Clinton picks Tim Kaine for vice president

Hillary Clinton picked former Virginia governor Tim Kaine as her running-mate.  She could have picked someone from the left wing of the Democratic party, so as to placate Bernie Sanders supporters, but instead she chose a widely-experienced government official with the reputation as a moderate.  Perhaps her strategy is to reach out to those, including Republicans, who are alarmed by Donald Trump.

What do you think of her choice?  Does this apparent move to the center calm any apprehensions you may have about her?  Does this seemingly responsible pick make her seem more like the adult in the room, compared to the volatile and inexperienced Trump?  Or is this a choice that could backfire?  Might it cause many progressive Democrats, already frustrated with the way she shot down Sanders,  to turn to Trump, given his populism and his “revolutionary” shakeup of the establishment? [Read more…]

Hillary Clinton let off the hook

The FBI director scolded Hillary Clinton for her illegal e-mail set-up and her careless handling of classified information.  But then he said that no charges would be filed against her.

“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information,” he said,  “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before deciding whether to bring charges.”  Of course they do.  And one factor for administration prosecutors is that the violator of the statutes is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. [Read more…]

Trump vs. Clinton on religious liberty

At Donald Trump’s conclave with evangelical leaders, he notably dodged the religious liberty questions.  That’s understandable, since Trump supports the LGTB cause , the source of the current efforts to punish Christians and Christian organizations for holding to their religious beliefs about sexual morality.

But surely Hillary Clinton would be worse than Trump on religious liberty issues, wouldn’t she?  Maggie Gallagher thinks otherwise, after the jump.  She argues that if Clinton is elected, Christians could oppose her from the base of a major political party.  But if Trump is elected, both parties would have abandoned the issues, and Christians would have no political advocates.  Do you agree with her reasoning?
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The FBI’s interrogation of Hillary Clinton

The FBI questioned Hillary Clinton for over three hours on Saturday about her private e-mail system and whether or not it put government secrets in jeopardy.  That means the FBI’s investigation is drawing to a close, and we should know soon whether or not the former Secretary of State will be indicted.

Chris Cilizza, who discusses the situation after the jump, notes that she does not have the 2,383 pledged delegates necessary for the Democratic presidential nomination.  She has 2,220, which means she will need the super-delegates to put her over the top.  An indictment would threaten her nomination.  Then again, if she isn’t indicted, that will hurt her politically also. [Read more…]

Hillary Clinton: more of the same, or much worse?

In a column in which he coins the useful term “Hillaryism,”  Charles Krauthammer says that Hillary Clinton is offering the status quo in a time when much of the general public is desperate for change.  Thus the popularity of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.  Clinton, though, offers nothing more than the old liberal bromides and a continuation of the Obama administration.  See Krauthammer’s argument after the jump.

I wonder, though.  Would a Clinton administration amount to a third term for Obama?  I don’t think it would.  She seems much tougher and meaner than he is.  Other countries would probably be less willing to cross her.  And I suspect she would be more willing than Obama to intervene someplace militarily to throw her weight around.

And a Clinton victory would seem to put the radical feminists, the pro-abortion fanatics, and the political correctness enforcers in charge of the whole country.

Her husband, you may recall, was considered a conservative or at least a moderate Democrat, ending welfare as we know it, supporting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, supporting the Defense of Marriage Act.  She is not.  Despite what those who are nostalgic for another Clinton administration assume, that being the last time they had money in their pockets, Hillary does not have the same ideology as Bill.  And she and her party have been pushed farther to the left by Bernie Sanders, whose mark will probably be seen in her vice presidential choice and the party platform.

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Clinton ad tries to woo Christians with pro-life imagery

Clinton’s SuperPAC is running an ad showing a disabled child, complete with parents talking about seeing her on ultra-sound and saying what a “blessing” she is in their lives.  The point of the ad, though, is not to make a case that you shouldn’t abort disabled infants in the womb, as is the common practice.  It is to attack Donald Trump for allegedly mocking the disabled when he made fun of a handicapped reporter.  Someone should ask Clinton if she believes in the pro-life message of her ad.  Also, which she considers worse, to mock the disabled or to abort them.

In the meantime, I suppose Christians should be glad that Clinton is trying to get their votes.  But I doubt that they will sway the ticket as much as Bernie Sanders has.

See the ad after the jump, along with a story about it.

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