Political Circus: September 12-18

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Between now and election day, November 8, a look back at the political circus during the prior week.

Monday, 9/12/2016:

Sidelined.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had to be helped away from 9/11 commemoration at Ground Zero on Sunday as a result of what her doctor said is pneumonia and dehydration.

Clinton, shown in a video, stumbled and nearly fell as Secret Service agents had to hold her up and put her in her vehicle to be whisked away to daughter Chelsea’s apartment.

Clinton then made her way home to Chappaqua, New York to recuperate.

Her planned trip to California for today and tomorrow has been cancelled.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump offered his well wishes to Clinton for a speedy recovery. He then announced he had a physical this past week and will release the results when they come back.

Word is Trump will reveal his physical results when he appears on the Dr. Oz show this week.

Hillary’s 47% moment: at a fundraiser with reporters in the room, Clinton said that half of Trump’s supporters belonged in a “basket of deplorables.”

Not good.

Millions of voters were maligned.

GOP 2012 presidential wannabe Mitt Romney did the same with his 47% remark. It cost him the election.

Clinton did say she regretted using the word, “half“, but stood by her remarks.

It is a virtual dead heat in both national and battleground state polls between Clinton and Trump.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is moving up in state polls getting into double digits, but not the 15% threshold in national polls to qualify for the first Presidential Debate on Monday, September 26.

Trump is calling for the moderators to be nixed during the Presidential Debates. Trump proposes that he and Clinton appear on stage alone and slug it out verbally.

OOPs!

Roger Stone, erstwhile unofficial adviser to Trump, tweeted a picture of the poster from the movie “The Dependables” altered as “The Deplorables.” Donald Trump, Jr., one of Trump’s sons, posted the same image on Instagram. The origin of the image is unclear.

Unfortunately, in the photo-shopped poster there was also included a white supremacist symbol, Pepe the Frog.

Not good.

This comes after second son, Eric Trump, posted an image he labelled the arena from Florida where Trump was speaking Friday night to a packed house which turned out to be a picture of the arena for the Dallas Mavericks.

Tuesday, 9/13/2016:

Transparency!

Fuhgeddaboudit!

Anyone hoping for openness and transparency with either Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton must not be reading the tea leaves.

The name of the game is Only What I Think You Should Know.

GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, who also happens to be Governor here in the Cornfield, is getting a lot of criticism for telling Wolf Blitzer that it is not his job to call people names.

Specifically, Pence refused to say that white supremacist, Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon and candidate for US Senate in Louisiana, David Duke “deplorable.

Pence did say neither he nor Trump wanted Duke’s endorsement or support. Pence did denounce Duke’s ideology.

But, it would not have been in Pence’s character to label Duke as “deplorable.” I say that as a citizen of Indiana who is not a fan of our Governor nor did I vote for him in 2012.

Had Pence run for re-election, I would not be voting for him again this year.

Bad optics: while Trump was denouncing hate and bringing supporters on stage to push back on Clinton saying that half of Trump backers belong in a “basket of deplorables,” a supporter in the stands lashed out and attacked protesters during a campaign event last night.

Not good.

Clinton called in to talk with Anderson Cooper on CNN last night to reassure people she is recuperating from pneumonia and becoming over-heated on Sunday while attending a Ground Zero ceremony to commemorate the victims of 9/11.

Clinton said the reason it was not disclosed that she was sick was because she did not think “this would be such a big deal.

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton told Charlie Rose this is not the first time that his wife has had an episode such as what was seen in a video which went viral showing Clinton stumbling into her car on Sunday as she left the 9/11 event.

She had said the same about her private email server and destroyed emails while she was Secretary of State.

Oh, the guy who set up that private email server defied a congressional committee today and refused to appear after being subpoenaed.

President Barack Obama is out on the campaign trail today for Clinton and will do a fundraiser later this evening. The Prez currently has a 58% approval rating, even though the majority of the nation think under his leadership the country has been traveling the wrong direction.

This bodes well for Clinton.

Questions are being raised about how much money Trump has actually donated to his own foundation and how much of money doled out by the foundation has been his and not non-related donors.

The Supreme Court turned down a request to re-instate an Ohio state law that changed voting procedures. Golden Week voting procedures, when people could register and cast ballots in the same week, is no more.

The latest poll has Clinton with 42%, Trump 40%, Libertarian Gary Johnson 11% (he needs 15% to be in the Presidential Debate) and Green Party Dr. Jill Stein 4%.

