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Kamala Harris In Freefall In Latest Poll

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During the CNN Democratic debate, one of the more shocking moments was the absolute thrashing that Tulsi Gabbard put on Kamala Harris regarding her real record as attorney general of California.

Gabbard pointed out Harris’ office slow-walking evidence and harsh enforcement policies that make up just some of the questionable tactics Harris endorsed in her career as a prosecutor. The gutting provided by Gabbard appears to have had a lasting effect on Harris: She’s tanking in the polls.

Harris has dropped twelve points in the polls, and it’s only going to get worse. Harris has two problems.

The first is what Gabbard hit her on: She’s a cop. She’s always been a cop. She will always be seen as a cop. What made people excited about committee hearings she was involved with was the fact that she was a prosecutor, a person whose goal is to get the opposition to say exactly what she wants them to say. If you go back and listen to her responses to Gabbard, she got caught in the same trap Chris Christie crushed Marco Rubio on in 2016 – the robotic talking points. She didn’t defend herself, but instead went back to what she was saying before the attack.

She couldn’t defend the attacks.

The second is much more dangerous for her: Attacking Joe Biden is an attack on Barack Obama. Harris has tried to hit Senator Joe Biden and not Vice President Joe Biden, but Biden has been clever enough to always refer back to his time with Obama to remind black voters he was Obama’s guy. If you attack Obama’s guy, you attack Obama, and that’s a major problem for Harris.

Harris could end up out of future debates if she doesn’t find a way to rehabilitate the image. She’s in trouble.

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Kamala collapse: CNN poll has Harris down to five percent

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This is an outlier but it ain’t *that* much of an outlier. No other survey tracked by RCP has had Harris as low as five percent nationally, but she’s been in single digits all month and has dipped as low as seven percent at least once. Her trajectory since the big surge after the first debate and the exchange with Joe Biden about busing has been a straight downward-sloping line, from a high of 15.2 percent in the RCP average on July 6 to 7.4 percent now.

That is, she’s lost more than half of her support in about six weeks. She’s actually lower in the polls now than she was all spring.

Maybe it doesn’t matter. If she engineered one big surge for herself with a great debate, presumably she can do it again. The counterpoint to that, though, is that as Democratic voters become more familiar with the candidates it becomes harder to make a strong impression on them with one standout moment on television. Harris surged after the first debate because, for many Dems, that was their very first look at her. What are they going to see at the next debate that they didn’t see at the last one, when Tulsi Gabbard gutted Harris for her record as California AG, to rehabilitate their opinion of Harris?

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She’s lost 12 points(!) since CNN’s June survey, more than two-thirds of her support at the time. Harris is now fourth among nonwhite voters, the group she’s hoping will propel her to the nomination, scarcely ahead of Beto O’Rourke. Remember when she sneered after the last debate that Gabbard attacked her because she’s a top-tier candidate and Gabbard isn’t? If CNN is right, not only is she no longer a top-tier candidate, it’s actually easy at the moment to imagine Gabbard passing her in national surveys, however briefly.

I confess, I don’t get it. As effective as Gabbard’s attack was, it wasn’t so devastating that it singlehandedly knocked 12 points off of Harris’s national support overnight. The ratings for the debate weren’t even that high, so how many Democratic voters even saw the exchange? Something more has caused people to lose interest. Does she need to go back to attacking Biden on racial issues? Figure out a position on health care and stick to it for more than eight seconds? I’m mystified.

This is a good poll for Grandpa Joe, who’s up seven points from the same June survey that showed Harris’s surge. Clearly some of the voters who momentarily abandoned him for her have drifted back into his column. Still, his lead seems fragile: The attacks on him have driven his favorable rating all the way down from 54/22 in January 2018 to 34/38 now, according to a new NBC poll. Media coverage of him has obsessed over his habit of misstatements and whether they prove that he’s, ahem, “lost a step,” with even some Democratic apparatchiks starting to fret about it. He hasn’t been attacked explicitly over his age yet but that’s doubtless going to come eventually from one or more of the younger candidates, as Dem voters are concerned about it. It’s too useful a weapon to leave it on the table.

