Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Campaign Push-Polled Obama’s Drug Use, His Muslim Heritage, And A Lot More

This is actually hilarious.

Throughout this campaign season we’ve watched the media “fact checkers” denounce a very simple truth as a lie. In 2008, the Hillary Clinton campaign actively pushed the story that Barack Obama was a muslim. They didn’t do it blatantly… because that would be wrong… they did it by “dog whistles.” I posted on this contretemps not long ago:

But if we want to look at stone cold racism in the 2008 election cycle then we need to look squarely at actions taken by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe accused the Clinton campaign Monday of “shameful offensive fear-mongering” by circulating a photo as an attempted smear.

Plouffe was reacting to a banner headline on the Drudge Report saying that aides to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) had e-mailed a photo calling attention to the African roots of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

“The photo, taken in 2006, shows the Democrat front-runner dressed as a Somali Elder, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya,” the Drudge Report said. The photo created huge buzz in political circles and immediately became known as “the ‘dressed’ photo,” reflecting the Drudge terminology.

Plouffe said in a statement: “On the very day that Senator Clinton is giving a speech about restoring respect for America in the world, her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election. This is part of a disturbing pattern that led her county chairs to resign in Iowa, her campaign chairman to resign in New Hampshire, and it’s exactly the kind of divisive politics that turns away Americans of all parties and diminishes respect for America in the world,” said Plouffe.

This is one of the pictures in question:

The Clinton campaign responded by saying “we’re sorry you are offended.”

“Enough,” Williams said in the statement. “If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely.

Right, because white bread Hillary Clinton from Illinois is exactly the same as someone named Barack Hussein Obama about whom birther rumors are gathering.

Now, thanks to Wikileaks, we have proof that Hillary Clinton’s campaign engaged in push=polling in order to spread rumors that Obama had a history of cocaine use (I’m sort of surprised that this is an issue in a Democrat primary, I thought substance abuse was a prerequisite) and to hint at the notion that Obama is a muslim (again, I don’t know why that would be a negative in a Democrat primary as bizarre beliefs, like Catholics who support abortion, tend to congregate under the Democrat banner).

This email is from a woman named Kristi Fuksa at Hillary’s pollster, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. She is also named in some of the 2008 polling done for Democracy Corps, which is also headed by Stan Greenberg. It is addressed to Paul Begala and John Podesta. Also included are Tom Matzzie, a former director of MoveOn.org. Tara McGuinness used to be a senior VP at Podesta’s Center for American Progress. Susan is former Harry Reid chief of staff Susan McCue. What they are doing is coming up with attack points that can be push polled in order to define their opponent. What is interesting is the items that Hillary Clinton, 2008 version, thought would hurt Obama. Like his support of gay adoption.

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These are the polling points, courtesy of The Right Scoop:

* 1 Obama (owe-BAHM-uh) was the only candidate at a recent event not to cover his heart during the national anthem and he has stopped wearing an American flag pin.

* 2 Obama (owe-BAHM-uh) benefited from a land deal from a contributor who has been indicted for corruption.

* 3 Obama (owe-BAHM-uh) would personally negotiate with the leaders of terrorist nations like Iran and North Korea without preconditions.

* 4 Obama (owe-BAHM-uh) voted against allowing people to use handguns to defend themselves against intruders.

* 5 Obama (owe-BAHM-uh) plans to raise taxes by 180 (one hundred and eighty) billion dollars a year to pay for his government-run health care plan

* 6 Obama (owe-BAHM-uh) voted repeatedly against emergency funding bills for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

* 7 Obama (owe-BAHM-uh)’s father was a Muslim and Obama grew up among Muslims in the world’s most populous Islamic country.

* 8 Obama (owe-BAHM-uh) is ranked as one of the ten most liberal members of the Senate because of his support of issues like gay adoption.

* 9 (Other)
* 10 (All)
* 11 (None)
* 12 (Don’t know/refused)

* 13 Obama (owe-BAHM-uh) voted against requiring medical care for aborted fetuses who survive the procedure.

* 14 Obama (owe-BAHM-uh) supports giving driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants

* 15 Obama (owe-BAHM-uh) described his former use of cocaine as using “a little blow.”

So, if you want to know who popularized any of these stories as well as this pronunciation of Obama’s name, well, now you know.

