Cornfield Standings: 23 Days Out

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As of today there are 23 days until the November 8th General Election. This election may be one of the most crucial in decades.

Not only do we have a host of local and state elections occurring, but the both the US House of Representatives and US Senate face either retaining Republican control or either or both turning over to the Democrats.

Then there is the change in guard in the nation’s two highest offices – the President and the Vice President. Who wins the election for the Oval Office will also impact the direction of the US Supreme court for generations.

Each Saturday between now and Election Day, I will show where the top state and national candidates rate as far as getting my vote.

From the President to Governor to Senator and Representative, you can see how I am leaning from week to week.

President:

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson – 0 Ear of Corn
  • Republican Donald Trump – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Green Party Jill Stein – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Write-in Myself – 4 Ears of Corn (Voters Only Hope)

US Senator:

  • Democrat Evan Bayh – 4 Ears of Corn (Why Bayh)
  • Republican Todd Young – 0 Ears of Corn

8th District Congressional Representative:

  • Republican Dr. Larry Buschon – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Ron Drake – 0 Ears of Corn

Indiana Governor:

  • Democrat John Gregg – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Eric Holcomb – 0 Ears of Corn

This does not mean between now and November my mind can’t be changed. This is just how I am leaning at this point in time.

From the Cornfield, that’s how I view the races.

How are you leaning in your state and national elections?

Voters Only Hope

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In less than four weeks, Americans will choose whom they wish to occupy the Oval Office for the next four years.

What are American voters to do?

Topping the choices are the two most disliked nominees in the history of American politics – Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. One or the other is expected to become the next President of the United States.

But what if the voters decide not to hand either candidate the crown?

It can be done.

What if rather than holding our noses and voting for the person we dislike less or throwing away our vote on either the Libertarian Gary Johnson, the Greens Jill Stein or the real long shot #NeverTrump Evan McMullin, the voters rebel and do as I suggested in last Saturday’s Cornfield Standings and write-in their own name or anyone’s name to be President?

What if by doing so, neither Trump nor Clinton has an Electoral College majority, throwing the election into the US House of Representatives to decide?

We could actually get a Mike Pence or Tim Kaine presidency.

We could get a Paul Ryan or Corey Booker presidency.

Americans would get a do-over and not be  stuck with a choice between two people Americans do not want.

But do American voters have the courage to reject these candidates?

From the Cornfield, voters only hope this election cycle is to cast a ballot for anyone, but Clinton or Trump.

Second Debate Another Draw

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That was some debate last night between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Though, I must admit, as the night wore on, it became rather boring.

The highlight of the night for me was the very end. No, not because it was over, but the final question and the responses from the two presidential wannabes.

The question was to name one thing that each found admirable in the other.

Clinton commended Trump on his children. She noted she may disagree with almost everything Trump says and stands for, but that his children and how they are spoke well for Trump as their father.

For Trump, it was the fact that Clinton never backs down. Trump said she was a fighter that kept going rather than backing down even though he disagrees with much of what she is fighting for.

This to me was the best part of the entire second Presidential Debate.

Yet, when all was said and done, to me this second debate was another draw between the two candidates.

Both Clinton and Trump said what they needed to say to keep their supporters. But neither of the two said anything to pull more voters into their tent.

This last month of the election cycle is still open to a win or draw when the votes are cast on November 8.

The CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers scored a win for Clinton. The network admitted as it does each time that the poll is skewed in favor of the Democratic nominee.

Watching the entire debate, what I found interesting is that though it was a town hall format, the audience participation was minimal. There was also little to no interaction by the presidential office seekers with the people who asked questions.

Trump stopped the defection following his lewd and lascivious remarks revealed over the weekend.

Clinton stood her ground and did not allow women who accused her husband, former President Bill, of sexual assault seated in the audience to rattle her.

Both candidates said the words that rang true to their supporters.

Both stumbled over chinks in their armor.

Clinton had trouble answering accusations on use of a private email server and revelations of a public and private view.

Trump had trouble in his apology for his remarks bragging about sexual assaults on women.

Yet when all was said and done, both candidates were standing at the end of the night with their base in tact.

From the Cornfield, Trump did better this time around. Clinton was so-so, but solid.

At the end of the night, no significant change in who is voting for whom.

The undecided remain undecided.

Voters Face Dilemma

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Nearly two years ago the race to replace President Barack Obama in the Oval Office took off to a less than stellar start.

More than 100 wannabes threw their names in the hat to be whittled down to two major party candidates and two third-party candidates, who can impact the November 8, 2016 Presidential Election.

During this summer, the American voters were stuck with the two most unpopular nominees from the Republicans and Democrats – for that matter any political party – in American history.

From the Republicans we have Donald Trump – reality television star and businessman.Misogynist, self-absorbed, laughs about sexual abuse and incest.

From the Democrats we have Hillary Clinton – consummate politician,former Secretary of State, former Senator, former First Lady of the US of A, former First Lady of Arkansas and former Goldwater Girl (look it up). Devoid of trust and likability, will say anything to get elected.

From the Libertarians, there is Gary Johnson – former two-term New Mexico Governor and businessman. He is also a goof ball with no regard to foreign affairs which affects his primary job as President to be Commander-in-Chief.

From the Green Party hails Dr. Jill Stein, who would rather go to jail than use reason. Camped so far to the left her only chance is if she lived in her own private Utopia.

For American voters, it is a dilemma.

Various polls and surveys reveal that enthusiasm for any of the candidates is sorely lacking. The surveys reveal that most people plan to cast a vote NOT for a candidate, but against the other candidate.

