The Battlefield, September 16, 2016: The Great Clinton Collapse?

You only thought you saw Hillary Clinton collapse on that video from Manhattan last Sunday. The real Clinton collapse appears to be going on in lots of other places.

Specifically, check out the national and state-by-state polls in the past few days since the public has had a chance to absorb not just the video of her “medical incident” but also the chicken-with-its-head-cut-off nature of her campaign’s attempts to explain what’s obviously a serious medical condition as something minor. You’ll notice that those polls show her campaign is as sick as she is. Via Real Clear Politics, the national polls as of Thursday night…

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein FOX News Clinton 41, Trump 40, Johnson 8, Stein 3 Clinton +1
General Election: Trump vs. Clinton FOX News Clinton 45, Trump 46 Trump +1
General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein CBS News/NY Times Clinton 42, Trump 42, Johnson 8, Stein 4 Tie
General Election: Trump vs. Clinton CBS News/NY Times Clinton 46, Trump 44 Clinton +2
General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Rasmussen Reports Clinton 40, Trump 42, Johnson 7, Stein 2 Trump +2
General Election: Trump vs. Clinton LA Times/USC Tracking Clinton 41, Trump 47 Trump +6

Remember how the race was basically hopeless after the Democrat convention? No longer. Nationally it’s now a dead heat.

Now, to the state polls…

Colorado: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Emerson Clinton 38, Trump 42, Johnson 13, Stein 3 Trump +4
Iowa: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Monmouth Trump 45, Clinton 37, Johnson 8, Stein 2 Trump +8
Michigan: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Detroit Free Press Clinton 38, Trump 35, Johnson 10, Stein 4 Clinton +3
Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Suffolk Trump 42, Clinton 39, Johnson 4, Stein 1 Trump +3
Missouri: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Emerson Trump 47, Clinton 34, Johnson 7, Stein 6 Trump +13
Virginia: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Univ. of Mary Washington Clinton 40, Trump 37, Johnson 8, Stein 1 Clinton +3
North Carolina: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson Civitas (R) Clinton 42, Trump 42, Johnson 5 Tie
Georgia: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson FOX 5 Atlanta Trump 46, Clinton 42, Johnson 10 Trump +4
Georgia: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson Emerson Trump 45, Clinton 39, Johnson 6 Trump +6
Texas: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Texas Lyceum Trump 39, Clinton 32, Johnson 9, Stein 3 Trump +7
Arkansas: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Emerson Trump 57, Clinton 29, Johnson 5, Stein 3 Trump +28

Those are from Thursday. Wednesday’s state polls weren’t a whole lot better for Hillary…

Florida: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein CNN/ORC Trump 47, Clinton 44, Johnson 6, Stein 1 Trump +3
Florida: Trump vs. Clinton CNN/ORC Trump 50, Clinton 46 Trump +4
Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein CNN/ORC Trump 46, Clinton 41, Johnson 8, Stein 2 Trump +5
Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton CNN/ORC Trump 50, Clinton 46 Trump +4
Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Bloomberg Trump 44, Clinton 39, Johnson 10, Stein 3 Trump +5
Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton Bloomberg Trump 48, Clinton 43 Trump +5
Nevada: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson Monmouth Clinton 42, Trump 44, Johnson 8 Trump +2
Maine: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Colby College/SurveyUSA Clinton 42, Trump 39, Johnson 9, Stein 5 Clinton +3
Maine CD2: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Colby College/SurveyUSA Trump 47, Clinton 37, Johnson 8, Stein 5 Trump +10
Maine CD1: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Colby College/SurveyUSA Clinton 49, Trump 31, Johnson 9, Stein 5 Clinton +18
Massachusetts: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein WBUR/MassINC Clinton 54, Trump 28, Johnson 9, Stein 4 Clinton +26
Kansas: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein KSN News/SurveyUSA Trump 48, Clinton 36, Johnson 8, Stein 2 Trump +12
South Carolina: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Trafalgar Group (R) Trump 53, Clinton 38, Johnson 3, Stein 1 Trump +15

That’s an enormous amount of polling data at the state level, and it shows a number of things. First, Trump is now pulling ahead of Clinton in the two most prominent swing states, Florida and Ohio, by a number outside the margin for error. That’s big. Second, Trump is apparently salting away a host of states which had been trending purple – Missouri, where he’s all but put the game away, Georgia, where the Clinton camp believed they had a real shot at stealing a Southern state and polls had shown that hope had some substance to it earlier in the race, and Texas, where the Democrats have spent an enormous amount of money in an attempt to feed off demographic diversity to turn the place blue.