In fact, if you believe YouGov’s numbers, likable ol’ Joe isn’t even the most popular Democrat in the race anymore:

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The sense one gets from the smart set is that Warren’s the real favorite in the race at this point despite Biden’s polling lead. Partly that’s because she’s the only candidate in the field whose support has grown steadily in the past three months and partly it’s because the most compelling reason to nominate Biden is out of his own control. He’s the electable one, we’re told repeatedly: His wife stressed that point in unusually stark terms while campaigning yesterday in New Hampshire (“You may like another candidate better, but you have to look at who is going to win”) and Biden himself stresses it in his new campaign ad below per the polling figures highlighted near the beginning of the spot. The thing about electability, though, is that it’s only true until it isn’t. If Warren continues to climb, perceptions of Biden’s electoral strength will disappear gradually; if she ends up pulling off a win or two in the early states, what’s left of those perceptions will disappear suddenly. And remember, she has yet to share a debate stage with Biden. Via the luck of the draw, they’ve ended up in separate groups for each of the first two debates. That’ll likely change next month and Dems will finally have a chance to size them up side by side. How will that work out for Sleepy Joe?

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WaPo: It’s not just Harris who’s hitting reverse on Medicare for All

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You’ve heard of buyer’s remorse, but now Democrats appear to have developed a case of Bernie remorse. After rushing to out-socialist Bernie Sanders by unquestioningly embracing Medicare for All, the Washington Post reports that presidential candidates have begun singing a different tune. Kamala Harris might be carrying the melody, but she’s getting a lot of harmony from the rest of the choir:

The Democratic senator from California is hardly alone. The idea of Medicare-for-all — a unified government health program that would take over the basic function of private insurance — became a liberal litmus test at the outset of the presidential campaign, distinguishing Democratic contenders who cast themselves as bold visionaries from more moderate pragmatists.

But in recent months, amid polling that shows concern among voters about ending private insurance, several of the Democratic hopefuls have shifted their positions or their tone, moderating full-throated endorsement of Medicare-for-all and adopting ideas for allowing private insurance in some form. …

This unmistakable, if sometimes subtle, shift in tone stems in part from Democrats’ fear of giving away a newfound advantage over Republicans on health care.

After the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, Republicans scored major political victories by vowing to repeal the initially unpopular law. But when the GOP seized control of Washington under President Trump and tried to follow through on those promises, they faced a powerful backlash from voters who’d come to rely on the ACA.

Now some Democrats warn of the perils for their party in taking a position that, to important groups of voters, could seem just as disruptive as the GOP’s push to kill the ACA.

No kidding. However, this isn’t about the ACA at all. ObamaCare customers are a relative drop in the bucket in the US population. The problems with Medicare for All are related to the 150 million or so people who get their insurance through their employers, and who have a relatively high level of satisfaction with their coverage. The disruption of that system would be massive, and Democrats are starting to belatedly recognize that it would be massively unpopular too.

Medicare for All wouldn’t be “just as disruptive as the GOP’s push to kill the ACA.” It would be orders of magnitude more disruptive. The fact that none of these candidates bothered to run the numbers before jumping on the Bernie bandwagon for this ridiculous proposal speaks volumes about their suitability for the nomination.

So who’s hitting reverse along with Harris? Cory Booker now wants to cast himself as a “pragmatist.” Kirsten Gillibrand, who co-sponsored Bernie’s bill, is now proposing a “public option” in ObamaCare instead. Even proud progressive Elizabeth Warren is “given herself wiggle room,” the Post reports, by talking about “a lot of different pathways” to get to Sanders’ overall goal — which is still, by the way, socialized medicine through Medicare for All.

In fact, Team Sanders is doubling down on wiping out all private insurance:

“The moment a person has to open their wallet to get health care in America is the moment that some people will be denied that right,” said Ari Rabin-Havt, chief of staff for Sanders’s campaign. “Anyone supporting plans that would leave millions without even basic coverage cannot claim to be standing for health care as a right.”

In the midterms, Democrats successfully ran on health care by portraying Republicans as the party that would strip health coverage away in its ObamaCare repeal. If Democrats stick with Medicare for All, imagine how powerful that message will be when Republicans apply it to Democrats, when it relates not to the 13 million or so direct ObamaCare customers but to 150 million working Americans. Their Bernie remorse is just getting started.

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New Poll Shows Trump In ‘Dead Heat’ With Biden, Sanders; Some Voters ‘Silently Agree’ With Specific Trump Policies

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A Zogby/Wall St. 24/7 poll released on Monday showed President Trump slightly ahead of the top 2020 Democratic hopefuls. The online poll, conducted August 9-12, surveyed 897 likely voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3.3%.

