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Some thoughts on the Democrats as their national convention opens.

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The Democratic National Convention kicked off today, and thus far things in Philadelphia could be going more smoothly. Thousands of protesters have gathered in the city to protest the nomination of Hillary Clinton. Many of them supported Bernie Sanders in the primary, and their dissatisfaction about the outcome was fueled, over the weekend, by a massive Wikileaks release of internal emails from various Democratic National Committee emails, which suggest a clear preference for Clinton over Sanders, if not outright collusion on her behalf. Adding to the chaos is that, as the New York Times’ David Sanger explains, the DNC emails were hacked by two Russian intelligence agencies, and passed through Russian computers en route to Wikileaks, which distributed them; this is just the latest in a long trail of breadcrumbs suggesting some oddly close ties between Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, and the Kremlin.

I am back in Austin after last week’s sojourn in Cleveland, so I won’t be filing any dispatches from Philly this week, but I did want to offer a quick note on a subject of interest to Texans. On Saturday, Clinton announced that she had chosen Tim Kaine, a senator from Virginia, as her running mate. In other words, she did not pick Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and now the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. I think that’s good for both her and Castro, for the reasons I laid out in October. Kaine is widely respected and well-liked, and overall seems like a solid choice on Clinton’s part; it’s to Castro’s credit that he was considered, and to Clinton’s credit that she considered him.

Less sensible, in my view, is the fact that Castro’s name is being floated as Democrats scramble to replace Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who resigned in ignominy after the email leak, as chair of the DNC. It’s axiomatic, in American politics, that being vice-president isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But if there’s one thing I learned from Wasserman Schultz’ travails, and from watching Reince Priebus last week in Cleveland, it’s that—compared with chairing a major political party—being vice-president isn’t the most miserable job in American politics these days.

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  • John Bernard Books

    My suggest, when they’re inside the wall they built around the convention center lock it and throw away the key. That would cut the crime in America by 50%

  • OldBlindBob

    Ms. Grieder is evidently another democratic toady in the press. Donald Trump working for/with the Russians? Really?! More TM innuendo and horsesh!t. Is this to divert attention away from the Clinton Foundation’s clear financial ties with dozens of foreign countries? Like the rest of the women who seem to be driving the Dem bus these days, you got some set of balls on you.

    • Sam Jacinto

      Manafort has had extensive ties to Putin in Russia and Ukraine .Trump has had business interests in Russia and has repeatedly praised dictator Putin. Russian fingerprints appear in DNC hack AND personal email hack of staffer researching Manafort. Seemingly anti-Putin planks in gop platform were defeated. Trump has repeatedly spoken out against NATO and thinks what’s bad for Europe is good for US. To quote your prophet, “there’s something going on here”. Where’s the outrage? Where is the congressional investigation? Strongman digit (DJT) has a fetish for other strongmen. And BTW, I don’t recall that digit has ever denied murdering Vince Foster to set-up Hillary.

      • John Johnson

        If you’re going to tell it, tell it right. Trump is not against NATO; he’s against our paying more than our share of the NATO expenses.

        • WUSRPH

          In fact, what he said most recently was that, if he were president, the US might not defend nations where it was “not worth our while” to do so…….That says a lot more than “pay their share”….

          That says that since we do little trade with, get little money from, etc. places like Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (and dozens of other countries) we won’t care if they are subjugated by force or threats since it doesn’t directly affect us. …That is putting a dollar value (“what we get”) on liberty. Of course, you would agree since you clearly believe that no one ever does anything for any reason but personal or financial gain.

          • John Johnson

            You’re goofy. You dispute what I post and then provide a link that confirms what I posted.

          • WUSRPH

            Oh, you mean it is alright for us to refuse to honor a solemn commitment because someone owes us $1?

            “Sorry. about that people of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, France, Greece, Macedonia, and on an on…..we will stand by and watch while your liberty is crushed because your government did not pay us enough!”

            If that is not putting a price on liberty I don’t know what you could call it.

          • John Johnson

            More pedantry in the form of gross over exaggeration and bluster. You are an expert at it.

          • WUSRPH

            That’s what the man said…….Sorry you want to duck it…..But the question of a nation’s solemn word and honor is of no importance to those of you would put a price tag on everything.

          • John Johnson

            That’s part of the problem…we don’t put a price tag on anything anymore.

          • WUSRPH

            That’s right.. Let’s put a price on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…..It’s only “unalienable” if you can pay for it.

          • John Johnson

            There is a price tag on everything, but deciding to be happy or sad is a personal decision we all make, and has no bearing on money.

            As for your WaPo link, it is one man’s opinion and comes nowhere close to expressing mine.

          • WUSRPH

            But you put one on everything.

          • John Johnson

            No, I don’t. There is already one on literally everything. We can chose to ignore them or chose to “buy it regardless of price”, but there is a cost affixed, just the same.

          • Beerman

            Disagree, I believe that there is a “price tag” on the majority of elected officials running, and in office today!

        • Sam Jacinto

          If you’ll notice, I said “he has spoken out against NATO”. That is truth.

          Why should we believe that digit (DJT) will honor diplomatic commitments any more faithfully than he honors his own business contracts? So Putin’s tanks roll into the Baltic states, who call for our help under the NATO agreements and president digit (DJT) says “you must pay your bills first before I honor my commitment”? This is pretty rich for a guy who doesn’t pay his own bills.

  • WUSRPH

    From numerous accounts the only presidential candidate who got more support than Trump is receiving from Moscow was Henry Wallace in 1948. I know “its just business” but it is doing business with some very questionable folks.

  • WUSRPH

    http://tinyurl.com/z2pmdkf

    I was talking about Donald the “leadership principle” close to a year ago. Glad to see someone else has noticed.

    • John Johnson

      You are so wonderful! What held you back from greatness? Why isn’t your name in our schools’ history books?

