February 3, 2016 § Leave a comment
One of the most common criticisms of Bernie Sanders is that his goals are totally unrealistic. He wants free college and free universal healthcare! That’s insane! How can he possibly expect to get these lofty goals in a divided Congress? That’s not a bad question to ask by any means, but let’s apply some of that realism to this divided Congress. President Obama could not get this Republican Party to pass its own ideas, so why do people believe that Hillary Clinton will be able to get any of her ideas through Congress? They have been campaigning against her for years because, as everyone knows, it was obvious that Hillary had intentions to run again in 2016. This GOP has spent how much money on Benghazi hearings? Bernie Sanders may have some very high political dreams, but from where I sit, both he and Hillary are going to have to deal with this divided Congress. And again, the Republican Party wouldn’t even vote for its own ideas! They don’t care about pragmatism. This link has all you need to know about the situation. For some, the video may not load unless you’re on a pc. It’s worth checking out.
February 2, 2016 § Leave a comment
For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton seems to have *barely* scraped by with a 0.1 to 0.3 percent win. As suspected, turnout was key. There are some areas where the count seems a little off or unreported, but we’ll see how that works out.
Bernie Sanders should win New Hampshire handily, giving him a nice media presence afterwards. His real test will be South Carolina and Nevada. He needs to get his message out to the black communities in SC and make sure they understand he’s not trying to destroy President Obama’s accomplishments like the Clinton campaign has been making it sound.
For Hillary’s part, she needs to play to her strengths. For some reason people think her 8 years as a senator a 4 years as Secretary of State give her the edge on experience, even though Bernie has held elected office for 32 years. She should keep in mind that people do not view her as sincere and honest and act accordingly. My guess is that she won’t because that’s just not her style, and she doesn’t want to risk coming off as more insincere.
Clinton has a huge lead in super delegates, but if Bernie proves himself viable in more diverse states they will shift to his side as they did to President Obama’s in 2008. An exciting time in politics to be sure.
On the Republican front, Donald Trump wasn’t able to turn his polling numbers into a victory. If this holds true going forward, look for Rubio to ascend, which he seems to be doing already.
Jeb is a disaster. If he doesn’t have a strong showing in New Hampshire, he’s likely done for…if he isn’t already.
Cruz must be feeling pretty good, though Iowa picked Rick Santorum in 2012 so we’ll see how that goes.
Keep in mind that Bernie polls better against the Republican field than Hillary. I believe Hillary vs Rubio went to Rubio in fact.
Finally, if #BernieSanders needs someone in eastern North Carolina, I would be happy to oblige.
January 16, 2016 § 1 Comment
I mean just what the title says. The Clinton Campaign has no idea what it’s doing. If you pay attention to politics, you know that the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary are coming up very soon. Hillary Clinton previously held a tremendous lead over Bernie Sanders, but the most recent polls show that is no longer the case. The most recent MSNBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll show Clinton with a 3-point lead over Sanders, 48% to 45%. I make no secret of the fact that I am a Sanders supporter so I love this new polling data. The most recent Quinnipiac poll has Sanders at 49%, with a 5-point lead over Clinton at 44%. It’s important to note that these results are of likely voters.
The Clinton campaign’s response to Bernie’s surge in the polls has been to attack Senator Sanders on issues such as guns and healthcare(?). Chelsea Clinton, apparently acting without the Clinton campaign’s knowledge, decided to go after Bernie on his plans for healthcare. I’ll direct you to PolitiFact’s ruling on that one (Mostly False). For her part, Hillary Clinton is now making the attack that Sanders is cozy with the gun lobby. This stems from a vote Senator Sanders made back in 2005 that protected gun manufacturers from being prosecuted due to the actions of people who bought said guns.
These actions taken by the Clinton campaign make no sense. The fact is that Hillary Clinton is not viewed as a very trustworthy individual, meanwhile Bernie Sanders is thought of as an honest man. When you take that into consideration, it then seems incredibly boneheaded for the Clinton campaign to respond to Bernie’s improved poll numbers with attacks that at best could be described as inadvertent mischaracterizations. This is a man whose record on progressive issues goes back decades. The run-of-the-mill political attack strategy is not the way to go because the target of the attacks is not a run-of-the-mill politician. The Clinton campaign is not making good decisions.
And there’s one last thing. The Sanders campaign recently put out a new ad in which the senator says some people think you can regulate Wall Street after taking millions in donations from them, while he would break them up and make them less risk-prone. The Clinton campaign’s response to this ad has been to call out Sanders for going negative and attacking her. As many people know, by attacking Sanders for this ad, it only makes it more likely that news media will give it attention. Even worse is the fact that the ad does not show or mention Clinton by name, meaning the Clinton campaign is essentially saying that they view the ad as valid criticism. I say all that to say this: The Clinton campaign has no idea what it’s doing.
December 30, 2015 § Leave a comment
This morning I read this article by Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post. In it, Cillizza explains how Donald Trump is running the most cost-effective presidential campaign in history. Let me draw your attention this bit:
And, that cycle, which Trump is able to re-create with ease thanks to his willingness to spend his day calling into cable shows (and the shows’ willingness to allow him to do so), provides the billionaire with the sort of publicity that money, literally, can’t buy. Why spend money on TV ads when you are all over TV without paying a dime? It’s impossible to estimate how much free media Trump has received since he started his campaign in June, but $100 million feels more like a floor than a ceiling.
I find that to be quite interesting. Cillizza writes as if news media has no choice but to cover Trump as much as they do. As a leading candidate, he deserves some news coverage, but it shouldn’t be wall to wall. News media has an obligation to the people. It is my belief that that obligation is not being met. Donald Trump is undeniably interesting, but he’s campaigning for the highest office in the land. Media personalities can’t marvel at his success when all we do is provide him with free coverage at the expense of numerous other candidates.
When people see something on the news, they assume it must be important and/or interesting. By the same token, if something is important and/or interesting, it has a good chance of being on the news. Modern news media has chosen to misuse their power, while expressing bewilderment and wonder at its results. Cillizza’s piece completely disregards the media’s own role in what and who it chooses to give airtime to. We must do better.
December 9, 2015 § Leave a comment
North Carolina has a lively hip-hop scene. One of the guys I rock with here on campus put out a dope project. Check it out on SoundCloud and show him some love.
And as a bonus, here’s the video for “Occasions”, a track off the project.
August 20, 2015 § Leave a comment
Life Leads, I Follow
I don’t always understand
But I do listen