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Trump Retweets Juanita Broaddrick in Foreshadowing of Debate Strategy

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:05 pm

This is apparently an indication of how Trump plans to handle the “grab them by the p***y” video” tomorrow: Bill Clinton to start, a heaping helping of Bill Clinton for the main course — and for dessert? Bill Clinton:


If your style is to hit back whenever you’re hit, this is the logical place to go, and he’s already starting. It’s a reminder that he’s not the only awful person on the stage.

The only thing is, there’s not an ever-growing list of Democrat politicians abandoning Hillary Clinton today because of her treatment of Juanita Broaddrick. But there very notably is a large list of GOP pols ditching Trump, as RedState has been documenting all day long. I count eight U.S. Senators from the GOP calling for him to drop out, and three more who have revoked their previous endorsements. And that’s not even counting the GOP members of the House doing the same.

The first question of the debate is going to be about the mass GOP exodus from the Trump Train. I guess Trump can try to fake his way through it with a lot of Bill Clinton this and Juanita Broaddrick that. I’m just not sure that’s going to wash with the voters.

[Cross-posted at RedState. I also have a piece there about Kellyanne Conway ditching Fox News Sunday tomorrow, but I ultimately conclude that it does not seem to mean she’s quitting, so I’m not sure how much it matters. A little, I think. Not a lot.]

Hillary Email Leaks: Paid Speech Excerpts and Possible Illegal Coordination

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:21 pm

Let’s talk a little bit about the Wikileaks releases on Hillary yesterday — you know, the stuff that the Trump p***y-grabbing video was designed to obscure.

First, we have this email titled “HRC Paid Speeches.” It’s worth reading the whole thing, as someone in the Hillary camp was kind enough to identify all of the problematic passages from her paid speeches and assemble them in one place: that email. Here are some excerpts:


*Hillary Clinton: “I’m Kind Of Far Removed” From The Struggles Of The Middle Class “Because The Life I’ve Lived And The Economic, You Know, Fortunes That My Husband And I Now Enjoy.” *“And I am not taking a position on any policy, but I do think there is a growing sense of anxiety and even anger in the country over the feeling that the game is rigged. And I never had that feeling when I was growing up. Never. I mean, were there really rich people, of course there were. My father loved to complain about big business and big government, but we had a solid middle class upbringing. We had good public schools. We had accessible health care. We had our little, you know, one-family house that, you know, he saved up his money, didn’t believe in mortgages. So I lived that. And now, obviously, I’m kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy, but I haven’t forgotten it.” [Hillary Clinton Remarks at Goldman-Black Rock, 2/4/14]


*Clinton: “But If Everybody’s Watching, You Know, All Of The Back Room Discussions And The Deals, You Know, Then People Get A Little Nervous, To Say The Least. So, You Need Both A Public And A Private Position.”* CLINTON: You just have to sort of figure out how to — getting back to that word, “balance” — how to balance the public and the private efforts that are necessary to be successful, politically, and that’s not just a comment about today. That, I think, has probably been true for all of our history, and if you saw the Spielberg movie, Lincoln, and how he was maneuvering and working to get the 13th Amendment passed, and he called one of my favorite predecessors, Secretary Seward, who had been the governor and senator from New York, ran against Lincoln for president, and he told Seward, I need your help to get this done. And Seward called some of his lobbyist friends who knew how to make a deal, and they just kept going at it. I mean, politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position. And finally, I think — I believe in evidence-based decision making. I want to know what the facts are. I mean, it’s like when you guys go into some kind of a deal, you know, are you going to do that development or not, are you going to do that renovation or not, you know, you look at the numbers. You try to figure out what’s going to work and what’s not going to work. [Clinton Speech For National Multi-Housing Council, 4/24/13]

Also, her campaign may have illegally coordinated with a Super-PAC. John Podesta, a Hillary campaign guy, was emailing and coordinating with David Brock, who runs a pro-Hillary Super PAC. The only reason they might technically get away with it is that it was a month before she announced. Get your coordination in before the announcement, I guess is the takeaway.

Big Media has reported all this. Today, nobody cares. There is an ever-growing list of GOP pols who have publicly backed away from Trump, and that is the only story anyone is talking about. It’s a little astounding to me, frankly. Who is pretending they are surprised by this? Donald Trump was crude and misogynistic? GET OUTTA TOWN! But apparently this is the straw breaking the elephant’s back for a lot of people. It will be the first question at the debate and will dominate headlines for days.

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