    • Sam Jacinto

      Let’s call it by its real name – Führerprinzip

      • Beerman

        Sam Jac, I saw the following propaganda email from some unknown anecdotist regarding the “Law and Order” candidate, DJT. At first, I thought it to be funny and laughed, then the reality hit me that the scenario was quite possible under an one-man authoritarian regime:

        “Faux News is reporting on a Tweet this morning from Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump regarding his Law and Order pledge:

        #Trump….The GEHEIME STAATSPOLIZEL (Gestapo), a political secret state police is being created to help enforce my “law and order” edict to take effect on January 20, 2017.

        Rudy Giuliani will be appointed Minister of Law Enforcement and have control of all U.S.A. police forces, and will use the new “White Shirts Force” to monitor and direct all law enforcement agencies. All ethnic minority law enforcement officials (including Judges) will be purged immediately to eliminate the police leniency of anyone that will not cooperate.

        Chris Christie will be Second-in-Command and will be in charge of the large outside prison camps needed to house people taken into “protective custody.” Secret files are being compiled on private lives of people that delete email messages trying to dodge the enforcement of laws.

        A new ‘Gestapo Law” will be enforced as follows: “Neither the instructions nor the affairs of the Gestapo will be open to review by administrative courts.” All justice will be completely arbitrary, depending on the whim of President Trump and the Minister. All law breakers will be arrested, interrogated and sent to prison camp for incarceration or summary execution, without legal procedure.

        We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore, and this will be the biggest, the biggest police force in the history of our Country. It will be amazing… amazing…and lawful. Believe Me. Believe Me. I have a different vision for our Country. I will make America safe again. I Alone Can Fix It, because I am worth over $10 Billion, and have a +3 golf handicap.”

        A scary anecdotal thought…..

        • WUSRPH

          You forget the part where they can take you into custody because it is possible that you might commit a crime in the future. They made movie about that a few years ago….but IT WAS REAL in Germany. They called it “police justice”……That’s how you get real “law and order” without worrying about all those little technicalities of constitution rights and trivia like that.

          • Beerman

            There are voters that “want and firmly believe” that our democracy needs an authoritarian to be our President…..have we lost our sanity?

            And, the appeasement of the Trump cult by GOP leaders is terrifying.

          • WUSRPH

            Those are the people who have either lost their faith in what America stands for or never had any. We have gone thru this a couple of times in our history…..but we have never been as close to electing someone who cares nothing for the constitutional system than Trump. Only Jackson with his “you ruled, now you enforce” defiance of the SCOTUS in the Indian removal cases came close. EVEN Nixon submitted to the courts when ordered to do so. I firmly believe Trump will not.

          • Sacagewea

            If he does not, is there any recourse? Many in the military claim they will not follow him.

          • WUSRPH

            Remember when Trump was challenged about military officers saying they would not order torture that violates international and US law he said: “They will obey my orders.” By that I suspect he meant that he could find some who would.
            The real test would what happens if the SCOTUS ordered him to cease an action and he refused and the court subsequently ordered federal agencies and officials, such as the US Marshalls and the DOJ to enforce its order. If they refused, our system of laws would be destroyed. If they obeyed, we would have a president who, hopefully, would soon by impeached and removed from office.
            I hope we never have to find out which way they would go……Of course, the best way to insure that is to vote against Trump.

          • Sam Jacinto

            He could prompt another Unternehmen Walküre

          • Sam Jacinto

            NBC could lure him away for a new season of Celebrity Apprentice. Anyway, he has a short….attention span.

          • Beerman

            Trump is exactly like his friend, Putin. Both want absolute authority, money, power, celebrity and domination. Do we really want to be like the fragile Russian government and their people. I think not…I truly want my grandkids to continue to enjoy the great free democracy that I have prospered from, for the past 76 years, and I will fight to death for that to continue for them. Period…..

  • WUSRPH

    Interesting news for those concerned about the Texas budget battles covered by a BB post not that long ago. The end of the Texas Miracle, slower growth than the rest of the U.S. The impact of the oil price drop hits home.

    “The Texas economy is growing at a significantly slower pace this year and growth will likely be similar in the next fiscal year, Comptroller Glenn Hegar told the Legislative Budget Board on Monday.

    “Real GDP growth in Texas in Fiscal Year 2015 was 4.5 percent. Projected growth in GDP for this state in 2016 will be about 1.3 percent and it will pick up slightly to 2.6 percent in 2017, according to the Comptroller.”
    Thanks to the QR.

    • Sacagewea

      Will the Lege respond? If so, how?

      • Sam Jacinto

        Tax cuts

        • WUSRPH

          The legislature’s response will probably be just about it was going to be anyway….Absent a court-ordered reform of the school finance system, the pressure to increase spending is gone—even if there is a real need in areas such as higher and public education, child care (foster care, especially) and health—as there has been for years. Instead, the legislature will probably pass a minimal growth budget that barely covers, if it does, increased enrollment. There will be continued pressure to do away with the business tax, which has been basically gutted anyway…But I doubt the budget will allow it. The real threat is the diversion of money that should normally go to public education to Patrick’s private school aid plans. I’d project a 2 to 3% increase over current spending at the most.

          • Sacagewea

            Kansas redux . . .

          • Kozmo

            The state gets bigger and bigger, needs for public services increase predictably, yet the lege wishes all our troubles away with the mantra, “less government, more tax cuts.” So who pays in the end?

          • Kozmo

            The state will, as per its custom, dump responsibility for paying for growth (which the state encourages) upon local authorities, so look for local taxes and fees to increase and services to decrease.

        • Sacagewea

          Whose taxes? Rich folks’?

        • Kozmo

          Then MORE tax cuts! especially for the privileged classes.

  • John Bernard Books

    She had one job and blew it, besides the one in Baltimore……

  • John Bernard Books

    I’m sure the ever vigilant Wassup will fill us in on the draft dodger and his association with the Ruskies…..
    “During the 1992 campaign, Bill Clinton’s student protests and Moscow trip generated much controversy, but few answers. While Clinton’s government files from that era seemingly remain unavailable even today, there is at least more information available than in 1992. The public record reveals that Clinton’s social network and views on Vietnam were influenced by a pattern of contact between Communist agents and sympathizers and Clinton’s academic and political associates. This pattern is documented here through an analysis of Clinton’s antiwar activity up through the time he left Oxford in 1970.”
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1884984/posts

    We know dems lie about anything and everything, fix elections, rub shoulders with communists leaders then brazenly accuse their opponents of doing what they are doing. It is the dem way. Their voters are so stupid.