The bigger news is that Clinton continues to lose ground with independents. Clinton now gets 38% to Trump’s 36% of those non-aligned voters.

The latest outrageous statement from Trump is that the Federal Reserve is in the can for Clinton and keeping rates low to get his rival elected.

The latest outrageous statement from Clinton that she did not think her health concern would be a big deal.

A former head of the Democratic National Committee is calling for a contingency plan in light of Clinton’s health scare on Sunday.

Now is the time for all good political leaders to come to the aid of their party. I think the plan should be developed by 6 o’clock this afternoon,” Don Folwer, who was chair of the DNC during the Clinton years, told Politico.

Republican Todd Young is giving Democrat Evan Bayh a run for his money in the race to fill the US Senate seat of retiring Senator Dan Coats of Indiana. Bayh has seen his double digits drop to four points against Young.

Wednesday, 9/14/2016:

The Democratic Attorney General of New York State is investigating the Trump Foundation to “to make sure it’s complying with the laws governing charities in New York.

That was the word on Tuesday to CNN‘s Jake Tapper from AG Eric Schneiderman.

After all the talk of investigating the Clinton Foundation, it was only a matter of time.

New York is also the only state going after Trump University as well.

That was just a few hours before Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump presented his child care program, written by daughter Ivanka and Washington State Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

As reported by the newsletter CNN Politics Nightcap:

Child care expenses would be fully tax-deductible, capped at the average cost of child care in the taxpayer’s state. The plan also calls for guaranteeing six weeks maternity leave to working mothers whose employers do not guarantee the time off by offering six weeks of unemployment insurance benefits.

President Barack Obama was in the City of Brotherly Love on Tuesday to raise the enthusiasm level and turn out the vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Obama stressed that he “really, really, really want to elect Hillary Clinton.”

The Prez was truly relishing being back in his element – on the campaign trail.

It will be back on the trail for Clinton come Thursday, speaking at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala.

She has been getting over her bout with pneumonia since becoming noticeably ill on Sunday during commemoration ceremonies at Ground Zero.

So where do presidential wannabes go when they ride off into the sunset?

If you are former Texas Governor Rick Perry, you land on ABC‘s Dancing with the Stars.

Where is Melania?

That’s the question being raised in some circles.

Traditionally, the spouse of a candidate is an active surrogate on the campaign trail. Melania Trump, however, is rarely seen.

The campaign of Trump says Melania is at home caring for 10-year-old son Barron.

In leaked, hacked emails, former Secretary of State and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell took aim at both Trump and Clinton. Powell is no fan of either.

Powell called Trump a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah“. The General in another email said that Clinton was a victim of her own “hubris,” causing her own self-inflicted wounds. He also referred to “Hillary’s mafia” trying to drag him into the private email server controversy.

Not a fan of either of the two most disliked presidential candidates in history.

Do not expect medical test results to be revealed when an interview of Trump by TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz airs tomorrow. Those test results, according to the campaign, will be released later this week.

Then again, word just in, Trump showed up after all with a copy of his test results when he sat down with Dr. Oz for the taping this morning.

OK, so it seems Trump shared some info, but not as much as was anticipated.

The Governor of Kentucky Matt Bevin warns that if Clinton is elected there will likely be “bloodshed” in the streets.

Libertarian presidential and vice presidential candidates Gary Johnson and Bill Weld penned an open letter to the Presidential Debate Commission, asking it to allow Johnson on the stage for the first Presidential Debate on Monday, September 26, since Johnson is polling in double digits though not the threshold 15%.

In the letter, the candidates say if Johnson does not improve his numbers to the 15% after the debate, the two would not seek to be on the other two Presidential Debates nor the single Vice Presidential Debate.

The Libertarians point out they are the only candidates, besides the two major party candidates, to be on all 50 state ballots. The last time a 3rd party made it onto all 50 ballots was two decades ago.

Remember Ross Perot?

If elected, what will happen with the Trump businesses?

Reportedly, the businesses will be run by the Trump children in a blind trust. But questions are being raised about whether a President Trump would act in a way that is best for his companies bottom line or what is best for the US of A.

Could Trump’s business dealings impact national security?

Some are saying unless Trump completely divests from the Trump Organization, those dealings could affect US security.