In a head-to-head race, Trump topped former Vice President Joe Biden by a margin of 46% to 45%. 9% were not sure.

Trump outperformed Biden among voters aged 65+ (56% to 40%), men (53% to 42%), independents (44% to 36%), small-city voters (47% to 43%), and suburban voters (45% to 44%).

Biden topped Trump among millennials (50% to 38%), women (48% to 39%), suburban women (50% to 35%), large-city voters (46% to 45%), African Americans (74% to 21%), and Hispanics (48% to 46%).

Although Biden won among Hispanics, 46% is an impressive number for a Republican candidate.

In a head-to-head race, Trump led Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) by a 45% to 44% margin, a statistical tie. 11% were not sure.

Sanders topped Trump with suburban women (45% to 36%), Hispanics (52% to 43%), African Americans (77% to 17%), Generation Z voters, those people born from 1995 to 2010 (66% for Sanders, Trump’s support was not available), medium-city voters (53% to 38%), and small-city voters (47% to 43%).

The two were tied among independents (39%), and large-city voters (46%).

In a head-to-head race, Trump topped Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) by a 44% to 42% margin. 14% were not sure.

Harris outperformed among millennials (51% to 32%), Generation Z (56% to 26%), Hispanics (58% to 34%), suburban women (46% to 37%), and interestingly, among all women (42% to 39%).

Trump led among independents (41% to 35%), men (50% to 41%), small-city voters (46% to 40%), and suburban voters (45% to 40%).

In a race against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Trump was ahead by a 45% to 43% margin. 13% were not sure.

The poll also showed Trump besting South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) by a 45% to 42% margin, with 14% unsure.

Perhaps the most interesting results concerned “silent” Trump supporters. Nearly half of those surveyed, 49% (22% strongly and 27% somewhat strongly), agreed with the following statement:

Even though I tell people I do not approve of Donald Trump, I personally agree with him on certain issues.

Zogby notes that the percentage of likely voters who believe they have to “silently” support Trump has increased to 49% from 40% in the last year.

There are many Democrats who do not support the far left platforms of the current field of 2020 candidates. For example, the majority of Americans oppose open borders, providing free medical care to illegals, late term abortions, and the Green New Deal. And some are afraid to voice their opinions.

I find the concept of silent support to be fascinating. The fact that it’s a serious question from a major pollster speaks volumes about the state of American politics. (Note: If any readers are interested in looking at the breakdown of where various groups and sub-groups stand in regard to silent support, please scroll down.)

This poll was last conducted in May and at that time, the President was trailing the top 2020 Democratic candidates. His position has improved considerably since then. He is now in a statistical dead heat with Biden and Sanders and is seen as narrowly defeating Warren, Harris and Buttiegieg. The poll found that Trump “has made in-roads with independents, suburban voters, urban men, and, urban parents” and has “increased support among his base — men, consumer blocs, older voters, and union voters.”

 

Zogby’s breakdown of poll results on silent support statement:

Most sub-groups who typically support the president were more agreeable to the idea of hiding their support Trump but there were some surprises among the demographics we surveyed.

The groups most likely to “strongly and somewhat” agree they privately support Trump on certain issues were: likely voters living in the East (56% at least somewhat agree/44% at least somewhat disagree). Likely voters living in the West were more disagreeable (45% at least somewhat agree/55% at least somewhat disagree).

Other groups who agreed they “silently” support the president included workers employed full time (55% agree/45% disagree), NASCAR fans (63% agree/37% disagree), union workers (63% agree/38% disagree), weekly Amazon shoppers (60% agree/40% disagree), weekly Walmart shoppers (56% agree/44% disagree), Hispanics (64% agree/36% disagree), NRA members (77% agree/23% disagree), investor class voters (60% agree/40% disagree), and self-identified creative class voters (57% agree/43% disagree).

There were differences in the level of agreement when it came to age, gender and where voters lived. A majority of millennials aged 18-29 (52% agree/48% disagree) agreed they support Trump on certain issues in private, while older voters aged 50-64 felt the opposite (43% agree/57% disagree). Men (54% agree/46% disagree) were more likely to feel compelled to hide their support for the president on certain issues than women (44% agree/56% disagree).

The sub-groups most likely to disagree with “silently” supporting Donald Trump were Democrats (69% disagree/31% agree), liberals (70% disagree/31% agree), voters divorced/widowed/separated (62% disagree/38% agree), and voters not in unions (53% disagree/47% agree).

