Here’s a quick overview of the past week’s major political events:
Which Donald Trump is running for President?
Donald Trump’s biggest problem on the campaign trail is … Donald Trump, or, more precisely, all of the Donald Trumps of the past. As Politico reported this week, Donald Trump has an identity crisis of sorts. The real estate mogul was a Republican, then an Independent, then a Democrat, and now a Republican over the course of the last two decades. His party allegiance was not the only thing that changed over time; his policy positions on everything from taxes to gun control to food stamps have also evolved dramatically. Read more here: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/will-the-real-donald-trump-please-stand-up-120607.html
The RNC improved the debate format?
As we have reported over the past few months, the Fox News GOP presidential debate, scheduled for next Thursday evening, has a rigid set of criteria to determine which candidates may participate. The rules for the debate limit the number of candidates who will be on stage to just 10 (and for those who are keeping track, there are already 17 declared GOP candidates – so seven candidates will not be invited!). We have voiced criticism about the debate format and criteria. This week in a The Wall Street Journal op-ed, RNC communications director Sean Spicer explains the rationale behind changing the debate.
Spicer argues that the new debate format and schedule will provide the following benefits: predictability for candidates (a set schedule determined well in advance), a presence on conservative media outlets (Fox News, chiefly), and accessibility to voters in more states (the debates will take place in nine states).
Spicer’s op-ed is available here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-we-improved-the-gop-debates-1437949856
Hillary Clinton’s massive security breach.
Hillary Clinton and her campaign insist that her exclusive use of a personal email account during her time at Secretary of State never compromised national security or posed a security threat. The U.S. intelligence community strongly disagrees. As The Washington Times reported this week, U.S. intelligence officials have alerted Congress that her email account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information from spy agencies. Intelligence officials are now taking steps to contain the damage and minimize the harm to national security. This ongoing email scandal has eroded public opinion of Hillary Clinton and partially accounts for her low “favorability” numbers in the polls. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/30/hillary-clinton-emails-us-intelligence-preparing-m/?page=all
Hillary and Planned Parenthood: Perfect Together.
In other bad news for Hillary Clinton, Politico this week published a detailed analysis of her deep ties to Planned Parenthood. Over the past few weeks, news has leaked that the nation’s largest abortion provider company apparently was selling as “fetal tissue” human organs collected after performing abortions.
That puts Hillary Clinton in a tough spot. She has profited from her relationship with Planned Parenthood over the years. In 2000, Planned Parenthood’s PAC gave $8,000 to Clinton’s first Senate bid in New York. In 2008, the Planned Parenthood PAC donated over $1,800 to her first Presidential bid. As Politico notes, many of the biggest donors to Planned Parenthood’s PAC are also staunch Clinton supporters. Some of the same big-dollar donors behind Planned Parenthood were early supporters of the Ready For Hillary PAC in 2013, and many have already made the maximum campaign contribution of $2,700 to her primary campaign this year.
In addition to sharing donors, Planned Parenthood and Hillary Clinton also share consultants and advisers, including public relations specialists and pollsters.
In the wake of this shocking scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood’s apparent disregard for the federal laws prohibiting the sale of human body parts, Hillary is standing by Planned Parenthood, refusing to distance herself or her campaign from the country’s largest abortion provider. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/hillary-clinton-planned-parenthood-ties-120794.html
Below is this week’s trivia question.
Here’s the correct response to last week’s trivia question.
Question: Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham worked on George McGovern’s 1972 campaign for President. Which candidate for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination was the campaign manager of that 1972 McGovern campaign?
Answer: Gary Hart.
That’s all for this week. Keep fighting for freedom!
Jenny Beth Martin