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    Trump has the ball and Hillary can't run out the clock

    Post  sinister_midget on Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:56 am

    Trump has the ball and Hillary can't run out the clock

    Running out the clock is a term often applied to the Clinton campaign as Election Day appears on the horizon, now only 68 days away. And with a lead in the Real Clear Politics average of polls relatively once at an almost-insurmountable 7.9 points on August 9th, playing not to lose perfectly taps into Clinton's best strength.

    But a funny thing has happened in the past three weeks, including this one: From a media optics perspective, Donald Trump is winning each of those weeks since that low point of his candidacy earlier in the month of August. And he's doing it with basic hustle over his opponent.

    It started with the visit to flood-ravaged Louisiana three days after the worst disaster to his the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy. President Obama dithered in Martha's Vineyard, not even making a public statement on the devastation. Hillary Clinton — in-between multiple million-dollar fundraisers across the country — only issued a statement indicating she didn't want to tour the area until she was sure it wouldn't disrupt recovery efforts (now 20 days later, she still hasn't gone).

    Enter Trump, who, along with running mate Mike Pence, stole the media spotlight and even received generally favorable reviews (a rarity) after a Friday trip to the state.

    Again, optics: Obama stayed on vacation. Clinton issued a terse statement. Trump got on a plane and surveyed a situation firsthand.

    Trump won the week as a result. And the RCP average shrank from Clinton ahead by 7.9 points to just 5.7.
    Week 2 saw more negative news for Clinton in the form of the AP's disastrous report showing more than half of her meetings as Secretary of State with donors to the Clinton Foundation.

    Even Trump — who time and again would muffle bad news for Clinton with his own comments or actions at the time drawing attention back to him by a clicks-and-ratings obsessed media — didn't step on Clinton's bad week.

    But Week 3 — this week — appears to be another winner for Trump. The visit to Mexico to meet with its president, a risky proposition but one a trailing challenger had to make in an attempt to look presidential, paid off big. How well? Even Bill Kristol — one of Trump's staunchest critics from the right — Tweeted this:

    Hard when you're a challenger to seem presidential. Trump standing there--for all the awkwardness--looks presidential. Good day for Trump.
    — Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 31, 2016

    And then there's the sentiment shared by Howard Wolfson, a former communications director for Hillary Clinton:

    If you believe Trump needed to pivot, moderate and look more Presidential, that event was a home run.
    — howard wolfson (@howiewolf) August 31, 2016

    Some cynics, of course, keep pointing to Mexican president Peña Nieto's tweet, well after the fact, stating he unequivocally told Trump right off the bat his country would not pay for a border wall. But ask yourself this: If that's the first thing he said to Trump, and that's a big statement, why not share it during remarks made to the press afterward? It's not like there wasn't ample opportunity to do so.

    Meanwhile, until Wednesday in Ohio, Hillary Clinton hadn't made a public speaking appearance in six days. Six. She's looked small, slow and worst off, establishment when compared to Trump, who is seemingly everywhere (Washington State, Mexico City and Arizona in the span of 24 hours) and controlling the narrative in the process.

    The RCP average is now at just 4.6 points in a two-way race. It's 4.1 in in the four-way. Seven of the last eight polls have been shown a Clinton lead of five points or less after 8-12 point-poll leads were common.

    It's game on now as we head into Labor Day weekend, the unofficial true start of the campaign. The debates will ultimately decide everything, particularly the first one in Hempstead, New York on September 26 that at least 80 million will tune in to watch.

    But in order for that to matter, Trump needed to be within only a few points to bridge the gap completely. He's almost there now.

    "Hillary Clinton should be up by double digits right now against a man who... is all over the place, doesn't follow directions, ignores his staff, ignores his family, ignores his political party," explained Joe Scarborough on MSNBC Wednesday, adding, "And yet, you look at these recent polls, he is within three or four points ... in every single poll," he said.

    "There's a reason. She needs to wake up and understand she could still lose..."

    Running out the clock. It was once a viable option for Hillary Clinton, the candidate who really believes in not holding one press conference during an entire year while running for president.

    But this new Trump — nothing close to a perfect candidate but far better than the one who existed when August began — is winning week after week via more energy, taking more chances, and dominating media relatively positively in the process.

    Rumor is he's gone off the script. He says he does better when he ad libs than when he follows the notes other people provide him. That's not to say he doesn't use notes at all. But they're more to make sure he touches on everything he wants rather than getting off onto one or two things and spending too much time on them at the expense of other important details.

    Meanwhile Broomhillary is trying to get psychologists to help her figure out how to shake him. (I don't know if it's the same ones who are trying to fix her or not. If so, they certainly don't seem the type that could do much to help her with somebody else since she's such a dismal failure on their part.) Good luck with that. Because he's refusing to have anybody stand in as Hitlery in rehearsals because he wants to wing the entire thing. It's going to be next to impossible for her to shake him up if she has to constantly defend herself from the truth. Which is how I suspect most of the first one will go. Probably all of them.

    She'll have a script (because that's the only way she can work), while he'll have his thoughts (which is how he works best).

    I don't think the government media has given up on her. I still think they want to do all they can to help her. But it's looking more and more like they're reaching the inevitable conclusion that she's hopeless. Because every day brings more and more of her dirty laundry. They can only kick so much of it under the bed before they can't pretend it away any more.


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    Re: Trump has the ball and Hillary can't run out the clock

    Post  JJRobinson on Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:13 am

    I am ready for the debates....Bring It...

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    Re: Trump has the ball and Hillary can't run out the clock

    Post  Psycho144 on Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:40 pm

    "GO Donald" Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy


    Re: Trump has the ball and Hillary can't run out the clock

    Post  Guest on Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:01 pm

    It will be interesting....

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