Editors Say Sanders’ Policies Are Unachievable, Have ‘No Chance Of Being Approved’ By Congress
Hillary Clinton walked away with endorsements from three highly influential local papers this weekend, a week before the nation’s first primary and a day before Monday’s Democratic forum. The former Senator and Secretary of State, who is losing to Bernie Sanders in some recent state polls and winning in others, scored the backing of The Des Moines Register, The Boston Globe, and the Concord Monitor. All three papers are the top in their markets, and could influence voters ahead of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. The Globe has a strong impact on the New Hampshire market, with a reported 20,000 New Hampshire subscribers.
Clinton also this weekend received an endorsement from another Iowa paper, theÂ Sioux City Journal.Â
Iowa, the first-in-the-nation primary, is February 1. New Hampshire follows shortly thereafter, February 9.Â
â€” Des Moines Register (@DMRegister) January 23, 2016
“Hillary Clinton has needed knowledge, experience,” The Des Moines Register’s editorial board wrote, noting that the former Secretary of State “has demonstrated that she is a thoughtful, hardworking public servant who has earned the respect of leaders at home and abroad. She stands ready to take on the most demanding job in the world.”
The paper noted whomever takes the Oval Office next year will face challenges of working with Congress domestically on “immigration, health care, increased threats to national security, the disappearing middle class, the growing deficit, Social Security solvency, gun control, renewable energy, sentencing reform.” Internationally, challenges include “ISIS and other terrorists, climate change, the containment of nuclear threats posed in North Korea and Iran, the Russian incursions in Ukraine and foreign trade.”
They conclude, “Democrats have one outstanding candidate deserving of their support: Hillary Clinton. No other candidate can match the depth or breadth of her knowledge and experience.”
â€” Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) January 25, 2016
Calling Bernie Sanders “an honorable and formidable campaigner,” and “a man of courage and principle,”Â the Des Moines Register observed that Sanders “admits that virtually all of his plans for reform have no chance of being approved by a Congress that bears any resemblance to the current crop of federal lawmakers.”
â€” The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) January 25, 2016
The Boston Globe put it simply in its title: “Hillary Clinton deserves Democratic nomination,” and notes that although “tumultuous…the Barack Obama years have proved transformative â€” and the priority for Democratic voters should be to protect, consolidate, and extend those gains.”
The Globe says Clinton is “more seasoned, more grounded, and more forward-looking than in 2008,” and says “the nation has new challenges, which require a different kind of leader â€” someone who can keep what Obama got right, while also fixing his failures, especially on gun control and immigration reform. That will require a focus and toughness that Obama sometimes lacked.”
The paper devotes three entire paragraphs to gun control, concluding that “Clinton is simply more credible on what for too many Americans is a life-and-death issue,” becauseÂ “Sanders presents himself as an avowed foe of big business, but hisÂ vote to protect firearms corporations from legal liabilityÂ tells a different story.”
Ultimately, the Globe decides “the best reason to support Clinton isnâ€™t the weaknesses of her opponents; itâ€™s her demonstrated strengths and experience. Even her most dyed-in-the-wool opponents ought to take a second look at her. While Sanders has made an important contribution to the Democratic primary campaign, itâ€™s Clinton who would make a better president.”
â€” Concord Monitor News (@ConMonitorNews) January 24, 2016
Lastly, from New Hampshire, the Concord Monitor decides “Clinton is Democratsâ€™ best choice.”
“Only one Democratic candidate for president is truly qualified to hold the job: Hillary Clinton,” labeling Sanders’ promises unachievable.
The paper’s editors believe under a President Clinton, “the poisonous partisanship thatâ€™s paralyzed Washington will be diminished rather than increased. Why? During her eight years as a senator from New York, she proved her ability to find common ground with Republicans, accords that allowed needed legislation to advance.”
“No contenderâ€™s resume can come within miles of matching Clintonâ€™s. Sheâ€™s ready to take up the nationâ€™s top job on day one and her knowledge of domestic issues and foreign policy is encyclopedic.”
They call her “tough as nails when she needs to be,” but also “funny and without the arrogance displayed by so many high-level politicians.”
“The plans Clinton has put forward â€“ whether on foreign policy, making college more affordable, addressing climate change or increasing access to health care â€“ display her knowledge of the issues. They are not pie-in-the sky, but achievable. Her health plan, for example, builds on the success of Obamacare,” the editors state.
“By contrast, Sandersâ€™s health plan, such as it is, was described by Vox founder and health care analyst Ezra Klein as offering voters ‘puppies and rainbows.’ Virtually none of what he has pledged to do is achievable.”
Historically, candidates endorsed by the DMR have gotten a 3-point bounce. Data noisy & causality not clear though. https://t.co/1JUHTSeAg3
â€” Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) January 23, 2016
This article has been updated with video.Â
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‘Taking Us All for Fools’: Critics Decimate Greg Abbott’s Claims and Defense of His Actions in Wake of School Shooting
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”
“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”
“I was misled … the information that I was given turned out in part to be inaccurate. And I’m absolutely livid about that” — Greg Abbott on his initial false statement portraying Uvalde first responders as heroes pic.twitter.com/dUIdxnicjm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 27, 2022
Critics aren’t buying his claims.
Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.
“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.
“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.
“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.
Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor got up and left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”
Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.
“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.
Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:
.@GregAbbott_TX responding to a question on long rifles “it seems like only in the past decade or two we have had school shootings.” Governor, the assault weapons ban ended in 2004. See the connection? You have actively helped to sell millions of weapons since then.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 27, 2022
And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”
“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then. He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”
“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”
‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns
The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.
Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”
That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”
“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.
“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”
Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.
“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.
“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”
“I’m sorry to interrupt your press conference… you have to do something” pic.twitter.com/OiRI1OQZWQ
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022
Watch: Right Wing Host at NRA Convention Likens 18 Year Olds Buying Guns to 3rd Graders Deciding Gender
A host from a right-wing streaming service covering the NRA convention in Houston decided to compare conservatives’ growing active opposition to the rights and existence of transgender people, to the majority of Americans demanding expanded gun control legislation.
“We are being told by the left that a third-grader has the knowledge to determine if they were born a boy or they were born a girl, whether or not they want to stay that gender that they were born with,” said Brian Glenn, Right Side Broadcasting’s director of programming and correspondent.
“And if we feel like at a third grade you can make decisions on your gender, then I think by the time you’re 18 you should have enough maturity – assuming you’re not a complete psychopath – to buy a handgun and exercise your Second Amendment.”
Of course, that hypothetical third-grader is harming exactly no one and later can reverse that decision if they choose, which the vast majority do not.
That hypothetical 18-year old, or, in the case of this week’s horrific tragedy, an actual 18-year old, buying two AR-15 style assault weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition within three days of their 18th birthday, gunning down 21 people including 19 elementary school children, cannot reverse any of those decisions.
Right-wing broadcaster inside NRA convention says if young people are allowed to choose their gender, then 18 year-olds should be allowed by buy assault weapons. pic.twitter.com/Fog4lZBgHW
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) May 27, 2022
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