A new poll shows most Republican voters want another candidate. I wonder why….

Also, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren make a great team. (More)

“Would have preferred someone else”

The NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll shows Clinton leading Donald Trump by 5%. That’s less than her 6.5-6.8% lead in Huffington Post and RealClearPolitics polling averages, and much less than the most recent Reuters/Ipsos and Washington Post-ABC News polls showing double-digit leads.

Of course it’s also far less than Clinton’s 100-point lead in the latest Squirrel-BPI Campus poll. We only asked the resident faculty and staff, so our poll isn’t a representative sample. But I wanted one of those hyphenated thingies, so there ya go.

Anyway, the NBC-WSJ poll had more bad news for Trump:

Just 45 percent of Republican voters say they are satisfied with Donald Trump as their party’s presumptive presidential nominee, while 52 percent say they would have preferred someone else, according to results from the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

By comparison, the numbers are reversed for Hillary Clinton among Democrats – 52 percent of Democratic voters are satisfied with Clinton, and 45 percent prefer someone else.

I should note that Bernie Sanders supporters outnumbered Clinton supporters by 40-36 in this sample, while she outpolled Sanders by an average 54-39 at the end of the primary campaign, more evidence that this poll probably underestimates Clinton’s lead.

Lie of the Decade

Bizarrely, the NBC-WSJ also found “these same voters give Trump the edge on being honest and straightforward (41 percent to 25 percent).”

I say bizarrely because PolitiFact named Trump’s campaign misstatements 2015’s Lie of the Year, while they rated Clinton’s honesty higher than any other 2016 presidential candidate, including Sanders. It seems this year’s right-wing campaign to undermine Clinton’s credibility – built on a quarter-century of smears and conspiracy theories and echoed by a media ever-salivating for a Clinton scandal – is paying off.

If Trump’s campaign was PolitiFact’s 2015 Lie of the Year, the absurd notion that he is more honest than Clinton should be their Lie of the Decade.

“But most of all, she has a good heart”

Yesterday Elizabeth Warren appeared with Clinton at an Ohio rally:

Locked hand-in-hand in front of a rapturous Ohio crowd, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren sealed a powerful alliance Monday that could help unify the Democratic Party and give Donald Trump nightmares.

The Massachusetts senator is on Clinton’s shortlist of potential vice presidential running mates, but campaigning with the presumptive Democratic nominee in Cincinnati, Warren demonstrated she will be a vital ally in any capacity.

The liberal superstar’s imprimatur, which she delivered with gusto and without reservations, will help Clinton win over skeptical Bernie Sanders supporters. Warren’s ability to provoke Trump with cutting attacks is virtually unrivaled in the Democratic Party.

Warren was conspicuously late to endorse Clinton, but seemed to be trying to make up for it with enthusiasm. “Hillary has brains, she has guts, she has thick skin and steady hands. But most of all, she has a good heart. And that’s what America needs. And that’s why I’m with her,” Warren declared, before leading the crowd in chants of “Hill-a-ry! Hill-a-ry!”

Warren also laced into Trump:

She called Trump “a small, insecure money-grubber who fights for no one but himself” and a “thin-skinned bully driven by insecurity and hate.”

“When Donald says he’ll make America great, he means greater for rich guys just like Donald Trump,” Warren continued, while “he’ll crush you into the dirt.”

Trump sensed the onslaught coming, dismissing the two women in a tweet Monday morning. “Crooked Hillary is wheeling out one of the least productive senators in the U.S. Senate, goofy Elizabeth Warren, who lied on heritage,” he wrote.

Trump is dragging up yet another debunked conspiracy theory, that Warren used her unproven Native American heritage to gain preferred admission to university and law school and later to get hired as a law professor. The Washington Post Fact Checker gave that Two Pinocchios back in 2012, as they found no evidence that Warren ever claimed Native American heritage on a university or law school application, or when applying or interviewing for a job.

“She can take a DNA test”

Warren’s 2012 opponent Scott Brown was delighted that Trump is reviving his lies:

The storyline eventually backfired on Brown, especially after some campaign workers were filmed war-whooping and making “tomahawk chops” at Warren. Today, with the campaign very much in the rear-view mirror, Brown was happy to re-litigate it, suggesting ways for Warren to prove her ancestry.

“Harvard can release the records, she can authorize the release of those records, or she can take a DNA test,” he said, insisting that Warren took a job that might have rightly gone to a nonwhite applicant. “It’s a reverse form of racism, quite frankly.”

This from the party whose 2012 platform called for a repeal of affirmative action, who call Barack Obama “the affirmative action president” and Justice Sonia Sotomayor an “affirmative action candidate.”

In Wingnuttia, it’s “affirmative action” anytime a woman or person of color gets a job that a white man wanted. But Elizabeth Warren is a “liar” and a “racist” because she believed and talked about one of the most common family legends in America. Now Brown is demanding she take a DNA test to prove her heritage … never mind that he can’t prove she ever claimed that heritage on a university, law school, or job application.

And maybe that’s why voters in that NBC-WSJ poll thought Trump is more honest than Clinton. When it comes to politics, there are two standards for honesty. For Republicans, you’re “honest and trustworthy” if you’ve ever said anything that might be true, including your name. For Democrats, you’re “dishonest and untrustworthy” if you’ve ever said anything that you can’t prove is true, including your great-great-grandmother’s ethnicity.

For that among other reasons, I’d take that poll with a grain of salt….


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