  • Eddie Clever

    Many people have opinions on Vince Foster, but few have read the Appendix to Starr’s Report on the death of Vince Foster. http://www.fbicover-up.com/vincent-foster-report.html

    • Sam Jacinto

      So? One guy saw someone staring at him? This Appendix was not produced by Starr – it was additional information entered by lawyers for witnesses long after the fact.

      • Sacagewea

        Ken Starr has no credibility.

        • Sam Jacinto

          no argument from me

  • John Bernard Books

    I just thought I knew Texas history until I turned on the DNC’s convention and watched it being re written right before our eyes…..hahaha.

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems on display in Philly
    “Democrats held a Communist march for Bernie Sanders in Philly this afternoon.
    The Democratic Convention kicked off today in complete chaos.
    The Bernie supporters silenced Chairwoman Marcia Fudge.
    Soviet Union flags were proudly displayed.”
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/07/photos-soviet-flags-fly-proudly-dnc-convention-march-philly/

  • John Bernard Books

    Democrats have no shame…
    “If I could ask everybody to settle down,” she said. Moments later, she repeated herself: “All right everybody, now settle down. Settle down, please.”

    They did not. The boos and jeers and cries of “shame” continued until Wasserman Schultz exited. It was the last time many people saw the party chairwoman.”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-day-of-humiliation-for-party-chair-underscores-democratic-divide/2016/07/25/aaa9b512-5277-11e6-bbf5-957ad17b4385_story.html

    or credibility.

  • Trump is a traitor colluding with a foreign government that has committed egregious acts of espionage to undermine the political process and our government. He should be investigated for treason and tried as such.

  • Texas Publius

    So the DNC’s collusion, lawbreaking, sexist/racist emails, and attacks on Bernie are the fault of Trump and his bestie Putin? Man, the tinfoil is really coming out. I didn’t expect Hillary to be this desperate this early. But then again, Trump is surging in the polls. Especially in the rust belt battleground states.

    Anyone remember how cozy the Clintons are with the Chinese govt (by “cozy” I mean selling them our military technology in exchange for gazillions in foreign campaign cash)–and all the indictments and convictions that came with that? Google does.

    The fact that Hillary turned right around and hired Debbie WS immediately after Debbie was forced out for being unethical and rigging things against Bernie, just extends the “Crooked Hillary” narrative that is becoming entrenched in this race.

    The Ds building, literally, a fence-wall around the convention center in Philly to keep out the Bernie folks made for rather rich TV…

    • Sam Jacinto

      Is digit (DJT) an honest man? Please give examples.

      • Sam Jacinto

        No takers?

    • José

      Huh? Are you saying that since DWS and DNC were wrong for their not-so-secret support of Clinton (and they were) then it’s impossible or it doesn’t matter that a foreign government might have hacked into the private data of an American organization and used that information to affect a presidential election, to help elect a candidate who has both admired their autocratic leader and also expressed his desire to cut and run from the NATO alliance that has helped safeguard western democracies for decades?

      Friend…sorry, comrade, that’s pretty sick. Maybe it’s time to turn in your American flag.

    • The content of the emails is a different subject – and if you think that the RNC’s emails wouldn’t include the same crap as what was in the DNC’s you’re naive. That’s politics in the US and has been for decades.

      If this had been reversed and it was the RNC that was hacked and exposed for the dirty dealing that goes on at leadership level of the party you would be screaming to go to war with Russia.

      The content of the emails is secondary, if not irrelevant, to the fact that Russia (Putin) has undertaken a campaign to influence and undermine the election. That should scare the ever loving bejeebers out of every American.

      I think Trump is a despicable despot, however, I don’t think Hillary is a saint and I would prefer almost any of the candidates over her. Hell, even Cruz, whose extreme and rigid constitutional interpretation is frightening wouldn’t stoop to what could be seen as treason by colluding with a foreign government to get control of our government.

      • WUSRPH

        Are you sure? Richard Nixon did just that in 1968 when he deliberately sabotaged the Paris Peace Talks because he thought, if they were held, it would insure Humphrey’s election.

        • I’m not sure I understand what your point is – Nixon was an American as was Humphrey, so I’m not sure where you’re going with this – I was 2 yo in 68 so I don’t have the same perspective as you on the late 60’s and early 70’s.

          • WUSRPH

            Nixon “conspired” with a former government, in this case the general’s running South Vietnam, to sabotage the Paris Peace Talks that LBJ had arranged with the North Vietnamese to start in the fall of 1968. He promised the SVN a “better deal” if they refused to attend. This is fully documented.

            The result was that the peace effort that LBJ sacrificed his presidency for was destroyed. The act clearly violated numerous federal laws against private citizens negotiating with a foreign government against the policies of their own government. It was technically treason.

            His goal was simple: To insure that Humphrey was not elected and that he was.

            No one can say whether an agreement could have been reached at those talks. But Nixon made sure there could not be one. The tragedy is that, as a result, the war went on for another 5 years with hundreds of thousands of more casualties, including thousands of Americans. And, when an agreement was finally reached in 1973, all it resulted in, to quote a US diplomat, was giving the US “a decent interval” in which to let the US get out of Vietnam before the NVM achieved their victory.

          • Ah – To be honest, Vietnam wasn’t covered all that well in my history classes so my knowledge is a bit lacking and I remember my dad was angry about Nixon and that Watergate was long overdue and didn’t go far enough. Now I guess I know why. He was seriously injured over there in Jan of 72 or 73. I remember being pulled out of my second grade class to go to the flight line where he was brought after leaving Rammstein. He was on a stretcher and they put him in an ambulance and took him to the base hospital before they transferred him to Wilford-Hall in San Antonio.

            And I would agree that what Nixon did was treason, but it’s not quite the same level, but very close, as Putin trying to get a puppet administration in place. We shouldn’t allow it to happen again regardless.

