC, to Louis Miranda, the national communications director for the DNC, Amy Dacey, the CEO, and Mark Paustenbach, the deputy communications director.

"It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist."

In a follow-up that showcased Marshall's hideous lack of command over the English language, he wrote, "It's these Jesus thing."

But the only reaction this email got in response was one simple reply from Amy Dacy, who replied,

"Amen."

And that was it. The email thread dies there. Nobody followed up on Marshall's ham-handed idea. Nobody took it seriously. He was just an accountant, and the bigwigs who ran the show knew it. So Marshall's suggestion was brutally and deservedly ignored.

This is a scandal?

And let's understand, even though the DNC didn't use this attack, you can bet the Republicans would!

It's no secret that Julian Assange wants to undermine Hillary Clinton any way he can. He must be giddy with glee that he's managed to hoodwink the masses into hating Hillary - again! He's put out a load of nothing, and people are buying it! Really and truly buying it! Damn!

But if the FBI and the DNC are right, Assange worked with Putin and the Russians to do it, and this is not the act of a crusader for openness in government. This is the deliberate act of a saboteur who is letting his irrational hatred of one woman give Donald Trump the fighting chance he so richly does not deserve. And he did this knowing he was helping establish a Trump-Putin link that could establish a new rule of fascism from both the Kremlin and the White House.

Fuck that guy! He's lost all moral high ground, in my book.

Hillary won because more democrats voted for her. And once again, a supposed scandal of Hillary's proves to be without merit, and without substance.

I'm willing to lay it on the line here. Hillary may be the best damn political candidate I've ever seen, except possibly for Barack Obama.

Let's roll up our sleeves and get her elected!


Eric

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

John Kasich Dedicates New Insane Asylum: Quicken Loans Arena


In a move that Ohio insiders saw coming for days, Ohio Governor John Kasich has officially designated Quicken Loans Arena as the new Cuyahoga County Municipal Asylum for the Mentally Insane, and dedicated it in a press release just outside the parking lot.

"All the crazy people are here anyway," he told reporters. "Saves us all a lot of time and effort."

UNICEF and other relief agencies are rushing to get needed mental health professionals on site as quickly as possible. In an effort to free up needed funds, President Obama has declared Quicken Loans Arena a federal disaster area.

"We have to work quickly to contain the conflagration before it spreads to the surrounding communities," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

But even with Republican and Democrat leaders working hand-in-hand to contain the insanity outbreak, it seems to be spreading, with Republicans booing off the stage the one person who showed any sign of mental health, Senator Ted Cruz, who refused to endorse Trump.

"Think about that," said NeverTrump leader Charlie Sykes. "Ted Cruz, of all people, the sane one!"

This tragedy comes at a location only ten minutes away from where Tamir Rice was gunned down - an event that the community is still reeling from. Experts estimate the damage inflicted by the Quicken Loans Arena disaster could tally in the trillions of dollars, unless it is stopped quickly.


Eric

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Did Hillary Really Call Blacks "Superpredators?"


Did Hillary Clinton really once call black kids "superpredators?"

In a word, no. She did use that term, however. And she used it specifically in application to gangs.

The year was 1996, the place was Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. Hillary was campaigning for her husband's reelection, and was defending the Crime Bill - something we who lived through that era all regret supporting (and yes, we pretty much all did). The term "superpredators" was a newly minted term, and nobody had yet considered how it might be misunderstood or misused. But then Hillary used it, and it instantly gained more weight and notoriety. Republicans used the word, well, liberally. But when an actual liberal spoke it, well, then it was obviously racist. Anything to dislodge the black vote away from the left.

Fast forward twenty years later to 2016. Hillary's comment has been reduced to a ten-second sound byte, misused and taken out of context by everybody. Does this mean that Hillary singled out black youth as predatory? Was this therefore a racist statement?

