While the media touts the entitled one (you can watch her speech here), there were a number of things going on:

Signs of protest were made on the spot,

The California delegation walked out,

Hillary speaks loudly, slowly, enunciating c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y, and can’t let go of

her patented da-DA da-DA ta-TA cadence, which makes every sentence sound like every other.

And Bill dozed off.

At least Bill managed to wake up in time for the fireworks,

As I write this post, cable news channels are asking if Hillary got a convention bump in the ratings, and one of her people was essentially saying that Hillary will give a press conference when she’s good and ready. Her last press conference was on December 4, 2015, when she answered a measly seven questions from one reporter. Trump’s out there giving press conferences and talking to the media every waking moment, or so it seems.

Without a doubt, no matter how lackluster the candidate, the Democrats can put together a more slick convention than the Republicans, and count on the media’s complicity to minimize the above images of dissent, even as the ratings dropped on day 3.

The media hoped to declare this race over this morning. It isn’t.

But the real issue for conservatives and Republicans alike is (h/t Jim Geraghty) is that Dems understand incrementalism:

Democrats understand incrementalism and the long game in a way conservatives don’t seem to. They pass Obamacare. They wait out the storm. They contend that fixing Obamacare’s variety of problems can only be accomplished with more liberal policy. Move forward; push for more whenever the nation’s climate allows it. If not, they’ll be happy to appropriate whatever political vernacular allows them to retain their gains. Conservatives act like every stalemate is a bitter defeat and every small victory is useless. And here they are.

That is a long-term problem with the GOP.

The election is still months away. Pray for the U.S.A.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – I guess most of us can agree on one thing if nothing else.  The world is upside down.  Maybe I presume too much, but from where I’m sitting, everything seems just a little off.

If you had asked me a year ago if I thought Donald Trump would still be in this presidential race at this point, I probably would have laughed and answered most assuredly that he would not.  Actually, this is what I wrote nine months ago:

Sure, Trump is saying the right things (sort of, sometimes) because he’s a pandering entertainer. A reality TV star. He might be a businessman, but part of that business is entertainment. He’s not a conservative and I personally don’t think he’s serious about being president. I believe he’s in there to get publicity, to agitate, to get attention, and maybe to get the candidates talking about the right issues, although I might be giving him too much credit there.

Looking back over that post, nothing much has changed for me.

However: Trump is now the presumptive nominee.  Like it or not, we have to get behind him.  Not to do so is a vote for Hillary.

I know, I know.  I read Kevin Williamson’s response to this train of thought.  Williamson says

Those shouting “If you don’t support Trump, you’re for Clinton!” do not wish to speak or think very much about what the Trump movement and its enablers, from Sean Hannity to Ann Coulter, have done to the Republican party and to the conservative movement. They’re going to want to think about that even less as the months go by, and by January there’s very likely to be an outbreak of convenient amnesia. But the rest of us should be frank about what has happened. The Republican party is preparing to nominate for the presidency a man grossly unfit for the office.

Frankly, I agree with him. But what other choice is there?  A third party?  A brokered convention?  Both of those options seem destined to put Hillary in the White House, in my humble opinion.

“Grossly unfit for the office” is not something the American people seem to care about much (see Presidential Election 2008).

George Will makes the numbers case that Trump simply can’t win a general election, and perhaps that’s true, and Josh Gelernter breaks down how a third-party candidacy could possibly work.  His is an interesting scenario but fraught with terrifying speculation and long shots.

Welcome to your National Nightmare, America.  The next few months, at the very least, are going to be unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Gosh, that sounds like a great name for a new reality TV series.


Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

If you go to the official Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign website, you will find a list of “7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela,” preceded by a page asking for your email address and zip code since “Grandmothers are the best.”

It’s a slap in the face to all Americans, regardless of their ethnicity.

First, the breach in etiquette: In all Spanish-language countries, you have to expect that bringing up to complete strangers someone’s mother (tu madre) or  grandmother (tu abuela) directly in the familiar (tu abuela instead of su abuela), especially without using the more genteel abuelita, will be taken as an insult. I don’t know how no one in the campaign, the focus group, or the chain of people coming up with this list could not have realized it.

Compound the breach in etiquette with this,

She isn’t afraid to talk about the importance of el respeto (especially when it comes to women) …

for a double whammy of ironic, patronizing cluelessness. As a native speaker of both English and Spanish, I’m fine with R-E-S-P-E-C-T, thank you, regardless of gender.