          • Ah – To be honest, Vietnam wasn’t covered all that well in my history classes so my knowledge is a bit lacking. I do remember my dad was angry about Nixon and that Watergate was long overdue and didn’t go far enough. Now I guess I know why. He was seriously injured over there in Jan of 72 or 73. I remember being pulled out of my second grade class to go to the flight line where he was brought after leaving Rammstein. He was on a stretcher and they put him in an ambulance and took him to the base hospital before they transferred him to Wilford-Hall in San Antonio.

            And I would agree that what Nixon did was treason, but it’s not quite the same level, but very close, as Putin trying to get a puppet administration in place. We shouldn’t allow it to happen again regardless.

          • Sam Jacinto

            Puppet with a bad ‘do.

          • Kozmo

            Not to mention the shady dealing that went on between the Reagan/Bush campaign and the ayatollahs of Iran in 1980 to ensure the US hostages would remain captive throughout the 1980 election, to hurt the Carter campaign.

            I can’t believe that people just swallowed how the hostages were so conveniently released the day of Reagan’s inauguration. Come ON! But then, the American public dutifully bought into the “Oswald was the lone assassin, there was no conspiracy” story, too.

            “Who ya gonna believe, me or your own lying eyes?”

          • People are more willing to forgive when it is to the benefit of the US or its citizens. You might want to loosen that tinfoil hat though.

      • Kozmo

        Good Lord, the Chinese, So. Koreans, Saudis, and Israelis use their money and lobbying influence all the time to boost candidates and legislation favorable to their own countries — to name but a few. The Russians, if they are doing likewise, are no different from any other nation. And certainly far less troublemaking than the US’ record of meddling abroad.

        • Go ahead and stick your head in the sand. Influencing a member of congress while serious, doesn’t even compare to what Russia is attempting. It’s not even in the same ballpark.

        • WUSRPH

          Tell that to the people of the Eastern European nations. They might disagree.

      • wessexmom

        This story is no longer just about whether or not Russia is trying to influence this election–They are. The latest reporting is leading us into deeper (and darker) waters. Every good investigative reporter is now scrambling to find evidence that TRUMP IS in cahoots with Russia and they’re finding STRONG circumstantial evidence that he may well be. Trump and almost every one of his high level campaign operative has STRONG financial ties with Russia.
        There are many many articles written about this over the last few days, weeks and months. Here’s one that lays out the whole case–even though the writer’s angle is to paint the Dem left wing media and Sanders campaign as defenders of Russia, which I think is a stretch at this point.

        http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/07/why-some-leftists-defend-trumps-ties-to-russia.html

    • Beerman

      Would love to see the “lawbreaking, sexist/racist emails, and attacks” on DJT between the RNC and The Block Trump Movement a few months ago. I am sure that there was zero collusion during those times of desperation within the Republican Party?

  • John Bernard Books

    Democrat shills want you to believe Trump is in bed with Putin but who really gave us Putin?
    “Few, however, realize that we owe Putin’s original ascendancy to none other than Al Gore. Had it not been for him, and the Clinton administration’s delegation of power to Gore in dealing with the newly free Russia, that nation probably would today be a thriving free enterprise-oriented democracy instead of an emerging threat to world peace and the sovereignty of its neighbors.”

    http://www.newsmax.com/brennan/al-gore-vladimir-putin/2008/08/19/id/324963/#ixzz4FWWBEUXv

    Clinton VP Al Gore and especially his father had close ties with Russia.

    • BCinBCS

      JBB quoted: “Had it not been for him [Gore], and the Clinton administration’s delegation of power to Gore in dealing with the newly free Russia, that nation probably would today be a thriving free enterprise-oriented democracy…

      I posted this because I want those who have blocked JBB to see the new heights of stupidity to which he has ascended.

      • Beerman

        Lord, I am glad that I have that idiot blocked…..

        • John Bernard Books

          Having your head stuck up your butt does screen out some commenters…..

      • John Bernard Books

        Actually a “reporter” wrote that, you may not know what a reporter is being you’re a democrat…..

        • BCinBCS

          Yes, JBB, I know that a reporter wrote it but you had the extremely bad form to post it here.

          That’s why, when I quoted your post I wrote “JBB quoted” not “JBB wrote”.

          • John Bernard Books

            After the paid dem hack had the extremely bad form of posting the Trump Putin smear…..see how it works Bozo?

      • Sam Jacinto

        or depths of absurdity to which he has descended.

      • WUSRPH

        We’ve seen him get much, much lower than that. Wait till later this year when he starts his worst than sexual attacks on Clinton and gets really crazy when the polls show her likely to win.

        • Sacagewea

          He’s always been really crazy.

          • John Bernard Books

            Not crazy enough to vote dem…

        • John Bernard Books

          Hillary’s acceptance outfit?

  • John Bernard Books

    Are dem voters really this dim?…..apparently so…..

  • John Bernard Books

    Wait you need photo ID for the dem convention?

  • WUSRPH

    Did you see the story in the Austin A-S from the Associated Press about how Paxton took $100,000 for his legal defense fund from a supporter at the same time the AG’s office was investigating the guy’s company for Medicaid fraud? Later settled for a fine against the firm. He may have finally crossed the line. I wonder how much longer Abbott, Patrick and company can keep quiet about his “problems”?

    • Sam Jacinto

      Lock him up! :-J

    • Kozmo

      But we live in a one-party banana republic here. Who’s gonna hold anyone responsible? Who’s going to punish One Of Our Own?

    • Jackson

      It doesn’t move the needle one bit. If the Republican primary were to be held today between Branch and Paxton, the latter would still win. That’s how simplistic, uninformed, and just plain uninterested in facts that Texas Republicans have become: the state’s chief law enforcement officer can execute the duties of his office with the same conduct and character of a mayor in the state of Jalisco. Shameful? Yeah, no sh*t. Impactful? Nah. The idea of consequences in politics departed around the same time that systematic inequality began to be more apparent. Even in areas where voters don’t have a direct say, the connected never lose. A quick example off the top of my head is Ken Starr at Baylor, where he is only no longer Chancellor because he chose not to be, and remains a Professor of Constitutional Law.

