Presidential Campaign and Football Season Start




By Stephen Frank

In the matter of a few days, two of the greatest truly American sports started their season. On August 9 the Minnesota Vikings played the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game. On August 6 Fox and Facebook sponsored the first Presidential debate of the primary season. Note that I do not call it the first Republican debate of the primary season, just the first debate of the season. It looks like Hillary Clinton will not debate Senator Bernie Sanders, former Governor O’Malley or former Senator Webb—all credible Democrat candidates for President. The first Democrat debate will happen in mid-october—with lots of Democrats demanding more debates.

We saw Fox try to take apart Donald Trump, by just asking sensible questions. In a debate everybody would be asking Hillary to explain her emails, Benghazi and the long list of corruption, mismanagement and blind support of failed Obama policies. Remember her saying she reset the button with Russia—that was before Putin invaded the Ukraine or started negotiations to sells arms to Iran, now that Obama has given them $150 billion to spend on terrorism.

The 72 year old Vice President, Joe Biden, nicknamed “The gaffer”, is considering running. In just one month the Clinton support in the Democrat Party went from 61% to 51%. It is now around 44%. Then a Federal Judge announced he would demand Hillary and her top two aides to appear in his court to answer charges on the deleting of her emails—and why her attorney has a thumb drive with all her emails, including those that are Top Secret—and why the thumb drive was not given to the Court as ordered. While the State Department was “unable” to retrieve the deleted emails, the FBI appears to have had NO problem in retrieving all of her emails.

Then you have Senator Sanders—a self pro-claimed Socialist booed in Seattle and forced NOT to speak. Why? Because #blacklivesmatter shouted him down—because he is white! How racist is this group that Obama refuses to denounce? Former Governor O’Malley gave a speech in which he said , “all Lives matter”. The radical group shouted him down—he was forced to say ONLY black lives matter. Is that racist? If a Republican former Governor said only white lives mattered—he would be tarred, feathered and forced to live like the Count of Monte Crisco. Bigotry is running rampant, and openly, in the Democrat Party base.

On the Republican side one thing is clear. Almost all the candidates could immediately step in as President and do a credible to great job. Only Donald Trump is the question mark. While being outspoken and challenging to the Establishment is a good thing, his attitude toward people and name calling makes him look small. Calling Megyn Kelley “an idiot” (though he has publicly called lots of people idiots) is just out of line. He is to the Republican Party what Obama is to the Democrat Party—both used bad language, name call their opponents and can not explain their position on issues—Trump by not having plans, Obama by having plans that make matters worse (just ask the black community about the devastation of jobs and quality of life under Barack).

Then you have Jeb Bush and his “dynasty” problem. His performance in the debate was worthy of a “gentlemans C”. Not inspiring, little energy, plodding is the best word.

Cruz, Rubio, Carson and Fiorina all showed energy, ideas and an ability to connect to the largest audience in the history of primary debates—24 million people watched. Zero people will watch a Democrat debate—since there will not be one. If a debate occurs, that will be because Hillary knows she is losing and will try a “Hail Mary” to get back into the game.

The first four GOP candidates receive a total of 55% of the vote. All of these are running as outsiders, non-establishment, tell it like it is candidates. Three of the four never held public office. That is a very telling number. On the Democrat side, Sanders is running as an outsider, anti-establishment, and he could win both Iowa and New Hampshire.

The American public no longer trusts Washington or those tied to it. The 2016 election could be the year the voters say no to Washington and yes to honesty, ethics and limited government. This could be a truly “transformative” election.

Carly with the 'Big Boys' Photo Credit: Mark Langsum

Photo Credit: Mark Langsum


Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant.

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