And third, Trump has, true to his word, put a number of blue states in play. A Republican up eight in Iowa is a big deal. A Republican up four in Colorado – not to mention the insurgent Republican Senate candidate there, Darryl Glenn, is now within seven points of the Democrat incumbent Michael Bennet – is a very big deal. That Trump is now within three of Clinton in Maine, Virginia and Michigan tells you he could well end up winning this thing in a rout.

Or better put, she could be losing it in a rout. It isn’t so much that Trump is winning this election; the voters haven’t particularly warmed to him and most of what he’s done, even lately under the expert guidance of Kellyanne Conway, who’s beginning to emerge as the best Republican political guru since Lee Atwater, has served to irritate his own voters more than attract new ones. This election seems to be shaping up into a referendum on Hillary Clinton and her coterie of hacks, thugs, propagandists and bandits – and the public seems to be deciding it simply can’t stomach the idea of making her president amid the stench of corruption, lies and now disease she carries around.

We wouldn’t have thought this was possible. But, like I said last week in my American Spectator column and in this space last Friday, what her health episodes have made crystal clear is just how shamelessly mendacious she and her people are and what disdain they have for the American people to tell such patent falsehoods about what is a non-political, non-partisan issue. Couple the medical lies with that atrocious “Basket Of Deplorables” gaffe shortly before the 9/11 memorial collapse, and you’re beginning to see the framework of a catastrophic defeat for the Democrats in November that two months ago no one would have seen coming.

 

Simplistic-Weapon-12-Battle-Axes-in-Saltire – Did you hear about Megan Rapinoe? You probably don’t even know who she is, but she’s a women’s soccer player who decided to be Colin Kaepernick. Rapinoe a week or so ago refused to stand for the national anthem before a game of the club team she plays on.

So what, right? Well, Thursday she did it again – but this time it was before a game of the U.S. women’s national soccer team (they ended up beating Thailand, 9-0) that she’s also a member of.

While she was in the team’s uniform.

U.S. Soccer was not amused…

Representing your country is a privilege and honor for any player or coach that is associated with U.S. Soccer’s National Teams. Therefore, our national anthem has particular significance for U.S. Soccer. In front of national and often global audiences, the playing of our national anthem is an opportunity for our Men’s and Women’s National Team players and coaches to reflect upon the liberties and freedom we all appreciate in this country. As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the National Anthem is played.

That sounds like Megan Rapinoe is about to get bounced off the roster, and good riddance if so. She might well be free to express her opinions – she’s gay, and she doesn’t think the country is friendly enough to gay people – but to disrespect the flag as a representative of the country is beyond inappropriate; it’s appalling. If Megan Rapinoe can’t show respect to the national anthem because America is so terrible, then she shouldn’t be on the freaking national team, for Pete’s sake.

But of course she’ll play on the national team; it helps her career to be on it.

You are perfectly within your rights and on solid intellectual ground to reject this loser with every fiber of your By God Red, White And Blue being. Let’s hope she does get cut and replaced with somebody who won’t embarrass the country on the international stage, and let’s hope we never have to hear about her again.

 

Simplistic-Weapon-12-Battle-Axes-in-Saltire – Speaking of women’s athletes and leftist politics, I have a new American Spectator column out this week. It’s on this crazy new show Pitch that the Fox Network is subjecting its viewers to this fall. The show is about a woman who somehow makes her way onto the roster for the San Diego Padres, and the leftist activists who created it are actually touting it as the second coming of The West Wing, only about baseball.

