Friday, July 29, 2016

We Trust Hillary

This was chanted at Hillary and Tim Kaine's rally today to huge applause:

Shouted from the crowd just now: "We Trust Hillary!" Huge applause and cheers in response.

It offends me that this has to be said at all. The idea that large numbers of Americans don't believe the most honest candidate of 2016 is trustworthy just shows what happens when the media plays along with a clear plan of GOP character assassination.

Kevin McCarthy told us the purpose of Benghazi Committee was to drive down her numbers and make Americans think she's 'not trustable.'

The media certainly assisted in magnifying these GOP lie for all it's worth just like they helped sell lie of the Iraq-9/11 link in 2002.

There were 5200 for Hillary and Kaine's Philly bus tour.

I've talked about the idea of Obama's America the last few days that he articulated so well in his Wednesday speech.

The idea of hope and optimism and not fear and cynicism. This was what Michelle Obama also did so masterfully on Monday night.

Last night Hillary brought home this same crucial point. The Dems are now the party of optimism.

The optimistic campaign usually wins. Jennifer Rubin makes this point starkly:

"There is an interesting comparison captured in a superb film released a few years ago, “NO.” In Chile in 1988, Augusto Pinochet staged a referendum on his rule. Opponents who had suffered economic deprivation and repression soon realized that they could not defeat Pinochet by telling voters how horrible everything was. Instead, they “sold” happiness and optimism, showing how Chileans could be unified and confident with the promise of a better life after Pinochet. (As Elliott Abrams recounted, “The NO campaign used funny, light-hearted, bright ads with words and music broadly suggesting that a new day was coming.”) It worked, and the Chilean military — bucked up by the United States — insisted that the democratic vote stand. The anti-Pinochet forces would not have won with a depressing vision of their country even in the midst of despotic, ineffective rule."

In other words even if things were as bad as Trump and his supporters think it is, this would not an effective way to campaign.

This is what Hillary did last night:

 “I don’t believe anyone who says I alone can fix it,” Clinton told a cheering crowd, referring to one of Trump’s strongman lines at last week’s GOP convention in Cleveland. The first female Democratic nominee warmly praised Sanders and his voters. “I’ve heard you: Your cause is our cause,” she told them, promising to work to make “the platform that we wrote together” political reality.

Stronger together is Hillary's version of Obama's Yes We Can. Comparatively at the Trump convention, his supporters started chanting 'Yes You Will.'

For this reason Hillary had to invoke the founding fathers-to remind Americans that never has their vision been so under attack as it is now.

"But the heart of the speech was an argument for unity and inclusion, and the emotional climax of the night was a searing attack on Trump by the father of a Muslim US Army captain who died in Iraq trying to stop a truck bomb, saving other members of his unit."

“Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son the best of America,” a grieving but fierce Khizr Khan told a riveted crowd, talking about his son Humayun. “Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words, look for the words, liberty and equal protection (under) law."

“You have sacrificed nothing, and no one.”

"Those are words that should haunt Trump, who spent the night tweeting insults at convention speakers. He trashed retired General John Allen, who backed Clinton Thursday night, for his “failed” work fighting ISIS. Trump also told a crowd on Wednesday that “I wanted to hit a couple of those speakers so hard,” singling out a “little” man he wanted to hit “so hard his head would spin, he wouldn’t know what happened.” In a tweet he revealed he was talking about former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who blasted Trump Wednesday night and called on Americans to elect “a sane, competent person for president.”

" Some analysts have raised the question whether the Democrats’ week of unity and optimism is in tune with the anxious tenor of the times. Will voters concerned about a lagging economic recovery, or ISIS, or violence against police, or rising urban homicide rates be soothed by appeals to hope and unity?"

Trump hopes not. Clinton is counting on it. “He wants us to fear the future, and fear each other,” she told Democrats and a global television audience. Instant CNN ratings showed 71 percent of viewers liked Clinton’s speech, as opposed to 57 for Trump last week."

This is the wager of Obama and Hillary. That the country is better than this, better than Trumpism.

People have claimed that Hillary doesn't have a clear theme. But I think it has been drawn this week: stronger together, hope and optimism, we have tough challenges but we can meet them together and not by electing the first American Caesar.

She is making a wager on Americans, that this is the America of President Obama and not Donald Trump.

Here she goes again:

As heckler interrupts, Clinton says founders "expected a kind of raucous debate in America. But at the end...we have to come together."

We trust Hillary.

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