Update II: John Lennon reviews the Dim convention and Obama’s Third Term:
We know the real reason why the caged bird sings. We explain below.
Update: Two police officers shot in San Diego overnight. The Dims in Pennsylvania celebrated the thug sons of the irresponsible “Mothers of the Movement“. That’s why Dims lose and Donald J. Trump increases support.
Tonight it happens, the Shield Maiden of Chappaqua crawls into a cage to sing for her bird seed.
Trump hater Ben Shapiro updates our “Shield Maiden” arguments we made long ago, although he is wrong about one thing. It was purposeful, not accidental:
Obama’s Final Revenge: The Accidental Destruction of Hillary Clinton
She’s forced to defend his legacy and his happy talk. But Americans aren’t happy. Hillary Clinton is in serious trouble. [snip]
A majority of Americans think Trump is running to help America. They think Hillary is running to help Hillary. That’s Hillary’s fault. But more important, it’s Barack Obama’s fault, and the Left’s fault.
Barack Obama has been a highly unsuccessful president by any objective measure. His foreign policy has led to the single most explosive rise in terrorism since the empowerment of al-Qaeda in the late 1990s by Hillary’s husband. His last two years have been plagued by a national increase in violent crime, particularly murder in major cities. The economy has continued to stall under his redistributionist, anti-capitalist watch.
And the Democrats have paid the price. The media that built Obama into a godhead for racial progress couldn’t abandon Obama; instead, they kept happy-talking their way through an increasingly dystopian America. So did Obama’s fellow Democrats. The result: massive Republican gains at the state and local level, and historic elections in 2010 and 2014 in Congressional races.
The media still can’t escape the Obama trap. When Donald Trump rightly pointed out a series of problems facing America at home and abroad, ranging from rising crime and economic malaise to the rise of jihadism, the media and the Obama administration responded by pooh-poohing Trump’s critique. No, they said, Trump’s wrong: Everything’s hunky-dory. He’s just being too “dark.” Except he isn’t. And Americans know that. Hillary knows it too, but she’s stuck in a bind.
Obama trapped her. Early in her campaign, Hillary seemed to want to break with Barack Obama’s presidency. She recognized that while Obama was personally popular, his tenure had largely been seen as a failure by a dissatisfied American republic. She therefore pursued twin goals: tying herself to Obama’s “first black president” legacy and big-government growth, and avoiding the consequences of his rotten decision-making.
By first delaying a decision from Vice President Joe Biden about whether Biden would run, the Obama White House forced Hillary into full-scale obeisance to the Obama era. That’s been disastrous for Hillary. Her convention week has completely ignored the serious problems that keep most Americans up at night. There have been five jihadist attacks in Europe in the last eleven months. On the first day of the convention, 61 speakers mentioned ISIS precisely zero times. That same day, ISIS beheaded an 86-year-old priest in Normandy, France. Over the past few weeks, Americans have mourned over a wave of anti-cop massacres. So Hillary is now trotting out the “Mothers of the Movement” — Black Lives Matter activists including the mother of attempted cop-killer Michael Brown — to promulgate myths about police racism.
Hillary doesn’t take Americans’ concerns seriously. She doesn’t feel their pain.
We warned about all that long ago, well before it happened. Hillary2016, before there was a Hillary2016, we warned was a “muddled message mess”. The future Hillary2016 was a “muddled message mess” because Hillary could not decide whether to be a free and independent woman leading the Democratic Party back to sanity (as Bill Clinton temporarily did in the 90s) or a trapped bird in a gilded cage singing sweet songs for her tormentors. The tormentors have won.
Trump hater Ben Shapiro, even in his severe state of befuddled Trump hate, cannot help but see the obvious:
Now, Hillary believes that she can succeed by labeling Trump arrogant and self-centered. But Americans already know he’s arrogant and self-centered. They think he’s out to help blue-collar Americans, that he’s ready to protect them from the vicissitudes of the global economy and the evils of crime. Americans have no idea why Hillary Clinton is running.
This they do know: She doesn’t share their priorities.
But she’s trapped now. Barack Obama is her greatest asset, but he’s also her greatest liability. When Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention to the plaudits of the media, she painted a rosy picture of America. Hillary’s going to have to do the same in order to defend the Obama program. But that program means nothing without Obama at the head of it, as former majority leader Harry Reid and former House speaker Nancy Pelosi have found out. In the end, that could be Obama’s final revenge on Hillary: not helping to deny her the nomination, but forcing her to go down fighting for his priorities, even as the American people increasingly come to believe she doesn’t care about theirs.
The convention in Philadelphia this week has been a disaster for Hillary Clinton because it was a rally for Obama politics and for Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. Desperately trying to make lemonade with rotted lemons, Noah Millman invented strengths from weaknesses in Bill Clinton’s speech this week:
Hillary Clinton is going to lose the states of Appalachia by overwhelming margins, likely by larger margins than even Obama did — and Obama, in his 2008 landslide, lost them by larger margins than John Kerry did in his 2004 loss. But these voters don’t just live in Kentucky and Tennessee, but in states Clinton needs to win, like Pennsylvania and Ohio. To win decisively, Clinton needs to maintain or increase the turnout among non-white voters, achieve a historically high percentage for a Democrat of white college-educated voters (which she may well do). But she also needs to limit the gains Trump makes among white non-college educated voters. This kind of language is what can help with the last goal, the one she’s having trouble with.