The answer is flatly no. Although Hillary has said she regretted using that term years ago, she was talking not about race, but about gangs - those organized criminals who peddle drugs and violently protect their territorial franchises. Are they often comprised of black kids? Yes, but then as now, sometimes the kids are white, Asian, or Latino. The phrase "superpredators" might have had an explicitly racist overtone to Republican ears, but street gangs can be equal opportunity employers, too! They often were in 1996, and they still are today!

We ought not let the prevalence of gang youth being black trick us into thinking a statement about gangs is a statement about black people. That's the stereotype, but it's wrong.

Note how Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks makes this very point in this video, and then completely abandons it for racial generalization again! Come on, dude!

It's an easy mistake to make, even for smart people. We tend not to recognize that we are all the same race. It goes against our tribal instincts.

If you want to see the entire context of Hillary's 1996 speech, you can watch it for yourself on C-SPAN's archive here and see that she was talking gangs, not blacks. Compare it to the twelve-second clip which you can find on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALXulk0T8cg. But just to break it down a bit more (and because a few computer users out there don't follow links), let me just write out the important part of the transcript:

"...but we also have to have an organized effort against gangs, just as in a previous generation we had an organized effort against the mob. We need to take these people on, they are often connected to big drug cartels, they are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called 'superpredators,' no conscience, no empathy, we can talk about why they ended up that way but first we have to bring them to heel, and the president has asked the FBI to launch a very concerted effort against gangs everywhere."

So that's it. Gangs. Gangs that include groups like Crips and Bloods, but which also include groups like the Latin Kings, or white Neo-Nazis. In fact, American History X, starring Avery Brooks and Edward Norton, Jr., was released in 1998, only two years after Hillary made her 'superpredators' remark. Art follows life in film long after the phenomenon upon which the plot is based. That means that Neo-Nazi youth gangs were well known to exist in 1996 and even long before that. When Hillary said, 'superpredators,' she was including the white Neo-Nazis who were/are also selling drugs and fighting turf wars in inner city streets!

"Superpredators" was not about just black kids. It was about organized and avowed miscreants of every hue. Mostly black in some areas, yes, and according to popular cliche and Republican myth, that's all. But by no means limited to such. We do society a disservice by forgetting Latin and Nazi gangs.

When some people accuse Hillary of calling black kids "superpredators," and thinking that this would cost her the "black vote," they are insulting the intelligence of black Americans, thinking them too stupid to see through your shallow argument. But here's something that will blast your little, racist world apart: black people are not stupid! They are smart enough to evaluate Hillary's 20-year-old statement on its own merit, and can figure out for themselves how she singled out a kind of organization rather than a kind of ethnicity.

This is why this particular accusation did not result in Hillary losing black voters. It wasn't because they were either blind or stupid.

It's because her accusers are.


Eric

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Monday, July 18, 2016

The Suicide Of Vincent Foster


The latest meme trend against Hillary on Facebook is that a curious number of deaths mysteriously appear around the former First Lady every time the death in question was about to testify against her. Now, that's an odd accusation, because plenty of people with far more damning evidence have testified against her and emerged quite alive. That goes for Bill, too. So why would Hillary accrue a pile of bodies unnecessarily?

In a previous blog post, I delved into the recent death of former United Nations General Assembly President John Ashe. Some had claimed that Ashe's death was conveniently timed to thwart a testimony he was about to give against the Clintons. But his death turned out to not only be merely a freak accident, it had no connection to Hillary whatsoever, and barely even had a connection to her husband Bill. So, from my perspective, the accusation that Hillary is amassing a death count is batting 0 for 1 already. But actually, it's batting 0 for 2, because I previously investigated the suicide of Vincent Foster as well. No, not on this blog. It was many, many years ago.

Back then, I was a much younger man, a newly minted former Christian, and a young Republican. I had no love for the First Lady, or her Husband, but I knew that I had to at least treat the office of the President of the United States with respect (an attitude I find quite lacking in today's politics). I didn't have the Internet or Google to help me, but I was pretty mean with the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, and I was the one who taught my high school librarian how to use the microfiche machine. I concluded, just like everyone else on the political Right did, that Foster did, in fact, commit suicide. It was the right conclusion.