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WILL HE? Trump Camp to Reveal Evidence Against Accusers “In Hours”

Call me crazy, but if Donald Trump has evidence of his innocence, as far as the recent allegations of his treatment of women, I think the time to make that evidence known is well past time. I wouldn’t be hinting at it. I’d be showing it.

Then again, everything about Trump is for the media attention. There are no straight lines for him.

His running mate, Mike Pence, acts as the perfect MC in this farcical campaign.

Mike Pence said Friday that he expects Donald Trump’s campaign to release evidence against his sexual assault accusers in a matter of hours.

“Stay tuned, there’s more information coming forward,” Pence said in an interview on the “Today” show.

Ever loyal, Pence has made the choice to stand firm, even in the face of what could potentially spell the end of Trump’s run. He has expressed his disapproval over the things Trump said in the 2005 hot mic audio, but it hasn’t been enough to make him jump from the campaign, as some rumors suggested he would do.

“Donald Trump yesterday categorically denied that these things happened, and I believe him,” Pence said.

The evidence that Trump claims to have needs to be solid, if he’s to turn this thing around. If this reveal of evidence just turns out to be more showboating with no substance, it’s over already, and that includes any future political ambitions Pence may have held.

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Trump to Blame Groping Scandal on . . . Mexican Billionaire

Yesterday Donald Trump blamed a shadowy group of globalists, media organizations, and bankers for everything that ails us. As early as today, the Wall Street Journal reports, we’ll learn more about the folks behind this supposed conspiracy. Trump will say the group includes Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, a large shareholder in the New York Times, which was at the vanguard of the GropeGate stories:

Donald Trump will broaden his attack against the media to hit globalism and the Clinton Foundation by charging that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is part of a biased coalition working in collusion with the Clinton campaign and its supporters to generate news reports of decades-old allegations from several women.

Mr. Trump, defiant and enraged in speeches on Thursday, flatly denied charges he had made inappropriate advances on the women over the past three decades.

“What they say is false and slanderous in virtually every respect,” he said at a rally in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Thursday, the day after the New York Times and other news outlets published accounts of women who said he had fondled or kissed them against their will.

As early as Friday, Mr. Trump is planning to claim that Mr. Slim, as a shareholder of New York Times Co. and donor to the Clinton Foundation, has an interest in helping Hillary Clinton’s campaign, according to a Trump adviser.

The fingerprints of Trump campaign CEO and ex-Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon are all over this attack. Here’s a passage from a Breitbart article from February detailing a discussion between Bannon and Trump about Slim:

“Carlos Slim came in and I believe he now owns up to 15 percent [of the New York Times]. It’s an open secret in the newsroom that Carlos Slim is the guy that’s going to bail out the Times,” Bannon said, noting that some believe he “was looking for a platform to influence American policy.”

“Well, certainly, people should know about it,” Trump responded. “They may be doing the work of somebody else. We really don’t know that. Certainly a very rich Mexican owns a big chunk of the paper and has a lot of power over the paper.”

See, the problem is not that Trump is a pig who openly boasted about grabbing women’s privates without their consent, and about bursting into rooms where women and teenagers were dressing so he could see them naked — all of which ended up getting corroborated by multiple witnesses. No! That’s not the problem at all!

The problem is [voice lowers to a whisper] that Mexican billionaire.

And here I thought Trump was going to be blaming The Jews.

Maybe that will happen Monday.

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The Polls Show Donald Trump Needs GOP Senators More Than They Need Him

The question in this race has always been what will a Donald Trump candidacy will do to down ballot candidates. Would the electorate sink them in an ocean of Trumpian stink? Or would they take the time to differentiate between Trump and the men and women running on the Republican line. The verdict won’t be in until November 8 but the trend is encouraging. Across the nation, GOP senatorial candidate are running well ahead of Donald Trump and in many cases they are winning in states where Trump is facing an electoral repudiation on the scale of George McGovern and Walter Mondale.

Case in point: Ohio.

Trump has been struggling Ohio. A poll today shows him tied with Clinton but one two days ago showed him down by nine. Obviously one or the other of those is wrong. The long term trend, though, shows a clear Clinton advantage.

Compare and contrast this with Rob Portman’s showing.

In fact, where Trump is losing GOP voters to Hillary Clinton, the Democrats have pulled the plug on Ted Strickland’s campaign and Portman is marching towards a landslide victory that will not aid Donald Trump.

