Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

May. 14, 2016

By Marc  Platt

There will be a lot of speculation over the spring and early summer until Hillary Clinton names her running mate.

I will make my case for progressive Democrat Minnesota US Senator Al Franken.

1. Franken is "Ready For Hillary" and has worked well in the US Senate with fellow progressives Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. He can also work with Republicans, just like current VP Joe Biden did for decades in the senate.

2. Bill Clinton chose Tennessee Senator Al Gore to be his VP. That gives us a glimpse into the way the Clintons thing about governance. Franken would give Hillary Clinton a front row seat into a US Senate that could likely go blue in the fall. Franken is known as a sharp-witted progressive who can play ball with everyone.

3. Franken is NOT a camera whore. He has done relatively few interviews during his time in the US Senate. 

4. He knows show business like the back of his hand and could defuse Donald Trump throughout the fall campaign. Franken will utterly frustrate Trump on the stump and should be able to keep him busy as the Democrats serve a huge can of whoopass on these amateurs.

5. This is where is gets a little complex, but hang with me...Bernie Sanders will want some concessions in order to get his full support. You have been hearing stories of "Platform Policies" etc...The Democratic Platform is a useless document. Hillary Clinton can give Sanders something much more valuable. A running mate with progressive bonafides. 

Once Franken becomes US Vice President, he will have to be replaced in the senate by his DEMOCRATIC Governor Mark Dayton. Hmm. Who would replace Franken? How about Progressive Bernie Sanders supporter and Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison? That would make Bernie pretty happy, right?

If you are thinking Sherrod Brown, you would run into Republican Governor John Kasich who would be able to apoint any one of three Democrats put up for the seat. Cory Booker from New Jersey..Ahem...Chris Christie is (for now) the Republican governor.

I am using Hillary Clinton's past associations as a springboard for my thinking. There is no doubt in my mind that Hillary had something to do with the selection of Senator Al Gore in 1992 as her husband's running mate. I would think she would stick with a similar formula in 2016 in a Democratic Party that has been driven to the far left by Bernie Sanders.

Al Franken is the logical choice. The question is whether Senator Franken WANTS the job.


May. 12, 2016

By Marc Platt

In 2004 the George W. Bush campaign decided to embrace the Latino voters earlier in the primary season. That was a fortuitous decision as they were able to correctly target voters (47%) would would help them squeek by John Kerry in the later general election. Of course, they used their old dirty tricks like "Swiftboating" and other election-defining tactics to overcome their natural deficits in GOP voters to win that election.

In 2007-8 Barack Obama had a team that included many young and seasoned political advisors who were able to build on what the Bush team had done. Obama's election organization used metrics to target districts, neighborhoods and even homes that were friendly to THEIR message and cause.

Obama's team took these new metrics and absolutely crushed John McCain and then Mitt Romney in the next two presidential elections.

Donald Trump has decided to scorn those tatcics for his campaign. Trump has said that he is doing everything right with his message and really doesn't need to use the current campaign-styles to beat Hillary Clinton in the fall.

This tells me he doesn't truly believe he can win this election. He is not a stupid man.

The fact that he is projected to have a record-breaking 12 million GOP primary votes does NOT translate to a general election win.

Mitt Romney received over 59 million votes in 2012 in the general election and got CRUSHED by Obama.

The fact that Latins, Asians, African Americans and women view Trump with disdain may get him 45-50 million votes and lose the senate and the house to the Democrats. There are gleeful Democratic down-ballot campaigns starting to run ads AGAINST Trump to get their senate and house candidates elected. The GOP candidates in those downballot races are being forced to line up against Donald J. Trump.

We are talking "TITANIC"-like results for the GOP. This is going to be quite a show, but it will come down to basic math when is all said and done and the math is on the Democrat's side.

I predict Hillary Clinton wins by 150 (or more) electoral votes and the US Senate returns to the Dems. The House of Representatives will stay red, but not by much.

