Sunday, January 24, 2016

Iowa's largest newspaper endorses Hillary Clinton just a little over a week before the caucus.

Courtesy of the Des Moines Register: 

The presidency is not an entry-level position. Whoever is sworn into office next January must demonstrate not only a deep understanding of the issues facing America, but also possess the diplomatic skills that enable presidents to forge alliances to get things done. 

By that measure, Democrats have one outstanding candidate deserving of their support: Hillary Clinton. No other candidate can match the depth or breadth of her knowledge and experience.

That sounds eerily familiar to the sales pitch for Hillary back in 2008.

Personally I do not give a great deal of weight to newspaper endorsements these days, however with Hillary trailing Sanders in the polls 43 to 51 she needs all of the help she can get.

By the way the newspaper also endorsed Marco Rubio, which to me feels as if they are simply going with the lesser of all evils.


  1. Anonymous11:11 AM

    There went their cred.

    1. Anonymous11:59 AM

      Agreed. Rubio is the definition of someone at the entry level.

    2. Anonymous12:46 PM

      In all fairness, who among the GOP is better than Rubio?

    3. Anonymous1:17 PM

      He's a kid and no where experienced enough, or ready to be POTUS.

      I seriously don't see him being a viable candidate for the office for many years.

    4. Anonymous1:32 PM

      Who else would they endorse? I guess they could go with "nobody."

  2. A vet with PTSD gives sarah a piece of his mind.

    1. Anonymous1:14 PM

      'Even Republicans can’t stand Sarah Palin.

      Chris Mark, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, is a Republican voter and successful business owner. He’s also one of the many veterans familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mark fought in Operation Continue Hope; the botched 1993 operation in Somalia in which U.S. troops deployed to the region found themselves thoroughly outnumbered and outgunned. More than anything, Mark found Sarah Palin’s defense of her son, Track — who was recently accused of domestic violence — based on his alleged PTSD “abhorrent.”

      We’ve posted Mark’s scathing takedown below.' (above)

    2. Anonymous1:36 PM

      Chris Mark

      A former military member, Chris Mark joined the civilian ranks in 2000 and has since become and a recognized information security and risk expert. He is the former founder and CEO of the two companies and has worked for both MasterCard and Visa on their information security programs. Chris has conducted payment security and risk management globally on behalf of Visa and other card brands.

      Chris is a former enlisted US Marine and US Navy Officer. He is a qualified Marine Infantryman (0311), Scout/Sniper (8541) and Reconnaissance Marine (8654) and a former Reconnaissance Instructor. Chris is a combat veteran of Operation Continue Hope and has attended numerous military training courses including: Basic Infantryman, Scout/Sniper, Urban Sniper, Basic Reconnaissance, Urban Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Airborne, Pathfinder, Navy Scuba, HRST Master, and Security Forces.

      Chris holds a CISSP, CIPP, CPISM/A, is a Visa Accredited EMV Consultant, and holds numerous technical certifications. He also holds MBA and BA degrees and is pursuing a DSc (Doctor of Science) in CyberSecurity. Chris has published over 20 articles on risk, risk management, and information security is a frequent pubic speaker on the topic and has trained over 10,000 people in 10 countries on information security. He has been interviewed on NPR, NewsMax and quoted on regional NBC, and Foxnews networks.

    3. Anonymous1:39 PM

      Gryphen should post that letter in full. Chris Mark has obviously seen Sarah Palin in action before and can't be fooled.

  3. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Obama: It will be hard to undo my accomplishments

    President Barack Obama will spend time this coming year - his last in office - reflecting not only on what he's accomplished, but on what he hasn't. Mr. Obama spoke with Lee Cowan about the end of his term and the beginning of a life after the Oval Office.