Democrats in Congress are calling for a Justice Department probe into the 2013 contribution to a PAC for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi from the Trump Foundation.

Trump when he discovered an error reported the error to the IRS and paid a fine of $2,500 on the $25,000 donation, which was refunded and paid from the correct account.

The race between the Cornfield’s two senatorial candidates, Evan Bayh and Todd Young, continues to tighten. The race could impact whether Republicans retain control of the US Senate or whether Democrats seize back the leadership.

A New York lawmaker running for re-election killed himself, sadly. Four days later he won the Republican Primary.

Local GOP party officials will now choose who they want to run against the Democratic candidate in November.

Thursday, 9/15/2016:

Interrupted.

That is what happened at a black church in Flint, Michigan on Wednesday while Republican presidential nominee was speaking.

When Trump began to go into his rote, political, stump speech, the Pastor of the church came out to cut him off.

We didn’t invite you here to make a political speech,” the Pastor informed Trump.

The Pastor also chastised a member in the audience to stop heckling and be polite.

This morning, Trump insinuated that the Pastor had planned on asking him not to do his usual spiel from the get-go.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released additional medical records late afternoon Wednesday.

In the release, Clinton’s doctor indicated she is in “excellent mental condition.

She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as President,” the doctor wrote.

Oh and her case of pneumonia?

The doc says it is non-contagious and caused by bacteria, treatable with a 10-day-regimen of antibiotic.

If you have not read it yet, this is a must read from Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/2016/09/23/donald-trump-foreign-business-deals-national-security-498081.html

Please, Donald, no more saying Clinton does not have any policies – that’s all she is – a policy wonk!

Republican Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas announced late Wednesday to Wolf Blitzer on CNN‘s Situation Room that Russian hackers also hacked into the Republican National Committee.

The RNC released a statement saying there is “no known breach.

Within the hour, McCaul sent a message to say he misspoke. It was not the RNC, but Republican operatives that had been hacked.

How will this impact the election?

We already learned that the States of Arizona and Illinois voting records were hacked.

Which state or states could be next?

During the upcoming Presidential Debate on Monday, September 26, should the moderator fact-check the candidate on the spot or should that be the job of the other candidate?

Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer both believe it is the job of the candidates to fact-check each other. The moderator should only pose the questions and steer to the other candidate to rebut.

You’re not a judge, you’re a moderator,” Schieffer said in remarks at Notre Dame University in the northern Cornfield last night.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson pulled off another coup getting the endorsement of the century-old-Republican-endorsing Manchester Union-Leader, New Hampshire’s leading newspaper.

In today’s dark times, they are a bright light of hope and reason,” the newspaper’s endorsement editorial wrote about Johnson and running mate Bill Weld.

Clinton’s lead both in national polls and battleground states continues to erode. In fact in essential Florida and Ohio, Trump now has the top position.

Neck and neck: Clinton 46% Trump 44%.

Johnson has pulled up to 14%.

Another poll has Clinton with 41% and Trump with 39%.

Any way you look at it, that 10-point advantage following the Democratic National Convention has disappeared.

Donald Trump Jr. said this morning that his father’s tax return is 12,000 pages and if released would turn every American into a tax auditor, detracting from his father’s message on the campaign trail.

Oh, here is the pertinent part of the medical results Trump showed Dr. Mehmet Oz:

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In a speech today to The Economic Club of New York, Trump promised economic growth of at least 3.5%, if elected. Trump also said the tax rate would drop from 35% to 15% tops.

Clinton is back on the trail after taking the first half of the week off to recover from pneumonia.

Clinton added a stop in North Carolina to her schedule for today. Tonight she will be at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala in Washington DC.

Friday, 9/16/2016:

The so-called birther movement is front and center.

It is back in a big way and biting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the seat of the pants.

The issue is overshadowing Trump’s roll out on Thursday of a revised economic plan where he promised creation of 25 million jobs and a hefty cut in income tax rates.

This morning, Trump was expected to finally say that President Barack Obama was born in the US of A at the opening of his new hotel in Washington DC.

At that event were a number of flag and general officers as well as Medal of Honor recipients and other veterans pledging their support for Trump.

Keeping the suspense alive, in his opening remarks before the parade of military people, Trump said nothing.

Coming back at the end of the endorsements, “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it, you know what I mean,” Trump said. “President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period.”

The candidate then added, “Let’s get back to the issues that are important and make America strong and great again.

