Friday, November 06, 2015

Open thread for tonight's Democratic presidential forum hosted by Rachel Maddow.

Courtesy of Mediaite:  

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is set to moderate the network’s only event in the Presidential primary season, a forum from Winthrop University in South Carolina. Deemed the “First in the South Presidential Forum”, tonight’s event will feature frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.

I have to admit that I am looking forward to this almost more than I am the next Democratic debate.

I am a big fan of Rachel's and I fully expect her to ask tough yet fair questions of the candidates while also providing perhaps a little more showmanship than we have seen on debate stages so far this election cycle.

I think the only thing that might be better than watching Rachel Maddow grill the Democratic candidates, would be watching her grill the Republicans candidates, which I would actually cahnge out of my pajama bottoms and fly across the country to witness in person.

As always you can check my Twitter feed here, and of course I will update this post as things proceed forward. I actually really think it is that he is a socialist like Stalin, instead of a socialist like Lennon. John Lennon that is.

94 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:10 PM

    Nobody cares what that dyke has to say.

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    1. Anonymous4:14 PM

      Fuck you.

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    2. Anonymous4:25 PM

      Double that from me, 4:14 PM.

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    3. Anonymous4:38 PM

      Calm down Sarah. Maybe Bristol will have no more kids out wedlock. And maybe one day pigs will fly also too.

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    4. Anonymous6:06 PM

      What a hateful thing to say. My momma said if you don't have something nice to say it's best not to say anything. Hope you take her advice.

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    5. Anonymous6:08 PM

      4:10

      That "dyke" has more intelligence than you could ever dream of having/

      That "dyke' while in high school was the girl you'd be too chickenshit to ask out because she was drop dead gorgeous!

      That 'dyke" is an over achiever and you are a gnat on a donkey's ass compared to her!

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    6. How Christian of you.

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    7. Anonymous6:39 PM

      The comment has a very high hateful factor. Must be a Palin, jealous and bitter.

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    8. Anonymous8:14 PM

      4:10pm sounds like someone who lost his woman to another woman, am I right?

      ;-)

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    9. Anonymous11:44 PM

      Dr. Rachel Maddow Phd. Is a Rhodes Scholar.
      She should get a Peabody Award for all her journalistic integrity.
      P.S. Fuck you asshole.

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    10. Anonymous4:17 AM

      Well, obviously you do, since you're here commenting.

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  2. Anonymous4:11 PM

    I'm on it Gryph, O'Mally is full of talking points and bullshit so far. Love me some Rachel.

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    1. Yeah O'Malley is not exactly blowing my skirt up either.

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    2. Anonymous4:29 PM

      O Malley is boring as hell

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    3. Anonymous6:40 PM

      O'Malley seems like a nice person, but he talks and gestures like a televangelist.

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  3. Anonymous4:18 PM

    The temperature must not be a cool 67 degrees as the whiney tittie Repubes demanded.

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  4. Anonymous4:19 PM

    I think Chris Hayes is much better at interviews...better at asking probing follow-up questions and forcing answers. But Maddow has more regular viewers and I'm sure will be well-prepped and will do better than most. Still, I'm not watching and appreciate reading IMers' comments.

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    1. Anonymous6:41 PM

      I like Hayes, but I don't think he shines a light to Maddow.

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  5. Anonymous4:20 PM

    The audience is quite diverse, all sizes, shapes, and colors. So different from what the hater Republicans attract at their clown shows.

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    1. Anonymous4:46 PM

      I noticed that too. One more reason I'm proud to be a Liberal :)

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  6. Anonymous4:23 PM

    The answers to the five questions were very good. He started out seeming very uncomfortable by the looks of his body language. I hope the others can top that!

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  7. Anonymous4:25 PM

    Very good question, Michael Hurm. Draft, and war tax good.

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  8. Anonymous4:27 PM

    You go GIRL:
    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/11/06/hillary-could-not-hold-it-together-while-discussing-absurdity-of-gop-candidates-video/

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  9. Anonymous4:28 PM

    Gov. O'Malley is very passionate in his anti war stance. Good on him but things change once somebody puts the Presidential hat on.

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  10. Anonymous4:41 PM

    Young blacks probably should learn more about Bernie. Don't they know he was one of the early civil rights activists back in the 50s and 60s?

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  11. Anonymous4:42 PM

    O'Malley isn't my choice but democrats are so much more normal and reasonable than republicans. The audience members are all just "nice" and eager to learn from the candidates. Simple statement but true!

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  12. Anonymous4:43 PM

    Create 13 million new jobs. Bernie

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  13. Anonymous4:45 PM

    Aggressive on climate change. Why would ANY THINKING PERSON vote for a Ben Carson or any Republican science, and climate change denier?