Check out this article from a couple of weeks ago: What’s on the Minds of Voters.

Now in the last 48 hours an already unbelievable campaign season has been turned inside out again.

Audio and video of Trump talking like Trump and saying what everyone already knew has surfaced. Knowing and hearing and seeing are not the same.

Republicans are running away like someone being chased by a swarm of yellow jackets. Cries are going out to replace Trump with his running mate Mike Pence.

Lost in all the hullabaloo, are new email revelations about Clinton, which should sink her candidacy as well. There is the revelation the White House colluded with Clinton and her campaign on how to deal with the scandal over her use of a private email server while at State.

Then there are those transcripts of speeches with Goldman-Sachs that proves she lies to the public and says and does another when being paid big bucks.

This is all the backdrop for the second Presidential Debate, which will happen Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

What are voters to do?

We have the choice of four candidates, none of whom meet up to the standard Americans deserve.

Please do not tell me about Evan McMullin, the #NeverTrump independent. He can’t even get on half of the ballots.

Today in my Cornfield Standings, I gave four ears of corn to Writing In Myself. That is how frustrated I am as a political junkie.

What would happen if the rest of us who have not voted, actually wrote in ourselves?

Could we then get a new election with candidates deserving of our vote?

Or would it fall to the US House of Representatives to pick a President of the Congress own choosing?

Thousands, perhaps millions, of early voters have already cast ballots.

What are voters to do?

What if Wikileaks does come out with even worse about Clinton that seals her fate and proves she broke the law?

What if more audio, images and video come out about Trump?

I am also nauseated by the hypocrisy and the fake outrage of so many in the national press. The umbrage is so transparent.

How much of this really is “breaking news?

How much of this has been known by many in the media for years, for decades?

Will we ever get back an objective press?

From the Cornfield, I do not have an answer. I am totally flustered.

I have no clue what to do come November 8.

How much stink can any of us hold our noses for before the smell puts us in a coma?

Cornfield Standings: 30 Days Out

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As of today there are 30 days until the November 8th General Election. This election may be one of the most crucial in decades.

Not only do we have a host of local and state elections occurring, but the both the US House of Representatives and US Senate face either retaining Republican control or either or both turning over to the Democrats.

Then there is the change in guard in the nation’s two highest offices – the President and the Vice President. Who wins the election for the Oval Office will also impact the direction of the US Supreme court for generations.

Each Saturday between now and Election Day, I will show where the top state and national candidates rate as far as getting my vote.

From the President to Governor to Senator and Representative, you can see how I am leaning from week to week.

President:

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson – 0 Ear of Corn
  • Republican Donald Trump – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Green Party Jill Stein – 0 Ears of Corn
  • Write-in Myself – 4 Ears of Corn

US Senator:

  • Democrat Evan Bayh – 4 Ears of Corn (Why Bayh)
  • Republican Todd Young – 0 Ears of Corn

8th District Congressional Representative:

  • Republican Dr. Larry Buschon – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Ron Drake – 0 Ears of Corn

Indiana Governor:

  • Democrat John Gregg – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Eric Holcomb – 0 Ears of Corn

This does not mean between now and November my mind can’t be changed. This is just how I am leaning at this point in time.

From the Cornfield, that’s how I view the races.

How are you leaning in your state and national elections?

Pence Takes the Night

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As anyone who knows me or follows my posting From the Cornfield is aware I am not a fan of my Governor Mike Pence. I did not vote for him in 2012 and had he run would not have voted for him this year in a re-election bid.

But last night’s one and only Vice Presidential Debate was clearly a win for Pence. Pence, who is the Republican vice presidential nominee, was calm, cool and collected. He stayed on point.

Pence refused to be lured down a primrose lane lined with thorns, but pivoted adroitly through the pendulums of disaster axes.

His opponent, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, came across as more wired than that fuzzy, pink bunny that keeps going and going. It is if Kaine had downed too many energy drinks before coming on stage.

Within the first half hour, Kaine seemed petulant, overly aggressive and out-and-out rude, trying to walk on top of Pence’s statements. Pence came across more presidential and in command of the stage than any of the current candidates running in this presidential election year.

Pence was a total contrast to the top of the ticket, his running mate, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

But the big question is did Pence stop the bleeding from self-inflicted wounds his running mate opened over the past week?

What we may have seen last night is the person who will be front runner in either the 2020 or 2024 presidential election.

From the Cornfield, Pence takes the night. Hoosiers all over the Cornfield are proud of their Governor this morning, whether they will or have voted for him or not.

Political Circus: September 26 – October 2

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

Monday, 9/26/2016:

It’s debate night in the nation.

The melee will get underway in the uncaged match at 9 p.m. (ET) at Hofstra University.

An expected viewership of the first Presidential Debate tonight may rival Super Bowl audiences as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the eye for the first time during this election cycle.

Who will come out as king or queen of the mountain and who will go rolling down the hill breaking his or her crown like Jack and Jill?

Psyche Out!

Things may get interesting at the debate with billionaire Mark Cuban on hand to stare down Trump. Clinton also invited a disabled American voter, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention to sit in plain sight of Trump.

Don King and Gennifer Flowers, with whom former President Bill and husband of Clinton had an affair, will try and rattle Hillary for The Donald.

Remember the debate will last at least 90 minutes with no breaks.

In a new poll from Bloomberg, in a 2-way race Trump and Clinton are deadlocked 46-46, but when Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein are added into the mix, Trump leads Clinton, 43-41.