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Hmmm: Why is Kamala Harris bailing on CNN’s September “Climate Crisis Town Hall”?

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It’s not the official DNC debate for September, but it’s a national platform nonetheless. CNN will hold a town hall in the first week of September to discuss the “climate crisis,” and all of the top-tier Democratic presidential hopefuls have committed to being on stage. All but one, that is, as CNN notes in its (understandably) buried lede:

Nine Democratic candidates for president have qualified for next month’s Climate Crisis Town Hall, which will air exclusively on CNN platforms, and eight of them have said they will participate.

CNN is devoting the evening of Sept. 4 to the climate crisis. Eight of the Democratic candidates have accepted CNN’s invitation to discuss this critically important issue: former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; and businessman Andrew Yang.

Citing a scheduling conflict, Sen. Kamala Harris of California declined CNN’s invitation.

scheduling conflict? What kind of event on Harris’ schedule eclipses a nationally televised event at which all of her main competitors for the nomination will be present? The only person in the field that might afford to coast past this event would be Joe Biden, whose polling numbers put him more than ten points over his closest competition. (Biden’s skipping a California Democratic Party forum this coming weekend, in fact.) In RealClearPolitics’ aggregation of national polling, Biden’s bounced back this summer to track above 30% while no one else tracks above 20%.

Meanwhile, Harris’ polling has been crumbling since she peaked after the first debate. She’s now fallen below 10% in her RCP average and is about to drop into the second tier, barely polling above Pete Buttigieg:

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Harris can’t afford to allow that decline to continue all the way to the official DNC debate in late September. She needs a game-changer, and it’s a sure bet that her flip-flop on Medicare for All isn’t going to help. So why won’t Harris make room to participate in a “climate crisis” town hall, where all that’s expected is bromides about how Donald Trump is killing the planet and each candidate will pledge not to be a Trump?

The answer might be in the curve above. Harris made the leap out of the second tier by using the first debate in late June to attack Joe Biden over busing, who was clearly unprepared for combat. In the days that followed, Harris blew the opportunity by shifting her own position on busing until it began looking suspiciously similar to Biden’s. In contrast to the strategic surprise Harris had in the first debate, Tulsi Gabbard had been attacking Harris over her sandbagging of Biden as a racist since the end of the first debate, and yet somehow Harris was completely taken off guard when Gabbard attacked in the second debate. Her decline began in earnest from that point and has accelerated since.

Harris has no choice but to attend the DNC debates. Dodging this one makes it look pretty clear that her team doesn’t have much confidence in her ability to handle even mildly hostile environments and sharp engagement in live television. If that’s the case, why is Harris running for president at all?

Addendum: CNN’s decision not to highlight Harris’ demurral is understandable because they have an interest in promoting their program. We’ll see if other news outlets focus more on Harris’ answer.

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Kamala Harris Says She’s Not Okay With the Bernie Sanders’ Healthcare Plan Co-Sponsored by Kamala Harris

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Yeah, you read the title correctly.

According to the Daily Caller, the 2020 presidential candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris recently said that she’s opposed to the healthcare plan put forth by fellow Democrat and 2020 competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders despite the fact that she herself co-sponsored it.

Harris noted during a series of fundraisers with wealthy donors in the Hamptons that she “has not been comfortable” with the Medicare-for-all plan despite putting her signature on it in 2018. Joining her signature is Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Corey Booker, 2020 candidates all.

This is yet another confusing turn from Harris, who seems to have a different answer to the health care question by the day. At one point, Harris said she wanted to eliminate private health insurance completely, but quickly walked that back when it proved to be unpopular. Then, once again, she endorsed the idea of getting rid of private insurance, even going so far as to endorse Sanders’ Medicare-for-all bill, but made it clear that she doesn’t want to walk back all private insurance despite it being in Sanders’ bill.

…which she co-sponsored.

…despite the fact that she’s apparently uncomfortable with it.

…even though it does exactly what she wants, give or take a longer timeline.

If you’re confused, don’t blame me. This is Harris’s doing.

What is likely going on is that Harris is caught between two types of voters. The moderate voters and wealthy donors who have private insurance they’d like to keep, and the radical base that has taken over her party which seeks to eliminate privatized anything. It’s not just you who’s confused, Harris seems to be too.