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  14. Anonymous4:46 PM

    Bernie/Larry sanders is my man, as Hillarys VP. He just does not have the recognition to be voted for prez. 4 years for Hilly and 4 more for Bern baby bern.

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  15. Anonymous4:47 PM

    Make the people in the Mid East fight their own wars. I agree with Bernie on that one!

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  16. Anonymous4:52 PM

    Bernie supported the war in Afghanistan. Bernie disagrees with virtually everything with Hillary. Bernie is pushing Hillary to the left. Bernie against PACs.

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    1. Anonymous5:49 PM

      Moat people supported the war in Afghanistan to get bin Laden. It was Iraq we all had the problem with.

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  17. Anonymous4:54 PM

    President of CNN or NBC.
    Misses books (paper). Peace and quiet.
    Does he curse? Not on this show.
    Misconception? Grumpy too serious. Grandchildren are the light of his life. (BEST ANSWER EVER!)

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  18. Anonymous5:00 PM

    Rachel brings up the guns issue. 1988 he said don't buy assault weapons and NRA told people to vote against him. He has evolved. End the gun loophole.

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  19. Anonymous5:02 PM

    VOTING. Everybody 18 years of age should be allowed to vote. Repubs are cowards! No truer words were spoken.

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  20. Anonymous5:03 PM

    50 state strategy, YES!!!!
    Why are you voting against your best interests? Bernie is going to keep saying that on the campaign trail. YES, Yes, Yes!!!

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  21. Anonymous5:05 PM

    Political Revolution! Everybody MUST be involved. Must have greater voter turn out.

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  22. Bernie did a great job.

    He not only answered every question thoroughly he even expanded on them and provided details not asked for.

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  23. OT:

    Kim Davis lost again:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kim-davis-appeal_563cb725e4b0411d30709d72?cps=gravity_4343_5514396602056481623

    But Kentucky elected a 'bagger for Governor and he's going to take all of the clerks names off of marriage licenses state wide by executive order.

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    1. Anonymous5:26 PM

      But did they? There are a lot of questions about why the down ticket Dems won big, and there was a flip in the Gov. rock. I hope they demand a recount and there is a paper trail...

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    2. Oh, I think it's going to show the Democrats sat at home again because it was an off election.

      Do they use Diebold machines in Kentucky?

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  24. Anonymous5:13 PM

    Vladimir Lenin was a Communist, too.

    Please, please, read some history of the 20th century. It's too important in this election to mix up socialism and Communism as two sides of the same coin.

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    1. Anonymous5:24 PM

      Josef Stalin was a Communist, not a socialist. Those are two very different theories of government.
      On top of which, he was a blood-thirsty psychopath who murdered millions of his own countrymen,

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    2. Anonymous1:12 PM

      This is NOW.
      http://www.politico.eu/article/moscow-childhood-russia-vladimir-putin-birthday-superhero/

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  25. Anonymous5:17 PM

    Hillary is a very polished politician.
    I love Hillary.

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    1. Anonymous5:33 PM

      Dating myself here, but i remember the movie "Kisses For My President" 1964 starring Fred MacMurray and Polly Bergen. I was all of 7 years old....wow, a woman president! Unheard of then, to see it maybe come to fruition is kinda neat....but I still heart Bernie.

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    2. Anonymous6:14 PM

      "Kisses For My President" was on TCM last Saturday.

      ... cannot WAIT for the First Gentleman to wander around in his bathrobe with the tour groups as a delicious prank (even though Fred McMurray was merely befuddled).

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  26. Anonymous5:21 PM

    Hillary is so damn smart! She will eat any Republican in the general debates.
    Tammy Baldwin's bill? She pays attention and does her homework.

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    1. Anonymous8:12 PM

      Proud to have Tammy as our sane person from Wisconsin, now if Russ Fiengold can join her, can we be redeemed from walker and whiney Ryanny

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  27. Anonymous5:27 PM

    Good answer about officers in schools.
    Adults should be trained to deal non violently with children.

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  28. Anonymous5:28 PM

    50% of children get free and reduced lunches due to poverty! How effing crazy is that? WHY?

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    1. Anonymous5:52 PM

      Care to explain your question? Do you think its crazy that many kids aren in poverty or crazy the we feed hungry kids?

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    2. Anonymous6:04 PM

      I think that it is shameful that in this country that there are starving children. To allow 50% of children to go hungry is uncalled for and everyone in this country needs to step up and donate or help out in some way. And no, I do NOT think that it is crazy that we feed hungry kids. I was typing faster than I could make my comment clear. I work in a school and we have 35% free and reduced lunches which is shameful.

