Summary: The campaign lurches along as a sequence of surprises that hide more of the same. Neither party learns from their mistakes. The Democrats’ convention in Philadelphia show their use of smears and professionally-run spectacles to avoid meeting the challenge posed by Trump’s issues. It might work in 2016. I doubt it will work as a long-term strategy.
The Democrats and their journalist fans report a remarkable convention in Philadelphia. The polls will show the public’s reaction. But there is another story competing for attention, and might overshadow the convention: Trump is an agent of Putin — rapidly mutating into the equally bizarre Trump committed treason story. These follow campaigns to convince us that Trump is Hitler, Trump is a fascist, Trump is an authoritarian, and Trump is a pervert. All flops, during which Trump has gained in the polls.
These demonstrate the desperation of Democrats, attempting to delegitimize Trump and avoid debate of his key issues: immigration, globalization, and populism. So they attempt to make Campaign 2016 a festival of smear and emotions. So far it is not working. It should not work.
More good news. If we avoid getting caught up in the excitement of clickbait news, we can look beneath the news and learn much. The Democrats’ and Republicans’ campaigns show their values and methods — telling us what we can expect from the winner. CounterPunch has provided much of the best campaign analysis, As in this look at Clinton…
By Jeffrey St. Clair at CounterPunch
The big news of the morning was the vindication of a ground-breaking story that Margaret Kidder wrote for CounterPunch several months ago. Buried inside the 20,000 DNC emails released by Wikileaks were documents confirming a tricky financial scam orchestrated by the DNC and the Clinton campaign, whereby money that was meant for state Democratic parties was re-routed to the Clinton machine in order to evade campaign finance laws, thus making a mockery of Hillary’s recent pledge to get the Big Money out of politics.
We published Kidder’s explosive piece on the first of April and it spread like lightning across the Net. …The Clinton machine shifted into attack mode, their default position. The Clinton trolls first started rumors that the story was an April Fools Day prank. When that attack floundered, the Clinton slime operation set their sights on the author. The article was written by Margot Kidder, the actress, they said with misogynistic condescension. You know, Lois Lane. You can’t trust her. She had mental health issues. So much for feminism. This kind of viciousness is standard operating procedure in Clintonworld.