The list then completes the Hispandering checklist by showing Hillary with Marc Anthony,

Everybody loves abuela—even this guy.

in a photo taken during his recent Miami concert, which her campaign touted as the start of their Latino outreach. I’m glad I didn’t dish out $100+/ticket and truck all the way to the American Airlines Arena for an entertainment event, just to see her clamber up the stage. I was not alone; she was booed.

No, not everybody loves Hillarybuela.

The Christmas week  timing is exquisite, too, as Christians celebrate with their families.

For non-Hispanics and Hispanics alike, there’s the fact that throughout their lives, most grandchildren love each of their grandparents for their uniqueness. Your maternal grandma is different from your paternal grandma;  you realize it and appreciate them as you learn that both of them love you. Any outsider comparing themselves to them deserves immediate dismissal.

Let alone that the question, how does being a grandmother uniquely qualifies anyone aspiring for President of the United States?, lays bare the fact that Hillary is running only because she’s put up with Bill all these years, and their deal is that it’s now her turn. Nothing else in her entire life uniquely qualifies her. Hillary – who may know who Mary Pickford was – is too old to call herself “America’s sweetheart,” so she settles for “America’s grandmother,” opportunistically changing the latter word for Hispandering.

I won’t debase my own Puerto Rican grandmothers by listing the thousand ways Hillary Clinton could never measure up to them, closing this post instead with a bit of advice from Mexican political analyst Leon Krauze, another one to whom Hillary is definitely not his abuela,

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

By John Ruberry

Unless you have been living in a spider hole without access to a computer or a television, you are of course aware of the Donald Trump phenomenon. Without spending much money, his or anyone else’s, the real estate billionaire has vaulted to the top of the Republican presidential polls.

Whether he is a genius or a crackpot genius remains to be determined, but The Donald finds himself in a rare position–he is recreating the political process in a way that mirrors the ascendancy of Andrew Jackson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

But the Republican political establishment is either indifferent or hostile to Trump. No sitting Republican members of the US House or the US Senate have endorsed him. Nor have any statewide elected officials. Trump for the most part eschews spending money on political consultants, in fact he spends more cash on baseball caps, shirts, and yard signs than on “expert” advice. His spending on TV ads has been a pittance compared the expenditures of other candidates.

Trump has made a number of controversial statements, several of which he has partially walked back, such as his call to halt Muslim travel into the United States. But in that instance, Trump has made Muslim immigration and our weak vetting of potential terrorists into a major political discussion point.

The political novice enjoys a rare gift–by addressing the political situation, Trump alters it.

The ruling classes, Democratic and Republican, dislike change and they abhor disruption. But the GOP needs to embrace Trump–even if he fails to win the Republican nomination for president.

After all, there is no one more skilled to attack Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee in 2016, on such issues as the Benghazi killings and the “It was a video!” canard, the rise of ISIS, the Clinton Foundation slush fund and foreigners buying access to her, Clinton’s possibly illegal misuse of classified data, and her hypocrisy of being a defender of women while her husband is a serial sexual abuser of them.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Like it or not, America is transforming into a Trump-ified nation. And if he becomes president, it will be to some extent become a Trump planet.

My advice to the GOP establishment is that you should hop on the Trump train now–or you will find yourself under it.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

John ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

By John Ruberry

Did you hear about the release of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s returns on from 2007 through 2014 on Friday afternoon?

If you didn’t–well, that was the goal of the Clinton camp. Both political parties do it–disclosing possibly bad news on a Friday afternoon just as reporters are leaving work for the weekend. It’s called a Friday news dump–or a document dump. And since August is a popular vacation month–some of those members of the media will be on the beach instead of at the computer this week. When these reporters return to work–whether it’s Monday or next Monday–they might dismiss the Clinton revelations as old news and neglect to report on it at all

What can we learn from the Clinton returns? Well, they are rich. There is nothing wrong with that–I want to be rich. The once and possibly future first family collected $139 million between ’07 and ’14. But in the last two years–after Hillary resigned as secretary of state, the Clintons collected $23 million in speaking fees in 2013 and $20 million last year. Many of those speeches were given to corporate and special interest groups–who of course may be seeking favored status from a President Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2017.

That’s a big problem because nearly all Americans can’t buy access to a president.

