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Monday, October 17, 2016

Podesta Promoted GOP Fringe to Make Clinton Palatable

Chris Hedges has another insightful piece that should be required reading for all those celebrating HRC's imminent win.  It features John Podesta's emails once again.  A clip from TruthDig:

. . . .The Clinton campaign, aware that the policy differences between her and a candidate such as Jeb Bush were minuscule, plotted during the primaries to elevate the fringe Republican candidates—especially Trump. To the Democratic strategists, a match between Clinton and Trump seemed made in heaven. Trump, with his “brain trust” of Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie, would make Clinton look like a savior.

A memo addressed to the Democratic National Committee under the heading “Our Goals & Strategy” was part of the trove of John Podesta emails released this month by WikiLeaks.

“Our hope is that the goal of a potential HRC [Hillary Rodham Clinton] campaign and the DNC would be one-in-the-same: to make whomever the Republicans nominate unpalatable to the majority of the electorate. We have outlined three strategies to obtain our goal …,” it reads.

The memo names Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Ben Carson as candidates, or what the memo calls “Pied Piper” candidates who could push mainstream candidates closer to the positions embraced by the lunatic right. “We need to be elevating the Pied Piper candidates so that they are leaders of the pack and tell the press to [take] them seriously.” . . .


  1. Michael Fiorillo2:58 PM

    Don't forget to add this to the fall, 2015 report in New York Magazine, that Bill Clinton called Trump and urged him to "make his voice heard" in the Republican primary. That call has been acknowledged by both Clinton and Trump.

    Donnie, overgrown child that he is, would have been putty in the hands of a master manipulator like Bill Clinton, and these reports lend some credence to the thought I fancifully held for months, which is that this election is a conspiracy to drive everyone back into the putrid arms of the status quo.

  2. Anonymous10:30 PM

    Had the Republicans produced a reasonable candidate, Clinton would have been toast.

    Abigail Shure

  3. Michael--not so "fanciful"--I have found that a great many people have voiced the same.
    More than a conspiracy "theory," we fear.

    &--all of this talk of "election fraud" & "voter fraud." As I'm sure you know (but this is to enlighten whoever else is reading this blog), there is a BIG difference between the two. There was widespread--& proven--election fraud in the Democratic primaries--a number of lawsuits have been filed, but it is a shame that Bernie/his campaign did not file any of them (that would be the only way to effectively have challenged/changed the results). You & I & millions of others know who really won the Dem primary.
    And, yes, THAT election was, indeed, rigged.