Elections, Politics

Obama Holds Secret Meetings With 2020 Contenders

Given the loud sucking sound coming from the utter void of leadership at the Democrat National Committee, it comes as no surprise that Barack Obama is still the defacto leader of the party.

Since Hillary’s abysmal, surprise loss in the 2016 election, precisely no one wants to look to her for advice on how to win.

And the present leaders of the DNC are nothing more than stand-ins for Obama.

So, that might explain why Obama is holding secret meetings in his post-presidential limelight office with prospective Democrat candidates on strategies that might prove to overcome Donald Trump in 2020.

Among those candidates, according to reports, are Elizabeth Warren, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders and Joe ‘BFD’ Biden.

The bottom line is this: Democrats have no plan for the future, so the old one is the only game in town.

And now that they’ve gotten a taste of what ‘change’ means to Obama, the after-taste leaves much wanting.

Here’s more from Politico…

Barack Obama has in recent months met with at least nine prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Deval Patrick, pulling them in for one-on-one sessions at his Washington office.

All the meetings were arranged quietly, without even some close advisers to the people involved being told of the conversations, in part because of how much Obama bristles at his private meetings becoming public knowledge. All have been confirmed to POLITICO by multiple people who have been briefed on the secretive sit-downs.

The meetings have been at Obama’s personal office on the third floor of the World Wildlife Fund building in D.C.’s West End neighborhood, and they show how a stream of ambitious, searching politicians are looking for guidance and support from the man who has remained the reluctant leader of the Democratic Party, eager to be involved, though not directly. He’s not making any promises of support, though, and is not expected to endorse in the 2020 race until after a nominee has emerged.

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2020 Poll Shock: Michelle Obama for President?

Since late last year, President Trump’s polling numbers have continued to improve to well above that of Barack Obama’s at the same point in his first term.

Couple that both with polls showing he’d defeat top-tier Dems in a head-to-head contest and also with the fact the Democrat generic ballot advantage has vanished, and suddenly the November picture is looking rather nice for the GOP.

There’s just one problem: Zogby just released hypothetical numbers showing a match-up between Trump and Obama…Michelle Obama.

She leads him decisively at 48-39. It’s an interesting thought given her refusal to run for Senate but with a strategic non-answer for a potential White House bid.

And with her new book due out just after the November election, we can only speculate.

Here’s more from Hotair.com…

On a slow post-holiday news day, what could be more blogworthy than a (1) 2020 poll (2) from Zogby, of all people, (3) featuring a hypothetical match-up between POTUS and Obama?

Michelle Obama, that is. Not Barack.

Her book, “Becoming,” is due out one week after the midterms in November. Hmmmm.

Since our last poll, Michelle Obama has a comfortable 9% lead-the former first lady beats Trump 48% to 39%, up from 49%-42% in January. The reason for the race favoring Michelle Obama is that the former first lady does make the same inroads that [Bernie] Sanders and [Joe] Biden make with groups that supported the president, such as independents (Obama leads 43% to 32%) and voters without a college degree (Obama leads 46% to 41%), 18-29 year olds (Obama leads 56% to 30%) and voters aged 18-24 (Obama leads 62% to 27%). Trump wins with white voters-48% to 39% and among older voters aged 65+ by double digits, NASCAR fans (Trump wins 53%-37%), and Walmart shoppers (Trump wins 46%-42%). Trump also wins voters in the South (Trump wins 46%-44%) and Central Great Lakes regions (Trump wins 46%-42%) region. A majority of union (58%), east (57%) and west (52%) voters back Michelle Obama much more than the president.

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New Poll Is More Really Bad News for Pelosi’s Dems

Back in October of last year, the picture being painted by the media was that of a ‘blue wave’ coming to sweep away Republican control of Congress, and with it any chance of appointing more conservatives to the Supreme Court.

At that time, the Democrat generic ballot advantage was as high as 15 points, virtually guaranteeing Speaker Pelosi.

But then, all of that changed…very quickly.

That number started dropping like a led balloon, hastened all the more by the successful passage of the GOP tax cut.

Now the latest poll has come out showing the Dems’ advantage is down to a single point.

What’s instructive about that is that in previous midterm elections in which Republicans won decisively, the Dem advantage was at least five points.