Thirty-five percent of the Clinton income went to federal income taxes–which is something we’ll be hearing a lot about from HRC. But don’t expect Hillary to brag about her family’s charitable giving–which was almost $15 million in the last eight years. Ninety-nine percent of those donations went to the Clinton Foundation–which is in actuatlity a slush fund and a jobs bank for Clinton cronies.

Please spread the news about the Hillary document dump. She doesn’t want other people to know.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

There are three reasons why I didn’t head up to NH to cover Hillary Clinton today:

1.  I have other commitments today that I had to specifically take care of.

2.  I had some housekeeping details for the site & system that I’ve been working on this weekend that I’m trying to finish

Those reasons alone were good enough to give Mrs. Clinton a miss, but there is a third reason that in my opinion trumps them all.

3.  It’s a waste of time to try to cover someone who won’t let you get near them let alone answer your questions:

The Hillary Clinton campaign denied access to the print pool reporter on Monday, reigniting reporters’ longstanding concerns about the campaign’s commitment to running an open and transparent campaign.

David Martosko, the U.S. political editor for London’s Daily Mail, reported showing up at the campaign’s breakfast stop in New Hampshire only to be told that he would not be allowed to pool the day’s events. Pool reporters are responsible for sending reports from the trail to the rest of the press corps.

Let’s face it if a member of the media pool can’t get in to her events no amount of credentials are going to get a blogger inside, particularly not a conservative one.

And it goes without saying if she won’t answer their questions from friends in the press I suspect she’s not going to give me a shot.

Maybe when I have the inclination to waste a day I’ll give it a shot later but today, I’ll give Hillary a miss.

Rodham home,  Park Ridge, IL
Rodham home,
Park Ridge, IL

By John Ruberry

Yesterday in a speech given on New York City’s Roosevelt Island that was touted as Hillary Clinton’s official campaign launch, the former First Lady used personal stories about her mother, Dorothy Rodham, in an attempt to connect with ordinary Americans.

Didn’t she announce her intention to run for president in 2016 already?

She did.

HRC’s second presidential run has been an ethereal effort, dominated by sit-downs with pre-screened ordinary Americans and on occasional address where Clinton avoids questions from the media.

So it’s fitting that Hillary chose a small island that even New Yorkers rarely visit for yesterday’s speech. The exclamation point for this story is that Roosevelt Island was declared a no-fly zone during her visit. Did Clinton take questions after her speech? Of course not.

“No man is an island,” John Donne famously wrote over 200 years ago, but Hillary Clinton is.

As for her speech, understandably Hillary talked about Franklin D. Roosevelt, for whom the island is named, but at great length in her flat Chicago accent. Do Americans care much about a president who died two years before the 67 year-old candidate was born?

Iowa was cold to  Hillary in 2008
Iowa was cold to
Hillary in 2008

As for her mother, her struggles eased after she married Hugh Rodham, a successful business owner and a lifelong Republican. The Rodhams raised their family in Park Ridge, a wealthy Chicago suburb. This part of her family biography was not included in Saturday’s pep talk.

What’s next for the Hillary Clinton campaign? I’m not sure if the candidate and her handlers know for sure. Perhaps HRC hopes to coast through the Iowa Caucuses based on her name recognition and the strong possibility that she will be America’s first female president.

That was Clinton’s strategy in 2008–and it didn’t work out for her.

On the other hand, Hillary can always make a third campaign launch. Or a fourth.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By John Ruberry

Hillary Clinton was in Texas for a couple of days last week. If she is the Democratic for president in 2016, she will not win the Lone Star State. Nor will Martin O’Malley, Lincoln, Chafee, or Bernie Sanders. Why was she there? To raise money in America’s second-most populous state. But to counter that criticism she used some of that time in Texas to criticize voter registration laws in states with Republican governors. “What is happening,” Clinton said, “is a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to another.” She also posed this question: “What part of Democracy are they afraid of?”

Clinton went on to admonish states that have tweaked early voting laws–but neglected to mention that her adopted home state, New York, does not permit early voting.


Later in her address she complained about “fear-mongering” on a “phantom epidemic of election fraud.”

One of the GOP governors she singled out was Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who signed into law a bill that she claims curtails the ability for college students to vote. Watch this Project Veritas video where and Obama for America worker tells a collegian to vote twice.