A big issue even before the debate begins is whether moderator Lester Holt of NBC should fact-check the candidates in real time. The Commission on Presidential Debates, which controls the debates, says that the candidates should do it and the news agencies, but not the moderator.

Three major news media (The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The New York Times) came out with articles on Sunday highlighting the mis-truths that Trump continues to state as fact on the campaign trail.

A poll from Reuters/Ipsos reveals that 50% of likely voters say the debates will help them decide between Clinton and Trump.

USA Today has five things that both combatants need to do during tonight’s debate.

Clinton:
a. Play offense
b. Be more likable
c. Outline a positive vision
d. Go off script
e. Have a compelling answer about Iraq and Syria
Get the breakdown here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/09/26/what-hillary-clinton-needs-to-do-on-debate-night/90900222/

Trump:
a. Meet the presidential threshold
b. Play good defense
c. Stay on the attack
d. Manage a one-on-one debate
e. Effectively handle the gender dynamic
Get the breakdown here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/09/26/what-donald-trump-needs-to-do-at-debate/90906950/

Will Clinton or Trump come out on top tonight?

Tell me what you think.

Get caught up on last week’s Political Circus!

Read what is on the Minds of Voters.

How attuned to politics are Disabled Americans?

Tuesday 9/27/2016:

Today the most watched Presidential Debate in history is over.

The number of viewers for the debate met the expectation. Early analysis shows that people stayed tuned for the full 98 minutes rather than switching the channel as is usually the case after the first half hour.

Some 80 million people tuned their television screens to view. Those tuning in online have not been calculated at this time.

Most people concede that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton bested Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in the first Presidential Debate at Hofstra University in New York last night.

My own take was that it was a draw.

You can read my take: Debate Changes Little.

Trump is not helping himself with female voters today as he harps on a former Miss Universe gaining weight after his comments to her were raised by Clinton during last night’s debate.

Donald, stop digging holes.

Still no apology from Trump about spearheading the drive to prove President Barack Obama was not born in the US of A, although the Prez was born in Hawaii and produced his birth certificate in 2011.

This does not bode well for making any gains in the black community.

Clinton hit Trump on not sharing his tax returns. Trump responded by saying he will release the tax returns when Clinton reveals the 33,000 emails she deleted.

Sniffing has been a major topic of discussion – wondering if Trump was sick or showing frustration.

Then there is the mic-gate issue.

It was on and off and it was much lower than hers,” Trump said about the microphone, which he said tested fine ahead of the debate. “I don’t want to believe in conspiracy theories of course, but it was much lower than hers and it was crackling.

Anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night,” Clinton said.

Hackers are upset that Trump implied that they are all obese and living with Mommy and Daddy.

NBC‘s Lester Holt is being praised for his lack of moderation and following pretty much the desire of the Commission on Presidential Debates and not constantly fact-checking the candidates in real time.

USA Today has this interesting trivia:

a. Trump interrupted Clinton at least 22 times in 26 minutes
b. Mexico was mentioned at least six times, and China at least 11 times
c. Number of times Clinton gave a shoutout to her husband? One
d. Trump brought up his endorsements at least three times
e. The ‘media’ was mentioned twice, but…
f. Clinton captured 54% of search interest among candidates on Google during debate

Get the breakdown: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/2016/09/27/debate-night-hofstra-university-by-the-numbers-trump-clinton/91150772/

Did you catch the Hillary shimmy?

Both Trump and Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before last night’s debate. Netanyahu had this to say, “It doesn’t matter who will be elected — the American support for Israel will remain strong, this alliance will remain strong and will even get stronger in the coming years.

Clinton traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina today.

Trump is in Miami, Florida.

The Vice Presidential Debate between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence will take place on Tuesday, October 4 at Longwood University  in Virginia.

Get caught up on last week’s Political Circus!

Read what is on the Minds of Voters.

How attuned to politics are Disabled Americans?

Wednesday 9/28/2016:

Even the polls and surveys are controversial in this year’s election cycle.

Online opt-in surveys gave Monday night’s first Presidential Debate a win for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The snap-polls, such as CNN/ORC, and most analysts and pundits, including Conservative ones, say Clinton won the debate.

It is dangerous to offer confident predictions of how the public will react to a debate immediately after it is concluded,” counseled the sages at Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball and the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

The instant polls you may see (or may have already seen) after the debate declaring one of the candidates the winner may or may not be meaningful, and in order to fully assess the impact we’re probably going have to wait until the end of the week, when new national and state polls will assess how the two candidates’ performances changed the race. It’s no fun to urge patience — but we think that’s better than making sweeping pronouncements in the aftermath of a widely-watched national event that voters may interpret quite differently than experts may expect.

My take on the first Presidential Debate: Debate Changes Little.

The Bridge-Gate trial could derail New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s chances of a spot in a Trump Administration, should the GOP take the White House.

The scandal already barred Christie from the Veep slot, which went to Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Howard Dean (yes, the one of the scream fame or is that infamy) suggested in an interview yesterday that perhaps the reason Trump was sniffling through the debate was because of a possible cocaine habit.

What was that First Lady Michelle Obama said about when Republicans go low, the Democrats go high?

Like a snapping turtle waiting for the thunder clap, Trump has latched on and refuses to let go about the weight of a former Miss Universe.

The issue tripped him up even more during the final minutes of the debate when Clinton (not going high, but low) brought up Trump’s alleged comments about the former beauty queen.