  4. Anonymous11:19 AM


  5. Anonymous11:25 AM

    off topic but newsworthy

    Jeb Bush on Sunday applauded Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's response to the water contamination crisis in Flint -- even though the situation was caused by Snyder's own administration.
    When host Jake Tapper said he was surprised to hear positive words for Snyder given his role in the catastrophe, Bush held firm and said he's impressed with the way the Republican governor is owning the issue.

    "Instead of saying, 'The dog ate my homework, it's someone else's fault,' once it became clear, he's taking the lead now," Bush said. "That's exactly what I think leaders have to do."


    1. Anonymous12:40 PM

      *eye roll* Bush is the definition of "leading from behind" as Sarah is always accusing the current President.

    2. Anonymous12:45 PM

      stuff happens.

      I believe George Bush has dyslexia ($arah too) As dyslexia is hereditary, Jeb may also. People with dyslexia do not read for pleasure. If Jeb depends solely on others telling what is relevant, that could be why he seems to clueless. Also explains why none of $arah's kids graduated high school.

    3. Anonymous1:13 PM

      I think it is a racist issue with Gov Snyder of Michigan! He started the entire thing (review everything Rachel Maddow (MSNBC)has put out there regarding the issue)!

      He is blaming and now firing the people he put in place to do his bidding. The guy is a first-class jerk and should be arrested and jailed for his God awful deeds (harming children for the rest of their lives!).

    4. Anonymous1:25 PM

      Federal Investigations ongoing. Snyder may end up bunking with bob McDonnell.

    5. @Anonymous12:45 PM

      "stuff happens.

      I believe George Bush has dyslexia ($arah too) As dyslexia is hereditary, Jeb may also. People with dyslexia do not read for pleasure."


      1) Dyslexia is not a reading problem. It is an information-processing problem. We dyslexics can and do read for pleasure. As a teenager, I was tested at 900 words/minute, and simply devoured books, however, I will slowly reread and savor Dorothy Sayors and Patricia McKillip and others who are particularly excellent authors.

      2) We are not stupid. FOUR of my 13 suite-mates at UCSD were dyslexic. (This was before the problem had a name and an incorrect diagnosis.) Brilliant people can overcome their dyslexia with internal and vigilant editors. If we have a gut feeling for what the outcome ought to be, we recognize that something (word, number, whatever) got flipped or mangled, so we go back and fix it.

      3) Dyslexia does not affect only language. It affects how the brain handles words, numbers, directions, the pitch of sounds, any information that is being processed. It can affect both input and output.

      4) Dyslexia is a handicap and a challenge. Charles Schwab is head of a financial empire. I'm very good at Scrabble, but writing is agony because of all the needed editing.

      Sarah Palin is not dyslexic. She is simple stupid.

    6. Anonymous2:42 PM

      Memo to Jeb! Do your homework before opening mouth.

      Who is the worst Republican governor?
      ..... 1. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. Where to start with Gov. Snyder? He has done so much damage to Michigan. Emergency Managers? Right-to-work? Or the myriad of other legislation that has passed on his watch which has damaged Michigan and has done nothing to serve its people?

      Of course the reason for his No.1 spot on this list is the man-made disaster in Flint. There is a special place in hell for Gov. Snyder, whose actions are responsible for the toxic water pollution, which resulted in the lead poisoning of the people of Flint, Michigan. We live in the richest country in the world—and in the quest to save a couple of bucks, Gov. Snyder poisoned the very people he was elected to serve.

      Who is your No.1 choice for worst governor?

  6. Anonymous11:32 AM

    Hillary Cinton has my vote!

    Remember back to both times President Obama was running? It was all constant negative about him - plus, racism was thrown in - by Republicans! He hammered them both times and will complete two terms a year from now. He's done an outstanding job too, which they also hate - in spite of all their obstruction.

    Now, they are doing the same thing to Mrs. Clinton.

    I think she will win hands down as she is the most qualified for the job. Plus, she has major support from various sections of the voters! And, all the crap Republicans have tried to attach her to (bad things, of course!) have failed!

