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New Quinnipiac poll: Everyone beats Trump
Oh wow.  Even that gay mayor from Indiana cleans Trump's clock.


We are a polarized nation, and as such, the actual candidates themselves hardly matter anymore. We could nominate a mealworm, and it would get numbers similar to these, according to the latest general-election matchup poll by Quinnipiac University:

    Biden 53, Trump 40

    Sanders 51, Trump 42

    Harris 49, Trump 41

    Warren 49, Trump 42

    Buttigieg 47, Trump 42

    Booker 47, Trump 42

The key here isn’t the Democrats’ number (those are mostly driven by name recognition): it’s Trump’s. He’s maxed out at 42%. And with universal name recognition and a polarized electorate, how does he rise above that?

Of course, we don’t have a national election, but he barely squeaked through with a 3% popular-vote deficit in 2016. Even 4% down makes an Electoral College victory near impossible. Five percent or more? Forget it. .....
By those same polls, Hillary is president
(06-15-2019, 07:04 AM)andrew_o Wrote: By those same polls, Hillary is president

Smile  Even Hillary was able to beat Weehans McNordick by 3 million votes.

But she wasn't in this poll. Dodgy
Don't forget the pollsters said the Carter-Reagan race was too close to call then Reagan won forty-nine states. Put not your faith in pollsters.
“More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” – Woody Allen

Aussie just had an election where the polls predicted a labour victory.
They were hammered!
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Yes, It certainly looks like the Democrats have it in the bag.  No worries. You can sleep easy at night aqua, once you kick Trump out of your brain.
(06-18-2019, 11:28 PM)doubletroublejim Wrote: Yes, It certainly looks like the Democrats have it in the bag.  No worries. You can sleep easy at night aqua, once you kick Trump out of your brain.

Tangerine Idi Amin isn't done yet.

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Interesting POV here. What I thought about Obammy has the light shone on it.

The scandals Biden forgot

Joe Biden, who is running for president as the candidate of an Obama-style restoration, frequently touts his close connection to “Barack,” and fulsomely praises the last Democratic president. Biden’s desire to wrap himself in the mantle of the 44th POTUS is understandable. But he has been going beyond hagiography to out-and-out claptrap — one particular gobbet of claptrap in particular.

“The proudest thing about serving with him,” Biden said of Obama at a campaign event in New Hampshire last month, “was there wasn’t one single, solitary hint of scandal all eight years.”

He made the same claim during an appearance on ABC’s “The View.” What he and Obama are “proudest of,” Biden told the panelists, is that there was “not one single whisper of scandal” during their two terms in office.

He said it again in Iowa on Wednesday, slowing his delivery down for extreme emphasis. “There wasn’t one. Single. Hint. Of a scandal. Or a lie.”

Really, now.

If by “scandal,” the former vice president is referring to flagrant sexual or marital misconduct, or to the shameless exploitation of the White House for financial gain — then yes, it’s true that the eight Obama years were not tainted by scandal. Neither were the preceding eight years of George W. Bush’s administration.

But other than in that narrow sense, the Obama administration was the very opposite of scandal-free. On the contrary, it abounded in scandals. Let’s recall a few of them:

The Benghazi cover-up. When Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed in a terrorist attack on the US consulate in Libya in 2012, administration officials falsely blamed their deaths on an irrelevant YouTube video. That wasn't an innocent error, it was coldblooded deceit. In public, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attributed the attack to “inflammatory material posted on the Internet.” She went so far as to tell the father of Tyrone Woods, a Navy SEAL who lost his life in the attack, that the California filmmaker who produced the video would be “arrested and prosecuted.”

Yet in private e-mails to her daughter and the Egyptian prime minister within hours of the terrorist assault — e-mails not discovered until 2015 — Clinton acknowledged that the Americans had been attacked by “al Qaeda-like” Islamists. The “anti-Muslim video” claim was a brazen and scandalous lie.

The Veterans Administration meltdown. On Obama's watch, tens of thousands of veterans were denied proper health care at VA hospitals. Their names were added to phony waiting lists and they were stonewalled for months or even years. More than 300,000 veterans may have died awaiting medical treatment that never came. According to the Veterans Affairs inspector general, thousands of veterans' health care enrollment applications were deleted or buried. So shocking were the revelations that the FBI opened a criminal investigation. Eventually VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned in disgrace.