All the social-justice politicization of America’s pastime you can stand, for an hour a week! Who wouldn’t be enthralled, right?

Here’s an excerpt from the column…

Comes show creator Dan Fogelman to tell us that we don’t have to suspend our disbelief too much for this series…

“It’s a true story on the cusp of happening,” Fogelman said. “I think it’s going to happen in my lifetime,” he said of whether a woman will break MLB’s gender barrier. “The human anatomy makes it a challenge — and that’s addressed in the pilot — but if the right woman comes along, I think it’s going to happen sooner rather than later. If and when it happens, that young woman will become the biggest story in the country overnight. The amount of eyeballs on her… that’s interesting drama for us. And it could happen in multiple sports.”

There are no women pitchers in the minor leagues. There were two women who played this season for the Sonoma Stompers, a semi-pro team in the fledgling Pacific Association of Professional Baseball, an independent league in California consisting of four teams. Both pitched; Stacy Piagno appeared in eight games, starting three, and in 12 innings of work she gave up 25 hits and five walks, striking out two batters and posting a 9.00 earned run average with a record of 0-2.

Kelsie Whitmore fared worse, appearing in only one game, which she started and lost. In two innings, Whitmore gave up five hits, walked three batters, failed to record a strikeout and posted a 27.00 ERA. Whitmore also played seven games as an outfielder — in 13 at bats she had one hit, and struck out eight times.

Piagno’s fastball reportedly sits at or slightly under 80 MPH, which would give her the women’s speed record were it documented with a radar gun. That’s about the speed of what major league hitters see in batting practice.

While the stints of Piagno and Whitmore with Sonoma may have been a cool story, and both are members of the USA Women’s Baseball team that took gold in the Pan Am Games last year, it’s pretty clear that Fogelman is totally wrong — a woman pitcher in the major leagues is not on the cusp of happening.

It’s one thing for an indie-league team for whom attracting a few hundred rear ends in the seats is a major accomplishment to bring a woman player or two onto the roster as a promotional gimmick. It’s another thing entirely to imagine a major league team doing so.

Fogelman’s quote is a perfect summation of the Hollywood Left – they present absurd premises and defend their absurdities first by asserting that since it’s just show-business this is all make-believe, and then next by accusing you of one of Hillary’s deplorable isms or phobias if you won’t follow along.

If the show is a fantasy, and it is – because there isn’t going to be a woman pitching in major league baseball at any time even in the distant future regardless of what Fogelman would have you believe, then what’s the point of using it as a vehicle for preachy, self-congratulatory social-justice leftism? You’re going to address all these important real-life issues in a show about a make-believe situation? Where is the value in that?

It would be one thing to make a baseball show about the woman who by some miracle could actually last more than a few pitches in the majors without having the scoreboard light up like a pinball machine. To make that show entertaining, it would have to be almost completely about baseball. The show-runners for Pitch are telling us there’s as little baseball as possible in this show and it’s about the people and issues it brings up.

You’d have to pay us to watch that crap – and if the show lasts past the end of the first season it will be nearly as shocking as an actual woman pitcher who could survive so much as a single-A batting order.

And is anybody else absolutely at their limit of tolerance for Hollywood’s never-ending fantasy feminism and the fraudulent message it sends to women? You don’t help women and girls by filling their heads with the idea that they’re going to pitch for the Padres, or play defensive end for the Broncos, or point guard for the Knicks. Or be combat Marines or Navy SEALs. That’s a recipe for a lot of broken hearts and counterproductive behavior. At some point someone will get around to doing a study on the effect Hollywood’s insistence on showing us Angelina Jolie beating the crap out of 250-pound men, or Scarlett Johanssen doing the same, etc., has on the rise in domestic violence involving females – on both the giving and receiving ends. Making women think they can win physical contests with men makes women less physically safe, and the people controlling our culture need to cut it out.

 

Simplistic-Weapon-12-Battle-Axes-in-Saltire – Yes, yes, we’re very long today. So on to Today’s Last Thing. To College Station, Texas we go for a funeral of sorts…



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