Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A historic night for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party - The Washington Post


A historic night for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party - The Washington Post

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What does "Negative Campaigning" mean anyway?

There seems to be some contention about the meaning of the term "negative campaigning."

This is my understanding.

Spreading outright lies about an opponent is Negative, (Obama was born in Kenya or he is a secret Muslim terrorist sympathiser)  These are outright lies often spread by the far right.

Spreading something that is true about an opponent but is framed in a way to be misleading. (McCain has a black baby) Spread by the pro-Bush campaign in South Carolina primary in 2000. Sure McCain had a black baby; he and his wife had adopted a child from the far east.

It is not "negative campaigning" to talk about the opponent's actual voting record or actual policy positions or actual campaign statements. (Trump really did mock a disabled journalist - it is on video, Trump really did... well just too much to list here)

Some folk have surprised me by saying that talking about the opponent at all is negative campaigning. That we should only talk about the positive aspects of our own candidate period.
This is a strong prescription for how to lose any election to those willing to talk about all the candidates.

Lies and misleading statements is the definition of negative campaigning. Actual truth is required. The real problem is in emphasis with the intent to mislead. That is a line that is hard to define. For example I honestly believe that Trump is extremely unqualified for the presidency. No question... this is true. No intention to mislead.
This is negative but is not "negative campaigning."

Having fun yet...





A popular conspiracy theory is spreading in the Trump family. It’s totally false. - The Washington Post



A popular conspiracy theory is spreading in the Trump family. It’s totally false.

 - The Washington Post

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PBS has full convention coverage online for those who missed it live

Got home late Monday night due to a staff meeting for a local election campaign, Gil4Turlock.
Set up the laptop and watched the full four hours plus of the Dem convention commercial free and pundit free on PBS.org.  Very cool...

Michelle was powerful.

Elizabeth Warren was strong. (terrific intro by a former student)

Once he got into it Cory Booker soared.

Bernie still thinks young people will be revolutionary for more than an election period (God bless him). Still waiting to see any new Berners at local Dem Clubs or the SCDCC. I got started in the "revolution" of '68 - '72 so a few people will move it forward, but real mass movements happen within organized structures (those my friends are called Parties). Come on Berners We welcome you into the Dem organization. Anyone listening?

Back to the convention.
And among my favorites were the two hip comedians... you know... Sarah Silverman and the guy from SNL... they were great. :)
More good stuff Tuesday night. Still looking to see Jess, Chi Chi, Nikki, and Maria on the floor.


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

#ClintonNation: This is why Americans are voting for Hillary Clinton


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#ClintonNation: 

This is why Americans are voting for Hillary Clinton





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Dismayed by Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg Will Endorse Hillary Clinton - The New York Times




Dismayed by Donald Trump, 

Michael Bloomberg Will Endorse Hillary Clinton 

- The New York Times




Michael R. Bloomberg plans to endorse Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. CreditChad Batka for The New York Times

You Can Support Hillary Clinton and Still Be Critical of Her | TIME


Hillary Clinton Miami Rally




You Can Support Hillary Clinton and Still Be Critical of Her 

| TIME



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Donald Trump to America: Be Afraid, Very Afraid. And Then Vote For Me. - The Daily Beast


Trump supporters cheer on the delegate floor during the Republican National Convention July 21, 2016.


Donald Trump to America: 
Be Afraid, Very Afraid. And Then Vote For Me.
 - The Daily Beast

Their first joint appearance as partners for the White House


Hillary Clinton’s road to nomination paved with grit - The Boston Globe

Then-senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at a presidential campaign rally, after Obama had clinched the Democratic nomination in 2008.   Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton introduced her running mate, US Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, on Saturday.

Hillary Clinton’s road to nomination paved with grit 
- The Boston Globe

President Obama responds to Trump's very strange convention speech


Clinton’s challenge will be to balance a hopeful tone with an argument for change - The Washington Post



Clinton’s challenge will be to balance a hopeful tone with an argument for change 

- The Washington Post



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Tim Kaine, en Español - The New Yorker


As Hillary Clinton’s Vice-Presidential candidate, the Virginia senator Tim Kaine may appeal to many Hispanic voters because of his immigration-reform advocacy and his fluent command of Spanish.


Tim Kaine, en Español 

- The New Yorker







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