Gee, I wonder why…
From NY Post: Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in the presidential election, but she’s winning the unpopularity contest, according to a new poll. Clintonis viewed favorably by just 39 percent of Americans, two percentage points lower than the president, a Bloomberg National Poll released Tuesday shows. The survey also says that 58 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the former Democratic presidential candidate compared to the 55 percent who have an unfavorable view of Trump. Clinton’s favorability rating was the second-lowest since the poll began tracking her in 2009.
“There’s growing discontent with Hillary Clinton even as she has largely stayed out of the spotlight,” said J. Ann Selzer, who oversaw the Bloomberg survey. “It’s not a pox on the Democratic house because numbers for other Democrats are good.”
Former President Barack Obama has a 61 percent favorability rating — up 5 percentage points since December, and the highest since the poll began tracking him in September 2009. His vice president, Joe Biden, is also enjoying high favorability ratings at 60 percent, the poll shows. But the former secretary of state even lost popularity among people who voted for her in November, with more than a fifth saying they have an unfavorable view of her. Just 8 percent said that before the election.
In follow-up interviews, the pollsters found some Clinton supporters voted for her because she was the lesser of two evils. “She did not feel authentic or genuine to me,” Chris Leininger, 29, an insurance agent from Fountain Valley, Calif., told Bloomberg. “She was hard to like.”
Robert Taylor told the poll he would rather have seen Sen. Bernie Sanders be the Democratic nominee. “I felt like there was a smugness and that she was just a politician who was called a Democrat, but could have been a Republican,” said Taylor, 46, a second-grade teacher from suburban Chicago.
Still, some voters aren’t pleased with either. Asked whom he would rather have a beer with — Clinton or Trump — Ray Cowart, 75, said neither. “I wouldn’t go, even if I was thirsty,” said the retired owner of a software company in Elk Park, NC.
The survey of 1,0001 adults was conducted by telephone between July 8 and 12 and has a plus or minus 3.1 percentage-point margin of error.
Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays at the Biden households should be interesting, to say the least.
From Yahoo: Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden (who has two children with Beau), is dating his married brother, Hunter Biden — and the family is totally OK with it. According to Page Six, Hallie and Hunter, 47, started dating after the death of Beau, who died at the age of 46 after suffering from brain cancer in May 2015.
Hunter, who shares three daughters with estranged wife Kathleen, told Page Six in a statement published on Wednesday, March 1: “Hallie and I are incredibly lucky to have found the love and support we have for each other in such a difficult time, and that’s been obvious to the people who love us most. We’ve been so lucky to have family and friends who have supported us every step of the way.”
The lawyer (who is the eldest son of former Vice President Joe Biden) and Kathleen wed in 2002 and separated in October 2015, five months after former Delaware attorney general Beau’s death.
The relationship has also been blessed by patriarch Joe and his wife, Jill Biden. “We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie found each other as they were putting their lives together again after such sadness,” the politician said in a statement to Page Six. “They have mine and Jill’s full and complete support and we are happy for them.”
According to Page Six, Kathleen declined to comment. Us Weekly has reached out to the Biden family for comment.
Yesterday, during a visit to ISIS-friendly Turkey, VPOS Joe Biden said that if a political solution can’t be reached, the U.S. is prepared to use military force to “take out” ISIS or Islamic State (IS) and so end the civil war in Syria. The Obama administration has been carrying out “precision air strikes” on Islamic State (IS), but to no avail. (Source: Bloomberg)
Biden could make that promise because warmongers in Congress are paving the way to give Obama (and future presidents) unlimited war powers with no expiration date.
In 1973, to prevent “future Vietnams,” Congress passed the War Powers Actover the veto of then-Pres. Richard Nixon, to restrain the president’s ability to commit U.S. forces overseas by requiring the executive branch to first consult with and report to Congress. Although the Act was generally resisted or ignored by subsequent presidents, who regarded it as an unconstitutional usurpation of their executive authority, the Act nevertheless acted as a constraint.
