Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Not Hillary!

Anyone But Hillary” Movement Gaining Popularity


Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has a low popularity level, which makes it surprising that the hash tag “#NeverHillary” is not as popular as “#NeverTrump.”

Hillary has received criticism from celebrities and many of her poll numbers show poor popularity ratings. On top of that, a new advertising campaign against Hillary has come out. But, will it matter?

According to a recently headline from the Wall Street Journal, 33% of supporters for Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders said they won’t vote for Hillary Clinton if she ends up making it to the general election.

In a year when political outsiders in both parties appear to be capitalizing on voter support, the view among Sanders supporters that Hillary is the embodiment of establishment politics could prove to be a liability,” the Wall Street Journal story stated.

However, the 33% of Sanders supporters who said they won’t vote for Hillary in a general election are actually based off only 197 Democratic voters of the primary who took the survey. With such a small figure, this creates a high margin of error. Meanwhile, 78% of the Democratic voters of the primary said they will have satisfaction if Hillary becomes the Democratic nominee.

These results may not be perfect, but they are better than what Republican candidates are seeing. For example, 55% of Ted Cruz supporters who responded to the poll say they won’t support Donald Trump if he is the GOP nominee. Then, 53% of Republican voters of the primary said they would be satisfied having Trump being the GOP nominee.

Despite all this, there is still an anti-Hillary atmosphere out there. Just recently, Sanders supporter and actress Susan Sarandon hinted that a Trump presidency would be better than a Clinton presidency.

I think Bernie would probably encourage people, because he doesn’t have any ego in this thing,” Sarandon said to Chris Hayes of MSNBC. “But I think a lot of people are, ‘Sorry, I just can’t bring myself to vote for Clinton.’”

I don’t know. I’m going to see what happens.”

Conservative groups have been happy and enthusiastic about the anti-Hillary sentiment out there. A Super PAC named American Crossroads, which was founded by Karl Rove, released a new #NeverHillary advertisement this week. 

They said more advertisements like this one will be coming in the future as well.

With a long resume of scandals and unethical behavior, Hillary Clinton is the one candidate unfit to be president of a condo association, much less the United States,” Ian Prior said, who is a spokesman for the PAC. “Because of that, it is important for everyone to consider what would happen if Hillary reached the Oval Office and then focus on making sure that never happens.”

The weird thing about all this is that the liberals on the Democratic side don’t seem to be attacking Trump just yet. The billionaire businessman’s low popularity numbers with the public should make him a big target of Democrats. But, #NeverTrump seems to be something that is only used from conservatives within the GOP at the moment.

As for #NeverHillary, this could be used by just about any type of voter. Perhaps this is an indication that Hillary will have a tough job winning the election in November after all.

Wishful thinking? Do people care?

The Panama Papers Scandal Could Put Bernie Sanders In The White House



Long Story Short

A huge scandal over offshore tax havens has just exploded, so expect the five remaining presidential hopefuls to answer some questions that will leave some of the squirming. Probably no one will squirm more so than Hillary Clinton — and no one will benefit more than her rival Bernie Sanders.

Long Story

When you think of the term “global elite,” few names spring to mind more readily than Bill and Hillary Clinton. And while the former and perhaps future First Couple have had a pretty good run despite some spectacular ups and downs, the Panama Papers scandal may permanently dash their hopes of moving back into the White House.

The leak of 2.6 terabytes worth of data from a Panamanian law firm that specializes in facilitating tax dodging by rich people around the world is going to lead to some very uncomfortable questions for some world leaders (it already has, in Iceland’s case). That could include Hillary Clinton, one of the most insider-y of all Beltway insiders.

Sanders has regularly railed against Clinton’s coziness with some of the most morally questionable financial companies out there, notably Goldman Sachs.
Email shows Clinton State Dept pushing Panama pact amid warnings it would help the rich hide money

So when Sanders tells his throngs of adoring fans that the system is designed to favor a small, wealthy circle, the Panama Papers appear to back him up. And while neither Clinton nor any of her friends have  been linked to any mischief, yet, there is no denying that she is part of that same elite that benefits from devious offshore tax havens.
And Bernie so clearly is not. His hands appear clean, and that is a huge part of his appeal to a generation that feels the odds have been deliberately stacked against them for the gain of others. The longer this scandal is kept alive, the better it is for the Sanders campaign.

The reason that our campaign is doing well is that we are doing something unusual in American politics: we are telling the truth.
With the Wisconsin primaries set for Tuesday, his campaign can use the help. He holds a slight lead over Clinton, but some observers, including the New York Times, appear ready to eulogize it already, in face of what they say are near mathematically impossible odds of securing the delegates needed for the nomination.

But If Sanders can hammer the point that Clinton belongs to that demographic, an enraged and powerless electorate can swing even further against her, and line up firmly behind him.

Bernie Sanders predicts #PanamaPapers in 2011

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