Of great help to me at the time was a book by James B. Stewart called Blood Sport: The President and His Adversaries, which gave a detailed account of Vince Foster's background, his relationship with Hillary, and his subsequent suicide.

Hillary knew Vince Foster from her time at the Rose Law Firm in Arkansas, which she worked for from 1977 until her husband ran for President in 1992. She became the first female full partner of the firm. So when Bill and Hillary came to the White House, Foster came with them, and was named Deputy White House Counsel.

His tenure was a rocky one. Almost immediately the White House came under legal fire. An investigation was launched by Congress into the Whitewater scandal. Two nominees for Attorney General, Zoe Bard and Kimba Wood, were both shot down during their confirmation hearings due to revelations that both had employed illegal immigrants as nannies. Eventually, they confirmed Janet Reno, but having the top-tier of their legal team installed didn't smooth things over. Soon the Travelgate scandal broke, and it began to bog down the Clintons even more.

Witnesses to what happened leading up to Vincent Foster's suicide confirm that Hillary berated her former coworker at the Rose Law Firm mercilessly. In a meeting which took place about a week before he killed himself, she disagreed with a legal objection he made, and browbeat him fiercely in front of his coworkers, saying that he hadn't vetted their nominees properly, that he'd failed her, and that he wasn't protecting herself or her husband adequately.

With all the pressures that any young administration faces, the occasional outburst is understandable, and it's surprising they don't happen more often. But when Hillary, who had worked with and stood by Foster for so many years, tore him down in front of everyone, it cut him deeply in a way Hillary, who by her nature was overly perfectionist, was perhaps unaware of. Foster was already known to have a depressive personality, but those around him say that this tongue-lashing Hillary had given him was the last straw. On Tuesday, July 13, 1993, the night following that meeting, Vincent was having dinner with his wife Lisa, and broke down crying. He said that he was considering resigning.

The following weekend, the Fosters joined their friends, Michael Cardoza and Webster Hubbell and their wives for swimming and tennis. Vincent loved tennis, but everyone was concerned about his behavior that day, because he said he didn't feel like playing - something very much not like him. He merely sat away from everyone in a corner, apparently pretending to read a book, and staring off into space for long periods of time. The following Monday, Foster called his therapist, expressing he was having suicidal thoughts.

Then, the tragedy finally happened. Vincent showed up at the White House for work on the Tuesday morning of July 20th, looking even more sullen than usual. His briefcase probably contained the .38 caliber Smith & Wesson he would later kill himself with. He spent the morning drafting what was probably the outline notes for either his resignation or a suicide letter. Then he tore those notes up. The fragments would later be found by the FBI. Vincent left his office, ostensibly to go to lunch. He was seen by White House security cameras leaving the parking lot at 1:10 p.m.

He would never return. His body was found by police at 8:30 p.m. that evening in Fort Marcy Park, Virginia, just outside of D.C.

Numerous books have been written delving into the subject matter surrounding Vince Foster's death, but here's the highlights of what we know for certain. (And some of the things I list here I am doing from memory from my earlier investigation 20 years ago, but which I am quite confident I remembered correctly. You seldom forget things when they involve blood.)

