27 July 2016

Democrats Reaping The Consequences of Their Lie

Election Lie
A few days ago, the Republican convention got off to a rocky start and endured several distractions. However, it nonetheless generated a modest increase in Donald Trump’s poll standing, moving the New York businessman back into a lead over Hillary Clinton.

The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Daybreak tracking poll of the race shows Trump gaining about 3 percentage points in the aftermath of the convention. That would be roughly in line with the convention bounces enjoyed by Democratic and Republican nominees in the last three election cycles.

As of 24 July, the poll, which is updated daily, showed Trump leading Clinton 45 percent to 41 percent. The lead is within the poll's margin of error of 3 percentage points in either direction, meaning that the apparent lead could be the result of chance.

The final blue and red figures on the right side of the chart represent our most recent estimates of Hillary Clinton's vote (blue squares) and Donald Trump's (red diamonds). These estimates represent weighted averages of all responses in the prior week. The gray band is a "95-percent confidence interval". Figures lying outside the gray band mean that USC is at least 95 percent confident that the candidate with the highest percentage will win the popular vote.

The good news for Trump is that, after the Democratic National Commitee (DNC) this week which is currently in chaos, his lead is expected to go up further.

The chair of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has announced her resignation on the eve of the party’s convention, dealing a blow to hopes of demonstrating unity in the face of the threat from Donald Trump.

Schultz said she would step down after the convention. She has been forced to step aside after WikiLeaks revealed internal DNC emails that officials are actively favoring Hillary Clinton during the presidential primary and plotting against Clinton’s rival, Bernie Sanders.

"Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic party," Sanders said in a statement, adding that the party leadership must "always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race."

The most explosive new revelation from the WikiLeaks release was an official's suggestion that Sanders' religious faith, or lack thereof, could be flagged as a way to dissuade voters from backing him in Bible belt states.

"I think I read he is an atheist," the DNC chief financial officer, Brad Marshall, wrote in one email. "This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist."

For days now, Democrats are laughing at the Republicans as they criticize them for being too divided after the Ted Cruz boos. It appears that the tables have been turned upside down. The Democrats are tasting a good dose of karma.