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National Polls Show Donald Trump Slipping Further Behind

June 26, 2016

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump in the presidential race by 12 points, 51% to 39%.

Roughly two in three Americans say they think Trump is unqualified to lead the nation; are anxious about the idea of him as president; believe his comments about women, minorities and Muslims show an unfair bias; and see his attacks on a federal judge because of his Mexican American heritage as racist.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Clinton leading by five points, 46% to 41%.

Much like last month, Clinton leads Trump among African Americans (87 percent to 5 percent), Latinos (69 percent to 22 percent), those ages 18-34 (53 percent to 30 percent), women (52 percent to 35 percent).


Why It Is Hard To Be A Republican Today

June 26, 2016

Those in this home absolutely loved The Newsroom, an HBO knock-out series.

In the season 2 finale anchorman Will McAvoy, a self-reported Republican, is being challenged on air by Taylor Warren, the former media spokeswoman for the Mitt Romney campaign.  It’s election night, 2012.  The election had just been called for President Obama.  After a bit of banter, Ms. Warren asks Mr. McAvoy the following question:

Do you call yourself a Republican so you can make a claim to credibility when you attack the GOP?

He responds thusly:

No, I call myself a Republican because I am one. I believe in market solutions and common sense realities and the necessity to defend ourselves against a dangerous world and that’s about it.

The problem is now I have to be homophobic.   I have to count the number to times people go to church. I have to deny facts and think scientific research is a long con. I have to think poor people are getting a sweet ride. And I have to have such a stunning inferiority complex that I fear education and intellect…in the 21st century. But most of all, the biggest new requirement, really the only requirement is that I have to hate Democrats. And I have to hate Chris Christie for not spitting on the president when he got off of Air Force One.

The two-party system is crucial to the whole operation.  There is honor in being the loyal opposition. And I’m a Republican for the same reasons you are.

The reason I post this today is due to my long running belief that a strong two party system is vital to the working of this nation.  I have stated that many times on this blog.  But what has happened to the GOP in the last decade has been simply a national embarrassment.  They can not work among themselves and clearly unable to work with others for the sake of governing.   The brash red-meat crowd who shun ideas and facts in favor of rancor, meanness, and now vulgarity have undermined their party and made themselves a laughingstock in this country.

Like so many other times on CP I urge the mature and reasoned voices in the party to find new ways to communicate ideas and rise above the lowest in their party.  They need to do this not only for the sake of the Republican Party but also for the governing role that is needed in a nation where two political parties are the way this system works.


Famed Columnist George Will Leaves Republican Party

June 25, 2016

How can thinking men and women, those serious minded people who do ponder policy, remain in the Republican Party?  Well some of the most cerebral are leaving.

Conservative columnist George Will says he is leaving the Republican Party because of Donald Trump.  Will, who resides in Maryland, said he changed his affiliation this month from Republican to unaffiliated.

A report from PJ Media quoted Will as saying: “This is not my party.”

Will has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, correctly noting in a column in April that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is imperiling Republican chances of maintaining its majority in the Senate.

At least half a dozen Republican senators seeking reelection and Senate aspirants can hope to win if the person at the top of the Republican ticket loses their state by, say, only four points, but not if he loses by 10″.

Donald Trump’s Email Ended Up Where It Belonged

June 25, 2016

This is a wonderful bit of news from Ad Age.

The Donald Trump email that helped the campaign generate $3.3 million didn’t score well by accepted email measures… Nearly 60% of those first-ever fundraiser emails, however, never reached inboxes. Instead, they were automatically relegated to recipients’ spam folders, according to Return Path, which evaluates email campaigns using estimates based on its panel of 2.5 million active email users.  The email tracker also reported that just 12% of recipients opened the email and 6% deleted it without reading it.

Sarah Palin: ‘Don’t Know Much About History’

June 25, 2016

Sometimes the words to a song are the best to sum up the weird ones.

Sarah Palin wrote yesterday on Facebook that Britain’s vote to exit the European Union reminds her of the Declaration of Independence.


What Palin’s post failed to address is the rampant xenophobic and anti-immigrant spirit that underlies the vote to “dissolve the political bands that have connected them with another.”

Britain’s vote wasn’t an expansion of rights or a declaration of freedom from a tyrannical ruler who forced people to pay taxes without granting them the right to vote. It was a fearful and cowardly expression of the rising tide of nationalism that perfectly characterizes the ultra-right-wing movement currently permeating Western democracies.

But many of those words in this post are too large for the Wasilla Hillbilly to understand let alone the larger points of history that most 8th graders–if correctly taught–would grasp.

What Does Brexit Vote Mean?

June 24, 2016

Well….this sums it up.  And does it not say much about Donald Trump and his supporters when it comes to facts not mattering?

A reader writes in the Financial Times:

A quick note on the first three tragedies. Firstly, it was the working classes who voted for us to leave because they were economically disregarded, and it is they who will suffer the most in the short term. They have merely swapped one distant and unreachable elite for another. Secondly, the younger generation has lost the right to live and work in 27 other countries. We will never know the full extent of the lost opportunities, friendships, marriages and experiences we will be denied. Freedom of movement was taken away by our parents, uncles, and grandparents in a parting blow to a generation that was already drowning in the debts of our predecessors. Thirdly and perhaps most significantly, we now live in a post-factual democracy. When the facts met the myths they were as useless as bullets bouncing off the bodies of aliens in a HG Wells novel.

When Michael Gove said, ‘The British people are sick of experts,’ he was right. But can anybody tell me the last time a prevailing culture of anti-intellectualism has led to anything other than bigotry?

In Memory Of Ralph Stanley

June 24, 2016

America lost a legend with the death of Ralph Stanley.  Bluegrass never had a better friend.

Stanley was one of the early leaders of bluegrass music.  Ralph and his older brother Carter started out in the late 1940s as a duo. After Carter died in 1966, Ralph continued with his band the Clinch Mountain Boys and built a fan base fiercely devoted to his straightforward banjo and archaic-type singing known as the “high lonesome” mountain sound.

Stanley was 89 and died from complications due to skin cancer.


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