And that former Miss Universe and Miss Venezuela, now a US citizen, made the rounds of the news networks to tell her story of Trump’s misogyny.

Expect to see President Barack Obama to be more hands on in the election. Soon you may see him in those campaign ads for Clinton.

Another 18 states have asked for federal help to protect polling equipment after it was revealed that Arizona and Illinois systems were hacked.

In a first time ever, another stalwart Republican-endorsing newspaper, the Arizona Republic is breaking tradition and endorsing Clinton instead of Trump.

Clinton surrogates are out in force today – Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine are fanning out to build on Clinton’s trumping of Trump Monday night.

Undecided voters in focus groups were shocked when Trump said not paying taxes made him smart during Monday’s debate.

Colin Kaepernick, who has inspired a national anthem protest, had this to say about Clinton and Trump after a few minutes of debate watch:

It was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick told reporters Tuesday. “Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist.

And at this point … you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But in the end, it’s still evil.

Trump said he was “holding back” during the debate, but the gloves will be coming off when he faces Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for the second Presidential Debate on October 9.

The Vice Presidential Debate between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence will take place on October 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Thursday 9/29/2016:

The first poll is out since Monday night’s debate.

The Politico/Morning Call poll found that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gained 1 percentage point since the last poll before the debate.

Clinton moved up to 41% while Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is at 38%.

Poor Gary Johnson.

The Libertarian Party presidential candidate had another one of those “OOPs!” moments.

Once more he had another “brain freeze“, in his words, when asked by MSNBC‘s Chris Matthews who his favorite foreign leader was. Johnson managed to get out “the former President of Mexico,” but could not come up with his name, Vincente Fox.

I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment,” Johnson said.

Matthews turned to running mate Bill Weld to save the day, who responded Germany’s Angela Merkel.

Will it matter to those voters who cannot bring themselves to vote for Clinton or Trump?

Wonder if The Detroit News, which broke its 143-year tradition of endorsing the Republican nominee, wants to withdraw its endorsement of Johnson today?

Trump has directed his team to drudge back up the scandal of former President Bill Clinton’s affairs.

Will it work with those undecideds and Millennials?

Doubtful when many of them were not even alive or too young to recall those days when the debate was about what the meaning of the word “is” is.

Did Trump dabble in Cuba nearly 20 years ago though there was an embargo against American companies doing business with the island nation, thus breaking the law?

Since Trump seems to be obsessed with women’s weight, Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill wants The Donald to do daily weigh-ins.

A gun club in North Carolina is raffling off a picture of Clinton, which it says is popular on gun ranges, along with an AR-15.

Interesting tidbit from left-leaning Public Policy Polling.

Seems that the current President would not do much better than Clinton if he was on the ballot facing Trump in some of the battleground states:

In Pennsylvania, Obama’s running dead even with Clinton; both lead Trump 49-44. In Colorado, there’s a one-point difference: Obama leads Trump 52-43, Clinton leads the mogul 51-44. There are slightly larger differences in Virginia (Obama 53-43, Clinton 49-43), North Carolina (Obama 53-43, Clinton 49-45), and Florida (Obama 50-47, Clinton 48-45).

Chelsea Clinton said on Wednesday that attacks on her parents is a family “tradition.”

Now Google is rigged against Trump, according to the candidate. Trump is touting Google is suppressing the negative about Clinton while putting his darker side out there for all to see.

Get ready for another dump of emails. The State Department is finishing processing another 3,000 of the missives from Clinton.

The Vice Presidential Debate between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence will take place on October 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Trump and Clinton meet again at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for the second Presidential Debate on October 9.

Friday 9/30/2016:

With a fervence not usually seen, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is causing a Twitter storm in his bid to win over the coveted pitbull vote.

The Donald has latched on like one of the beloved and hated canine breed going after another dog on the controversy swirling around his interactions with a former Miss Universe as well as the marital infidelity of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton.

But pitbulls do not vote.

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is trying to put a positive face on his inability to name a foreign leader he admires by tweeting that 24 hours have passed. Johnson still cannot think of a single, living foreign leader he looks up to.

Clinton is letting Trump self-destruct while she courts Millennial voters.

Johnson continues to attract those Millennials, keeping them away from a vote for Clinton.

Why do Millennials matter so much?

The group is now 25% of the electorate.

Since breaking tradition and endorsing Clinton, the Arizona Republic‘s staff has been subjected to threats, including death threats.

This ought not to be.

Oh and The Detroit News is standing by its endorsement of Johnson even with his “Aleppo moments.”

You can also add The Chicago Tribune to the list of Johnson backers. And this after his two OOPs! blanks.

While on the topic, USA Today has come out for the first time ever with a “disendorsement” of Trump. But, the national paper made clear it is not endorsing Clinton.

Battleground state polls are out.

Clinton has pulled ahead of Trump from 4 (Florida) to 7 (Michigan, New Hampshire) points following Monday’s debate.

Foundation woes – no, not the Clinton Foundation, but the Trump Foundation.

Did the foundation have the certification to solicit donations?

That’s the thrust of an ongoing story in The Washington Post.

Clinton is touting a new National Service Reserve she will create to facilitate young people giving back to the nation.

Uh-oh, the King of All Media says that Trump was for the Iraq War before it began.

A divide with the Prez – Clinton told donors at a February fundraiser she did not agree with President Barack Obama’s plan to upgrade the US nuclear arsenal.

The City of Phoenix, Arizona has sent a cease and desist order to the Trump campaign over use of a photo of Trump shaking hands with the city’s finest dressed in blue.