In 2014, Obama did exactly that by declaring war against the Islamic State — a move considered by many legal scholars and even many members of Congress as illegal and unconstitutional. As Mike Krieger recounts for Liberty Blitzkrieg,
President Obama’s declaration of war against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria marks a decisive break in the American constitutional tradition. Nothing attempted by his predecessor, George W. Bush, remotely compares in imperial hubris.
Mr. Bush gained explicit congressional consent for his invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. In contrast, the Obama administration has not even published a legal opinion attempting to justify the president’s assertion of unilateral war-making authority. This is because no serious opinion can be written.
This became clear when White House officials briefed reporters before Mr. Obama’s speech to the nation on Wednesday evening. They said a war against ISIS was justified by Congress’s authorization of force against Al Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that no new approval was needed.
But the 2001 authorization for the use of military force does not apply here. That resolution — scaled back from what Mr. Bush initially wanted — extended only to nations and organizations that “planned, authorized, committed or aided” the 9/11 attacks.
Not only was ISIS created long after 2001, but Al Qaeda publicly disavowed it earlier this year. It is Al Qaeda’s competitor, not its affiliate….
[Obama’s] refusal even to ask the Justice Department to provide a formal legal pretext for the war on ISIS is astonishing.
Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is fast-tracking an authorization that would give Obama unlimited war-making powers.
Sarah Mimms and Alex Rogers report for NationalJournal that late Wednesday (Jan. 20) night, McConnell surprised many members of Congress by fast-tracking a broad authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
“Fast-tracking”refers to “Rule XIV” — setting up authorization for a future vote without putting the proposed AUMF on the Senate calendar, which means a vote can come at any time, or not at all. McConnell and Graham’s AUMF would give the president unlimited war powers, placing no restrictions on the deployment of ground troops, or on time or geography. Even Obama’s claim of legal authority to wage war against ISIS does not allow for “enduring offensive ground combat operations,” nor is it unlimited in time, but would have expired three years after reenactment, unless reauthorized. McConnell’s spokesman, Don Stewart, admitted in an email on Thursday that the new AUMF will not “tie the president’s hands”.
McConnell’s move is an about-face, contradicting what he himself had told reporters last month: “It’s clear the president does not have a strategy in place, so it would be hard to figure out how to authorize a non-strategy.”
McConnell’s resolution already has four Republican cosponsors: Sens. Lindsey Graham, Daniel Coats, Joni Ernst, and Orrin Hatch.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), while saying that there is still a “wide diversity” of opinions on the issue, nevertheless argues with the Obama administration that no new AUMF is even needed. He said of McConnell’s new resolution, “I don’t think it changes anything [because] I’m in the same place that I’ve been—and that is I believe the administration has the authority to do what they’re doing.”
A Democrat warmonger, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who has aggressively advocated for an AUMF, was thrilled Thursday that the Senate could soon take up McConnell’s resolution. He argued that Obama’s war against Islamic State is illegal, “I don’t think there’s a legal justification for it. And I think the greatest danger we end up doing is allowing the president to wage a war without Congress weighing in.” McConnell’s proposed authorization for the use of military force will not “tie the president’s hands”.
I cannot begin to emphasize how dangerous this new AUMF is, and what a threat to liberty McConnell et al. are. ~Eowyn
Excerpts from ConservativeIntel:
Clinton is in big trouble. We may be reaching the tipping point at which Democratic voters decide she is not just a scoundrel, but something far less tolerable — a loser.
Take, for example, a few of the most recent polls:
She trails Bush by five and Trump by one in New Hampshire, according to Marist.
These numbers are ominous for Clinton, especially when we add the customary disclaimer about her universal name recognition. As a candidate whom all the voters know already, she has little room to grow. Any result that puts her too far below 50% is quite bad, even if she happens to have a small lead. And there is no poll that shows her with a large general election lead.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden fares better in nearly every matchup — although he does not lead in all of them.
We are now reaching the point where these polls are emboldening the Democratic opposition and challenging the faith of Hillary’s die-hard supporters. It is no coincidence that just as Clinton is looking like a less-than-inspiring general election candidate, both Bernie Sanders and Biden (still just a theoretical candidate) are surging in state and national primary polls. For example:
Quinnipiac now has Sanders leading in Iowa by a hair.