Bottom line: the Democrat Party is looking at a big loss in November unless they can pull out of the nosedive soon.

Here’s more from Hotair.com

The old conventional wisdom: What if Democrats take back both chambers of Congress this fall?

The new conventional wisdom: What if Republicans never lose another election?

Seriously, it’s a cinch that the GOP will lose House seats this fall. The growing mystery is whether they’ll lose enough to actually return Nancy Pelosi to power. Yesterday CNN found the Democratic advantage on the generic ballot down to three points. Today Reuters finds it down to one. Given the feel-good spectacle this morning of Trump and Pence greeting American hostages on their return home from North Korea, it’s quite possible that a poll next week will show the GOP even — or ahead! — on the generic ballot. On Christmas Day 2017, they trailed by 13 points on average.

 

 

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Elections, Issues, Politics

Pelosi May Have Just Lost the Election for Dems

San Fran Nancy Pelosi continues to be her own worst enemy…and that of her party. She’s been ecstatic about the possibility that she might become Speaker once again, but she seems to keep forgetting that one doesn’t help the cause by saying stupid things.

Enter the recent Politico Playbook event the other day in which Pelosi was interviewed about a number of things, including the prospect of Democrats retaking the House.

Moderators relayed the charge by Republicans that Dems will institute single-payer health care and raise taxes if in control again.

Pelosi’s mic-drop response: “The second part is accurate.”

That massive slapping sound was the collective facepalm of all the Dems up for reelection in red-states where the prospect of tax hikes are reflexively met with voters’ outrage.

Good luck, Nancy.

Here’s more from Hotair…

Is this the tweet that launched a thousand campaign ads, and burnt the topless towers of Democratic midterm ambitions? If the Republican Party and/or the National Republican Congressional Committee doesn’t cut a version of Nancy Pelosi’s remarks at today’s Politico Playbook interview for every contested House race, they should get sued for incompetence. Jake Sherman asks Pelosi about GOP claims that a Democratic House majority would pass a single-payer health care system and raise taxes. “The second part is accurate,” Pelosi replied:

The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake points out that Pelosi continues to be her own worst enemy:

Nancy Pelosi clearly wants to be speaker again, and she’s on the cusp of reclaiming that perch. But someone appears to be standing in her way: Nancy Pelosi. …

While PolitiFact ruled a month ago that claims Pelosi had pledged to raise taxes were only “half true,” Pelosi seemed to just confirm that’s her plan. Most any politician knows that when you are asked whether you want to “raise taxes,” the next words out of your mouth probably shouldn’t be “Yes.” You talk around it. You massage it. Republicans passed this bill partially in hopes that Democrats would be baited into running against tax cuts and for raising taxes, and Pelosi seems to be obliging them.

None of this is to say this is a fatal blow for Pelosi’s hopes to become speaker. And she’s certainly done her party plenty of good on that front, most notably with her fundraising. But Democrats need to win in red areas to take back the House, and her message seems to be significantly different than the one the candidates who will decide that desire.

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Elections, Media, Politics

Hillary: ‘They Were Never Going To Let Me’ Win

That Hillary went into a seething tirade at her campaign watch party after learning she was losing isn’t exactly big news.

But the details concerning how all that went down on election night and what she said immediately upon learning it actually is news.

According to a new tell-all book, Hillary remarked cynically, “They were never going to let me be president.”

Of course, that begs the question who is ‘they’? Bill Clinton speculated that there was a conspiracy between the New York Times and Trump to secure his victory for the purpose of better headlines. Right.

Meanwhile, we’re aboard an alien spaceship in the Bermuda Triangle sipping mint juleps with Big Foot.

Moving right along.

Here’s more from Hotair…

One day, when Americans of stout heart rise up and declare themselves free of it, the 2016 election will be over, but … today is not that day, friends. While the minutiae and meaning of Donald Trump’s campaign continue to get dissected, the other campaign gets some attention in a new book from reporter Amy Chozick titled Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling.