It was a battle of the blondes when Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway sat down for an interview with Fox‘s Megyn Kelly:

You know that’s not true. You know,” Kelly fired back. “You know he has repeatedly made comments about women, about their looks, about their size, their weight. Even in this campaign, talking about [former GOP presidential candidate] Carly Fiorina’s face, retweeting a negative picture about Heidi Cruz’s face, criticizing Hillary Clinton and her ‘look.’ And, Kellyanne, this is an issue for him, is it not?”

“I’m just wondering why she’s spending tens of millions of dollars in negative ads and negative mail pieces and never putting together an aspirational, positive vision,” Conway said.

“Because she’s killing him with women and she sees an advantage there and she’s trying to exploit it,” Kelly replied, turning to Trump’s most recent comments about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. “And my question to you is whether he needs to come up with a better answer than telling ‘Fox and Friends,’ ‘Well, she gained a bunch of weight when she won Miss Universe and she was a real problem.‘”

Did you read about the 19 deceased Virginians who just registered to vote?

Seems one of those was part of The Greatest, fighting in World War II, dying in 2014, but just now registered to vote.

You got to read this for yourself: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/he-fought-in-world-war-ii-he-died-in-2014-and-he-just-registered-to-vote-in-va/2016/09/29/5e0bffee-8670-11e6-ac72-a29979381495_story.html

The Vice Presidential Debate between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence will take place on Tuesday at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Trump and Clinton meet again at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for the second Presidential Debate on Sunday, October 9.

Sunday 10/2/2016:

Yes, there really was a problem with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s microphone at this past Monday night’s debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. That is the word from the Commission on Presidential Elections.

Naturally Trump is crowing, “I told you so.”

The New York Times is reporting that Trump lost nearly $1 billion in 1995, which would legally exempt him from paying taxes for up to 18 years.

Clinton is catching heat for talking about supporters of Bernie Sanders as “living in their parents’ basements.” Clinton also accused Sanders of making “false promises.”

They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement,” Clinton says in the audio clip, first published by the Washington Free Beacon earlier this week.

They feel that they got their education and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves. And they don’t see much of a future. That is a mindset that is really affecting their politics,” Clinton noted, speaking to donors at a private event in McLean, Virginia.

If you’re feeling like you’re consigned to, you know, being a barista, or you know, some other job that doesn’t pay a lot, and doesn’t have much of a ladder of opportunity attached to it, then the idea that maybe — just maybe — you could be part of a political revolution is pretty appealing.”

But she still wants that Millennial vote, which mostly went for Uncle Bernie.

Trump’s middle of the night Twitter storm about a former Miss Universe is causing a storm of its own and playing into the Clinton story line that he is not fit for the Oval Office. The feud between Trump and the Venezuelan beauty queen has been the story of the week, following Clinton bringing her up in the closing moments of Monday night’s debate.

The story has dominated rather than the actual debate.

Trump said Clinton was “nasty,” but that he could be “nastier.” He set about to prove that over the weekend, mocking Clinton’s health issue when she was sidelined with pneumonia and slamming her about her husband’s past infidelities.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Nevada Congressman Joe Heck, a combat surgeon, pulled off the campaign trail to give assistance when he came upon a multi-vehicle accident. The two had been stumping in West Virginia when they came upon the accident as they returned to their hotel.

Jeanette and I send our prayers and condolences to the family of the individual who tragically lost their life in Thursday night’s accident in West Virginia,” Rubio said in a statement.

I want to thank all of the first responders who arrived quickly and did their jobs with swift professionalism. Please join me in praying for all those affected.”

Lisa and I want to join the Rubios in offering prayers and condolences to those grieving and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” Heck said in a statement.

As always, we have great respect for the first responders who handle such cases every day.”

And you thought politicians only look out for themselves. The latest from

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, “I have to get smarter.”

You think?

Isn’t it amazing how religious politicians get during election time then govern like the devil?

Both Clinton and Trump have been making the rounds speaking at churches.

So far Johnson has picked up six major newspaper endorsement from normally Republican-backers. Trump has the support of 0.

An Associated Press/NORC poll reveals nearly half of Trump supporters believe the election results will be rigged.

Why isn’t any of the candidates talking about the Supreme Court?

Read my take: Major Election Concern – Supreme Court.

The Vice Presidential Debate between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence will take place on Tuesday at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Will Pence be able to apply the right salve to heal the self-inflicted wounds Trump has caused this past week?

Trump and Clinton meet again at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for the second Presidential Debate on Sunday, October 9.

Tune in next week for another Political Circus.

Cornfield Standings: 37 Days Out

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As of today there are 37 days until the November 8th General Election. This election may be one of the most crucial in decades.

Not only do we have a host of local and state elections occurring, but the both the US House of Representatives and US Senate face either retaining Republican control or either or both turning over to the Democrats.

Then there is the change in guard in the nation’s two highest offices – the President and the Vice President. Who wins the election for the Oval Office will also impact the direction of the US Supreme court for generations.

Each Saturday between now and Election Day, I will show where the top state and national candidates rate as far as getting my vote.

From the President to Governor to Senator and Representative, you can see how I am leaning from week to week.