    1. Anonymous11:56 AM

      ^Hillary fan club.^

      "she is just the bestest ever!!"

    2. Anonymous12:48 PM

      Even Donald Trump is on record and video saying Hillary is the best qualified.

    3. Anonymous1:34 PM

      Hillary Clinton has my vote.

      I have nothing against Bernie Sanders except some of his supporters.

    4. Anonymous2:18 PM

      I feel the same way, 1:34. there has been a lot of nastiness here in recent threads.

    5. Anonymous3:49 PM

      @ 1:34 pm

      Most of his supporters are one issue voters worried about getting weed legalized and nothing else.

    6. Anonymous5:05 PM

      Not true, 3:49. I know lots of very good hearted progressives who are sanders supporters for many reasons. I'm indecided as of now, by the way.

    7. Anonymous5:15 PM

      "UNdecided" of course

    8. Anonymous9:32 AM

      Hillary will get these wars moving and the USA's war economy will make my stocks sky rocket!

      I am voting for Hillary, not Sasnders and his free stuff!

      I paid for my kids college why the hell should I pay for others!

      Hillary is not going to go soft on the drug war, she is working with the private prisons to make tough laws and create more criminals. As an investor I see Hillary as our only hope.

      I am voting for Hillary!

      Sanders is likeable enough, but Hillary makes sense for my stock portfolio.

  7. Anonymous11:39 AM

    Top Democrat Storms Fox News And Blows Up Plot To Revive Clinton Email 'Scandal'

    ...Fox News is trying to revive the Clinton email story because with Trump and Cruz leading the 2016 GOP field, the Republican Party is going to need a scandal to stop Hillary Clinton if she wins the Democratic nomination. Both Trump and Cruz are not the type of candidates who can win a general election. The best chance that Republicans have to win in November is to drag Clinton down with a scandal.

    Rep. Schiff brought a rare dose of truth and facts to usual Fox News propaganda. Schiff did a good job of exposing the fact that the people who are pushing the email scandal also have a vested interest in the presidential election.

    The Republican attempts to revive the dead Clinton email scandal highlight the close working relationship between conservative media, like Fox News, and the Republicans in Congress. Rep. Schiff brought up something that is never discussed in the media, and that is the people who are pushing this “scandal” are not objective sources.

    1. Anonymous1:07 PM

      What baloney! The Republicans have tried and tried to bring down Bill Clinton, and are now trying to do so with Hillary Clinton!

      It's not going to work Republicans! JHC! You all tried it with President Obama both times he ran and it didn't work there either! In fact, he beat your asses handily!

      You'll just waste time and taxpayer's money. Get a grip and do some work vs constantly being hateful and obstructionists!

      Your party is a mess and it's going to take years to fix and turn things around if you don't start acting like grown ups and play nice!

    2. Anonymous1:26 PM

      Karl Rove supports Bernie Sanders

    3. Anonymous8:57 AM

      Hillary and Sidney Blumenthal had lots of fun sending classified information back and forth.

      Hillary wanted Sid on her state dept, Obama said hell no!

      The Clinton foundation hires him at $10.000 a month and uses a private email server to hide their arrangement. One small problem Sid did not have the proper security clearances, so just email them anyway???

      Hillary is a security risk!

  8. Anonymous11:41 AM

    Oh come on, what kind of boring endorsement is this? Where's the crazy lady? Where's the crazy talk? Meh.


  9. Anonymous11:46 AM

    A reason listed, by a democrat, saying Bernie won't be president.

    "There are those close to him who say he has temperament issues, that his angry, “moralizing scold” persona is well-known throughout Vermont and would a problem for him should it be revealed to the public (and it would be in a general race). "


    Early on there were even reports concerning Obama's temper. Though I believe Rahm overshadowed him with famous stories of throwing shit across rooms filled with people.

    1. Anonymous12:58 PM

      We have NEVER seen President Obama lose his temper during his almost completed two terms! In fact, he's known for his steady, unemotional work ethic in the White House.