As recently as June, Clinton led her Democratic rivals nationally by somewhere between 40 and 60 points. The latest CNN poll has her lead down to 10 points, with both Sanders and Biden exceeding 20% support.
The great fear for Democrats at the rank-and-file level is that they could end up stuck with an unelectable nominee. And this cuts more than one way. It may be that their two current choices are both unelectable — Clinton because she is perceived as untrustworthy and dishonest, and Sanders because he is just too far to the left politically.
If Clinton is unelectable, many liberals would rather take their chances with Sanders. And of course, there’s always the third potential option, if Vice President Biden actually decides to run.
Of course, Biden hasn’t jumped in yet, and the clock is ticking. As we have noted previously, the last candidate to wait until October and still succeed was Bill Clinton in 1992, and that happened under a very different set of circumstances.
To most people, Biden’s choice might seem like a no-brainer. The market demand is definitely there for a formidable, mainstream Democratic candidate, and they are in short supply. With the Democratic field thinned significantly by the 2010 and 2014 elections, Biden is now the only realistic third alternative to those two. Neither former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee nor former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has managed to gain any traction, and so barring some kind of miracle for one of them, there just aren’t any other choices.
But as Biden makes up his mind, it’s also important to remember that politicians are people, too. Biden’s son died this year. He also knows it will not be pleasant to go up against the Clinton machine, and that a bloody battle against her could leave the eventual winner in a hopeless position for the general election. ~Éowyn
Why I Pray for the Man Who Calls Himself Obama
I don’t think that I have ever felt so much anger towards a single person as I do towards the man who calls himself Obama. When I think of the blatant destruction that he and his cabal of communist usurpers have brought to this country via illegitimate authority: the economic destitution, the destruction of sacred marriage, the persecution and attacks on conservatives and Christians, the ruined lives, the wrecked marriages, the murder of millions of babies, the deliberate tearing down of racial progress and the proliferation of racist policies and actions, etc., I am at a loss to come up with another person in my lifetime that more personifies the word evil.
Yet, I pray for the man.
Why? Because if there’s anyone who has done more to deliberately chart a course to his own eternal damnation in the fires of hell, it’s him. Yet I know that God loves him.
For the same reason, I pray for Holder, and Hillary, and Reid, and Jarrett, and Biden, and Pelosi, and Boxner, and Feinstein, and all the rest.
They are sowing the seeds of their own damnation. Yet God loves them.
I’ll admit, it’s hard to pray for these people. It takes effort. Yet the more I do it, the easier it becomes.
Perhaps one of them will be saved. Perhaps one of them will see the light and the errors of their ways. On the one hand, I’m not optimistic. On the other hand, I know that all things are possible with God.
This is what passes for education in Oregon’s public schools.
Teachers of two high schools in Oregon — Washougal and Cleveland high schools — not only gave their students the day off for attending a political rally in Portland in which VPOS Joe Biden campaigned for Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley, the students even got extra credit for attending.
Kyle Olson reports for EAGnews, Oct. 9, 2014, that “Laughing at Liberals” was there to talk to some of the attendees waiting to enter the rally.
One girl said she got extra credit for her “honors project” for attending. Another was so weak-kneed for Biden that she’s in awe just to breathe the same air as he does.
In a separate video, adults at the rally struggled to detail Biden’s accomplishments but some still liked the idea of a President Biden.
One woman said, “I support Joe because he’s had, obviously, a lot of experience. I think he had the right answer in Iraq but people didn’t follow. And I think he’s a good person.”
“We want a woman – Elizabeth Warren,” another Biden rally attendee says.
Another woman said, “We like Joe Biden – he’s got a great grin.”
Her male companion chimed in, “And he’s got good working class roots and that’s what America needs.” He then held up a copy of Rolling Stone with POS Obama on the cover, and said, “I came today to see if he [Biden] would sign my recent Rolling Stone cover with Barack and, you know, he says, ‘I have Barack’s back,’ you know?”
Clearly, both the young and the adults of Portland are either stoned or have IQs the same as that of the average Equatorial Guinean.
H/t FOTM’s pnordman