Apr. 28, 2016
By Marc Platt
Rachel Maddow correctly pointed out last night (April 27)a very important point about Donald Trump's "Foreign Policy" speech in Washington. The speech was pointed at dissatisfied Americans who want their government to think about "America First." If you don't understand the Charles Lindberg "Isolationist Movement" of the late 1930's, than it sounds reasonable.
If Lindberg (a HUGELY popular figure) had his way, we would all be Nazis right now. America would have never entered WWII. Hitler would have destroyed England and made his way to America. That discredited "America First" slogan and political movement was unsuccessfully resurrected in 1992 when Pat Buchanan ran against Bush I and Bill Clinton.
Americans have a short memory and are slogan-friendly.
"America First" is a VERY dangerous way of thinking IMO. It isolates America from the rest of the world.
I just want my friends to think about this as the election cycle movesd along and Trump demonizes Obama and Hillary with these careless political slogans.
This is not about MY political ideology. This is about what America really stands for. Who are we? We are NOT "Isolationists."
Trump will not win in November, but he will certainly damage America on the world stage with his nonsensical word salad that means NOTHING. He talks of making deals with Russia, but fails to mention what deals. There is ZERO substance, just constant sloganeering. Please pay attention to WHAT this gut is saying and NOT saying. I feel that it is dangerous for our youth to get zero substance and only anger.
Apr. 26, 2016

By Marc Platt

Why do you think the GOP has not run ONE negative ad against Bernie Sanders? Could it be they would LOVE to run against him?
If Hillary Clinton had written "masturbation" articles 40 years ago, do you think her opponents would have plastered the airwaves with those articles?

Is it possible the GOP and all the Super Pacs would reprint all of Sander's early 1970's articles, especially in the deep south.

Senator Sanders has skated through this process for a reason folks. No one has tried to dig up any dirt on him on the Democratic side of the aisle. That would not be the case if he were the nominee. Think this through. I am totally right about this.

BTW..It is completely reprehensible to campaign using these tactics and I would credit the Clinton campaign for doing the right thing. I know the other side would not be as chivalrous.

Apr. 21, 2016

"The Way things are going, they're gonna crucify me."
(John Lennon "Ballad of John and Yoko")

Commentary by Marc Platt


Look folks, when all is said and done we're going to see Hillary Clinton face off against The Donald in a general election. God knows why Trump will want to subject himself to getting "Fired" by America and truly becoming "The Biggest Loser."

I still believe that he wants to find a way out of this mess he has created for himself.

He hasn't had a REAL political organization to do all the dirty work behind the scenes, because he is cheap. He could not have truly expected to be in this position, so he didn't bother to do what is necessary to actually win the White House.

The Trump "Campaign" is scrambling to put some sort of ground game together, while Hillary Clinton's machine has been intact since 2007. These Democratic campaign experts twice got Obama elected and now will have a "HUGE" head start on Trump.

It is very important for you to comprehend a few facts. I will keep this simple and not too wonky. 

Mitt Romney got smoked by Obama. Obama got around 65 million votes and Romney 59 million. Ask yourself one simple question...Can Donald J. Trump come even close to 59 million votes by alienating Mexicans, women, Asians, Muslims and people making the minimum wage, which he claims is "too high?"

Can Trump get millennials to vote for him? The same millennials who were Sander's supporters?

If the GOP goes to Cleveland and denies Trump the nomination, there will be hell to pay. If Trump is the nominee then there is a big chance that the senate and house turns blue in the downballot elections this November.

The sad GOP reality is Republicans will stay home in droves and Democrats will have their chance to elect the first female U.S. President and the U.S. Senate and a ton of House seats.

We could be looking at an exodus of GOP voters who will feel like they have no clear choices with Trump or Cruz on their ballots.

Paul Ryan was absolutely schooled by Joe Biden in the VP debate. He showed a total lack of knowledge in the area of foreign affairs. It is very difficult to find a qualified candidate on the GOP side. Kasich and Cruz have not really shown electoral prowess being beaten by a businessman who uses Twitter and Facebook much more than traditional advertising means.

This general election will be something to remember and reset the entire political process in America.

This is going to be very ugly for the Republicans.