    2. Anonymous1:32 PM

      I don't care about anyone's "temper". They are all adults and know how to behave in public. As long as they do a good job I don't give a fuck about their temperament, that's for the people close to them to concern themselves with.

    3. Anonymous1:36 PM

      There was no credibility for Obama's temper. It was all the "angry black man" bullshit.

    4. Anonymous1:53 PM

      Please, what a lie. He's known as "No Drama Obama."

  10. Anonymous12:06 PM

    Bernie has said nothing about supporting women or minorities, I happen to be both. Hillary has my vote.

    1. Anonymous12:39 PM

      What a joke.

      How about supporting all Americans of all genders and colors as we are all equal?

      Maybe you should make something of yourself in this land of opportunity instead of waiting around with your hand out expecting something you neither earned or deserve?

    2. Anonymous12:56 PM

      I agree with you 12:05 PM

      Hillary has my vote and is deserving of it. She far outdistances the Republicans and Bernie as to government experiences (in the varied positions she has held).

      I would trust her w/foreign affairs over anyone else in the field interested in being POTUS.

      Plus, I like that she will continue moving things forward that President Obama has started!

      Also, think it would be neat having TWO Presidents of the United States in the White House beginning January, 2017!

      I'm sure Bernie is a nice guy - but, he's not going to carry the minority vote....Hillary will!

    3. Anonymous1:21 PM

      @anon 12:39pm
      I have made something of myself, I just want the right to make medical decisions over my own body and to be treated as an equal in America.
      Now Barstool, go sober up and take care of that baby.

    4. Anonymous1:26 PM

      Why is a wingnut trolling IM? Is it for the money or for the love of Sarah Palin?

    5. Anonymous1:28 PM

      "maybe you should make something of yourself in this land of opportunity instead of waiting around with your hand out"

      You don't know anything about 12:06 other than that she is female and a minority. Your comment says more about YOU than it does about her.

    6. Anonymous1:29 PM

      I support you, 12.06 and I'm proud to.

      I don't know why Gryphen would let a women-hating racist post insults to you at IM.

    7. Anonymous1:35 PM

      12:39 sounds just like a tea bagger

    8. Anonymous1:36 PM

      You remind me of the people spouting that Black Lives Matter stuff.

      Women, men, black, whites, browns, WE ALL MATTER, and Bernie, even without saying it categorically seems to support everyone's quest for constitutional equality.

    9. A. J. Billings1:36 PM

      @12:06 re Bernie Sanders.

      You are 100% wrong about Bernie. For FIFTY years he as been on the side of the working folks, the middle class, and the civil rights and womens' movements.

      Bernie on the issues:

      We are not going back to the days when women did not have full access to birth control. Incredibly, almost all of the Republicans in the Senate are in favor of giving any employer who provides health insurance, or any insurance company, the ability to deny coverage for contraception or any other kind of procedure if the employer had a “moral” objection to it. That is unacceptable."

      Bernie on minorities and civil rights:

      He was there for MLK's dream speech in 1962 protesting oppression of people of color

      He has achieved a 93 percent rating from
      the ACLU, and a 97% rating from NAACP

      Just because Bernie is from Vermont, which is 97% white, doesn't mean he hasn't got principles and a good record on these issues.

    10. Anonymous3:53 PM

      I'm with 12:38
      Caitlyn Jenner for President!!!

    11. Anonymous9:00 AM

      Go Sanders!

      Feel the Bern?

  11. Ah yes, the Register's kiss of death. A Republican newspaper lambasted as liberal by Iowa Republicans, their endorsements in close races are usually seen as unhelpful. They wanted to endorse O'Malley, but couldn't do so credibly.

    1. Anonymous1:30 PM

      so was this endorsement the kiss of death for Rubio?

    2. Probably. It sure didn't help him. You have to live in IA to appreciate how hard the DM Register works at not "getting" what people are saying.

