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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, April 21.

  • Quizzical

    Here is Matt Taibbi’s take on “Shattered”, the book about Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.
    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-on-the-new-book-that-brutalizes-the-clinton-campaign-w477978
    I suspect the most of the people who actually buy and read “Shattered” will be Republicans looking to drink the tears of Hillary and her campaign staff. I’ve heard some of them eagerly anticipating the book on right wing talk radio.
    Otherwise, why bother?

    I don’t agree with the premise that Hillary Clinton’s campaign foundered because it could not define the reason she was running for President. Saving the Affordable Care Act was reason enough, for me. So far, a massive grassroots campaign has temporarily saved the ACA from repeal, notwithstanding the election of Trump, but can that be sustained over time, regardless of the sabotage designed to force the ACA to fail?

    If there was a pressing need for a defining purpose for Hillary’s campaign, that was only because not enough people instinctively liked and trusted her and therefore were asking why should they vote for her. Voters who instinctively like and trust a candidate don’t ask too many pointed questions about why that candidate is really running.

    I don’t recall a lot of searching questions about why charismatic, likeable candidates were running, such as Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barrack Obama. That applies as well, I think, to charismatic, likeable candidate who end up losing, such as John Edwards, or Marco Rubio. As for Trump, who is charismatic in his own way, enough voters liked him and trusted him in their gut, and those voters didn’t bother asking a lot of questions about why he was really running or how his policy positions made sense and fit together, or what his overarching purpose is.

  • Liberal Redneck – Mama Missiles and Baby Dictators

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS3C7_Fc_5c

  • From the Platt for LG campaign:

    National Black Farmers Association President John W. Boyd, Jr. Endorses Susan Platt for Lieutenant Governor

    Great Falls, Virginia — Today, former Joe Biden chief of staff and candidate for lieutenant governor Susan Platt was endorsed by National Black Farmers Association President John Boyd, Jr. A fourth-generation black farmer from Baskerville, Virginia near the town of South Hill, Boyd founded the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) in 1995.

    Boyd was the lead advocate for a landmark settlement between the federal government and black farmers who had been victims of discrimination. On numerous occasions, Boyd has been named to Ebony Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Black Americans and Organization Leaders” and he is a recipient of the Legacy of Excellence “Keeper of the Flame” Award. He served under three Virginia governors and was a member of President Bill Clinton’s tobacco commission. In 2009, he was considered as a potential Secretary of Agriculture under President Barack Obama.

    “I have known Susan for a long time, both as a political activist and as a friend,” Boyd said in a statement. “She is caring. She is a good listener. She is an action-taker. She understands the needs of black farmers, our heritage, the hurdles we have overcome, and the important role we play in Virginia’s economy. As lieutenant governor, Susan will always look out for black farmers in every corner of the Commonwealth.”

    NBFA, which represents tens of thousands of black farmers across the country, advocates for civil rights, land retention, access to public and private loans, education and agricultural training, and rural economic development for black and other small farmers.

    “I’m so honored to have John’s support,” said Platt. “John is a trailblazer who understood that black farmers across the country needed a collective voice in the national dialogue about agriculture policy and civil rights. He gave them that voice in Washington and in state capitals throughout the country. For too long, black farmers have faced discrimination when it comes to loans, subsidies, and emergency and disaster assistance. I will work to put an end to this discrimination, which hurts Virginia’s largest economic industry.”

    Platt also reiterated her opposition to the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. “We need to be helping our farmers and strengthening our farms – not tearing them up to build pipelines,” she said.

  • Video: Corey Stewart claims Ed Gillespie was “paid by lobbyists to bring illegal aliens into Virginia”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dZNnqNF3TQ