1.) Six official investigations examined the evidence surrounding his death. All concluded that his death was, in fact, a suicide. One investigation was by the FBI, and another was led by independent investigator Robert Fiske, and another one by an independent investigator named Kenneth Starr, a Republican. He had no reason to hide anything that might damage a political opponent. The other investigations were by state and local police.
2.) The "second bullet wound" hypothesis is a myth. Foster shot himself under the chin with a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver. The "kickback" created a second hole in his neck which was mistaken by one medical examiner as a small-caliber bullet hole. But this was shown not to be the case. No second exit wound existed. Kenneth Starr was satisfied with the coroner's explanation of this. His lead investigator, a man named Miguel Rodriguez, felt that this deserved further inquiry, citing the earlier medical reports, but Starr, knowing full well it was a wild goose chase, overruled him. Rodriguez, not having all the facts, resigned in protest. People still point to the inconclusive "evidence" Rodriguez cited as proof of a conspiracy theory.
3.) Vincent's body lacked a large pool of blood around it because he shot himself on a hillside with his head facing the top of the hill. The blood in his head drained out, but the remaining blood remained inside his body, downhill from the exit wound. This is why there was only a small blood stain, as one would reasonably expect.
4.) The first police officer to see the body insisted there was no gun in either hand. This was because the gun was found beneath the right hand.
5.) Foster was not about to testify to anybody. No testimony was slated to be given by him to any investigative committee following the date of his death.
6.) No suicide note or letter of resignation was ever found, but one would not be absolutely necessary for a death to be an actual suicide.

Now, that's what we know based on the facts. I will now engage in wild speculation, and I must emphasize that this is only my own hypothetical imagination. Take it or leave it.

1.) I believe Vincent Foster did, in fact, write a suicide note.
2.) I believe he sent that suicide note to Hillary Clinton.
3.) Some have speculated that Vincent Foster and Hillary Clinton had an affair. I don't believe they did. But I do think that Vincent Foster was in love with Hillary, and never told her. This is why her disapproval and harsh scolding wounded him so deeply, and drove him to suicide.
4.) I believe he confessed his love for her in his suicide note.
5.) I believe Hillary quite understandably burned it.
6.) I believe Foster's suicide note asked her to.

Now all that is just hypothetical. None of it should be taken all that seriously. But when I ask myself the question of why there was no suicide note, that particular hypothesis makes more sense than any other. There must have been a suicide note, because the draft of one was found torn up, but the note itself was never found. Why? The likeliest explanation for this is that Hillary must have received the suicide note. After all, she was his lawyer, and former coworker. If he were to send it to anybody, it would be her. Then, for some reason deeply personal to her and/or to Bill, she destroyed it. This seems the likeliest explanation for why it was never found. What was that deeply personal reason? Not Whitewater, although that bothered Vincent. Not Travelgate, although that bothered Foster even more. No, it must have been something even bigger, and more damaging. I highly doubt that there's anything in Hillary's public life that hasn't been raked over a hundred times or more, so that leaves only her private life. Vincent must have had a crush, but Hillary was too intimidating a woman for him to act on it. He followed Hillary like a little puppy dog from the Rose Law Firm for more reasons than merely the opportunity to work in the White House.

Am I right? Who knows? But it makes a kind of sense to me. But even if I'm wrong, Foster's death is still definitely a suicide. If there was a suicide note that didn't express love, it expressed something just as damaging. And if there was no suicide note, well then the official story line holds, no alterations needed.

That's my conspiracy theory. But unlike any true conspiracy theorist, you don't have to accept it. Am I excusing Hillary of murder by accusing her of hiding evidence from the FBI? Yes. But if I'm right, and Foster was in love with her, his suicide note would have begged Hillary to destroy it. After all, he couldn't face death knowing that his words might damage her.

What you do have to accept, because it's a goddamned fact, is that Foster committed suicide, and he was not about to testify against anybody. That much, at least, is certain.


Eric

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Hillary's Poll Numbers Too Low? It's YOUR Fault, Bernie-Bailers!


Not all Bernie supporters went trashing Hillary during this contentious primary season. But a significant minority of them did. These are, by in large, the same minority who are now flocking to Jill Stein, a woman whom they thoroughly ignored or outright rejected in favor of Bernie. And now that Bernie wants them to support Hillary instead of Jill, they flock to Jill anyway, essentially saying to him, by deeds rather than words, "Fuck you, you old, coot! We don't care what you have to say anymore!"

I know democracy dictates such people's vote counts just as much as mine, but damn! Even Tinder dates are less back-stabbing and fickle!

