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Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most of the way to scary

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  • AndrewH,

    Yep, Trumps beyond the pale, Putin's evil, Hillary's the best we've got.. FFS, pathetic.:
    https://theintercept.com/2016/07/25/robert-kagan-and-other-neocons-back-hillary-clinton/

    Wellington • Since Nov 2008 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • AndrewH, in reply to AndrewH,

    probably just an accident.. I bet she doesn;t even want their support.. as if.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2008 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • AndrewH, in reply to AndrewH,

    Wellington • Since Nov 2008 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Johnson,

    She tried to put a health plan in place, she failed. But to do that was massive. She has massive potential.

    hamilton • Since Mar 2016 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Johnson,

    Congress always helps. You are trying to pass legislation in a gridlocked system at the moment. Without congress its crawl politics again, stagnation.

    hamilton • Since Mar 2016 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Very interesting assessment on the role of disability activism and changes over time at DNC. Lots more focus this time, including disabled speakers. Hillary Clinton apparently started her career by fighting to get disabled kids into school.
    http://www.vox.com/2016/7/27/12299686/disability-rights-spotlight-democratic-convention

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Very interesting assessment on the role of disability activism and changes over time at DNC. Lots more focus this time, including disabled speakers. Hillary Clinton apparently started her career by fighting to get disabled kids into school.

    I was wondering last night whether there has ever been this kind of visibility for disability issues at a convention. It's remarkable.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    Donald Trump has to outsource hacking his political enemies to Russia because he is not yet in charge of the country. Bring those jobs back to America by electing Donald president.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1443 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to David Hood,

    Bring those jobs back to America by electing Donald president.

    In the meantime, Trump has pissed off the GOP again by going off message, encouraging Russia to hack Clinton’s personal server and release whatever they find there. The man's seriously unhinged.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1386 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Alfie,

    In the meantime, Trump has pissed off the GOP again by going off message, encouraging Russia to hack Clinton’s personal server and release whatever they find there. The man's seriously unhinged.

    But can you imagine the GOP's response if a Clinton did it?

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Pretty amazing speech by Obama. His words and delivery are so good. Such good theatre too. At the end Hillary came on the stage for an endorsing hug.
    Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had such orators among our political leaders.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had such orators among our political leaders.

    You tend to get tall-poppied to death anytime you demonstrate extraordinary speaking skills in NZ.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to nzlemming,

    But can you imagine the GOP’s response if a Clinton did it?

    A presidential candidate encouraging a foreign power to conduct and act of espionage against his political opponent? They’d be shouting "treason" from the rooftops and bringing out their assault rifles.

    The Independent reckons Trump is flirting with electoral disaster, the GOP is backpedalling as fast as they can, and the New York Times is scathing.

    If Mr. Trump is serious in his call for Russian hacking or exposing Mrs. Clinton’s emails, he would be urging a power often hostile to the United States to violate American law by breaking into a private computer network. He would also be contradicting the Republican platform, adopted last week in Cleveland, saying that cyberespionage “will not be tolerated,” and promising to “respond in kind and in greater magnitude” to all Chinese and Russian cyberattacks.

    It's also emerged that Trump has ripped off the slightly sick-making ‘USA Freedom Kids’ dance group which opened his early rallies. They're threatening a law suit against Trump. Join the queue, kids.

    And a quick aside to the DNC… here’s the US Green Party’s Presidential candidate Jill Stein destroying some dim-witted Fox News interviewers with commentary from The Humanist Report. (Link via The Standard).

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1386 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Woh.

    Somebody's going to need a new arsehole...

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    We're going to need a bigger bucket of popcorn...

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to nzlemming,

    Solid speech.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10633 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to BenWilson,

    Yup. Never liked him much but I give him props for that one. Still, I'd have thought, after 12 years running New York, he'd be a little more comfortable with the teleprompter. But maybe that's what gave it authenticity.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Bwahaha! Actual LOL

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Riding shirtless on a horse with his buddy Vlad, perhaps.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10633 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to BenWilson,

    Riding shirtless on a horse with his buddy Vlad, perhaps.

    The Australian Financial Review's David Rowe has done a nice take on that.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Lots of disability rights talk in Hillary's speech. It's not patronising either. Caring is not enough, you need activism as well, seems to be her message. OK with me. And I never though I would will ever hear a chant of HI LA RIE

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Obama's speech was also very good.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Wonderful speech by Michelle Obama. I wish she was standing.

    Me too! But hey, if it works for "ex First Lady" Hillary, maybe Michelle will follow at a later date??

    I'm not exactly down with political nepotism, or pseudo monarchy, (Bush, Kennedy, etc.) but if the person has talent... I don't see why not...

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 887 posts Report Reply

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