As we wrote in October of last year, those voters are lost to Hillary Clinton because she willingly walked away from them and Donald Trump wooed them equally willingly. The Hillary voters that most supported her in 2008, Hillary Clinton walked away from. She left them.
She left you.
Speeches Wednesday by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were equally unlikely to help Mrs. Clinton. Instead they added to the impression that she represents a third term for their policies, especially as far as they extolled their administration’s record. The more they claim the economy is good, the country strong, and the world safe, the more disconnected they appear to swing voters.
The White House is telling reporters the president will actively campaign for Mrs. Clinton and Democratic candidates, raising funds starting next week and traveling throughout October. This will only reinforce that the race is a choice between the status quo with Mrs. Clinton and change with Mr. Trump.
Long before there was a Hillary2016, in 2013, we warned this was to be a “change” election and that “stay the course” was a fatal trip. Hillary Clinton chose fatality. So now, years after our repeated warnings, now, the Hillary campaign somewhat awakes, in the cage, to the ugly reality of 2016:
Dems fear Trump arguments on terrorism
Terrorism had hardly been discussed publicly at the Democratic National Convention — until Wednesday night’s series of national security speeches — but in private settings, fears about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s use of the issue circulated among the party’s elite.
Noting polls that show Trump has a significant edge with voters on issues of national security and terrorism, Democrats worry he could defeat Hillary Clinton with the argument that the Democratic nominee and her party have been too passive in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
A major domestic terrorist attack on the homeland, or even the continued steady drumbeat of foreign beheadings and suicide bombings, could be all that Trump needs to win the presidency, many top Democrats fear.
Now they worry. An Obama Third Term is not wanted.
Donald J. Trump sees, and seizes, the issue:
At Hillary Clinton’s convention this week, Democrats have been speaking about a world that doesn’t exist. A world where America has full employment, where there’s no such thing as radical Islamic terrorism, where the border is totally secured, and where thousands of innocent Americans have not suffered from rising crime in cities like Baltimore and Chicago.
In the Democrats’ fantasy world, there is no problem with Hillary Clinton maintaining an illegal, exposed server full of classified information that could have been hacked by any foreign enemy, and in which Hillary Clinton risked prison time to delete 33,000 emails that were simply about yoga and wedding planning. In this world, there is no Hillary Clinton disaster in Syria, Libya and Egypt, ISIS doesn’t merit a mention, Iran isn’t on the path to nukes, convention stages don’t need American flags, and our great men and women of law enforcement, our police, do not need to be honored.
I propose a different vision for America, one where we can break up Washington’s rigged system, and empower all Americans to achieve their dreams. In our vision, we will put America First.
If we deliver this change, the future is limitless and we will Make America Great Again for everyone.
The voters most loyal to Hillary Clinton in 2008 have been abandoned by Hillary Clinton:
Why These Union Members and Lifelong Democrats Are Voting Trump
Their national unions have endorsed Hillary Clinton, but some members say they’ll pull the lever for Trump, who’s promising to bring back American manufacturing and get tough on China.
David Kemper and his wife are union members and lifelong Democrats. But the Kempers and their 20-year-old son, Nicholas, are planning to vote for Donald Trump in November. [snip]
“I’m in the CWA, my wife is American Federation of Teachers, but we felt like the unions have left us, too,” said David Kemper.
The split between labor leaders and union members lies at the center of Trump’s potential path to the White House, which includes winning over a swath of Rust Belt states from Pennsylvania to Ohio, thanks to his cross-party appeal among traditionally Democratic union workers. [snip]
In six polls conducted this month, Trump leads Clinton, 58 percent to 30 percent, among white voters without a college degree, a major improvement over Mitt Romney’s performance four years ago, according to a New York Times analysis.
On an individual personal level, it rarely takes much time at a Trump or RNC event these days to find union members like the Kempers in Cleveland ready to vote against Clinton and the Democrats and their own union leadership, by casting a vote for Trump.
When you leave the voters, the voters leave you. An Obama Third Term strategy is an abomination. But that is the fatal path Hillary Clinton has chosen.
We frequently hear the argument that Hillary Clinton is lying with great skill– as a reason to vote for her. The lie is that ‘Hillary runs as the Obama Third Term but once in office Hillary Clinton will be anything but an Obama Third Term’. It’s a defense of a lie that does not persuade.
A vote for an Obama Third Term candidate is a vote for an Obama Third Term, for a system rigged by the political class – that cannot be denied. If a President Hillary Clinton ever tried to escape from the Obama Third Term cage, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will pounce like jackals against a canary.
Hillary Clinton is that canary. Hillary Clinton put herself into a cage surrounded by jackals. The cage won’t protect Hillary. An Obama Third Term will devastate America.