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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Elections, Issues, Politics

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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Elections, Politics

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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Elections, Politics

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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Elections

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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Elections, Politics

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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Elections, Politics

Joe Biden Wants to ‘Beat the Hell Out of’ Trump

It’s undeniable now that former Vice President Joe Biden is running for president.

So it comes as no surprise that he’d show up at an “It’s On Us” rally in Miami to take advantage of the anti-gun fervor in hopes of propelling his stock.

And that’s when he dropped a hint of how his campaign will run against Trump in 2020.

Reminding the crowd of the infamous Access Hollywood audio in which the grabbing of certain body parts were mentioned, Biden reiterated that he’d have taken a guy like that in high school behind the gym to ‘beat the hell out of’ him.

To which Trump replied essentially: bring it on.

So there you have it: the 2020 fight will be between a guy who talked about grabbing women and a guy who routinely does.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Former Vice President Joe Biden told students at the University of Miami that he wishes he could engage in fisticuffs with President Donald Trump over the infamous Access Hollywood comments. The president shot back on Twitter.

“When a guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,’ and then said, ‘I made a mistake,’ they asked me would I like to debate this gentleman, and I said no,” Biden recalled. “I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.'”

The University of Miami College Democrats posted the video of these remarks on Facebook. The former vice president’s taunt to Trump begins around minute 43 of the video below.

Trump responded:

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Elections

Shapiro: Midterms Could Be ‘Very, Very Ugly’ for GOP

Yesterday’s special congressional election in Pennsylvania is giving the GOP serious cause for concern.

The race ended with a razor-thin margin of victory of only 640 votes, with the final triumph going to the Democrats.

That’s not a spectacular victory.

But it’s a district that President Trump won by 20 points in 2016.

With a growing economy and successful tax reform bill, this should have been a safe seat.

So naturally Democrats are crowing today about how the win is a bellwether for the November midterms.

If they’re right, it could be a bloodbath for the GOP.

Here’s more from BizPacReview…

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro issued a stern warning to Republicans, saying the 2018 midterm elections could get “very, very ugly” for the GOP if they don’t get their acts together and focus on winning.

“In the seven special elections held in 2017, the average shift from 2016 results was D+16,” Shapiro tweeted Tuesday night. “Tonight, it’s D+20. 2018 will be very, very ugly unless something cataclysmic happens for GOP.”

The editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire made the observations while analyzing the Pennsylvania special election, where Democratic upstart Conor Lamb gave GOP candidate Rick Saccone a surprisingly tough race.

Saccone, who was endorsed by President Trump, struggled in a district where Trump had trounced Hillary Clinton by 20 points. Naturally, Democrats blamed Trump for Saccone’s poor performance, and gleefully gloated that this is a sign of things to come for the 2018 midterms.

Meanwhile, liberals forget that Democrats lost more than 1,030 seats during Barack Obama’s tenure, and they never blamed him for it.

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Elections, Politics

Report: Obama Hired Fusion GPS to Dig Dirt on Romney

A new book is out that reports clandestine payments to Fusion GPS, funneled through Perkins Coie law firm, for opposition research supplied to Barack Obama’s campaign in 2012.

Fusion GPS reportedly conducted a deep-dive not just into Mitt Romney’s campaign but also into his donors’ lives and businesses as well.

After the dirt hit the Internet, at least two Romney donors found themselves the subject of audits and investigations by the federal government.

Given what we now know about Fusion’s role in the Trump dossier, none of this news comes as any surprise at all.

Fusion is and has been the attack dog of the DNC and liberals for a decade. And now’s the time to investigate how far the rabbit hole really goes.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

A new book claims that the Barack Obama presidential campaign hired Fusion GPS in 2012 to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, The Daily Caller reports.

Obama for America (OFA) reportedly obscured its payments to Fusion GPS through Perkins Coie, an international law firm, in an arrangement similar to the one that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee used to pay Fusion to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.

In 2012, Fusion reportedly dug up dirt on Romney’s donors as well so that the Obama campaign could publicly slime them on its official website.

Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show that OFA has paid over $972,000 to Perkins Coie, an international law firm, since April of 2016.

The book, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and Donald Trump’s Election” by Michael Isikoff and David Corn alleges that OFA hired Fusion GPS to do opposition research on Mitt Romney for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.

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Biden Aides To Politico: 2020 Is Go, But One Term

President Trump has officially announced the beginning of his re-election campaign this month. And lots of speculation about potential Democrat challengers is catching fire.

Which of course is why it’s perfect timing for Joe Biden to begin leaking hints of his final bid for the White House.

And that’s precisely what his campaign aides are doing.

According to Politico, Biden is jet-setting around the country with energy to spare, promising the final battle with Trump.

But, lest we worry about his age, he’ll promise only to serve one term since he’ll be the oldest president in history.

Promises, promises.

Here’s more from Hotair…

Will Democrats really get behind a do-over in 2020? Many have speculated that a late substitution of Joe Biden for Hillary Clinton might have saved the White House for Democrats in 2016, and at the very least it’s tough to argue that they could have done worse. Biden, for instance, would have known to campaign in the blue-wall states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, and would have been better positioned to connect with working-class Americans outside the urban-coastal progressive bubbles.

The Democratic Party, however, wants to double down on those progressive bubbles in the future, so Politico reports that Biden’s aides are working on an unusual primary pitch. How about one term of Joe Biden as a “reset” president, in which he adds a young progressive to the ticket for 2024?

Between stops on his book tour and in the ramp-up for what will be a heavy midterms campaign schedule, a tight circle of aides has been brainstorming a range of tear-up-the-playbook ideas for a White House run, according to people who’ve been part of the discussions or told about them.

On the list: announcing his candidacy either really early or really late in the primary process so that he’d define the field around him or let it define itself before scrambling the field; skipping Iowa and New Hampshire and going straight to South Carolina, where he has always had a strong base of support; announcing a running mate right out of the gate and possibly picking one from outside of politics; and making a pitch that he can be a bridge not just to disaffected Democrats, but to Republicans revolting against President Donald Trump.

They’ve also discussed an idea some donors and supporters have been pitching Biden on directly for months: kick off by announcing that he’d only run for one term. One person who’s pitched the idea said Biden would try to sell voters on “a reset presidency.” The former vice president would pick a younger Democratic running mate and argue that he’d be the elder statesman to get the country and government back in order post-Trump and be the bridge to the next generation.

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