President:

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson – 2 Ear of Corn
  • Republican Donald Trump 2 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton 0 Ears of Corn
  • Green Party Jill Stein 0 Ears of Corn

US Senator:

  • Democrat Evan Bayh – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Todd Young – 0 Ears of Corn

8th District Congressional Representative:

  • Republican Dr. Larry Buschon – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Ron Drake – 0 Ears of Corn

Indiana Governor:

  • Democrat John Gregg – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Eric Holcomb – 0 Ears of Corn

This does not mean between now and November my mind can’t be changed. This is just how I am leaning at this point in time.

From the Cornfield, that’s how I view the races.

How are you leaning in your state and national elections?

Debate Changes Little

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The most watched Presidential Debate ever is now swept into the dustbin of history.

Last night at Hofstra University, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shook hands and came out swinging.

From my perspective at the end of the night the contest was a draw.

Yes, on points, as many analysts and pundits point out, Clinton came out on top of the heap.

Yes, Clinton got under Trump’s skin.

Yes, Trump was led down the primrose path and was stuck time and again with the thorns placed strategically by Clinton.

But, when you look at the debate as being one which will change anyone’s mind or persuade any of the undecided voters, the fight ended without a win for either Trump or Clinton.

For Clinton supporters, Clinton showed she was the queen of politics.

For Trump supporters, Trump proved he is the consummate outsider, risking all to tilt at windmills.

For the undecided, Clinton was cool – perhaps too cool – and calculating with a smile that seemed plastered rather than genuine, offering more of the status quo.

For the undecided, Trump was too thirsty, too pushy and not deep enough on substance.

In the end, the needle moved little if any at all.

Most of my family in the Cornfield are backing Trump. My mother, my brother Phil, my sister Leticia, my nephews and cousins are all advocating for change.

My oldest son Dave and daughter-in-law Anna are supporting Trump.

My youngest son Kev and daughter-in-law Hailey, who live in Austin, Texas are backing Clinton.

For Kev and Hailey, Clinton is their second choice. They would much rather have Uncle Bernie Sanders vying for the Oval Office.

The debate did not change any of their opinions. The debate re-enforced why my family members are voting for whom they are voting.

As I said, from my perspective last night’s debate ended in a draw.

I remain on the fence, looking at whether to vote for the Libertarian Gary Johnson.

From the Cornfield, I believe the next Presidential Debate on October 9 will be more productive than this first historic debate.

The format will be different – a town hall versus standing behind a lectern on a split screen arguing points.

The candidates will have to get personal with the voters, which may tell us more than the more scripted type of performance in the traditional debate.

Political Circus: September 19-25

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

Monday, 9/19/2016:

Die is cast.

It will only be Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton who will be participating one week from today in the first Presidential Debate.

The political news has taken a backseat to the bombings in New York and New Jersey as well as the knife attack in Minnesota.

But that does not mean the race is not intensifying.

Rumor has it that Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld is considering dropping out over a fear that he and running mate Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson may drawing enough support from Clinton, it could give the White House to Trump.

Clinton was in Philadelphia today trying hard to win over support from Millennials, with whom she has not garnered enthusiasm.

With the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City this week, both Clinton and Trump will be meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Clinton will also talk with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. Expect sparks after the meeting about Trump’s alleged ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On the triple terror threat over the weekend, Trump said profiling may be necessary. Clinton pushed the strength of resolve.

Our local police, they know who a lot of these people are. They are afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of, uh, profiling. And they don’t want to be accused of all sorts of things,” Trump said to Fox News.

This threat is real, but so is our resolve. Americans will not cower. We will prevail,” Clinton said. “We will defend our country, and we will defeat the evil, twisted ideology of the terrorists.

Republican wannabes thinking about a run in 2020 may want to rethink not backing Trump, said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

His remarks were aimed at those who ran this time around and pledged to back the Republican nominee no matter who that would be – such as Ohio Governor John Kasich and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

“I’m not going to lose one minute of sleep ruining this two-party monopoly that is going on,” Johnson said on CBS60 Minutes Sunday night.

I think they are dinosaurs, and I think we’re the comet in this whole equation. And I’m glad for it. I’m proud of it,” he said.

I do believe this is going to be the demise of the Republican Party.

But most pundits and pollsters agree that Johnson is pulling more votes from Clinton – not Trump.

Tuesday, 9/20/2016:

Skittles!

That’s what this election has devolved to.

Don Jr., son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, explained the immigration and refugee issues by comparing a bowl of Skittles with three poison pieces.

This has set off an online uproar – mostly negative.

The candy manufacturer is telling Don Jr. and all politicians to keep their hands off their popular, tasty sweet treats.

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A member of the Kennedy political dynasty tweeted out that former President George H. W. Bush aka 41 will be voting for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The Bush family is not happy.

Not denying, but not happy.

In the most recent NBC/Survey Monkey poll: Clinton 45% Trump 40% Libertarian Gary Johnson 10% Green Party Dr. Jill Stein 4%

Charity money to pay legal fees?

That’s a no-no, Mr. Trump.

Then there is that fundraiser for veterans – seems Trump’s people failed to file necessary paperwork for the charity event in a number of states.

Details matter.

Clinton continues to insist that Trump’s remarks on terrorism give “aid and comfort” to the Islamic State recruiters.

Poor Johnson, his mouth keeps engaging before his brain.

This time around in talking about the bombing over the weekend in New Jersey and New York and the knife attack in Minnesota.

I’m just grateful that nobody got hurt,” Johnson said on CNN.

Clearly he meant no one was killed, but the damage was done.

This is going to be close. We need everyone off the sidelines,” Clinton told students at Temple University in Philadelphia. “Not voting is not an option. That just plays into Trump’s hands.

