This morning, Trump held a press conference in Florida, primarily to respond to several story's in the media which he felt were reported unfairly.
Most impressive was that for over an hour, he handled reporter’s questions quite well, speaking without notes while handling himself in a totally professional manner. Fully acknowledging that the press corps he faced was ordinarily hostile to him, favoring his rival, he nonetheless took every opportunity to disparage her, frequently calling her “crooked Hillary.”
What came through most strongly, however, is his level of knowledge about the subjects he was pressed upon by the reporters present. From terrorism, to illegal immigration, to the economy, taxes, student loans, college tuition, Obamacare, and particularly the NATO alliance, he was well-versed, fielding questions smoothly and confidently, including obvious attempts to trip, unnerve or upset him.
Following the conference, Fox host Stuart Varney Republican and strategist Karl Rove agreed that neither had ever seen a candidate of either party expose themselves in that kind of forum. Democrat consultant, Doug Schoen, who worked for Bill Clinton, opined that Trump's knowledge and ease with the press suggested some tough road lies ahead for Bill’s wife.
Further problems for the Democrat candidate are seen @realclearpolitics.com, where yesterday's LA Times/USC poll results show Trump at 47%, with Clinton behind by 7 at 40%.
In Missouri a KSDK-TV/SurveyUSA shows Trump with 47%, but Clinton at only 37%, a full 10 point difference.
Even worse for Bill’s wife are results from Fort Hays St. University in Kansa where Trump leads 44% to 27%, equaling a 17% lead for him.
Much of Trump’s surge is being credited to voter disgust with tactics employed by the Democratic National Committee, disclosed by the release of nearly 20,000 emails stolen from them by suspected Russian hackers.
In that regard, the situation may grow even worse, whereas according to Matthew Chance @cnn.com: “Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said Tuesday his whistleblowing website might release "a lot more material" relevant to the US electoral campaign.”
Next, a friend sent this one.
Bringing us to today’s update on Bill Clinton’s wife.
Michael Goodwin @nypost.com, presented a concise and accurate summation of Bill’s convention role last night.
Titling his article: “Bill’s desperate bid to humanize Hillary shows fear she might lose,” Mr. Goodwin includes several paragraphs describing the predicament faced by Bill’s wife at present.
Mr. Goodwin writes: “The details were charming in a routine way, but the whole exercise had a bizarre quality. Hours after she became the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party, America had to be reminded that she was both ordinary and extraordinary at the same time.
“The only possible reason is that the Clintons’ jubilation is mixed with fear. The polls are telling a terrifying story — Donald Trump really could win.
“One of the reasons is the rising tide of Americans who don’t trust Hillary, a full 68 percent in a recent survey. It is a trend that is potentially fatal to her quest. Hence the desperate bid to humanize her, to make her more trustworthy by telling people why they should admire her.
“It might work, but only if Bill Clinton is a miracle worker. Hillary earned her reputation for distrust over those 25 years, and there’s no easy way, or maybe no way at all, to make it go away.”
And that summation describes the situation perfectly, whereas two things are occurring simultaneously in Bill’s wife’s campaign, both of them patently negative.
For newer voters, other than holding several prestigious offices, Bill’s wife has no accomplishments to support her worthiness while evidence of distrustfulness and incompetence are rampant. And then, those familiar with her career over time are well aware of her continually suspect and illicit behavior. All of which is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for Bill to overcome in a convention speech no matter how beloved he himself has become.
It also raises the ongoing question again: Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, and Starbucks chairman and CEO, Howard Schultz; are you guys reading this?
That’s it for today folks.