- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

“Never, ever, ever in my life have I seen any transaction so incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran. I mean, never. They rip us off, they take our money, they make us look like fools. Then they’re back to who they really are. They don’t want Israel to survive. They won’t let Israel survive.”

Donald Trump to an estimated crowd of 2,000 during the Stop the Iran Deal Rally at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

SAME OLD SAME OLD

“Saying that she is eager to present herself in a more likable way, Hillary Rodham Clinton said today that she has been ‘naive and dumb’ about national politics. She said that she is sometimes shocked by the harsh way she comes across in news reports — as a woman that she herself would not particularly want to know.” And so writes The New York Times.

In 1995.

“Hillary’s quest for a ‘softer image’ has been going on for at least 20 years now,” tweeted conservative culture critic Will Antonin, who spotted this bit of old history.


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And so it continues. Mrs. Clinton still seeks her own reinvention in the towering and trite age of personal branding, with “Humor and spontaneity,” according to CNN. Yes, well. It’s tricky. The Republican National Committee points out that the Democratic front-runner’s carefully crafted public “apology” for her use of the dreaded private email system at the State Department was “the byproduct of an intense round of focus grouping — not remorse for putting our national security at risk.” This phenomenon has been newly revealed by, yes, The New York Times. Perhaps the only way for a public figure to appear authentic is to simply be authentic, but that’s another story. Meanwhile, the pesky email matter remains complicated. And expensive.

“The U.S. State Department plans to move about 50 workers into temporary jobs to bolster the office sifting through Hillary Clinton’s emails and grappling with a vast backlog of other requests for information to be declassified, officials said on Tuesday. The move illustrates the huge administrative burden caused by Clinton’s decision to use a private email address for official communications as secretary of state and a judge’s ruling in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that they be released,” reports Reuters foreign policy correspondent Arshad Mohammed.

This is in addition to the 20 permanent, and 30 part-time workers called in to pore over the monthly, court-ordered release of Mrs. Clinton emails, he notes.

BIDEN HIS TIME

Will Vice President Joseph R. Biden reveal his 2016 intentions during an appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show” on Thursday evening? Maybe, maybe not. Regardless of his decision, Mr. Biden has built-in fans and a motivation, says one learned observer.

“A lot of Democrats are looking for a Plan B. Biden is that Plan B. He is authentic, as opposed to Secretary Clinton, who is a very scripted candidate who sometimes comes across as cold and arrogant. Biden is seen as more likeable, warm, friendly and authentic. He says what he thinks, and this year in particular, that seems to be what voters are looking for,” says James Campbell, a political science professor at the University at Buffalo.

“Biden is an effusive guy, and he has commitments to the Democratic and Obama agenda. My guess is that he sees a duty to run, regardless of the personal hardships that running might create,” the professor notes.

NETWORKS OMIT SANDERS’ SOCIALISM

The big three networks — NBC, ABC and CBS — shy away from calling Sen. Bernard Sanders a socialist, though he acknowledges it himself from time to time. The last time socialism and the Vermont independent were mentioned in the same sentence was July 3, on NBC Nightly News, according to Alatheia Larsen, an exacting analyst who reviewed the broadcast coverage for Newsbusters.org, a conservative watchdog. The last time CBS mentioned it was May 26, she found.

“Of the three evening news programs, ABC World News was the worst. In the past five years of reporting, ABC World News never called Sanders socialist,” Ms. Larsen observes.

WEARABLE

“Think smart. Think Carson. It’s not brain surgery.”

— Motto from Republican hopeful Ben Carson’s official line of t-shirts, available in his brand new campaign store at BenCarson.com.

TENACIOUS MR. JINDAL

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has spent considerable time in Iowa lately in his quest for the White House, and is soon to return. But on Thursday Mr. Jindal will be in the nation’s capital. The Republican hopeful will be at the National Press Club to talk over the 2016 race, his views, his policy and myriad issues. C-SPAN will cover his talk at 10:30 a.m. ET.

“A two-term governor and former member of Congress, Jindal is one of more than a dozen Republican candidates seeking his party’s nomination for President. A former Rhodes scholar, Jindal describes himself as ‘an outspoken voice for integrity and conservatism in American politics,’” the organizers advise.

DAVID GREGORY RE-EMERGES

His exit as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” was sudden and indecorous. The Sunday morning show — which also happens to be the longest running show on TV — has gone through a number of changes since his departure, including a struggle with ratings. But that is all behind David Gregory now. He has a new memoir arriving Tuesday titled “How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey.” The author based the title on a question George W. Bush once asked him when both were in the White House — the former as a newsman, the latter as president.

“How’s your faith?” Mr. Bush once asked Mr. Gregory, and a future title was born. But memories of his sudden dismissal from NBC just 14 months ago linger, however.

“It was unpleasant. Things happen in television news it’s a tough business. It was handled in a way that was unnecessary,” Mr. Gregory told rival network CBS on Wednesday. “NBC made a business decision, which you can agree with or disagree with. But it just didn’t need to be handled that way. The process of it was difficult. Rather than get into the all the nastiness of it, I just try to internalize what I can take away from it, what I could have done better, in terms of how I treated people — so that people might have been rooting for me a little more, at NBC and in the broader community,” Mr. Gregory told CBS.

He later added, “I don’t miss NBC. I don’t miss being there.”

POLL DU JOUR

67 percent of Americans say the large amount of U.S. debt held by China is a “very serious” problem; 77 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of independents and 60 percent of Democrats agree.

60 percent overall say loss of U.S. jobs to China is a very serious problem; 67 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of independents and 57 percent of Democrats agree.

54 percent overall say cyberattacks from China are a very serious problem; 65 percent of Republicans, 52 percent of independents and 49 percent of Democrats agree.

54 percent overall have an unfavorable opinion of China; 63 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 50 percent of Democrats agree.

52 percent overall say the U.S. trade deficit with China is a very serious problem; 59 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of independents and 57 percent of Democrats agree.

47 percent overall say China’s growing military strength is a serious problem; 56 percent of Republicans, 45 percent of independents and 44 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Pew Research Center poll of 1,003 U.S. adults conducted April 13-May 3 and released Wednesday.

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