Politics can be discouraging. This election in particular can be downright depressing sometimes,” Clinton said at her rally. “But it matters, it really does.

Clinton is having a rough time trying to get Millennials to support and be enthused about her candidacy.

In a turn-about, Clinton is now being more available to the general press than Trump, who is sticking to Fox News almost exclusively.

NBC‘s Lester Holt, who will moderate Monday night’s first Presidential Debate, has announced three main topics of discussion:

a. America’s Direction
b. Achieving Prosperity
c. Securing America

By the way, it is exactly seven weeks from today when Americans go to the polling stations and cast their ballots for who will sit in the Oval Office for the next four years.

Wednesday, 9/21/2016:

…our African American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they’ve ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever.

Donald, Donald, Donald – what were you thinking?

What about those 350+ years of slavery?

Was not the black community in a worse situation then than now?

The Military Times has Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump getting support from 37.6% from armed forces personnel and Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson getting 36.5%.

The two were the tops in military support edging out Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein.

This morning, fight promoter Don King dropped the “N” word while introducing Trump at a Cleveland Heights, Ohio church for a meeting with African-American pastors.

Not sure which Trump will show up for the debate Monday night, Clinton is prepping for multiple Trump personalities.

Perhaps a re-read of my Person Versus Persona is in order.

OOPs!

Remember how Trump said all the debate moderators are Democrats?

Turns out the first debate moderator, NBC‘s Lester Holt, has been a registered Republican since at least 2003.

Jockeying keeps up in the battleground states.

Clinton is back ahead in Florida. Trump takes the lead in North Carolina.

By the way, Twitter will live stream Monday’s Presidential Debate.

Thursday, 9/22/2016:

Lamenting the violence and lawlessness in Charlotte, North Carolina last night, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told supporters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this morning that we are living in a “wounded country.

Speaking in measured tones, Trump came across presidential and not the bombastic television personality seen so often on the campaign trail.

We all have to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes to see things through their eyes and get to work fixing our very wounded country,” Trump said.

Trump went on to say about the Charlotte riot, “Our country looks bad to the world when we are supposed to be the world’s leader. How can we lead when we can’t control our cities?

A new poll shows that Trump has edged up to a 7% support with black voters, which CNN‘s Don Lemon says will not happen Election Day.

While in another poll, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton maintains a healthy edge with Hispanic voters – 65% to Trump’s 17%.

In the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Clinton bests Trump by 6 points going into Monday night’s first Presidential Debate.

Clinton has 43% to Trump’s 37%. Rounding out the likely voters’ choice is 9% for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and a mere 3% for the Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein.

However, CNN‘s Poll of Polls today showed Clinton with 43% and Trump with 40%. This is a compilation of the most recent five national polls.

Clinton asked the Laborers’ International Union of North America members gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada via teleconference last night, “‘Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?’ you might ask? Well, the choice for working families has never been clearer. I need your help to get Donald Trump’s record out to everybody. Nobody should be fooled.

This is the same question which has pundits in a total daze of confusion.

If you do know somebody who might be voting for Trump, stage an intervention,” Clinton pleaded with her remote audience. “Try to talk some sense into them. Lay out the facts. The facts are on our side, about what I’ve done versus what he’s done. Remember, friends don’t let friends vote for Trump.

Mexican Economic Minister Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal said on Wednesday that Mexico was prepared to “talk to the devil” should Trump win the election in November.

Trump called on Presidential Debate moderator NBC‘s Lester Holt to not be a fact-checker when he and Clinton square off on Monday night.

I mean, if you’re debating somebody and if she makes a mistake or I make a mistake … we’ll take each other on,” Trump. “But I certainly don’t think you want Candy Crowley again.

Former CNN State of the Union host Crowley was widely panned for interjecting in a debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney during a 2012 Presidential Debate.

Crowley ended up being both right and wrong with her check of the facts.

A return of “stop and frisk” is need in Chicago to combat the murderous violence racking the city, Trump said. This comes even though a federal judge declared the program unconstitutional and ended the practice in New York City.

Black police officers are not falling in line with the Fraternal Order of Police endorsement of Trump.

Our Local FOP is saying that our people have to follow the national lead,” Rochelle Bilal, head of the Philadelphia Guardian Civic League, told NBC News. “We are saying you don’t have to vote for Donald Trump and the national FOP should have stayed out of this election.

Remember President Josiah Bartlet, who sat in the Oval Office during The West Wing administration?

Well, Bartlet and his team will be crisscrossing Ohio stumping for Clinton.

Friday, 9/23/2016:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in an attempt to win over Millennials, who are cool to her campaign, appeared on the irreverent, but very popular Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.

Will it win over the needed demographic?

Probably not, but it sure does not hurt.

A new, non-partisan analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s tax cuts would add $5.3 trillion to the national debt over the next decade.

The same analysis found Clinton’s plans would add $200 billion.

But the committee also said they were just guessing since Trump has not laid out the specifics of his proposals for tax reform.

Shockers!

A new poll out Thursday puts Trump out ahead of Clinton nationally.

Right-leaning Rasmussen found Trump with a 5-point lead, 44%-39%, over Clinton.

Dumbest Remarks of the week: There was “no racism” before President Barack Obama.

Yes, a now former volunteer coordinator for Trump in Ohio said this.

She is no longer with the campaign.

Trump added 10 more names to his list of potential Supreme Court Justices if he is elected. One of those on Trump’s new list is Utah Senator Mike Lee, who promptly removed himself for consideration.

Lee is not a Trump fan.