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    3. Anonymous6:29 PM

      While we should feed them basic meals we ALSO need to get to the root cause of their poverty and institute programs the discourage those without the means to properly raise children from having them in the first place. If the kids are starving now it is likely that the parent(s) were financially unable to provide proper prenatal care and nutrition for the mother-to-be so the child likely was likely born with mental and physical problems. A sad cycle but one that can be corrected through education and proper use of birth control.

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    4. Anonymous7:46 PM

      Why? Because those figures are for public schools.
      The GOP has made a concerted effort to get white kids into private "academies" or to be home schooled.

      That leaves the underclass to be served by poorly funded schools, and those schools are full of children whose parents can't afford enough food for them.

      One stop-gap answer: give as much as you can to food banks that can provide food to families during school vacations, summers, over the weekend, when the children won't be getting fed at school, and, therefore, may not be fed much at all.

      If you want to be angry at the GOP, start with what they've done to our public education system. They want to destroy our country, and this is the first and best way for them to do it.

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    5. Anonymous8:10 PM

      In my district, it's 84% who qualify. We have the highest rate of poverty of the 5 biggest districts in the state.

      It's heartbreaking to see kids try to hide food in their backpacks so they have something to eat at night or over the weekends.

      And it's infuriating to hear Republicans talk about cutting SNAP funding.

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    6. Anonymous1:29 AM

      Two words...birth control.

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    7. Anonymous9:21 AM

      @ 6:29. First we need to pay people livable wages. To do that we need to raise theinimum wagw and encourage unions. Second. Many people have kids when they can afford them. THEN they lose their jobs, or company gets sold or they get reduced to part time. For others, theyuse BC until they can't afford it. THen have an oops.

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  29. Anonymous5:33 PM

    Hillary very passionate about all of the senseless killings with guns. I could feel her empathy for the mothers who have lost children: Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, she named many of them.

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  30. LOL. This question about one of the 15. Hillary is great.

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  31. Anonymous5:36 PM

    Language? Spanish
    Extro/Intro vert A little of both
    Republican Pres. candidate for your VP? who? I could pick Republicans but just none of them. Laugh
    Hush Puppy? Eating hush puppies in my Hush Puppies

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  32. Anonymous5:37 PM

    Hillary gets the Hawk question.
    Would she be more hawkish than Pres. Obama. She says no and describes why. Won't rule out force but should be last resort NOT the first.

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  33. Anonymous5:40 PM

    "How to deal with people can get married on Saturday and be fired on Monday." We have to deal with the discrimination.

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  34. Anonymous5:41 PM

    Republicans used the bathroom issue in Houston and that is why there was a fail.

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  35. Anonymous5:43 PM

    Hillary knew she would end up talking about hair. Her perm in her wedding picture.

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  36. All three candidates on stage right now

    Very impressive group.

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  37. Anonymous5:45 PM

    Thank you, Gryphen.

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  38. Anonymous5:47 PM

    And now it's on to listen to Chris Mathews blather on. Oh, Debbie Wasserman Shultz is there. Her dress is not very flattering. Is she going to a flamenco?

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  39. Anonymous5:47 PM

    Get in the picture. Smile.

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  40. Anonymous5:50 PM

    Oh wow! I'm shocked that Joy thinks Bernie won the forum.

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  41. Anonymous5:51 PM

    Three different kinds of energy according to Rachel.

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  42. Anonymous6:13 PM

    Did anybody else sense that Rachel was a little intimidated by Hillary? She let her talk and I appreciated that.

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    1. Anonymous6:46 PM

      Two highly intelligent women. I doubt she was intimidated, but who knows?

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    2. Anonymous8:40 PM

      I did not watch but I highly doubt Rachel was intimidated. Wish I would have taped it.

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  43. Anonymous6:21 PM

    Well one thing is for sure. Any of the three Democratic candidates are heads and shoulders above all 13 of those yayhoos on the Republican stage. I hope all of the supporters in the primaries come out to vote in the general for whomever the Democratic nominee is.

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  44. Anonymous6:30 PM

    Rachel Maddow Dazzles

    ...Rachel Maddow’s questions were intelligent, well researched, and went deeper than anything asked during the presidential debates. Maddow didn’t let the Democratic candidates rely on their talking points and stump speeches, and the result was the best 90+ minutes of the televised portion of the early presidential campaign.

    The great irony is that Maddow delivered the very kind of forum that the Republican candidates are claiming that they want out of the debates, but all of the Republican presidential candidates are afraid to be interviewed by Maddow.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2015/11/06/rachel-maddow-dazzles-delivers-candidate-gathering-2016.html

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  45. Anonymous6:31 PM

    Be Afraid Republicans As Hillary Clinton Looks Like A President At Democratic Forum

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton experienced another campaign highlight by delivering a strong, intelligent, and presidential performance at the South Carolina Democratic forum.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2015/11/06/hillary-clinton-south-carolina-forum.html

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  46. Wonder how the clown car would feel in a similar situation.