The more Harris tries to line up her messaging to embrace what’s popular, the more confused she becomes, but it does expose a fatal flaw in her as a politician. She’s not concerned about principle, she’s concerned about popularity. What she embraces today may be taboo tomorrow, and when it comes to the mob, what is taboo changes frequently.

Harris will soon find herself on the bad side of everyone and will see her approval numbers begin to freefall as a result.

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“I have not been comfortable with Bernie’s plan”: Kamala Harris inches away from Medicare for All

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Harris is so slippery on this topic that it’s hard to identify true shifts in her position versus “just get me through this moment” rhetorical idling. She co-sponsored Bernie’s Medicare for All bill in the Senate last year, hoping to protect her left flank ahead of a presidential run. When she and the other candidates were asked point-blank at one of the debates this summer whether they’d be comfortable eliminating all private health insurance — which is what Medicare for All means, don’tcha know — she raised her hand in favor. But those poll numbers are stubborn: Although Americans very much like the idea of a public option and are at least curious about MFA, they turn squeamish once you start nudging them about getting rid of private insurance plans.

And so, the day after the debate, she claimed that she’d misheard the question. Until late last month, before she rolled out her new plan, she was also prone to saying in interviews that her vision of Medicare for All *wouldn’t* mean the end of private insurance. Only when badgered by interviewers into explaining what that means would she admit that the only private insurance that would survive under her plan was “supplementary” coverage. Health coverage would in fact be monopolized by the government.

Oh, and unlike Bernie, at times she’s seemed to have no idea for how she’d pay for the program.

Trying to have it both ways has led to more than one awkward moment for her this year so maybe she’s decided not to do that anymore. Her polls are tanking, which seems like an opportune moment for a campaign reset on this issue. Did that moment arrive yesterday?

“I believe in capitalism, but capitalism is not working for most people,” Harris said on the patio steps of the Patricof house, looking out at a peach orchard among flower and herb beds. She said she recognized people who’ve become successful by working hard and following rules, but that the middle class needs help.

Harris again tried to clarify her stance on health care, a topic that tripped her up in the early Democratic debates. “I have not been comfortable with Bernie’s plan,” she said of Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal, and explained how a Harris administration would leave room for private insurance.

Once again: She co-sponsored Bernie’s plan. There’s not much to go on from those barebones quotes, although the explicit nod at capitalism (this was a fundraiser in the Hamptons, to be sure) is notable. But she was more emphatic in a chat with a WaPo reporter last week:

“People want choice.” She’s not wrong.

The way she’s going to “make this circle fit into a square” is — for the moment — with her new health-care plan, which she rolled out just three weeks ago. It’s Medicare for All but with two key tweaks: Private insurers wouldn’t be eliminated but would be allowed to offer the equivalent of “Medicare Advantage” plans; and, instead of paying for the program with middle-class tax hikes, Harris is somehow going to do it with taxes on Wall Street or something. The new plan lets Harris argue that she hasn’t entirely abandoned MFA while also letting her claim that her system will save the private health insurance plans that Americans seem to like so much.

But of course, it can’t. Private health insurers can’t compete with an institution like government that can afford to operate at a loss, especially in a system like Harris’s where the government is able to set the terms of what private insurers need to offer in their plans. Philip Klein:

In her vision, within 10 years, all Americans would transition into a government-run Medicare system. She would allow private companies to administer Medicare plans as they do currently within Medicare Advantage. But the more important question for individuals is not whether, a decade from now, they may be able to purchase a plan that is issued by a private company. The more relevant question is whether they will be able to keep the insurance that they’ve purchased either individually or through their employers, and under the revised Harris plan, the answer is no

Harris pitches a 10-year transition period, but the reality is that Americans are likely to see their employer coverage go away long before that. She would allow all Americans to “buy in” to Medicare immediately and promises that the new plan would, “cover all medically necessary services, including emergency room visits, doctor visits, vision, dental, hearing aids, mental health, and substance use disorder treatment, and comprehensive reproductive health care services.”

But the more generous the new plan promises to be, the faster that the employer-based insurance system will erode, as businesses decide to dump workers on the new government plan. So that means many people happy with their current plan would lose their coverage and have no choice but to enroll in the government plan well before the 10-year period comes up for the elimination of all employer insurance.