      Another thing that doesn’t matter? Speeches. Political nerds always gush like fanboys when they’re moved by a speech, or even when they objectively grade it as “good” because of the delivery, tone, mellifluousness, etc. But no one pays attention to what politicians are talking about anymore because the lofty and well-crafted phrases do not move beyond the realm of rhetoric. That’s part of the reason that Trump is so appealing to voters right now: his speeches don’t come across as something meant to sell an idea of one’s authenticity, vision, or leadership; rather, their brutishness and crudeness are in and of themselves the authenticity that voters crave, and for good reason.

  • John Bernard Books

    I’m telling you son, this may be the best democrat convention ever……
    “But there wasn’t a single American flag onstage – notwithstanding the fact that most of the speakers were lawmakers, who each have Capitol offices festooned with flags and other patriotic ware.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3709467/Special-delivery-Democrats-procure-flags-convention-stage-embarrassing-oversight-leaves-Old-Glory-missing-Monday-night-s-festivities.html#ixzz4FYa5GNnc

    While there wasn’t any US Flags present there plenty of these…..

    • BCinBCS

      JBB wrote “While there wasn’t any US Flags present…

      Nope, JBB, not an American flag in sight at the Democratic National Convention…
      .

  • John Bernard Books

    If you saw Debbie WASSUP Schultz at the 2008 Dem Convention you may have thought she’s drunk…..but she wasn’t she’s just crazy.
    Let this be a lesson to all you dem wannabees you can be incompetent corrupt anything dem like you wanna be just don’t get caught…..

  • Thank you, but I can’t claim that one, since it was a title to an article. Very apropos isn’t it? 😀

  • WUSRPH

    There is no question that Bill Clinton CAN GIVE A SPEECH. A damn good one, too. Answered all the GOP crap……I suspect we will see and hear much of that speech over the coming 104 days.

    • BCinBCS

      W, you beat me to posting that exact sentiment by five minutes.
      2012 and today… he can really make a difference.
      ETA: Oh, and I hope that the results are the same.

      • BCinBCS

        While on the subject of speeches, at the two conventions, I’ve seen some singles, some doubles, some triples and some strike-outs. Each night of the Democratic convention there has been a home run; Michelle Obama hit it out of the park Monday night and Bill Clinton simply crushed it Tuesday night.

        I was disappointed with Elizabeth Warrens speech, it was a repeat and didn’t have the passion that she normally demonstrates and Bernie Sanders speech was the same one that he’s given a thousand times.

        I’d get into the Republican speeches but, generally, they weren’t that impressive. Cruz’s speech was O.K. and was captivating mainly because of the suspense of whether he would endorse Trump. Rudy Giuliani gave an impassioned, scary speech that had its greatest effect on the first two rows of the audience (they should have brought rain gear). And, Trump’s speech became the deciding factor for a large group of depressed Americans to finally commit suicide.

        • pwt7925

          Bernie Sanders has given only one speech in his career, albeit giving it thousands of times.

        • Wilson James

          I saw Giuliani as rabid and vapor-locked. His teeth gnashing and finger pointing in the wrong directions was counter productive. Cruz created a great side show and super drama. Despite the viewing attration the GOP dumpster fire provided the Dems are getting audiences 20% higher than the R’s. Quality over comedy.

          • BCinBCS

            I missed Vice-President Joe Biden’s speech but was able to view it on-line (thank-you PBS). Biden has the most comfortable speaking style that I’ve ever seen. He made a lot of good points (most of which are obvious if you have been following the campaign and Donald Trump).

            The highlight of the night, however, was President Obama. I found myself amazed and wondering if he writes some or all of his speeches or if they are written by his speech-writer. If it’s mainly done by a speech-writer then that person isn’t making enough money because those speeches are priceless. Nothing motivates like an Obama speech. He make you proud to be an American.

            Tonight it will be Hillary. Her speech is critical and she has a high bar to top. I think that if she relaxes and is herself she will be fine. Maybe she should get help from Obama or his speech-writer.

          • BCinBCS

            I’d like to comment on three speeches that I heard at the convention Thursday. The first is the acceptance speech by Hillary Clinton. My opinion of it is “meh”. It was an O.K. speech, full of information and contrasts but it wasn’t a Biden or Michelle or Bill or Barack speech.

            The second is a speech that I heard while working. It made me stop and watch. It was by ex-Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. It was a fiery, animated speech by a fiery, animated woman. I’d like to know if she was in her manic phase or if she is that way all of the time. Wow!

            Finally, the home run speech of the night was a short, less than ten minute speech given by Khizr Kahn about his son, Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq protecting his soldiers. It was the “must hear” speech of the night. I urge everyone to take nine minutes and watch it. It can be found here:
            http://www.pbs.org/newshour/videos/#188762

  • Kozmo

    I hope that sly insinuation that “Trump is a puppet of Russian autocrats” isn’t going to be the conspiracy theme of choice here for the next four months.

    Sheesh. Even if there WERE Russian hackers involved in the leaks — and given the NY Times reporters’ recent record of being manipulated or lying in the interests of a story or partisanship, I wouldn’t be too quick to accept their reports unchecked — so what? So what? Does the US never attempt to influence elections to its own benefit? Did Obama not speak out publicly about the Scottish independence referendum or the Brexit vote? Does the US never overthrow governments it doesn’t like, or invade countries to break them but not fix them? Was not the US and Israel behind the Stuxnet virus and scientist assassinations aimed squarely at Iran? Who subsidized and cheered on the coup in Ukraine? Who is continually encircling and encroaching upon the Russian homeland? Who has hundreds of military bases across the globe?

    It’s not the evil Commies this time who are stirring up the fires.

    • It’s more than just the NY Times. And it isn’t a sly insinuation – it’s an easy conclusion based on the multitude of evidence, most of which is in the public domain. And then there was Trump’s own effusive praise about what his friends in Russia and China did for him.