When hauled before a congressional committee, the Director of the Internal Revenue Service John Koskinen avoided the topic of Trump’s taxes and returns when peppered by Democratic lawmakers.

Koskinen is trying to save his own bacon from Republican legislators who want him impeached.

I came here to answer questions truthfully and straightforward,” Koskinen said, “but we don’t talk about individual cases, and if hypotheticals begin to look like individual cases I’m not at liberty to give opinion or judgments about them.

That Clinton aide who set up the private email server for Clinton while she was Secretary of State then refused to appear when subpoenaed by a congressional committee was hit with a contempt of Congress charge.

North Carolina Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger had to apologize after saying the violence in Charlotte is because of protesters who “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.

What is taking place in my hometown right now breaks my heart,” Pittenger said in a statement issued by his congressional office. “My anguish led me to respond to a reporter’s question in a way that I regret. The answer doesn’t reflect who I am. I was quoting statements made by angry protesters last night on national TV. My intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African Americans because of failed policies. I apologize to those I offended and hope that we can bring peace and calm to Charlotte.

So much for his re-election bid.

While Trump is calling for stop-and-frisk in Chicago, Illinois, which has seen the number of murders and shootings soar this year, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel outlined his own plan to bring peace and security to the Windy City.

Gun violence in Chicago is unacceptable … It is pulling us apart at the very moment when your city needs to come together,” Emanuel said. “For all the things that make Chicago great, for all the things that make us proud to call ourselves Chicagoans, the violence that is happening corrodes our core. It is not the Chicago we know and love.

Police officers and emergency room surgeons are not the only ones whose job it is to save young lives,” Emanuel said. “To reverse the rising tide of violence, we need to provide hope instead of desperation and caring adults instead of gang affiliation.

Emmanuel’s plan is a stark contrast to Trump’s call for action to quell the violence.

A new study finds that Trump’s healthcare plan would cause about 20 million persons to lose coverage while Clinton would provide coverage for an additional 9 million people.

A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” had a more negative impact on Trump than on her.

Seems when asked which of the candidates is more disconnected and disrespectful, 60% said Trump and 48% said Clinton.

Rumor has it that former rival and presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz is starting to waffle and may soon fold and endorse the man he despises.

Maverick billionaire Mark Cuban, who came out for Clinton, will be in the front row for Monday night’s debate. Presumably Cuban will be on hand to needle his fellow billionaire.

Why worry about climate change, says Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

In billions of years, the sun is going to actually grow and encompass the Earth, right? So global warming is in our future,” the former New Mexico governor said during a 2011 National Press Club luncheon event.

When you look at the amount of money we are looking to spend on global warming — in the trillions — and look at the result, I just argue that the result is completely inconsequential to the money we would end up spending,” Johnson also said. “We can direct those moneys to other ways that would be much more beneficial to mankind.

Now that is an inspiring thought.

Clinton is calling for a $65 billion tax increase on billionaire estates.

Hillary Clinton has made a commitment throughout this campaign to make sure there is a plan to pay for the progressive policies we have laid out,” said Mike Shapiro, an economic adviser to Clinton.

The new Quinnipiac University poll shows Clinton behind in all, but one of four battleground states.

Clinton is holding on in Virginia, but Trump has taken the lead in Colorado, Iowa and Georgia.

Both Trump and Clinton are off the trail this Friday prepping for Monday’s first Presidential Debate, moderated by NBC‘s Lester Holt.

By the way, Monday’s debate could impact the stock market.

Stocks usually rally if the incumbent party wins. If Hillary puts Trump away at this debate, you’ll see a broad rally in the S&P 500, and my thinking on Trump is if Trump wins, you’re going to get a sell-off into the election. It’s temporary. There’s just so much uncertainty with Trump, people are just going to go to a risk-off scenario,” said Daniel Clifton, head of policy research at Strategas.

Media types are already predicting this debate may come close to Super Bowl numbers in people tuning in to watch Clinton and Trump battle it out.

Sunday, 9/25/2016:

Texas Senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz did the unthinkable on Friday. He endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

If Clinton wins, we know — with 100 percent certainty — that she would deliver on her left-wing promises, with devastating results for our country. My conscience tells me I must do whatever I can to stop that,” Cruz said in his statement.

We have fought the battle,” Trump said. “I look forward to working with him for many years to come.

In FBI documents released on Friday, an IT specialist working for Clinton referred to working on the “cover-up” referring to her private email server she used while Secretary of State.

Clinton had planned to travel this morning to Charlotte, North Carolina, but the police chief asked her not to come because of all the unrest in the city following the shooting of a black man earlier this week by police.

The two major party candidates have been off the trail most of the weekend prepping for tomorrow night’s first Presidential Debate at Hofstra University. That debate, expected to have Super Bowl number of viewers, will kick-off at 9 p.m. (ET).

In a Cornfield Polls survey which ended Friday night, if the election were held today, Trump would win. Trump garnered 70% of the vote. Clinton got 20% and Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson received 10% of the votes.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released today has the race neck-and-neck with Clinton at 46% and Trump at 44%.

Both Trump and Clinton had a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom President Barack Obama has had a strained relationship.

GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence walked back his running mate’s tweet that Gennifer Flowers, who had an affair with then Governor Bill Clinton in the 1980s, would be the guest of Trump at the debate. Flowers, however, says she will be at the debate.

A professor, who has correctly predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1984, says come November voters will hire Trump for the seat in the Oval Office.

Tune in next week for another Political Circus.