  12. Anonymous1:28 PM

    Media Shrugs as Thousands of Bernie Sanders Supporters March Across the Country (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)

    New CNN Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Opening Insurmountable Lead Over Clinton in First Primary State

    Hillary McCarthy: Why Clinton’s Red-Baiting is Sinking Her Campaign

    Bernie Sanders Surges to First Place in Iowa in Latest CNN Poll

    1. Anonymous9:03 AM

      Bernie has become the only logical choice.

      With Hillary defending Bills removing the Glass Steagal act and taking millions from Goldmann Sachs, you know who she represents Wall Street!

      And she is a warhawk too!

    2. Anonymous9:16 AM

      I love how Clintons attacks only draw more attention, voters, ans donations to Sanders campaign.

      And the polls are showing it!

  13. Anonymous2:41 PM

    New Poll: Two-Thirds Of Voters Outraged At GOP Attacks On Women’s Reproductive Rights

    ...The same poll participants were then provided with factual information from the Guttmacher Institute detailing the various categories of Stone Age religious state laws to control women and their reaction was swift and refreshing; exactly what one expects from people living in a secular democracy that believes women are not third-class citizens.

    After receiving “this shocking new information,” most poll respondents were understandably stunned and appalled. In fact, they indicated that not only did they adamantly disagree with the religious Republican trend, two-thirds said these states’ religious laws are definitely going in the “wrong direction.”

    The respondents were then asked to choose just one word that best described their feelings on learning of the list of new religious restrictions on women’s access to a legal medical procedure; most “chose words like unfair, wrong, disgusted, ridiculous, and angry.” It is definitely contrary to the “overwhelming” support religious Republicans in the states and Congress claim the American people provide in the GOP’s drive to control women.

  14. Hillary Clinton won't win in my opinion, for the same reason as Jeb Bush. The no more Clintons and no more Bushes movement is alive and well. It cost her the nomination against Obama and will get her again. (Obama had less experience than any President in my lifetime and he beat her)

  15. Anonymous3:51 PM

    I really like Bernie but he can't win the general. Simple as that. It's got to be Hillary. Forget it Bloomberg. You're just gonna' fuck everything up.

    1. Anonymous5:32 PM

      Lol. Hillary sucks. Smart people know it. Get used to it.

    2. Anonymous9:07 AM

      Bloomberg is just pointing, if Wall Street can't get Hillary nominated, he will pony up a billion to keep Wall Street in power!

  16. Since they also endorsed Rubio, I think we can safely disregard this entirely.

  17. Anonymous8:45 AM

    In politics she who lies best wins,

    Hillary gets my vote!

  18. Anonymous9:10 AM

    Iowa's largest newspaper endorses Hillary Clinton just a little over a week before the caucus.

    Corporate candidate is endorsed by big corporate newspaper. blah, blah, blah.

  19. Anonymous10:21 AM

    Elizabeth Warrens message to Hillary is certainly not an endorsement:

    The first ten minutes of Warren's speech address corruption in campaign finance, and the impact of Citizens United. She lists seven steps we could take right now, including six actions - bills before Congress, executive action, and powers already within the purview of the FEC and the SEC; and the seventh, a Constitutional Amendment to restore federal and state authority to regulate campaign contributions.

    Warren is eloquent, moving, and on topic as always. Right at the end, however, she changes gears. I almost missed it; what she had said up to that point was so compelling that my mind was ringing. It was only on the second listen that I caught them: three sentences that leapt from the specific (campaign finance reform) to the general (Progressivism itself):

    A new presidential election is upon us. The first votes will be cast in Iowa in just eleven days. Anyone who shrugs and claims that change is just too hard has crawled into bed with the billionaires who want to run this country like some private club.

    Go Warren!

    Go Sanders!

    Go away corporate politicians, hint Hilarry (Goldmann Sachs) Clinton.


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