You can learn more about massive vote fraud in North Carolina here, in Illinois here, in Florida here, and in Minnesota here. I could go on and on.

Who does not think that one illegal vote is one too many?

Hillary and other Democrats become unglued when the subject of photo ID voting laws comes up–as they claim minorities are less likely to possess picture identification. Many of the states that have photo ID voting laws allow for those who wish to register to vote to qualify for free government-issued ID cards. Oh, isn’t it condescendingly racist to claim that minorities for whatever reason can’t manage to obtain a photo ID for themselves?

But Hillary can’t run on her record, which includes decades of scandal, the Benghazi murders, and her disastrous “reset” with Russia. And she has more skeletons in her closet than you’ll find in the catacombs in Paris.

That means we’ll see more demagoguery from Clinton.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By John Ruberry

On Facebook I saw a liberal friend call the what-has-she-accomplished? attacks on Hillary Clinton “absurd.” Actually this is the best argument against HRC’s candidacy for president, although I can see why progressives are perplexed by this criticism. Libs’ minds are wired into whether people have the correct opinions and the right intentions. But of course no one cares if your trash collectors are Republicans or Democrats–you only care if that garbage is gone from your driveway once a week.

We’ve all worked with an office know-it-all, the person who can’t hack his own job but has plenty of ideas on how he can do a better job than his boss. All he–or she of course–needs is a promotion and the power to shine. On the rare occasion I’ve seen that complainer move up the ladder, the result was predictable, failure.

Because having great ideas and vision is only part of what is needed to be successful. You need to have skills to convince others that your course of action is the best–and to have patience to maintain alliances if initially confronted with failure. The concept of the philosopher-king is a myth.

Last week on MSNBC, Mark Halperin asked ten Iowa Democrats who are Hillary Clinton supporters to name one of her accomplishments while serving in the Obama administration. They couldn’t name any.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Seven years earlier on the same network, Chris Matthews asked a Texas state senator a similar question about Barack Obama–he was stumped too.

As for Obama’s record as president, we can look at a resurgent an anti-American Russia, the rise of ISIS, green energy failures, and a moribund economy. Obama’s biggest achievement is the still unpopular ObamaCare law–one that could be stripped down next month by the Supreme Court.

Americans: Do you really want four more years of an unaccomplished president? Can we afford it?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Welcome to IowaBy John Ruberry

The world was poised to stop nearly two hours ago when Hillary Clinton was supposed to announce on social media that she is running for president again. Perhaps she is trying to emulate Barack Obama’s well-known tardiness.

Now I am hearing the announcement will coming later this afternoon. The plan after that, or so I hear, is that the former secretary of state will travel to Iowa to hobnob in the Hawkeye State, the site of the first caucuses in 2016.

And Iowa, as it was in 2008, could be a stumbling block for Clinton. The Hillary apparatus blamed her third place finish on the lack of a ground-level network from Bill Clinton’s first run for the presidency in 1992. Native son Tom Harkin also ran and essentially swept the caucuses and went on to be ignored by voters everywhere else. The candidates who bested her in ’08, Barack Obama and John Edwards, were complete nobodies in 1992–and future president was less than a year out of law school in the winter of ’92. Yes, Obama was from neighboring Illinois, but HRC was born in Chicago and grew up two suburbs west of where I live in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Perhaps Hillary was the problem.

Retail politics, that is, up close campaigning with small groups of people, is what distinguishes the Iowa Caucuses from most other presidential contests. And Hillary Clinton sucks at it. This morning the NationalJournal’s Ron Fournier remarked on CNN that Iowans “have some doubts about her ability and her willingness to do the kind of retail politics that you have there.”

Guttenberg, Iowa
Blogger at Guttenberg, IA

Meanwhile potential candidates Jim Webb, a former Virginia senator, and Martin O’Malley, a former Maryland governor–if they decide to run–will be able to more effectively rub shoulders with Hawkeye State Democrats. But can they raise money?

And does Hillary Clinton even like Iowa? According to John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s Game Change, she doesn’t. Of the Iowa Caucuses system, she said, “This is so stupid.” She even complained about Iowa’s hotels and looked for reasons to stay elsewhere during the campaign.

In the beginning of the 1962 film The Music Man, which was set 50 years earlier, Harold Hill asks an Iowa passerby where he can find a decent inn, “Try the Palmer House in Chicago,” he snapped back.

Will Hillary accept that advice?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.