May, 2016

Trump Is Just Borrowing the GOP Brand

“It’s been called a hostile takeover of the Republican Party, but there’s little that has happened since Donald Trump became the GOP’s presumptive nominee to suggest he wants anything to do with the party. He’s borrowing the brand for his own purposes,” the Washington Post reports.

“In all ways, Trump continues to show that he is the anti-conventions candidate. That’s especially the case with any notions of him becoming the leader of a political party. Trump is a singular politician unlike any who has risen as fast and as far as he has in modern times. In the same way that he has demonstrated no consistency in his views on issues over time, there is nothing to suggest that he has much regard for the responsibilities and opportunities that come with being the leader of a party.”

“What has been apparent during Trump’s march through the primaries is how little he thinks or acts with the partisan — or party-building — instincts of typical politicians. The constituency he has attracted is certainly more conservative than liberal and far more Republican than Democratic. But the core issues that have brought him to this position — immigration, national identity, trade and jobs — which he projects with the posture of a strongman (or to his critics, a bully) speak to a candidate who looks at the electorate far differently than the typical Republican or Democrat.”

Obama Rips Trump on Foreign Soil

President Obama’s public disparagement of Donald Trump during a news conference in Japan “obliterated the now-quaint political convention that partisanship stops at the water’s edge. It also revealed a stark truth: The world is worried about Trump,” the Washington Post reports.

“Although he is not on the November ticket, Obama has a foreign policy legacy to protect, particularly against Trump, who has called the president’s approach weak and incoherent.”

Clinton Insists Again Her Private Email Was Allowed

Hillary Clinton doubled down on defending her email practices as Secretary of State, arguing that the use of a personal account was “allowed, and rules have since been “clarified,” ABC News reports.

Said Clinton: “This report makes clear that personal email use was the practice for other secretaries of state. It was allowed. And the rules have been clarified since I left.”

“Yesterday, a report released by the State Department’s Office of Inspector General said that Clinton shouldn’t have used a private email server to conduct official business and would have not been allowed to do so had she asked. It also found that she should have turned over emails after her tenure and violated department policy.”

New York Times: Emails add to Clinton’s central problem: Voters don’t trust her.

Republicans Say They’re Being Outgunned by Democrats

“The Republican National Committee is scrambling to respond to increasingly frantic concerns from state GOP officials that the party has not provided enough field organizers and will be badly outgunned by Democrats in battleground states,” Politico reports.

“It’s a development that could spell trouble for Donald Trump, who trounced his primary competition despite lacking a traditional field organization but is now relying on the national party for its infrastructure. And it has implications for the fragile Republican Senate majority, which is also depending on the RNC’s ground game.”

Rubio Will Help Trump Get Elected

Sen. Marco Rubio told CNN that he plans to attend the Republican convention, will release his delegates to vote for Donald Trump and would be willing to speak on Trump’s behalf.

Said Rubio: “I want to be helpful. I don’t want to be harmful, because I don’t want Hillary Clinton to be president.”

He also said his political aspirations aren’t over, calling it a “safe assumption” that he’ll run for office — the presidency or something else — again.

Having Fun Yet?

Amy Walter: “Finally, I’m asked a lot these days by friends and family if I am ‘having fun’ this election season. ‘This sure is an exciting election, isn’t it?’ they ask. ‘You must be in hog heaven.’ Actually, and sadly, I am not enjoying this. This year, the electorate will be divided along race, education/class and gender like never before. I’m preparing myself for a campaign that is going to be nasty and ugly and will leave the country more polarized than it is today. There’s nothing to be happy about there.”

Vince Foster’s Sister Responds

Sheila Foster Anthony: “It is beyond contempt that a politician would use a family tragedy to further his candidacy, but such is the character of Donald Trump displayed in his recent comments to The Washington Post. In this interview, Trump cynically, crassly and recklessly insinuated that my brother, Vincent W. Foster Jr., may have been murdered because ‘he had intimate knowledge of what was going on’ and that Hillary Clinton may have somehow played a role in Vince’s death.”

“How wrong. How irresponsible. How cruel.”

Baylor Demotes Ken Starr

Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who delivered a report that served as the basis for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998, was demoted by Baylor University, where he had served as president and chancellor, after an investigation found “fundamental failure” by the university in its handling of accusations of sexual assault against football players, the New York Times reports.