You see, it's people such as these who have deliberately trashed Hillary's character. They claimed to do it out of love for Bernie, but in truth, they did it out of a hatred for anything that got in Bernie's way, and that meant Hillary became Satan incarnate to them. They regurgitated anything from Faux News they could get their hands on, and because the attacks came from the Left, many people bought them as true, in spite of most of them having been debunked long, long ago.

First they destroyed Hillary's poll numbers, then they promoted Bernie by saying, "Bernie is the better candidate because he polls better than Hillary!" Which is a little bit like pissing on someone else's sandwich, and then saying, "My sandwich is better because it has less urine on it!" Well, technically, that's true. But when you're the one responsible for the urine-soaked hoagie, isn't it a little bit unfair that you fault your own urine? In like manner, it's a strange sort of logic that the people who made the argument about Hillary's bad poll numbers were the ones responsible for them in the first place!

Don't believe me? Consider the following graph, provided by Real Clear Politics:


Starting in November of 2014, Hillary polled pretty well, with approval numbers in the 51% to 52% range. The e-mail story broke regarding Hillary back in 2013 when the Romanian hacker "Guccifer" broke into Stanley Blumenthal's email account, and showed that emails were sent to Hillary on an address which was clearly private. The story began to pick up steam in January of 2015, but this did not significantly hurt Hillary's poll numbers. Whitewater, Vincent Foster's suicide, Bill's philandering, they were all just as well known then as now, and still Hillary's positives were at 52%. Then The New York Times broke a new twist on the email story on March 3, 2015.

But no! That's NOT when her poll numbers dipped! The numbers did not really begin to decline until weeks later, proving that it was not the email story dragging her down. It was when she officially declared her candidacy for president that her poll numbers dipped, proving that the real reason for Hillary's disapproval among certain voters was certain people, primarily men, hating "uppity women."

Hillary's positive and negative numbers remained tied at 45% until roughly July of 2015. That's right about when Bernie Sanders began picking up steam. And when the vocal minority of Bernie supporters began trashing Hillary any way they could. At the time, it wasn't that they really hated Hillary. She was just in the way.

Hillary, to her fault, gave them plenty of motivation to begin hating her. When asked about the Keystone Pipeline, Hillary gave a non-committal answer. She was later forced to come out against it through the backlash. When pressed about her past record opposing gay marriage, she again hedged before flip-flopping in favor of it. When asked about the Trans Pacific Partnership, she again gave nuanced answers before coming out against it based on a technicality which satisfied no one.

But those actions of Hillary's did not come anywhere close to justifying the kind of vitriolic hate-filled rhetoric which came at her from the most fervent on the Left - many of whom were political newbies. They got very, VERY fired up, and very VERY anti-Hillary. All out of love for Bernie, or so they said.

And now they've completely abandoned Bernie for Jill. Bernie at least had a legitimate shot, because only two-party candidates can win in our polarized system. But Jill is nothing but a spoiler, and everyone knows it. "Lady Nader" (as I call Jill) is Trump's best shot at victory.

Makes you wonder what the Bernie-Bailers are really committed to, doesn't it?

So now it's over, and it's time for everyone on the Left to go back to loving Hillary at least as much as they did back in February of 2015, when she was approved of by 52%, and hated by only 42% (all Republicans). But it's not happening, in large part due to the continued trashing of Hillary from the Left. In fact, so bad has this trashing been that I've been forced to continue my pro-Hillary investigative posts, just because people keep coming up with more and more bizarre accusations dragged out of imagined slights in Hillary's past - all of them taken from Right-wing news sources.

Well, I can't abide that sort of nonsense anymore, and I hope you can't, either.

You people who trashed Hillary from the Left are the same people who gave her a 52% approval rating to begin with. So now get your asses back up there! You tore her down, so you rebuild her!

If you make a mess, you clean it up! And at the risk of sounding like your mother, I'm sick and damned tired of cleaning up your messes for you!


Eric

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