There are other places with similar results. GOP candidates are leading in states where Clinton is beating Trump, like Nevada, North Carolina, and New Hampshire. In Pennsylvania, many polls give Clinton a double digit lead.

Pat Toomey is tied with Katie McGinty.

Even though Ron Johnson is trailing Russ Feingold in Wisconsin, Johnson is leading Trump by five points.

Trump has approached this election with the attitude that the GOP needs his star power to succeed. That idea is false to its core and it has always been obvious that it was false. Trump won the GOP primary with barely 40% of the vote (thank you, Reince Priebus) and never made any effort to build bridges with other candidates or with their supporters. While he has belittled the #NeverTrump movement as irrelevant, #NeverTrump now seems poised to send a resound message to Trump by having him utterly destroyed at the polls while returning GOP majorities to the House and Senate.

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Email exposes Democrat work to dumb-down American society

Bill Ivey is an academic who led the National Endowment for the Arts in the Clinton-Gore administration, is a trustee of the Center for American Progress, and was a Team Leader in the Obama presidential transition. He is on a first name basis with John Podesta who runs all things Clinton. Ivey is a card-carrying […]
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In The Era Of Trump, (R) Stands For Rationalization

In an election year which could have been something great, in which we could have had an experienced, level-headed conservative, we got Donald Trump. No, I’m sorry. We nominated Donald Trump. To be president. “We” as in the Republican party. And it’s been downhill ever since then.

Beating your opponent is always the goal, and we began this election cycle – way back in 2015 – with that in mind. Term limits kept Barack Obama from running again (thank goodness), so we knew that Hillary Clinton would most likely be our nominee’s opponent. The intense dislike harbored in GOP hearts for crooked Hillary (and Bill) Clinton prompted voters to embrace charisma and shock value first and foremost, superficial as they are, since those give the appearance of strength and defiance against the status quo. And so Donald Trump became our nominee.

Republicans had not been unaware of Trump, we just didn’t really care. We might have see him on “The Apprentice”, but we never would have thought that one day he would be on a November ballot as the Republican presidential option. He was for entertainment value only. Unfortunately, too many were satisfied with just that this election.

Trump’s unfitness for office goes far beyond the “unserious” aspects which surround his campaign. Yes, his speeches are nothing but a word salad. His policy explanations are skeletal. Those he has chosen to speak on his behalf, like Katrina Pierson, regularly go on illogical rants when interviewed on the national stage. He is shaky at best when it comes to upholding the basic tenets of conservatism. (That must be difficult for a lifelong liberal.) All these things point to an immature and ill-prepared candidate at a time when we desperately need a strong, consistent conservative with experience.

The acceptance of the features listed above reveal the GOP’s willingness to rationalize away basic candidate requirements. But nothing has been so clear in recent days as the GOP’s willingness to rationalize away basic human decency.
 

Donald Trump has a history of sexual predation, whether in word or deed, and this should bother us all. The problem is it actually doesn’t, especially to those who are so obsessed with beating Hillary that they’ll take any person who slaps an (R) next to their name. Requiring that our candidate has character is apparently too much of a burden when campaigning against a woman whose last name is the very definition of one who lacks just that. Where we should be raising the bar of principle we’re lowering it so much so that it aligns with the our worthless opponent. All the while, many of Trump’s supporters encourage us to “choose the lesser of two evils”. They, too, admit we’re scrapping the bottom of the barrel in a year when we had the opposite available to us.

There is an entire horde who does not believe that Trump, whose past and present history filled with a string of infidelities, indiscretions, and recorded bragging of assault, is capable of the sexual assault claims made against him as reported in the New York Times, People, and elsewhere. It is sickening commentary on a political party proclaiming that it is the side which respects and protects women. Republicans can no longer lay claim to such a thing.

I don’t know if Trump’s ascendancy is due in part to an undercurrent of sexism among those who claim to be Republicans or if his rise has helped to produce it. Either way, it is a serious problem and one which does not bode well for the future of the party. If you read about Trump’s sexual exploits (whether they be word or deed) and aren’t bothered by them, try changing the perpetrator’s name to Bill Clinton and read them again. If you’re suddenly bothered now, you’re part of the problem.

The GOP of 2016 has allowed itself to be hijacked by a sexual deviant who is in desperate need of counseling for his obvious addiction. All the while, he is praised for promising to “Make America Great Again”.

For these and other rationalizations, the GOP deserves to lose on November 8.

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