Your “choice” is between a “free” government plan and a very expensive private plan that covers all the same stuff, and since that’s not much of a choice, employers aren’t going to bother preserving it. Cheaper catastrophic coverage won’t be an option. And needless to say, Wall Street won’t remotely be able to pay for comprehensive coverage for the entire population by itself. Sanders’s plan at least has the virtue of admitting that the middle class will need to step up. Klein’s verdict on Harris’s plan is perfectly accurate: It’s “unserious.” It’s the sort of thing a candidate proposes when they’re not interested in actually solving a policy problem but very much interested in staying on the right side of all of the different constituencies to which they’re pandering in a primary. Medicare for All and some role for private insurance and a free lunch for the middle class? It checks every box, so that’s the Kamala Harris plan.

Which is very much in keeping with her primary strategy generally. Say what you need to win, worry about cleaning it up later.

The question raised by the new comments, though, is whether she’s still completely behind her new plan or whether she’s already begun to shift from that. Don’t put it past her: She’s so eager to find a sweet spot on health care, and so willing to keep repositioning to stay on the right side of voters, that she may have already begun to drift towards a public option a la Joe Biden as her endgame. That’s the health-care proposal that polls best among Democratic voters so that’s the one Harris naturally has her eye on. The more it seems like the left is unwinnable to her, the more tempted she’s going to be to drift towards the center and try to elbow past Biden as the centrist alternative to Sanders and Warren. I’d be surprised if her plan for health care hasn’t shifted again by New Year’s.

Here she is last week getting an earful.

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Politifact Ponders If Word Choice Even Matters While Refusing to Fact Check a Blatantly False Statement

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This is not a parody. This actually happened.

You may recall a few days ago when Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris (among others) were dinged for blatantly lying about the death of Michael Brown. They claimed it was the fifth anniversary of his “murder” even though multiple investigations found he attacked a police officer, tried to get his gun, and then charged the officer.

You’d think such an obvious lie would be gold for the media and fact-checkers. After all, they are just unbiased umpires calling balls and strikes, right? In reality, it only illicited a few mentions. Simply ignoring the statements even happened was the strategy of the day.

Then Politifact came along, smeared themselves in honey, and ran through the bear exhibit. BTW, if Politifact is “fact-checking” this article, that’s a joke. Politifact did not actually smear themselves in honey and run through a conglomerate of bears.

The article starts off by showing the two tweets by Warren and Harris, one of which I posted above. They then get into their analysis of the matter. Remember this is a “fact-checking” website.

After these tweets came out, PolitiFact heard from numerous readers who asked us to check whether Harris and Warren were correct in calling Brown’s death a “murder.”

There is no question that Wilson killed Brown, and there’s strong evidence that it was not accidental.

No one has claimed the shooting was an accident, so of course there’s strong evidence it wasn’t. It was a justifiable homicide. The officer had been attacked and then was being charged by Brown. Both the local and DOJ investigations found this to be what happened. There is zero evidence to the contrary.

In discussing the case with legal experts, however, we found broad consensus that “murder” was the wrong word to use — a legal point likely familiar to Harris, a longtime prosecutor, and Warren, a law professor.

Ok, so Warren and Harris lied. They get the pants of fire rating, correct? Nah, they chose not to even rate it.

Because the significance of Harris’ and Warrens’ use of the word is open to some dispute, we won’t be rating their tweets on the Truth-O-Meter.

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This is insanity. Every fact check includes some point of dispute. There is not actual factual dispute about what happened to Michael Brown. Just because some liberal professor says that the legal designations shouldn’t matter, that does not mean a lie ceases to become a lie.

Politifact ended with this quote.

“Focusing on the language opens up the opportunity for some to discredit the conversation about police brutality and the criminal justice system in general,” Leopold said.

What…?

If the facts of a case open up the opportunity to discredit a narrative, that means the narrative is suspect. It doesn’t mean you ignore the meaning of words and tacitly endorse the idea that word choice doesn’t matter.

While this article by Politifact isn’t a parody, it certainly reads like one. Politifact has never, ever given any Republican this kind of benefit of the doubt. We’ve seen some fact-checks of Republicans that defy all good faith analysis, with truthful claims being twisted to assign lesser ratings. Yet, here’s two top tier Democrat candidates for 2020 blatantly lying and Politifact won’t even rate their statements. It’s a double standard that’s incredibly obvious.

Laughably, Politifact claims that Elizabeth Warren is very honest, never rating one of her claims below a “half-truth.”

It’s easy to have that kind of record when Politifact refuses to fact check any knowingly false statement by Warren. The game is rigged in this case.