The Daily Beast’s Gideon Resnick excerpts several passages from the book, none of which make Hillary Clinton sympathetic. For example, this recounting of her Election Night notification reminds everyone of both Hillary’s sense of entitlement and paranoia:

“Of all the Brooklyn aides, Jen Palmieri had the most pleasant bedside manner,” Chozick writes. “That made her the designated deliverer of bad news to Hillary. But not this time. She told Robby there was no way she was going to tell Hillary she couldn’t win. That’s when Robby, drained and deflated, watching the results with his team in a room down the hall from Hillary’s suite, labored into the hallway of the Peninsula to break the news. Hillary didn’t seem all that surprised. ‘I knew it. I knew this would happen to me….’ Hillary said, now within a couple of inches of his face. ‘They were never going to let me be president.’”

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Joe Biden: Republicans ‘Don’t Want Black Folks Voting’

It’s no secret former Vice President Joe Biden is gearing up for a presidential bid in 2020, especially given the polls showing he’d likely have beaten Hillary for the Democrat nomination and would have given Trump a run for his money.

So, of course, he’s turning to the age-old Democrat playbook in which the go-to play is class and race warfare.

On an interview with everyone’s favorite race-card-pulling, shake-down artist Al Sharpton, Biden dropped this humdinger: “These Republicans don’t want working-class people voting. They don’t want black folks voting.”

According to Democrats, enforcing federal law and reducing voter fraud qualifies as racism.

Because clearly Dems usually lose in a fair fight.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Sunday on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” former Vice President Joe Biden told host Al Sharpton that Republicans didn’t want African-Americans voting.

SHARPTON: Let me ask you about voting rights. That was another thing the Obama-Biden administration was heavy on under attorney general well as Lynch going in with lawsuits against voter ID and doing in to deal with voter suppression. They have said that foreigners are voting.

BIDEN:  It’s a lie. It’s a flat lie. The assertion the president made from the beginning is a flat lie. Every study, every program -every commission that looked at it said it’s simply not true. It’s part of the big lie. You realize just in past year, in 24 states, the administration’s allies have introduced 60 pieces of legislation, or maybe 70 pieces of legislation, to curtail the franchise. It’s what these guys are all about, man. These Republicans don’t want working-class people voting. They don’t want black folks voting. Look what we are doing now. There’s a movement. You have George Will making the argument that felons should have their—after serving their time—their right restored to vote. What is the one thing we want people getting out of prison to do? We want them to engage in society again. What’s the most significant thing you can do to engage? Get in and vote. These guys, you’re talking about 1.5 million people who have served their time who are unable to vote. Of those there are 30% or more that are African American. We should have like other countries have, automatic registration. You turn 18, you go to any government agency, Department of Motor Vehicle, get your Social Security number clarified and you are automatically registered to vote in your district. We should be be engaged. That’s the one thing that keeps people focused on what’s going on in their country. It’s totally crazy.

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Cashless: DNC Continues Going Deeper In Debt

Much ado is being made in the leftist media about surprise Democrat victories in local and congressional elections around the country as a harbinger the coming ‘blue wave’.

And despite that the Democrat generic ballot advantage continues to shrink, it’s still a considerable concern.

But here’s the problem for the party that was Obama’s: it’s deeper in debt than ever before.

Well over 6 million in the red, the DNC continues to underperform in fundraising compared to the Republican Party.

So when all the competitive congressional seats need cash leading up to November, the Democrats will have nothing to give them.

That’s the story the media isn’t telling.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) reported more than $162,000 in additional debt in an amended FEC report filed this week.

The DNC originally reported $6.1 million in debt in its March 2018 FEC report filed on March 20 but amended that report on Monday to include an additional $162,368.64 in debt, bringing the DNC’s total debt to just under $6.3 million.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has zero debt, according to the committee’s most recent FEC filings.

DNC chair Tom Perez has struggled to keep up with his Republican counterpart, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel. The RNC doubled the DNC’s fundraising in 2017 and has continued running well ahead of the DNC in 2018.

The RNC has almost four times as much cash on hand as the DNC, according to the latest available FEC reports. The RNC reported in March FEC filings, compared to the DNC’s $10.1 million.

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2020 New Hampshire Primary Poll: Trump 48, Kasich 42

Um, so, the Republican nomination for 2020 isn’t such a sure thing after all.

A new poll is out for New Hampshire which has John Kasich within the margin of error with President Trump.

The caveats that New Hampshire is a quirky place and that it’s still a year and a half until the primary season really heats up are obvious.