      And when independent contractors as well as US intelligence agencies from the FBI’s counter intelligence and the biggies have confirmed that those who did the hacking were the same groups run by the FSB that hacked several government agencies including our JCOS of the military, that’s pretty damning and one really has to be in deep denial to call it a democratic coverup.

    • José

      Public comments are fine. Putin and Trump can certainly voice their mutual admiration for each other. At the same time it becomes a valid issue for discussion, whether it’s wise to have the Russian dictator’s BFF in the White House and directing foreign policy.

      As for secret and nefarious activities to undermine other governments, I believe that we already have laws against that sort of thing. Many of us are displeased with the US covert programs to replace foreign leaders, both as a matter of principle and because the outcomes are mixed at best. In the 21st century, data hacking is going to be understood as just another form of aggression, no less than sending a plane or ship to disputed territorial waters.

    • John Bernard Books

      Its all dems have…..it will be repeated ad nauseum

    • WUSRPH

      I never thought I would be able to say this:
      But your far left, revisionist view of the world ALMOST makes the Troll seem sane.

  • John Bernard Books

    oops….
    “Russian Purchase of US Uranium Assets in Return for $145mm in Contributions to the Clinton Foundation – Bill and Hillary Clinton assisted a Canadian financier, Frank Giustra, and his company, Uranium One, in the acquisition of uranium mining concessions in Kazakhstan and the United States. Subsequently, the Russian government sought to purchase Uranium One but required approval from the Obama administration given the strategic importance of the uranium assets. In the run-up to the approval of the deal by the State Department, nine shareholders of Uranium One just happened to make $145mm in donations to the Clinton Foundation. Moreover, the New Yorker confirmed that Bill Clinton received $500,000 in speaking fees from a Russian investment bank, with ties to the Kremlin, around the same time. Needless to say, the State Department approved the deal giving Russia ownership of 20% of U.S. uranium assets
    Lucrative Haiti Gold Mining Permit Awarded to Hillary’s Brother – The Washington Post confirmed claims that Hillary’s brother, Tony Rodham, sat on the board of a mining company that just happened to score a lucrative gold mining permit in Haiti, one of only two permits to be awarded in 50 years, while then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton funneled billions of taxpayer dollars to the island in the wake of the devastating earthquake of 2010
    Keystone Pipeline Support in Return for $2mm in Speaking Fees – After not being engaged to speak by TD Bank during his first 8 years out of the White House, Bill Clinton began a string of speeches for the bank starting just 4 days after Hillary was nominated as secretary of state resulting in over $2mm in speaking fees. As it turns out, TD Bank happened to be the single largest shareholder in the Keystone XL pipeline which needed State Department approval. Wouldn’t you know it, Hillary Clinton decided to support the pipeline — a heresy to environmentalists — and delayed the Obama administration’s rejection of it”
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-25/clinton-cash-debut-just-time-fan-flames-tension-dnc

    Crooked Hillary

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems have a continuing theme, “do what we say or you will be arrested”
    https://www.conservativeoutfitters.com/blogs/news/watch-bernie-sanders-delegates-walk-out-at-dnc-convention-video

    Now if they could teach that to their kids…..

  • John Bernard Books

    Major problem what to do with Bill?
    “But the steps that Clinton aides are planning to shape his new life do little to address a potentially thornier problem: Historically, when Mr. Clinton does not have a job to do, he gets into trouble.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/us/politics/bill-clinton-white-house.html

    sit Bill sit…….

  • John Bernard Books

    White people to the back…..
    ““I need all white people to move to the back – make space because this is a Black Resistance March,” one of the leaders yelled from the bed of a pickup truck. “I need all white people to move to the back and make room for the black and brown brothers and sisters.”
    anti-American dems…
    Later that evening, other demonstrators caused mayhem outside the DNC convention hall. Protestors dragged the Israeli flag through the streets – some of the flags were burned.
    They even desecrated the Star-Spangled Banner.
    Anti-American protesters threw Old Glory on the ground. They stomped on the flag and then set it ablaze.
    I can’t even begin to imagine the anti-American hatred they harbor in their hearts. I can’t begin to comprehend their contempt for those who fought and died for the stars and stripes.
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/07/27/black-dnc-protest-tells-crowd-white-people-to-back.html

    so much hatred in the anti-American dem party……

  • I don’t know if this has been posted previously but it’s an intelligent and interesting examination of Hillary Clinton…
    https://thepolicy.us/thinking-about-hillary-a-plea-for-reason-308fce6d187c#.cxbifkawh

  • WUSRPH

    Trump is now ASKING THE RUSSIANS to hack into American communications..

    • John Bernard Books

      Hillary cannot recall anything so Trump is asking Russia to find the 30,000 emails Hillary has lost..
      “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said, staring directly into the cameras during a news conference. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.””
      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/28/us/politics/donald-trump-russia-clinton-emails.html?_r=0

      Trump is saying maybe Russia can do the job the media doesn’t seem to be able to do….

    • This is an interesting bit of info…

      If you’re curious, here’s the definition of treason, according to Cornell University Law School: “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason.”

      Notably, the definition also mentions that anyone who commits treason “shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-treason_us_5798dde1e4b01180b531258c?

      and this one…
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-russia-hack_us_5798d1c8e4b02d5d5ed3b51a

      According to the above definition Trump is going to be in deep doodoo.

      • WUSRPH

        But there have to be two witnesses to the act. And Trump, we presume, is not that dumb. Nixon was, but he was confident that, if he won, it would make no difference.

        • I’m not presuming anything. I also am not giving him more credit than he deserves either.

        • So shall we start a twitter campaign?

          #Trump #Traitor

    • José

      In cases like this it’s informative to consider what would happen if the tables were turned. How would the Republicans respond if Hillary Clinton had invited the Evil Empire to engage in criminal espionage for the purpose of undermining our democratic system? Even if in jest (and I’m not so sure that is true).

    • Sacagewea

      Trump’s campaign is turning into an episode of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

      • WUSRPH

        Perhaps more the Manchurian Candidate.

        • Sacagewea

          Depends on how committed he is . . .

          • Sacagewea

            Laurence Harvey was a much better actor.

