Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Sep. 4, 2016

By Marc Platt

Tim Kaine simply and correctly explained to Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week" (Sunday 9/4/16) the situation about Hillary Clinton's "misuse" of classified emails. He was clear as a bell, but Raddatz just glossed over it. This is what has been happening for over a year.

Let me give it yet another try. I have been saying the same thing for over a year, because I HAVE PAID ATTENTION when she explained it. The American media and public are having a problem understanding what is a very simple explanation.

When emails are sent to someone that "Are not properly marked" as classified, but contain a sentence or a paragraph that "ARE MARKED" within the contents of the email then the receiver is "Mishandling sensitive and classified information."

It still does not excuse HRC for setting up the private server out of "Convenience," or excuse the fact that she was "Careless" with sensitive information.

But I feel it is important to clarify exactly what she did as Secretary of State.

If she were not running for President...NO ONE WOULD GIVE A CRAP.

Does this make sense to you?

Sep. 1, 2016
By Marc Platt
I grabbed this from John McCain's Youtube Ad...I see a VERY interesting strategy about to happen nationwide and McCain will help lead the way: "My opponent, Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, is a good person. But if Hillary Clinton is elected president, Arizona will need a Senator who will act as a check - not a rubber stamp."
The GOP is about to start running away from Trump. This is just the beginning of a tidal wave.
Think about it. Why would moderate Republicans embrace what I call "Political Ebola." Rachel Maddow used a very good analogy of the current GOP on 8/31. She compared this GOP to the defunct Whig Party (Lincoln was originally a Whig). That party was "Nativist" just like the current Trump wing. It is possible that the current GOP could go the way of the Whigs, unless the institutionalists like McConnell, McCain and Graham talk some sense into the rest of the less wacko part of their party.
Paul Ryan seems to lack the political acumen of his predecessor John Boehner. Boehner could be a total hack at times, but he rose through the ranks playing the GOP institution card for decades. He got out at the right time and may be looked back at with something more than the obstructionist label Ryan and McConnell will be left with when history is written.
McCain will surely have a dogfight keeping his senate seat, especially seeing "Minimum Wage" and "Pot Legalization" will be on the Arizona ballots in November. There will be a lot of Democrats coming out of the woodwork to vote for those measures. Will McCain EMBRACE the "Minimum Wage" hike? Trump is against it.
John McCain has EVERY reason to completely dump Trump at this point. I know Arizona is a red state, but it is in play and he must play to his "Maverick" label.
Let us see if his fellow Republicans start to steer clear of The Donald.
Aug. 29, 2016

By Marc Platt

If I were Hillary's campaign I would make these changes...

1. I would do weekly press conferences all the way to the election.
2. I would have reporters on her plane until November. Complete transparency.
3. Release all her medical records just like she did her taxes.
4. Release her emails (if possible) and her paid speech transcripts.
I would do all that and not utter a peep about what Trump releases, or doesn't release. The media and the public will do the rest.
HRC could put this election away and go into January with no unanswered questions. She could hit the ground running and start to govern.
Yes I know there will be things that are unpleasant in some of those items, but it will all be out there and she can change a very important narrative of "Non Transparency."
She could turn the "Different Set of Rules" narrative on its ear. We already know that she is an "Establishment Candidate."
I'll take it one step further. When Donald Trump says "She's for amnesty and sanctuary cities," Hillary Clinton should say "Yes Donald you are right. That is exactly what I am for." She can mention how her policy positions have been out there for many months.
When Trump accuses her of something, she can illuminate exactly what he is accusing her of and say what she really means. Trump will NOT KNOW how to deal with her correctly identifying their differences in a debate.
Aug. 24, 2016
By Marc Platt
This is no ordinary political cycle.
There is no respect among the candidates, voters, pundits, networks and mainstream media. We used to have something called decorum. With the rise of the Trump Movement, it is all out the window.
I can't remember a candidate calling his opponent "A Criminal" never ever in my lifetime. My first recollections of US Presidents is LBJ. I was a little kid, but people didn't call each other names.
This stuff really began during Dubya's rein of "Swiftboating" and dirty tricks. The 2000 GOP Primary included Karl Rove's "Whisper Campaign" in which he led media types to think that John McCain had an illegitimate black daughter. This story was fabricated and ruined McCain's bid for that year's nomination.
Rove continued the next cycle with the false narrative of John Kerry's military service. This is really gruesome politics.
Now we get The Donald and his Twitter, Race-Baiting, Fear-mongering degradation of decency. He calls the Clintons "Criminals" and gets away with it.
This man will not release his tax records, yet insists that Hillary Clinton release her medical records for the Republican's ridiculous claim that she has health issues that would keep her from executing her duties as President.
It has come to this. A no holds bar free for all for an office Trump doesn't even want. This man has NO INTENTION of governing. He would actually have to work for a living.
I have been saying this since August of 2015 when I realized he was never going to run the type of campaign that would actually get into the weeds and go door to door if necessary to get votes.
He won't speak in front of racially diverse groups. The African American, Asians, Latinos and Women seem to hate him as voting blocks. This is an obvious NO GO people.
Donald Trump don't need no stinking badges.
Aug. 13, 2016

