North Carolina voter ID law overturns. Determined to be racially discriminatory. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/30/us/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-north-carolina-voter-id-provision.html?_r=0 Judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID, early voting laws http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/judge-strikes-down-voter-id-early-voting-laws-b99767669z1-388708211.html
I feel like I am living in an alternate universe. The GOP crumbling, voter ID laws being overturned.
Now I think Mike Pence is a radical wingnut but I know he's basically a Koch brother puppet. Maybe even he realizes how dangerous Trump is to our county and has briefed them. I honestly didn't think the Koch;s would care honestly unless there is another motivation. I guess the investment in retaining the senate is more important.
Once upon a time I respected Joe Scarborough. Never liked him. But he's been as guilty in the breaking apart of the GOP. I watched him slobber over Scott Walker several times, a true puppet of the Koch Brothers, and despite Walker's claims about how fantastic Wisconsin's credit rating became under him, his record in Wisconsin is atrocious.
But I am laughing. He's asking the GOP to dump Trump because he's a democrat now? LMAO ok.
John McCain's granddaughter endorces Clinton. I guess she's still stinging from the remarks Trump make about her grandfather. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/289801-mccain-granddaughter-comes-out-in-support-of-clinton This may be the closest Clinton ever gets in getting a McCain endorsement since he is in a tough re-election battle of his own. I don't believe for a second she would come out in favor of Clinton without his blessing.
I am sure most of you saw this last night, but the speech by the Muslim Gold Star family, who's son was killed in Iraq and was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously. Very powerful stuff. Perhaps the most moving speech of the convention IMO But typical Fox News. They cut into it and didn't show it to their viewers. https://mediamatters.org/blog/2016/07/28/fox-news-plays-benghazi-commercial-over-khazir-khans-anti-trump-speech-democratic-national/212012 Show less
I think they made the case for Hillary incredibly well. And while her speech was not a masterpiece(she's never going to be a Bill Clinton or Barack Obama) but she did the most important thing I think she needed to do. She sounded presidential.
I don't think it's a shock to see higher ratings. And lets be honest people, while the small outliers of the Bernie or Bust group are still having a temper tantrum for the most part, it's been handled and has been a non factor. And weren't a lot of the conventions of old, where the candidate wasn't in some cases decided until the actual convention, chaotic. I actually don't think covering them and giving them attention is a bad thing. It shows that people can disagree and protest in a productive way. Most of the Bernie supporters are on board because they know they got a lot accomplished, got much of the platform changed, and if they stick with their "movement" will likely continue to build and be key players going forward. The small percentage of protesters IMO have been a non factor. Fortunately the convention has had enough starpower and powerful speeches and moments to overshadow it IMO.
Ratings? Who did the RNC have? Many prominent republicans didn't show up, hell John Kasich the Governor of Ohio was even in Cleveland and refused to attend. I doubt Scott Baio, Rudy Gulianni, and Duck Dynasty are a bigger draw than the POTUS, FLOTUS, 2 former POTUS's(Carter appeared last night on remote), and the sitting VP plus A class celebs(Meryl Streep last night too). 2 former Republican presidents were MIA at their convention. What does that tell you?
I have to admit Trump's ties to Russia have been suspect. Members of the GOP, including his VP pick, are coming out and distancing themselves from his comments. Paul Ryan said Putin is a "thug" that can't be trusted and there would be consequences if it was discovered Russia hacked into anything that could potentially disrupt our election process.
I do wonder if the GOP knows Trump is going to implode and already have a strategy in place when that happens. I firmly believe if the day comes when he is elected, he's going to do something to jeopardize our national security, leading to grounds for treason and impeachment. In fact I guarantee that's what they are counting on. I'd have more respect for these people if they would discredit him now and let him handle everything himself. It shows the dysfunction and implosion of their own party that they seem to be afraid of doing that.
The speech he gave 4 years ago was great but the agenda behind what he did last night was a lot different and he was masterful. He spoke from the heart and he told the story of his time with Hillary and her own service in a funny and engaging way. For all the people who have been up on that stage telling stories, no one did it better. I think he's a master storyteller and last night it felt like he was talking to me personally telling me a story. Anyone who has doubts(and trust me I have had them) about his ability to put his own interests aside, he answered them last night. And he did something that's been difficult for her to do and others in describing her. He humanized her and made her relatable. That bit about their first home being 1100 square feet, no air conditioning, and an attic fan may sound like nothing but it's those touches he adds that really makes it sound like they are like everyone else. And describing her almost "geeky" like, the young college student with the big dark thick glasses who had her head in a book when he first saw her did the same thing. It was different but IMO he's never been better.