This is the kind of thing that kills faith in the media. If a supposed fact-checker can’t be trusted to ding a Democrat on such an obvious lie, no one will trust them on anything. This was a jump the shark moment and Politifact is still hurtling through the air, skis flailing about. For their sake, I hope they rethink this and put out a new fact check on this matter.

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Shocking: Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris Actually Get Fact Checked by MSM on Their Michael Brown Lies

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Earlier this week, I wrote about longtime journalist Brit Hume taking the mainstream media and Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris (CA) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) to task regarding the lies the two candidates for president tweeted Friday about the 5 year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown.

Here’s what Warren and Harris tweeted that set Hume off:

President Obama’s own Justice Department concluded that Brown was not “murdered” by Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson. The alleged “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative, which was turned into a rallying cry by social justice warriors and liberal commentators alike, was also determined to be false.

Hume corrected the Senators the same day the tweets were posted, but two days later he slammed the mainstream media for not bothering to fact check them:

In a shocker of all shockers, it sounds like a few people might have been paying attention, because on Monday, both the Washington Post and FactCheck.org put out pieces on Warren’s and Harris’s tweets, noting their claims were not true:

“Harris, Warren Wrong About Brown Shooting,” read a headline Monday from the non-profit website factcheck.org.

Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler on Monday also awarded both senators four pinocchios over their claims.

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… the fact-checkers said the evidence in the case contradicts the comments by Harris and Warren: Three months after the shooting, a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson. And in March of 2015, a report released by President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice found that Officer Darren Wilson most likely had reason to fear for his life and did not break the law when shooting Brown.

Even Vox.com, which is more openly left-wing than the Washington Post and FactCheck.org, wrote that Harris’s and Warren’s tweets about Brown were false, concluding:

Five years after the shooting, though, major presidential campaigns are still getting the details wrong.

As of this writing, neither tweet has been deleted.

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How Our Electoral College Brought Us Double Bacon-Wrapped Corn Dogs…And Why It Matters

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I was recently on Fox News having a discussion with host Steve Hilton about his visit to the Iowa State Fair. He’d just returned from there, having interviewed various Democratic presidential candidates and generally just enjoying the atmosphere. Steve is British (by way of Hungary) and had never been there. He talked enthusiastically about the welcoming nature of the crowd, the pleasant and very “American” atmosphere and of course, the double bacon-wrapped fried corn dogs.

He talked about those a lot. But can you blame him?

Tammy Bruce – another guest on the panel – pointed out that there is a reason the Iowa State Fair is so important and such a huge and necessary campaign stop for any presidential candidate. That reason is…

…the electoral college.

Her words started me thinking about how brilliant the electoral college system is and why we should value it. Unfortunately, the collective understanding of how the electoral college benefits us all is fading quickly. Trump’s win rocked some people so completely that there has been a renewed push to do away with the system in favor of a popular vote.

It seems like a good idea to some people on its face, but a popular vote would kill the vitality of an event like the Iowa State Fair. It doesn’t take a genius to know that the biggest voting populations are in just a few key cities – Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City, among a couple of others. However, life in a place like San Francisco is vastly different than life in rural Iowa, or even in urban Iowa.

There are more votes to court on the coasts. The electoral college system prevents on are of the country from permanently speaking for every other part of the country. On top of that, lazy politicians who would rather talk to only a certain type of voter are forced to get out and meet new voters. They have to find out what life is like in the rest of the nation. They have to talk to those people, get to know those people, and earn their trust.

The Kamala Harris’ of the world don’t stop and talk to the good people in “flyover” country without the electoral college. The Steve Hilton’s of the world don’t get the unrivaled delight of discovering a part of America that is so different from the coasts in so many ways and yet still so uniquely and attractively “American”.

Would the Iowa State Fair still exist without the electoral college? Of course, but it would not have any sort of national significance and would not be a part of our shared culture the way it is now. It certainly wouldn’t thrive the way it does now, and the people of Iowa would be some of the only people who knew or cared about it.

Gay people, Black people, Hispanic people, single mothers, aging seniors – all these groups live in places like Iowa too. Without the electoral college, their voices become irrelevant.

In America, the most important minority is the individual. The electoral college is yet another failsafe to protect the rights of the greatest minority.

You can hear me elaborate on my thoughts about the electoral college in this week’s episode of “Just Listen To Yourself”.

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