Friday, March 18, 2016

GOP End Game is Stop HILLARY: But First — Stop THE DONALD

GOP in Cleveland: A Brokered Convention or a Broken One???
(Roll the Dice and Duck)

This short clip (1:32) introduces quite well the points that follows, or as the great late Paul Harvey would say: “Now, the rest of the story:”

March 17, 2016 | Washington Post headlines:

“Secretive cabal of GOP operatives, conservative leaders meet to deny Trump presidential nomination”

Via my email, in part and related:

Koch-owned Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) named as possible late entry nominee, but he says “Nope, no way, never.”

A secretive group of Republican operatives and conservative leaders convened for more than three hours to discuss ways to unite the right against Donald Trump, with a presentation about the feasibility of mounting a third-party challenge as well as extensive deliberations about whether a coalition of anti-Trump forces could prevent the businessman from securing the party's presidential nomination at the July convention in Cleveland.

A bloc of participants argued that the best option may be working in upcoming primaries to boost Cruz and prevent Trump from securing a majority of delegates. A convention standoff would be the culmination of those efforts, sources said.

Related to three possible outcomes:

1.  Hillary Clinton has a 74.0 % chance of winning the 2016 presidential election. Her campaign money raised to date: $188,410,863

2.  Donald Trump has a 20.0 % chance of winning the 2016 presidential election. His campaign money raised to date: $27,420,826

3.  Ted Cruz has a 2.0 % chance of winning the 2016 presidential election. His campaign money raised to date: $101,708,450

Springfield, IL (CNN) – Hillary Clinton's campaign played defense Monday, after recent comments during a CNN town hall that her clean energy plan “would shut down a lot of coal companies.” Kaboom – the fallout starts again…

Her press secretary Brian Fallon accused the GOP of “twisting her words trying to suggest that she showed a disregard for coal workers and their livelihoods,” when in fact made an opposite point later in her remarks – but the damage at that point it was basically fait accompli – the GOP had already pounced. 

Later in her remarks, she had said (paraphrased): “That we have to take proactive steps to make sure coal workers, their families, and their communities get not just the benefits they've earned, but also the future they deserve.” 

She said in her early comments: “… [her] renewable energy plan was going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” and the GOP ran with that snippet, as they skillfully neglected the rest of what she said, which was to make it clear “... that we don't want to forget these people” and she touted her plan to spend federal dollars on rebuilding coal country. 

But, leave it up to old GOP majority “leader” Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to seize on part her comments and skip the rest. He said in part while subtly knocking Mrs. Clinton that she was “boasting about hurting coal miners.” 

The exact opposite is true and McConnell knows it, but the righties are running with old Mitch’s selective snippet – proving just how slick and underhanded they truly are. 

“Now you know the rest of the story.” Yet, still unfolding, and folks, it's gonna get a lot uglier. Count on that. 

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