The ‘Lie of the Year’. Biden may insist that there wasn’t “One. Single. Hint” of a lie during the Obama years, but even PolitiFact — the Poynter Institute’s decidedly liberal fact-checking operation — would find such a claim preposterous. In 2013, PolitiFact labeled Obama’s endlessly repeated vow that Obamacare would not force anyone to give up a health insurance policy they liked as the most egregious “ Lie of the Year.” Over and over and over, he had assured voters: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” From Day 1, that was a flat-out falsehood, as even Obama’s loyal supporters eventually conceded.

Biden may be counting on friendly media outlets to back up his historical revisionism about the supposed dearth of Obama-era scandals. After all, Obama was an overwhelming favorite among journalists, many of whom were often willing to downplay the misfeasance, incompetence, and corruption of his presidency. But rules that applied when Obama was in the White House may not apply now, not when nearly two dozen Democrats are determined to prevent Biden from winning their party’s 2020 nomination. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris — and their friends in the press corps — may decide there is more to be gained from refreshing voters’ memories of the Obama scandals than from continuing to pretend they didn’t exist.

Besides, not all news media are left-wing.

“Hey Joe Biden, Here Are Some Scandals You Forgot,” wrote The Federalist’s David Harsanyi the other day in a historical refresher of some lies and scandals that seem to have slipped Biden’s mind:

How many Americans knew, for instance, that “Operation Fast and Furious” put around 2,000 weapons into the hands of narco-traffickers (and an Islamic terrorist), leading to the murder of hundreds of Mexican citizens, and at least one American, a border agent named Brian Terry? Not enough.

There must have been at least a sniff of scandal . . . because even after a federal judge rejected Obama’s assertion of executive privilege in efforts to deny Congress files relating to the operation, the administration wouldn’t budge. Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, refused to cooperate in the investigation, becoming the first sitting attorney general in American history to be held in contempt of Congress — a vote that included 17 Democrats.

That’s odd, because today asserting executive privilege is exactly like Watergate. And ignoring courts? Well, Obama did that all the time.

Then again, Obama could secretly send planes filled with cash to pay ransom to an Islamist terror state responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American servicemen (using money that had been earmarked for terror victims), and most reporters would still regurgitate echo-chamber talking points. You remember Ben Rhodes bragging about how the Obama administration could trick 27-year-olds whose “only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns” because they “literally know nothing?”

Politico’s Josh Meyer, who did know something, would write a deeply sourced piece — featuring numerous real-life, on-the-record administration officials — about the Obama administration’s efforts to undermine investigations into a drug-trafficking ring run by Hezbollah operating in the United States, and most major news organizations never even mentioned it.

President Trump’s incessant attacks on the news media as “enemies of the people” is outrageous and contemptible. But as Harsanyi points out, though Obama never engaged in Trump’s anti-media rhetoric, he resorted at times to considerably more threatening anti-media behavior:

Today, President Trump’s Twitter attacks on CNN reporters are threats to the future of free expression. Back in 2012, the Obama’s Department of Justice spied on the Associated Press, tapping around 20 different phone lines — including cell phone and home lines — that captured at least 100 staffers who worked for the outlet. The government kept records of all outgoing calls “for both the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters” and the main line used by reporters in the House of Representatives.

The Justice Department had already spied on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010, collecting his telephone records, looking at his personal emails, and tracking his movements. Holder, by the way, shopped the case to three separate judges, until he found one who let him name Rosen a co-conspirator in the crime of reporting the news. If only this episode had gotten a fraction of the breathless coverage of a William Barr letter.

There is, of course, so much more. Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan, oversaw an operation of illegal spying on a staffer of the legislative branch of the U.S. government. At least five agency officials under his watch broke into Senate computer files, viewing drafts of a report on torture and reconstructing emails of at least one staffer. Brennan would attempt to cover up the agency’s actions by doubling down, blaming the Senate, and pushing to fire at least one staffer charged with investigating his agency.

Then there is Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, who brazenly lied to Congress about spying on American citizens.

Biden might not remember that Internal Revenue Service leadership aggressively targeted conservative groups to undermine their voice in elections. The IRS admitted as much in an apology letter. . . . There were cronyistic green projects that enriched political allies. There was the Secret Service’s many embarrassing breaches and general debauchery. There was Hillary Clinton’s infamous attempts to circumvent transparency — more than likely to cover up favor-trading.

No scandals and lies in eight years of the Obama administration? Oh, yes, there were — and more revelations are almost certainly on the way.
The stock market might pick the winner.  Investor psychology is gonna be YUGE.

Biden and Bernie might have the biggest lead over DJT but they have to win the nomination first.  
Let's see what happens.  

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