Republicans are almost crapping themselves over the 2016 elections, even before this year’s are history. We’ve seen them ramp up their rhetoric over Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the Benghazi non-scandal. Then they tried to blame her for the Boko Haram mass kidnapping. Karl Rove has dissed her (he should talk). Matt Drudge said she was using a walker. Fox News was pushing the idea that the arrest of the leader of the Benghazi attack was arranged so as to help Mrs. Clinton sell her book. They are desperate to kill her campaign before it’s even started.
Why are they so freaked out? On the heels of a CNN/ORC June poll that showed Clinton polled higher than President Obama on key issues, a new poll from Quinnipiac University has them spooked even more:
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sweeps the Democratic primary field for the 2016 presidential race, taking 58 percent of the vote, and tops several possible Republican candidates by margins of 7 to 9 percentage points, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.”
The Republicans in the poll were: Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan. Clinton tops all of them by at least 8 percent:
47 – 38 percent over Christie;
49 – 40 percent over Paul;
49 – 40 percent over Huckabee;
48 – 41 percent over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush;
48 – 41 percent over U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
How scared are the Republicans? Well, the fact that they are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at her is very telling. The Fox News smear machine is running at about half speed right now, though. It will get worse. And it won’t just be the PR arm of the Republican party that makes with the smearage. Every good little GOP voter will be helping.
Bumper stickers and signs are popular and simple ways for the GOP faithful to spread their ugly message. Like the ones found in a Virginia Republican headquarters.
Retired journalist Carole Donoghue spotted a stack of these bumper stickers at the Fairfax County Republican Committee headquarters in Fairfax, VA. She was dropping off a campaign worker she found near her home who was not feeling well. The man needed his insulin so Donoghue gave him a ride back to the headquarters. She spotted “a whole stack” of the bumper stickers and took one as payment.
Donoghue’s report of the stickers wasn’t the first. Reuters political correspondent Gabriel Debenedetti had posted the picture seen above on Friday. The question, “Is this bumper sticker actually authorized by the Republican Party of Virginia?” was addressed by the Republican Party of Virginia in a statement to the Washington Post. Spokesperson Garren Shipley called the stickers “an amateur effort” and denied any involvement. But Donoghue’s discovery belies those denials and she felt that needed to be brought to light:
“They are just cheap and stupid, and if you are going to be cheap and stupid at least be honest about it,” Donoghue told TPM. “The denial was dishonest.”
Cheap and stupid? Oh, yeah. But I’m sure we will see much worse before this is over.