By Marc Platt

I have personally taken a lot of heat by taking the stand since last August (2015) that Mr. Trump had no intention of actually doing the job as your next US President. I have written thousands of words explaining that is has all been a sham for his own purposes. Those purposes are known only to him at this point, but I stick with my prognostication and it seems to be true. Most of the world now thinks he is trying to lose.

Maybe we ought to focus on Hillary Rodham Clinton and her likely management style as #45.

Clinton is a workaholic and policy wonk. She gets things done, just ask the many Republican US Senators she worked hand in hand with during her time in the Senate. Ask those same men and women how she helped rebuild New York after 9/11.

She will be able to work with congress. They already like her. Yes they take blowhard stances during election season, but at the end of the day even a right wing zealot like R-Iowa Steve King (one of Trump's biggest establishment supporters) said he could "Work with a President Hillary Clinton." That is saying a lot. Iowa is a state that she may well take in the November election.

As much as I respect President Obama, I am certain the government will function better as a whole with Hillary Clinton. He has been an incredible Chief Executive, but not a good handler of politicians in a personal way. Hillary Clinton is one of the guys. She hangs out with them. She will make deals and they will play ball.

Obama was a political interloper in the mostly-white elitist political beltway. His blackness was always going to be an issue with southerners like Mitch McConnell, who think Obama is snooty and un-deserving of the respect that his office should automatically afford him. This is the main reason I think McConnell is a piece of crap. By not granting President Obama his rightful Supreme Court candidate even a hearing is a national disgrace.

Obama will go down as one of our greatest presidents, but his lack of experience and race made it impossible for political insiders to ever accept him into the club.

Hillary has been there for decades and despite the outward hatred by the right-winged media creature from the Blue Lagoon and the Republican establishment, they know the Clintons will play ball and make deals. This is how the government really works.

We always hear the right complain how Democrats are big spenders, when it is they who get us into these senseless wars and put it on a credit card. Democrats have been pussies for too long when it comes to pointing this fact out. The gloves need to come off and Democrats need to hit them harder on their lack of grace and weak social policies. Hillary Clinton will shame them into doing the right thing.

It is the Democrats who have taken the old Republican playbook of "American Exceptialism" and made it their own this 2016 cycle.

Believe it or not my friends, next January, for the first time since Bill Clinton left office it will return to the old school business as usual. Of course, we will only hear in the media how hated HRC and her family is, but she will restore order politically and they will get shit done.

This Clinton administration will be more progressive than the last one. Bernie and Liz are going to keep close tabs on Madam President. Bill will have to be on his best behavior this time. You will see Chelsea step up and probably take some political post at some point during HRC's administration.

As for Trump, he will go back to doing Comedy Central Celebrity Roasts or whatever else will keep him in the spotlight.

In the end Donald J. Trump did everything possible to get Hillary Clinton elected by his ineptness as a general election candidate...So... A toast to Donald Trump...He DID "Make America Great Again."