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August 04, 2015

The Haggard Queen Loses Support Among White Women

Who, for some reason, find her untrustworthy.

Mrs. Clinton is losing ground with white women and many other important slices of the electorate, the poll shows, amid a spate of reports about her email practices, speaking fees and foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation.

In June, 44% of white women had a favorable view of Mrs. Clinton, compared to 43% who didn’t. In July, those numbers moved in the wrong direction for Mrs. Clinton: Only 34% of white women saw her in a positive light, compared to 53% who had a negative impression of her, the poll found....

In the first three months of the year, suburban women by a margin of 18 points had a positive view of Mrs. Clinton. In July, those numbers took a dramatic turn for the worse. By a five-point margin, suburban women had a negative view of Mrs. Clinton.

Among white women with at least a college degree, 51% had a positive view of Mrs. Clinton and 38% a negative as of June. In July, those numbers had turned to 43% positive and 47% negative.

“There is no way you can say she’s in the same position this month compared to last month,” said Bill McInturff, a Republican pollster who directs the WSJ/NBC News survey along with Democrat Fred Yang. “She’s been dented and she’s in a weaker position.”

The WSJ/NBC poll of 1,000 adults was conducted July 26-30.

Other worrisome trends for Team Clinton:

–In the first quarter of the year, independents were about evenly split in their perception of Mrs. Clinton. By July, many independents had soured on her. Just 27% had a positive image of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state, compared to 52% who had a negative view.

Barack Obama lost white women by 14 points, however, he of course had historic (historic, I tell you) levels of support from blacks and other minorities. The Haggard Queen won't have quite that, I don't think, so she needs to make up that ground in other demographics.

Obviously, she's looking to pull in a historic chunk of the women's vote.

But what if women just don't like the dissembling cow?

Oh, and Then There's Hillary's "Assistant" Or Whatever They're Calling It These Days: Quick, media, write another 6000 stories about how "beautiful" and "elegant" Huma Abedin is.

Clinton aide may have 'delivered favors' for friends, IG finds

By SARAH WESTWOOD • 8/3/15 12:42 PM

An investigation may have found evidence a top State Department aide to Hillary Clinton took advantage of government employment rules with potential conflicts of interest and overpayments.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said an inspector general probe suggested Huma Abedin leveraged her State Department job to benefit her two other employers at the time: the Clinton Foundation and a consulting firm called Teneo Strategies.

Teneo Strategies was founded by a longtime aide to Bill Clinton, Douglas Band, and boasted the former president as a paid board member when it first launched in 2011.

Abedin allegedly sent or received more than 7,000 emails on her government account that involved Band, the letter said.

As an example of the potential conflicts of interest at play, Grassley cited an email exchange in which Band pressed Abedin to encourage her State Department boss, Hillary Clinton, to facilitate a White House appointment for one of his clients.

This is just the worst hornet of corruption in a swarm of scandals buzzing around the beautifully mercenary and elegantly self-dealing Ms. Abedin -- there are also questions about whether she should have been paid lots of money for not taking a government leave (though she did take it, it is alleged), and whether the State Department should have been paying for her travel plans -- travel that seems to have been in service of her private clients, not the US government.

Not to mention -- What the hell is she doing working for the State Department and private, favor-seeking clients simultaneously?

But that's the thing about the Clintons, isn't it? So hard to tell where the government ends and their private interests begin.


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