Nevertheless, it reveals the soft underbelly of Trump’s support at a time when most presidencies would still be solid among their base.

Should the Republicans lose Congress, Trump’s ability to push through his agenda will hurt the likelihood of racking up legislative wins ahead of 2020.

This could get interesting.

Here’s more from Hotair…

American Research Group found Gov. John Kasich of Ohio trailing Trump in a two-way race, 42% to 48%, among likely Republican primary voters, with 9% undecided. Trump leads another possible rival, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, 49% to 33%, with 18% undecided.

The results come ahead of Kasich’s third visit to the nation’s first primary state since ending his 2016 bid for president. He will speak Tuesday evening at New England College in Henniker. Flake, who is retiring from the Senate this year, made a trip to the state last month…

The more anti-Trump challengers in New Hampshire, the easier the path for Trump. In a hypothetical primary where Flake and Kasich both run, Trumps leads the three-way field with 51%, followed by Kasich at 34%, and Flake at 4%, with 11% undecided.

Look again at that last number. In a three-way race with Trump running as a populist and Kasich running as a centrist, leaving Flake the entirety of New Hampshire conservatives and libertarians as his natural base, Flake manages … four percent. New Hampshire is “quirky,” I realize, but that feels like a useful snapshot of the state of the conservative movement circa 2018.

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West Virginia Tests Secure Mobile Voting App

The state of West Virginia is pioneering the use of mobile technology for voting.

In initial tests, which are limited to military personnel in a couple counties, voters will be able to cast votes via an app that is available for iPhone and Android.

The app is reportedly secure.

If all goes well, the state intends to roll it out to a broader population of voters because they want to “encourage voter participation at every level.”

Memo to West Virginia: we’re embroiled nationally in a scandal of epic proportions centered on the idea that Russian hackers hacked our most secure systems.

This idea will not end well.

Not to mention, enabling voters who aren’t already willing to leave their couch to vote via their smartphones probably isn’t the wisest idea in the world.

Here’s more from the Hill…

West Virginia is testing a new secure mobile voting application to help active-duty military members vote in the upcoming May primary election.

Secretary of State Mac Warner (R) announced the pilot program on Wednesday afternoon. It will initially be limited to military voters and their spouses and children who are registered to vote in Harrison and Monongalia counties. However, the state plans to expand the program to all 55 counties in the upcoming November general election if the pilot proves successful.

The app is powered by Blockchain, a type of technology used to secure cryptocurrency that has gained increased attention with the rising popularity of digital currencies such as bitcoin. The technology has already been deployed in health care and other industries to secure data.

Security experts in the wake of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election have increasingly pointed to blockchain technology as a way to secure election systems and ensure confidence in future votes.

West Virginia is the first state to test out a blockchain-based application to administer a federal election.

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Poll: Democrat Advantage Shrinks to Lowest Point in ’18

According to the latest poll from Fox News, Democrats’ generic ballot advantage has shrunk to nearly nothing since late last year when that advantage stood at 15 points.

These most recent numbers show a razor-thin 5 point gap, which includes the margin of error of 3-4 points.

Democrats are salivating over the prospect of taking back control of the House so they can impeach President Trump.

But analysts point out that back in 2014, they had a similarly small lead and yet Republicans won 13 new seats.

So the moral of the story is Democrats need to regain some serious mojo in the polls or they’re DOA in November.

Here’s more from Fox News…

The latest Fox News poll finds a tightening race when voters are asked their candidate preference in this fall’s congressional election.

That’s good news for Republicans because Democrats were up by 15 points in October (50-35 percent) in the so-called generic ballot test.  Now, it’s a 5-point edge, as 46 percent of voters would back the Democratic candidate in their district and 41 percent the Republican.

“Just winning the popular national vote is not enough to flip the House,” says Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts the poll with Democrat Chris Anderson.  “Given the GOP’s districting advantages, data from 2012 and 2014 show the Democrats need an edge of at least five points to bring the majority into play.”

“I like this question as a gauge of perceptions month to month,” says Anderson. “But its predictive power seven months from the election is dubious.”

Anderson points out that in March of 2014, Democrats had a 2-point edge on the vote question and Republicans ultimately picked up 13 House seats that November.  And in March 2010, Republicans had a 4-point advantage and went on to win 63 seats.

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