Clinton’s strength among South Carolina’s African-Americans is all the more impressive because this was the state in 2008 that showed how completely she had lost these same voters to Barack Obama. (Her husband, the 42d president, did not handle that very well.) But the perception that Bernie Sanders is leading an ideological revolt against Obama has done wonders for Clinton here. Former state legislator (and 2014 Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor) Bakari Sellers, a key Obama operative in 2008 and, at 31, a paragon of the kind of young black leader the Sanders campaign has targeted, explained part of the problem succinctly at the Daily Beast: … [Read more...] about South Carolina Democratic-Primary Preview: Clinton’s Firewall Isn’t Even Getting Warm
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For a brief moment, the scene outside the Apollo Theater on Wednesday morning appeared to bolster the senator’s case. Hillary Clinton supporters crowded the sidewalk along 125th Street, waiting to hear the Democratic front-runner kick off New York’s primary race. A Clinton staffer ran along the outside of the line demanding a “Hill-a-ry, Hill-a-ry!” chant, which the crowd chose not to provide; over their silence, you could hear a small contingent of Sanders supporters shouting something about “Bernie” and “the middle class” from across the street. But it quickly became clear that the Clintonistas’ quiet wasn’t a product of apathy but of collective enthusiasm: Clinton’s supporters were too busy craning their necks toward the front of a line that stretched for blocks, too anxious that they might miss this chance to see their champion, to cheer. … [Read more...] about Live at the Apollo, Hillary Clinton Kicks Off the New York Primary Race
The latest big polling firm survey of the South Carolina Republicans who will hold their primary Saturday is from Marist for NBC and The Wall Street Journal. It shows longtime leader Donald Trump in front at 28 percent, with Ted Cruz at 23 percent and Marco Rubio at 15 percent. That happens to identically track the top three numbers for the final Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll in Iowa. … [Read more...] about What’s Going to Happen in South Carolina’s Republican Primary?
Meanwhile, Sanders’s pollster Ben Tulchin explained that superdelegates would soon join the political revolution en masse, because of the mounting evidence that the Vermont senator is a superior general election candidate. “Bernie is seen as uniquely honest and trustworthy among all the presidential candidates, particularly compared to Trump and Clinton,” Tulchin told Business Insider. “If you look at all three candidates — Bernie, Trump, and Hillary Clinton — Bernie is seen as very much honest and trustworthy by voters, while Trump and Clinton are not seen as trustworthy.” … [Read more...] about Clinton Aide Says Sanders Should Watch His Tone If He Wants More Debates
But cracking down on tax havens? Punishing plutocrats and corporations who circumvent our tax laws with the help of scheming lawyers that no working family can afford? That’s as politically risky as wearing an American flag pin. Sure, taking aggressive action against tax shelters threatens the interests of one small group of Americans, but so does outlawing homicide. And forcing the superrich to pay their taxes is about as popular as preventing murder. Happily, this politically convenient target for populist rage just got lit up with a big spotlight: Over the weekend, news outlets across the globe began publishing the “Panama Papers,” a 2.6-terabyte trove of confidential documents from a Panamanian law firm that specializes in helping the wealthy avoid their tax burdens. … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton Needs a Plan for Tackling Tax Havens