    Rachel isn't going to softball her questions and the Democratic candidates are more than able to handle themselves on the hot seat.

    Makes any one of them more capable of being President of the United States than any of those cry babies in the GOP.

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  47. Anonymous6:47 PM

    Doing this forum, especially in the South, was a brilliant move. I'm sure the Repubes are busy changing their soiled underwear at the moment.

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  48. Anonymous1:04 AM

    Rachael Maddow did a great job. O/T I noticed that
    the Quitter doesn't get many comments anymore on your blog and that's a good thing. People are tired of her and she is so predictable that she is a complete bore.

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  49. Anonymous1:25 AM

    Bernie Sanders answer to a Rachel Maddow question on voting rights: "It has never occurred to me as a candidate to figure out a way to deny the vote to people because they might vote against me. The people who do that are political cowards. They're afraid of a fair election. If the Republicans can't face a free election, they should get another job".

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  50. Anonymous2:33 AM

    I prefer and enjoy listening to the individuals' rationales and positions instead of speeches bashing opponents.

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  51. Questions. Answers. No yelling, screaming, whining, fighting for attention. Go figure.

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  52. Anonymous3:55 AM

    All that yak-yak and we didn't even get to find out what Hill's favorite name for a kitty is? What sort of debate/interview was this anyway???

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  53. Aargh. Stalin was a Communist and killed more people than Hitler. How about taking that part out?

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  54. Anonymous5:21 AM

    I have lived in Maryland my whole life, and will be voting for Hillary. I also voted for her in the 2008 primary although I have to say Obama has exceeded my expectations. I believe history will be very kind to Obama. As for Martin O'Malley, he will make a fine 2024 candidate for president. Going through the motions of a national campaign will make him a much stronger candidate in 2024, and I expect to support him for president in the future. He will not disappoint.
    66gardeners

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  55. Anonymous6:13 AM

    Why the hell are you comparing Sanders to Stalin. Really? The Communist Dictator that staged the worlds LARGEST genocide on his own people. That is who you compare Sanders to?? You should be ashamed

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    1. Okay what I was saying was that the biggest misconception that Bernie probably deals with is that his political views are in line with Stalin's, and that would be driven by the Right Wing's inability to differentiate between a "Democratic Socialist" and Stalin's political views.

      Remember, Obama was repeatedly compared to Stalin during the 2012 election cycle by the Teabaggers.

      I am sorry if that was not clear to some of you.

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  56. Anonymous9:02 AM

    Rachel and Matthews called out Clinton's lack of truthfulness about being a warhawk. Hillary has said recently that if Iran did anything to Israel, we would obliterate them ......I am sorry, Netanyahu would be the cause of that. Iran is ready to move on into the economic world and someone needs to rein BIBI in.....just like his continued presence with the Palestinians.....he has no intention of a 2 state solution and has said so. Hillary likes Bibi and will support him without question. She is a warhawk and I really dislike the "sexist " label she is doing with sanders about when a woman speaks, some consider it "yelling".....already been known that Bernie has used that description for years about gun control with both sides yelling....it has nothing to do with how Clinton portrays it and it is definitely cheesy and cheap of her to push that. Very disappointed. Plus some reddit user /paid troll by the Clinton campaign has come forth and apologized after quitting his "troll job" because he and others were told to go after sanders on his posts calling him misogynist, old, socialist, angry, and gun lover, etc. He said he got to where he like sanders but the last bit of attack they were to use just turned his stomach.....that this is the democratic party eating their own to push Hillary's selfish grasp for power and that both Rubio and Clinton get a lot of money from the same donor american federation of broadcasters. I am disappointed in the democrats that push for Hillary. We are in the mess not only because of the republicans but also her husband who deregulated the banks.

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  57. Anonymous9:42 AM

    I think that Rachel likes Bernie the best but has to be careful. Rachel wants more change than Hillary will bring but she works for the corporation.
    On a another note, Rupert Murdoch bought National Geographic and fired 200 employees right off.
    Another thing about Hillary is that she supports Netanyahu and will back Israel regardless of what they do...something Obama didn't do. But yes, Hillary will....because she is a republican at heart, not the crazy ones, but she is not liberal.
    http://forward.com/opinion/national/324013/how-i-would-rebuild-ties-to-israel-and-benjamin-neta/#comment-2344669612



    Hillary will back Israel regardless

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    1. Anonymous1:18 PM

      HRC Should know this:
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-zogby/netanyahus-arrogance-our_b_8493876.html

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