    • Beerman

      An American President controlled by Putin and the Russian Oligarchs is frightening.

      Garry Kasparov, a Russian author and ex-associate of Putin said it very well in a recent newspaper article:

      “You can go quite far in a democracy by convincing a majority that they are threatened by a minority, and that only you can protect them. Russia’s fragile democracy is an example of succeeding in turning people against each other and against the world.”

  • John Bernard Books

    Is being mentally ill a requirement to speak at the DNC?
    “In her nonfiction 2014 book, Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham said she began fondling her little sister Grace when she was a one-year-old, a practice that continued over the years. She compared her behavior to that of a “sexual predator.””
    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/27/sexual-predator-lena-dunham-speaks-dnc-sexual-assault-survivor/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

    She is one sick puppy….

  • John Bernard Books

    Well Duh!!!!!!
    “SCARBOROUGH: Have Democrats stopped talking to white, working-class voters?
    BIDEN: I think we have, in part. And the reason is we’ve been consumed with crisis after crisis after crisis. And so I go in my old neighborhoods, and they go, “Joe. Hey, Joe, over here. What about me?” And I say, “Well, look, all these things that are happening.”
    Look, you know, what are the things that affect middle-class families? Let me define what I mean by middle-class: Being able to own your own house, not have to rent it. Being able to send your kid to a park; they can come home safe. Being able to take care of your geriatric parent after the other one dies. Being able to send your kid to a local school; they do well, they get to college, and if they get there you can get ’em there, if they get in. That’s not asking too much. And so I say, “Look. Look what we’re doing. Look what we’re doing on college assistance and Pell grants.” We have the right policies, but I don’t think we spend enough time — I know we’re running out of time.”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/27/joe-biden-says-democrats-have-stopped-talking-to-white-working-class-voters/

    The pedants are running the DNC….a disaster in the making.

  • John Bernard Books

    Are dem voters this stupid?
    “Clinton Claims She Supports Border Fence, Not Wall”

  • John Bernard Books

    Does the IRS hate Hillary because she’s a woman?
    “The latest shoe to drop is the fact that the IRS has responded to complaints made to a number of federal agencies and will open an investigation into the the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation over allegations that the organization is a corrupt, pay-to-play outfit disguised as a charity.”
    http://hotair.com/archives/2016/07/27/uh-oh-irs-launches-investigation-into-clinton-foundation-at-awkward-time/

    She’s under so many investigations I’ve lost count. Her only salvation may be if Obama pardon’s her.

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems are for sale?!?

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems fall for Trump trap….
    “He explained that the Clinton campaign statement said it would be a “national security issue,” which contradicts Clinton’s repeated asserted that the missing 33,000 emails were all of a personal nature, not work-related.

    “If that’s what’s really in the 33,000 emails, then there’s no national security to be involved at all,” Krauthammer said. “So the Clinton campaign ends up admitting that perhaps there really is work-related – if not classified – stuff on the emails which she deleted.”

    Krauthammer said that could be grounds for a charge of obstruction, declaring that the Clinton campaign has been caught in a “complete contradiction.””
    http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/07/27/krauthammer-hillary-clinton-campaign-contradicted-itself-donald-trump-email-response

    Trump got more press at the DNC last night than anyone on stage…..where is Debbie WASSUP Schultz?

    • BCinBCS

      The depth of Krauthammer’s analysis is measured in nanometers.
      .

  • John Bernard Books

    Pelosi flashes 3G sign
    “In an interview with PBS’s Judy Woodruff, Rep. Nancy Pelosi says that the “the G’s” are leading uneducated white men to vote for Donald Trump: “Guns, Gays, and God””
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/07/27/nancy_pelosi_hillary_clinton_struggles_with_white_men_because_of_guns_gays_and_god.html

    Are white men just “too dumb” to vote for Crooked Hillary, more debt, more of the same old bad economy?

  • John Bernard Books

    Another lie….
    “Hillary Clinton says Mexico is a problem, Mexican Government policy is pushing immigration, US needs to secure border, and illegals should be deported”

  • John Bernard Books

    Can Hillary be herself and still win….
    “But Bill Clinton’s wife is one of the least empathy-driven candidates in the history of politics. She’s manipulating, cynical, and nasty. She’s instinctively defensive, brutally cutting, and utterly cold.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438376/barack-obamas-revenge-hillary-must-defend-him

    We know who Hillary is……and we ain’t buying the sow’a ear in a silk purse.

  • John Bernard Books

    Never has the difference between the parties been more clearly defined:
    The dems lack common sense, critical thinking skills and are pedants by nature. Everyone knows Hillary broke the law but was not indicted because the Obama admin picks and chooses which laws to enforce and who to indict or not indict.
    Dems know Donald Trump committed treason when everyone else knows he was really being sarcastic.
    Dems lack problem solving skills and are so dependent on emotions they are cognitively dysfunctional.
    https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/cogdys_manual/CogDysHndbk.htm

    Dem’s behavior has brought about Donald Trump. The final push of election season kicks off tonight. Will Hillary be indicted? Will Trump be arrested for treason? Will the masses storm DC with torches and pitch forks?

    • BCinBCS

      From JBB: “Everyone Republicans knows think Hillary broke our laws but was not indicted because the Obama Republican admin picks and chooses which laws to enforce and who to indict or not can’t find evidence to indict.

      FIFY

      • John Bernard Books

        You can’t fix your comments but you can fix mine? hahaha

  • John Bernard Books

    Its better if you don’t fight it Bernie, its gonna happen so you might as well relax and enjoy it….

  • Sam Jacinto

    JBB – go to the beach and chill out

    • John Bernard Books

      Are you not enjoying the dem implosion in Philly as much as I am? Perhaps you should chill out or get a job or something

      • BCinBCS

        “Dem implosion in Philly…”
        I’d like to try some of what you’re smoking, it’s a real escape from reality.

