September 14, 2016

Fox’s Stirewalt Observes What the Press Won’t Report: There’s Little Enthusiasm for Hillary

Recent Bloomberg polling in the presidential race is showing that Republican nominee Donald Trump is up by 5 points in Ohio, while the Denver Post reports that he is up by 2 points in Colorado. The latter state is one where the campaign of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made a big show of pulling their advertising in July. That was supposed to be an indication that Democrats thought that a win there was assured. Cynics can be forgiven for believing that it was a false signal of confidence for media consumption masking very deep concerns.

Wednesday morning on Fox News, Chris Stirewalt said what the establishment press won’t say about Mrs. Clinton: Democrats don’t like her — and further, she’s “a walking enthusiasm suppressant.” I’m sure that the dwindling number of people who trust the mainstream press, of which Fox is a non-member, will see what Stirewalt has said as biased and partisan. But the comeback question for those people is: Well, why has it been so hard for Mrs. Clinton to get people to show up at her rallies, while Trump rallies are so often standing-room-only affairs?

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (091416)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Phyllis Schlafly remembered as a pro-life inspiration

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington:

Sep 7, 2016 / 02:34 pm

The passing of author, commentator and political activist Phyllis Schlafly prompted some pro-life advocates to remember her leadership across decades of political involvement.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said Schlafly “inspired millions to the fight against abortion.”

“Phyllis is the reason the Republican Party is a pro-life party,” Hawkins said Sept. 5. “Phyllis will be missed yet her legacy will live on through my generation and in the young women who are fearless in the fight for the lives of the preborn and their mothers on their campuses and in their workplaces and communities.”

Schlafly, a Catholic, passed away at her St. Louis home on Monday at the age of 92.

The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis said it extended “prayerful condolences” to Schlafly’s family, saying that throughout her life she “displayed an ardent commitment to the teachings and defense of the Catholic faith and for which the Church is grateful.”

“We pray for repose of the soul of Mrs. Schlafly and for peace and consolation for her family during this difficult time,” the archdiocese said Sept. 7.

Schlafly was born in St. Louis on Aug. 15, 1924. She paid her way through college during World War II by working in an ordinance plant and test-firing machine guns, the Washington Post reports. After earning a master’s degree in political science from Radcliffe College in 1945, she worked at the Washington, D.C. organization that would become the American Enterprise Institute, then worked in St. Louis on a congressman’s reelection campaign and as a research director for local banks.

She married Fred Schlafly, a wealthy lawyer, in 1949 and became a volunteer and a political activist in the Republican Party. She is remembered for her role in ensuring that the Republican Party remained conservative on social issues during the 1960s and 70s.

Among her positions was researcher for U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, the anti-communist crusader. She authored or edited 20 books on topics like 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, national defense, and communism. She also attempted several runs for Congress.

Schlafly rose to prominence through her successful mobilization of opposition to the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which appeared likely to be ratified in early 1972.

She charged that the amendment’s strong prohibition of sex discrimination would lead to outcomes such as a constitutional right to abortion, drafting women into the military, mandatory co-ed bathrooms, gay marriage, and ending labor laws that protected women from dangerous workplaces.

The proposed amendment ultimately failed, with Schlafly’s campaign proving a decisive factor, according to analysts. …

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