Trump walked off stage without staying to answer reporters questions.

To say the media is not happy would be an understatement.

As CNN‘s Dana Bash put it, “He played us.”

Then the press pool representative was “physically constrained” from going on the tour with Trump of his new hotel.

So much for the focus on the economic plan.

Kids say the darnedest things,” the late Art Linkletter used to say.

In the case of Donald Jr., he stirred controversy stating that Republicans will be sent to the “gas chamber” if they said some of the things Democrats say. This set off people shaking their heads that he was referring to the Holocaust.

Not so, the campaign said it was about being given a death sentence much like when his father said the same about the electric chair earlier in the year.

Then there was Ivanka hanging up the phone on a reporter doing an interview for Cosmopolitan when the fluff piece she thought would be the case turned into real questions about her father’s child care policy which she helped to write.

Left behind.

The traveling press corps was left on the tarmac while Trump went to a campaign event in New Hampshire last night. Trump joked about the press not being there.

The corps did arrive, finally, to catch the last three minutes of Trump’s speech.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaking to a gathering of influential black women in Washington DC today, said that Trump owed President Obama a personal apology for his attempts to deligitimize “America’s first black President.

For five years, he has led the birther movement to delegitimize our first black president,” Clinton said, demanding that Trump apologize to Obama. “His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie. There is no erasing it in history.

Clinton took umbrage at the Trump campaign saying that Trump had done the country a service in pressing for the Prez to release his birth certificate.

Clinton said that Trump was digging into the “worst side” of Americans.

President Obama joked this morning, “I never had any doubt about where I was born.

Clinton returned to the campaign trail yesterday after being off most of the week recovering from a bout of pneumonia.

Trump said that Anderson Cooper, who will moderate the second Presidential Debate, should not be allowed to moderate because of working for CNN – “Clinton News Network.

Trump claims bias.

Clinton maintains that in spite of the polls showing a tightening race that she is a strong position to win in November.

By the way, according to the latest survey:

Beliefs that Obama was born outside the United States peaked at 26 percent among Republicans and 34 percent among self-identified tea party supporters, compared with 19 percent of independents and 12 percent of Democrats.

Can Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders enthuse Millenials to get out and vote for Clinton?

That is the big question in the Clinton campaign, who have been frustrated to see Millenials gravitating toward Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party Dr. Jill Stein.

Sunday, 9/18/2016:

What a muddled affair! Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cannot stay on message to the chagrin of his campaign and his surrogates.

The latest is his talk of disarming the Secret Service agents guarding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence called it “nonsense” that Trump was calling for a violent act on Clinton when Trump called for her security personnel be disarmed. 

Well I think, you know, Donald Trump believes in the safety and security of every American, and any suggestion otherwise regarding Secretary Clinton is just nonsense,” Pence said. “I mean, the point that he was making is that Hillary Clinton has had private security now in her life for the last 30 years, but she would deny the right of law-abiding citizens to have a firearm in their home to protect their own families. I think what Donald Trump was saying is that if Hillary Clinton didn’t have all that security, she’d probably be a whole lot more supportive of the Second Amendment.

Trump went out ahead of New York City officials on Saturday to comment on the bomb which went off in Manhattan, calling the explosion a bomb. Clinton waited several hours and asked everyone to wait on an official police report.

Yet in the polls, it is a dead heat now between the top two wannabes.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson will not be on the stage when Clinton and Trump debate on Monday, September 26.

President Barack Obama forcefully called on black voters to preserve his legacy by voting for Clinton in November during an event in Washington DC last night for the Congressional Black Caucus.

The President said it would be a “personal insult” if the black community does not vote for Clinton. 

We have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community. I will consider it a personal insult and an insult to my legacy if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election,” he said. “You want to give me a good send-off? Go vote.

A Vice News reporter was arrested at a Trump event last night when he went into the Omni Hotel in Houston, Texas to inquire about the status of his request for press credentials.

Earlier today he was still being held in the Houston Central jail.

Not good.

Cast your vote in our Cornfield Polls National Presidential poll between now and Friday.

Tune in next week for another Political Circus.

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Mark

Father, grandfather, political pundit - I am Mark Ivy. I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters: Dylan, Alaina and Amelia. On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx. The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a "dried up sponge" and non-functioning. I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals. The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years. I suffer from chronic Horton's Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems. Statistically, Horton's affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

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