        • Sam Jacinto

          He’s been watching Faux News or the Faux Business Network. They focused on the demonstrators outside – hoping for Chicago ’68. Instead they breathlessly talked about people scaling the security fence while onscreen a crowd of literally tens milled about peacefully watching one person scale the fence. They spent the entire convention defending their buffoon and being offended by a lack of flags onstage or “not a single mention of ISIS”. Rudy Giuliani was nearly apoplectic that there were no cops on the floor. What if someone had been shot????

          And there stands one of the major divisive influences in this country. 24 hour cycle of lies (although Megyn Kelly seemed to take perverse pleasure in repeating the slams about digit (DJT)).

          • BCinBCS

            Oh, wow, literally tens of demonstrators. What shall we do, what shall we do?

  • BCinBCS

    Beerman, I knew that there had to be a reason that you and WUSRPH are in agreement with me most of the time, we’re all coastal rats. You grew up in Galveston, W, as he has posted, grew up in Lake Jackson and I’m grew up in Freeport. Mystery solved.

    • Beerman

      Lived in Brazoria County (Columbia Lakes) from 75′-85′ as Operating Partner of a successful distributing company serving the County. Also, Chairman of a local National Bank during those years. Good times…Great people.

      • BCinBCS

        I probably drank some of your beer. Yup, good times… but I like where I live now much better.

  • John Bernard Books

    Sen Cruz wanted to do away with the IRS, now you see why he scared dems so much…
    “Individuals and businesses spend 8.9 billion hours a year on federal tax paperwork, which is equivalent to 4.3 million people working full-time and year-round on this unproductive activity. That “tax army” is three times larger than our uniformed military of 1.4 million active duty service members.”
    The IRS is used by dems to punish the producers….
    “But you can appreciate how wasteful the tax code is by considering the paperwork burden of particular provisions. For example, the federal estate tax imposes $20 billion a year in paperwork costs, but the tax only raises $21 billion a year for the government. It clearly makes no sense to impose a tax if it costs as much to collect as the money raised.”
    http://www.cato.org/blog/tax-army-larger-us-army?utm_content=bufferda023&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    Time to get rid of the IRS. Dems will fight for “their jobs” so we have to vote them all out. We need smaller government to survive.

  • WUSRPH

    Sorry Donald, but the Democratic Convention is getting a consistently larger viewing audience then you show in Cleveland. That means more people are hearing the truth about you.

    • Sam Jacinto

      But Donald’s rating’s were yuuuuuuuuuge! Some have said the numbers were the highest for any republican convention this year.

      • WUSRPH

        They will probably be the highest for any GOP convention next year too.

  • John Bernard Books

    Drinking game…every time Crooked Hillary tells a lie you have to take a drink.

  • WUSRPH

    “I Alone” v “We Together”……A president or a fuhrer?…The difference is clear.

    A great America to be made even greater v a weak, sick dying America. that needs a “savior”?…the difference is clear.

    Not a great speaker…but she made the case.

    • John Bernard Books

      “Yet the clash of visions between Cleveland and Philadelphia is stark. We appear to be two separate and hostile peoples, living apart in two separate Americas.
      http://www.wnd.com/2016/07/philadelphia-vs-cleveland-divided-we-stand/#ePXYkYYL5GkIBxSo.99

      yawn……….more division/diversity by dems.

    • José

      Good catchphrases, and at the same time very accurate in highlighting some basic differences between the two parties and the two campaigns.

      Even a cursory review of the history of the United States and its founding documents will show that our forebears understood the importance of cooperation and collaboration. We wouldn’t be here today if they followed the doctrine of Trumpism such a as it is.

  • John Bernard Books

    We warned you about Barack but dems said “we mus’ elect Barack cuz he will be the first black prez.” and now $20,000,000,000 in debt later…..
    You’ve been warned about Hillary
    “Hillary Clinton wasn’t “sophisticated enough” to know she was risking national security when she sent and received classified information, so it was impossible to make a criminal case against her, FBI Director James B. Comey told Congress on Thursday.”
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/7/fbis-comey-hillary-clinton-not-sophisticated-enoug/

    Question for dems. Do you know what Comey meant when he said,”Hillary Clinton wasn’t “sophisticated enough?”

  • John Bernard Books
  • John Bernard Books

    Dems say, “but we need the IRS and not just for jobs.”
    “The FBI documents also reveal that IRS officials stated that the agency was targeting conservative groups because of their ideology and political affiliation in the summer of 2011. According to one senior tax law specialist, “The case seemed to be pulled because of the applicant’s political affiliation and screening is not supposed to occur that way … [Redacted] said he thought the cases were being pulled based upon political affiliations.” And IRS senior official Nancy Marks, appointed by [then-acting Commissioner Steven] Miller to conduct an internal investigation stated, “Cincinnati was categorizing cases based on name and ideology, not just activity.””
    http://pushjunction.com/l/23965

    Dems corrupt/pollute everything they touch…..

  • John Bernard Books

    The clapping during Hillary’s speech was deafening….
    “Democrats have been exposed hiring “Rent a crowds” after the Bernie Delegates have self deported, but now a shock report shows the Democrats have installed “White Noise Machines” to simulate clapping at the speech.”
    http://prntly.com/2016/07/29/dnc-exposed-on-video-installing-noise-machines-to-simulate-clapping-during-hillary-speech/

    dem voters are so stupid…..

  • John Bernard Books

    Paid democrat commenters want you to believe the DNC rating are through the roof…
    “Seat fillers needed for DNC proceedings tonight should some delegates decide to walk out. Will need to be available for interviews promoting unity within the Democrat party. Will be conducting interviews near the media tent for consideration. Please arrive early as primetime coverage starts at 9PM.”
    “compensation: $50”
    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/tlg/5705466302.html

    Yep you could have been paid to sit through Hillary’s speech….
    Is there anything the dems do that isn’t a fabrication?

  • John Bernard Books

    Is Hillary a uniter? Apparently she waived her speaking fee to appear at the DNC……

  • John Bernard Books

    No dems don’t get irony…..

  • Sacagewea

    The best speech of the convention . . . “You sacrificed nothing and no one.” Faux News didn’t show this speech:

    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/07/father-muslim-soldier-dnc-speech-video?mbid=social_facebook