Monday, October 5, 2015

Hillary is roaring back from Republican Email Machination Scandal: What the polls are not saying?

Keywords or Terms: Former US Secretary of State; Presidential campaign trail; Republican House Speaker; Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA); NBC/Wall Street Journal polls; National Rifle Association; Curbing Gun Violence; Restoring Trust in Political System; Increasing support for Undergraduate Education and financing; Benghazi Embassy Killing; Restore economic growth with rising wages for Americans; and,

The former US Secretary of State has had her bad and good days on the 2016 Presidential Campaign Trail. However, her assertiveness, like I am the most transparent candidate in US History, is speaking well in the polls, better than when the email machination or scandal festered from the other aisle of US Congress. The fact that the front runner for prospective Republican House Speaker, since the stepping down of John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), claimed in a statement that his cohort’s machination on the purported email scandal led to the declining presidential campaign poll number of the former US Secretary of State, truly says a million. Who can expect a dramatic and sometimes disturbing pronouncement(s) of Republican leadership regarding how they use their Congressional positions to capitulate or derail efforts of well-meaning public figures? In all major discussions shaping the 2016 presidential campaign, one strongly feels the average American’s interest hardly inform policies contemplated by Republican aspirants.

Like Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), other extreme Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives, probably used the purported Secretary Clinton’s email “scandal” for political gains, an admission considered a felony by the US House of Representatives Rules and Standards. A fifth time US Congressman, Republican House Majority Whip, representative from 23rd California Congressional District, 2008 Chairman of Republican Platform Committee and current US House Speaker preferred successor, ought to know you cannot use witch hunting, back-door harassments, and committee rules to impact or derail efforts by a Presidential candidate for political gains. The fact that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders polled ahead of US Secretary Clinton in New Hampshire (48-39 percent), while she remains ahead in the State of Iowa by 11 points (47-36 percent), according to NBC/Wall Street Journal polls out on Sunday, indicate that the race is not completely over; however, neither should we expect a mayhem that could prevent Ms. Clinton from being the Democratic Party flag bearer come November 2016.

Embolden by new opportunities and undeterred by naysayers, Ms. Clinton issued a couple of proposals, including one this morning to curb gun violence. According to Democratic Party front runner, she will: 1) like to lead a ‘national movement’ to counter the National Rifle Association; 2) work hard to make a first case in the Iowa caucuses and then the New Hampshire primary; 3) restore economic growth with rising wages for Americans; 4) restore trust and cooperation in our political system; 5) manage the resurgences of Islamic State, and more. Her disdain for the opposing party's front runner for nomination showed very clearly in her response to Reverend Al Sharpton on the MSNBC’s “Politic Nation” program on Sunday when she said: “[Donald Trump] has been stoking prejudice and paranoia. He’s been really appealing to the worst instincts of human nature. I think it’s dangerous. His demagoguery is no longer amusing.” This statement hardly seem from a candidate that has been cowered by machination of a few wrong-headed extreme right Republicans in the US House of Representatives.

US Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), member of Congressional Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government-sponsored Enterprises and the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit may have been working with a few, if not the “Hell No” Republican Representatives in Congress to torpedo the progress of former US Secretary of State; however, her policy proposals and advances hardly seem one of a presidential candidate perturbed or beleaguered by such mean efforts. According to her campaign WEBSITE, what her candidacy offers for America are: 1) government programs and spending to help undergraduates pay tuition at public colleges without extra financial debt loads; 2) funding and supporting medication assisted treatment, especially against opioid epidemics; 3) Promoting Gay Rights; 5) Fighting for comprehensive immigration reform; and, 6) taking on systematic racial inequalities and bringing down barriers against women and minorities, among others.

Why are Republicans so focused on things that stumbles Ms. Clinton, like the botched health care roll out of the 1990’s and Benghazi Embassy killings as admonished by the Republican’s National Committee Chairman, Reince Priebus? What efforts should Ms. Clinton make to defect these criticisms. In the months following her declaration of running for the Presidency, the former US Secretary of State has Promoted populist messages, including the release of a media video where she chastised CEOs making 300 times the average American worker, noting that Americans are fast losing believe that their hard work will be rewarded; and, espoused the influence of her mother during the early years of her legal career. What she probably missed out is campaigning against those things that have immersed her profile in those issues that have made her come across as untrustworthy. After her role as the first lady of the White House, it is important for her to counter the perception from those who have either worked for her or engaged her in political fist fights, those still having belated lamentation regarding how Secretary Clinton come across as very brutal and untrustworthy. In part, ironically, some of the criticisms against Ms. Clinton’s candidacy are residues of her husband’s performance as the President of the United States and his global campaign initiatives since getting out of the White House.

Under the benevolence oversight of her campaign team, including Robby Mook, Campaign Manager, Joel Benson, Chief Strategist, Jim Margolis, Media advisor, Adam Parkhomenko, Director of Grassroots Engagement, Marlon Marshall, Director of State Campaigns and Political Engagement, and Amanda Renteria, Political Director, she must develop and promote campaign messaging that counters the polls’ attested mistrust, especially among those people who have once worked very closely with her husband and herself. Campaign messaging are not constant; they are often fluid, based on the news cycle sometimes; that is why the campaign team must be proactive and ingenious in addressing those known shortcomings of their boss or candidate. Buying an advanced two million dollar airtime in Iowa and New Hampshire seem a right decision; however, changing the narrative in some quarters that Republicans have used as fodder for engaging Democrats in general and working to address unknown biases from voters, are quantifiable material dividend which an engaged and proactive campaign team can only deliver.

As Democrats, we all are worried as Ms. Clinton once intoned, “The worst thing that could happen to our country, is for Republicans to rip away that progress [under President Obama] and do a big U-turn back to trickle-down economics”. We also know that for Ms. Clinton to bring together folks from the right, left, red blue and get them into a warm purple space where everybody is talking and actually solving problems, we must have trust. Folks are often apprehensive in group dynamics when they think their leader is about or, is hood-winking them on some issues. The biggest investor(s) in campaigns are not necessarily looking for a quick fix to all problems; rather, a consistent and reliable effort, where the issue of trust is past settled. Today, America trades considerably with China, just the way it did with Japan in 1990s. The values of shares changed on the New York Stock Exchange, immediately Chinese fiddled with the values of their yen exchange value. For the foreseeable future, China’s current account surplus will continue to grow at the expense of our expanded deficit spending. There are no indications that import from China will decline anytime soon. What is “President” Hillary Rodham Clinton going to do about this to save American jobs, declining wages and benefits? These are the bread and butter issues that Bernie Sanders is hammering upon; and, that is why he is doing well against the Hillary 2016 Logo in the polls, lately.
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