When will the DNC start to realise that getting sprung for organised games just highlight their desperation and furthermore expose the relative triviality of their campaign? While HRC was on the campaign trail at a family town hall meeting in Pennsylvania the MC Elizabeth Banks decided to pick a ‘random’ person from the audience to inspire the debate (from 10:30)
Amazingly Banks picked a random person who was thoroughly prepared with a question in hand. This individual, Brennan, just happened to be the 15-yo daughter of Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Lynch. What a coincidence?
Brennan quipped after being selected by the ‘red bow’ in her hair:
“Hi Madam Secretary. I’m Brennan and I’m 15 years old. At my school, body image is a really big issue for girls my age. I see with my own eyes the damage Donald Trump does when he talks about women and how they look. As the first female president how would you undo some of that damage and help girls understand that they’re so much more than just what they look like?”
Mrs Clinton came back with a beautifully rehearsed retort:
“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Wow. I’m so proud of you. I think Chelsea also has something to say about this.my opponent has just taken this concern to a new level of difficulty and meanness. And, it’s shocking when women are called names and judged solely on the basis of physical attributes…I’m passionate about this…we have to stand up against this…”
It just so happened she also did adverts for her father to help get him into Congress in 2014. So once again what the Democrats have done is expose themselves to more ‘orchestrated’ behaviour which detracts from the message of sincerity. How stupid do they take their minions for? Most people watching that and cheering for diversity were undoubtedly dyed in the wool Democrats. After being exposed they offered the opposition a free kick to show a) how superficial they are; b) how off track the issues are and c) how tiny the audiences are.
It was nothing more than progressive nonsense trying to drag gender into the debate when the reality this election is about poverty and widening inequality. I am not condoning Trump’s unnecessary foul mouthed jibes at women in the slightest but if this is where the DNC think political point scoring targeting the heart of this election can be gained they are sorely mistaken. Kaine was pontificating in the VP debate that he felt bad mentioning the words “ugly, fat pigs and dogs” in front of his wife and mother. It made many want to reach for a bucket such was its insincerity in delivery.
The VP debate also exposed how out of touch Tim Kaine was. Throwing in lines like Vlad Putin doesn’t respect the rights of LGBT and talking up White House stats of how quickly median incomes have grown and how small poverty from 2014-2015 like some crowning achievement. Pence replied “Secretary Clinton and Senator Kaine want to continue the same policies that have run this economy into the ditch…honestly Senator you can rattle out the numbers on the sunny side but the people in Scranton know different. The people in Fort Wayne, Indiana know different. This economy is struggling…” (which I wholeheartedly agree with and the Fed which has cut its economic targets yet again is quickly coming to the realisation).
Looking at the faces of Kaine vs Pence in the debate and the Republican seemed far more convincing in reaching out to voters. I keep banging on about the importance of ‘feeling the candidates, not just hearing them.’ I had low expectations on Pence (given his little exposure under Trump) but his performance was nothing short of composed, balanced and convincing. Kaine, aside from the interruptions, came across as smug and stuck to an attack dog strategy which backfired. If voters have a tough time being convinced by the presidential candidates, their backstops certainly seem far more important than they ever have been in the past.
To set the record straight. I make no bones about the irrelevance of liberal policies to get the US out of the economic mess it is in. I do NOT think that Donald Trump is the ideal solution (despite many accusing me of thinking he is a great candidate) but I have said countless times that people would be unwise to write him off. This is not an election but a referendum on wanting a continuation of the status quo or not. Michael Moore is right when he says that Trump is a “Molotov cocktail” to the establishment.
Like the leak that showed the Clinton Foundation supposedly paid Khizr Khan $375,000 ahead of the DNC presentation and now the discovery of planting child actors to pretend to ask questions it only goes to show the utter contempt the Clinton campaign has for voters. They maybe basement dwellers and the may be deplorable but they ARE a by-product of decades of neglect by the establishment and I believe we have reached a tipping point. The only party talking about how terrible the economy is the Republicans.
Markets continue to put their faith in a Clinton coronation but after Pence’s performance, some undecideds may think that the abysmal choices for the top job might mean they need to think of their vote more as a “set”. Pence looks such a steady pair of hands. Kaine looks like a liberal out of touch, thinking progressive policies will work in a drowning economy. Pence selection as running mate actually shows good judgement.
Some might call it an endorsement but I hope Trump wins to shake up politics, just like Brexit will do for the UK & EU. While the fallout of a Trump victory would have far bigger implications than a Brexit vote, he is at least in touch with how terrible the world has become under establishment rule. We can’t get markets to take the harsh medicine well overdue if we keep kicking the can down a road that is running to an end as will happen under Clinton. It really is that bad. 4 more years of Obama is not something to look forward to. I can absolutely assure people that climate change action will be so far down the agenda when this financial bubble is finally popped and perhaps highlight how people truly feel about global warming when they have no job, huge debt and wondering how to feed their family. Sure, I might sound like a doomsayer with a placard around my shoulders but the level of complacency astonishes me.