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This “Disgusting” Election

Tuesday, July 26, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

This cycle party unity appears not around the candidate, but around opposition to the other teams candidate.  It seems like nobody loves their candidate, some are even disgusted by their candidate, but everybody knows their candidate is better than the other sides candidate.  Somebody is going to win this election, so my question is how will the nation function when whoever wins will be so utterly reviled by the opposition, and not terribly adored by their own side?  After eight years of the “my way or the highway” administration running an almost entirely negative election does not strike this commentator as a bright idea.

The United States is at its best when it is animated by a positive and optimistic outlook.  Even when confronted by a crisis, this nation has overcome by knowing it can make something better from that crisis.  That said, in light of this election cycle, I again ask, how are we going to be the nation we have been historically?  There is no vision in this election, there is only opposition.  Is it really true that all we have as a nation is complaint and dissatisfaction?

It may be true that such is all we have in our electoral politics, but it is my sincere hope and prayer that we have more as a nation – we just need to look for it in different places. Continue Reading


Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan Agreeing With Donald Trump on NATO

Tuesday, July 26, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The audio:


The transcript:

HH: I’m joined now by my friend, Congressman Tim Ryan, Democrats of Northeast Ohio, of Warren, Ohio, of John F. Kennedy High School. And my campaign to get him named the vice president on Hillary Clinton’s ticket did not succeed. Congressman Tim Ryan, you know, I was everywhere. I was spinning the Ryan as the vice presidential choice wherever I went. I’m sorry it didn’t work.

TR: I thought you had more influence in the Democratic Party, Hugh, but you know, I guess we’ll have to try again in four years.

HH: Yeah, now, but they kept telling me they need you for governor in Ohio, and I said I don’t want him to lose that race. I want him to stay and become the speaker.

TR: (laughing) Yeah, well…

HH: (laughing) I saw our friend, Sammy Cavelli, on the floor of the RNC, and we were talking about you, and we can’t believe you’ve gone so bad, Tim Ryan.

TR: (laughing)

HH: We trained you so well at John F. Kennedy High School, and you’ve gone so wrong. Hey, how is Philadelphia working out for you? Logistically, I understand they can’t match Cleveland when it comes to putting on a convention.

TR: Well, you know, it’s going to be tough to match a great Ohio city like Cleveland, so you know, you’re going to come in second place regardless.

HH: (laughing)

TR: But it’s good. And so far, it’s crowded. You know, I mean, obviously you were in Cleveland, too. Warren has many people. There’s not as many delegates, and it’s been crowded, but it’s been good. And I think it’s a great city, you know? Continue Reading

Hugh Analyzes Day One of the DNC on MSNBC

Tuesday, July 26, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

RNC Chair Reince Priebus on the Republican Convention Last Week, and the Mess That Is the Democrat Convention This Week

Tuesday, July 26, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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The transcript:

HH: That story will develop during the day, I’m sure overshadowing, if it is terrorism, overshadowing the chaotic opening of the Democratic National Convention, which is in sharp contrast to the magnificent week in Cleveland just concluded. I’m joined now by the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus. I have three things to say to you, Mr. Chairman. One, congratulations on a great convention, two, I told you that Cleveland would be a great place, and three, why don’t we just decide now to take the RNC back there in four years?

RP: Well, first of all, the situation in Fort Myers, I mean, here we go again. It’s just another tragedy. Obviously, we don’t want to, just have to pray for our country and the people there and everywhere.

HH: Yeah.

RP: I mean, it’s just unbelievable. And in regard to the convention, it was a success. I mean, you look at, there’s a lot of ways you can measure conventions. You can look at viewership, which we had record-breaking viewership. You can look at just the logistics, the staging, the transportation, the hotels, the safety, success across the board, one of the safest conventions in the history of conventions. The other thing you can look at is the bounce. You know, did you get a bounce, which is traditionally what people look at for a convention. That’s that the bump comes, and certainly since the first time since 2000, a very measurable bounce came out of the convention. And it came in to Donald Trump’s favor. It was a great place, the people in Cleveland were phenomenal. And I’m just saying it was very noticeable, and everyone said from the waitresses to the cab drivers to the folks in the hotels, everyone there was so grateful and ready for this, unlike a city like, you know, a huge place, which is a beautiful place, like Philadelphia and other places, they’re used to this kind of thing. But in a place like Cleveland, they were overly grateful and hospitable, and it was just fantastic from start to finish. Continue Reading

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