Tim Kaine Flip-Flops Multiple Times On the Legislation That Restricts Federal Abortion Spending

I’m reposting this article in full. Via RedState. Emphasis mine. 


Apparently, going back and forth on decisions about certain issues isn’t just a trait of Donald Trump’s, as Hillary’s pick for VP, Tim Kaine, seems to have a talent for doing the same thing.

One of these issues that Kaine can’t seem to make his mind up on is the Hyde Amendment. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it was a law passed in 1976 that restricts the use of certain federal funds from being used for abortions.

Kaine, being a Catholic, has been against it. As he told The Weekly Standard not long ago, he has “traditionally been a supporter of the Hyde amendment.”

But now that he’s walking in Clinton’s shadow, this has apparently changed. On July 26th, the Kansas City Star got the word out that Kaine had switched his position to fall more in step with his new boss.

Democratic vice presidential pick Tim Kaine has privately told nominee Hillary Clinton he will support repeal of the Hyde Amendment, a 1976 provision that bans the use of federal dollars for abortion services, Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson and Kaine spokeswoman Amy Dudley said Tuesday.

Okay, so he flip-flopped in order to put forth a unified message on the pro-abortion front. Politically it makes sense, but personally, this seems like a really rotten thing to do. Especially someone who was for the Hyde amendment due to religious reasons.

But wait! There’s more!

On the 29th, Kaine was interviewed by CNN who asked him about his flip-flop. Surprisingly, Kaine is suddenly back to supporting the Hyde Amendment. In fact, he says he’s always been for it, and hasn’t changed his position on it.

So what gives?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Kaine isn’t necessarily lying when he said he’s in support of the Hyde Amendment. He still thinks it’s great, but he thinks his job as VP is even better. In other words, he’s selling out his values to Hillary Clinton in order to help her accomplish whatever goals she has planned.

“The senator is not personally for repeal of the Hyde Amendment,” a spokesman for the Clinton-Kaine campaign said Wednesday. He added: “But as he’s made clear, he is committed to carrying out Secretary Clinton’s agenda.”

Care for the unborn, especially care that is propped up by religious conviction, isn’t just something one flip-flops on. Kaine believes he’s doing something solid by uniting alongside Hillary, but what he’s just done is essentially say that his convictions aren’t really convictions at all. They’re just opinions he’s not willing to fight for.

This might not be a big deal if it was Hillary’s opinion on how much soda you should get with your Happy Meal, or what kind of lightbulbs should be allowed, but it’s not. We’re talking about children, and forced participation in their death. Is that something Kaine believes God would smile on?

I’m starting to think one of the reasons Hillary chose Kaine to run alongside her, is his ability to roll over on command.

BREAKING: Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voter ID Law

From The Washington Post:

A federal appeals court on Friday struck down North Carolina’s requirement that voters show identification before casting ballots and reinstated an additional week of early voting.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit was an overwhelming victory for civil rights groups and the Justice Department that argued the voting law was designed to dampen the growing political clout of African American voters, who participated in record numbers in elections in 2008 and 2012.

Gallup: Hillary Clinton’s Continuing Youth Problem

Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating among 18- to 29-year-olds is well below her favorable rating among those who are older, which is a highly unusual situation for a Democratic political figure.

Hillary Clinton and her campaign team will almost certainly use President Barack Obama’s winning battle plan from 2008 and 2012 as a starting point for mapping out their own strategy for her fall campaign against Donald Trump. Clinton’s hope would be to replicate Obama’s success with the same constituency of “Obama coalition” voters that helped him to victory. But, Clinton’s image with one crucial bloc of the Obama coalition — young Americans aged 18-29 — continues to slide to new lows. This could create real problems for her campaign if it does not change in the weeks ahead.

Gallup tracking over the past month (July 1-27) shows that 31% of 18- to 29-year-old Americans have a favorable view of Clinton, compared with 40% of 30- to 49-year-olds, 41% of 50- to 64-year-olds and 39% of those 65 and older. In other words, Clinton has the least favorable image among young Americans — a flip from where it was one year ago when 47% of 18- to 29-year-olds said they had a favorable image of her, at the time higher than all of the older age cohorts.

The big shift in views of Clinton among this age group occurred in February and March of this year when young Americans’ positive impression of Clinton fell below that of the other age groups, where they have stayed ever since. Clinton’s image has dropped among all age groups but has fallen the most with young Americans.

Clinton Image by Age

Via Gallup

DNC Crowd Erupts As Kermit Gosnell Gives Surprise Speech From Prison

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Rumors had been floating around the 2016 Democratic National Convention all week about a “special surprise speaker” set to address the crowd on its final day. That speaker turned out to be Kermit Gosnell, infamous abortion provider and barbaric serial killer of born-alive infants, who was beamed in to speak Thursday from the Huntingdon prison where he is currently serving life without the possibility of parole.

After being introduced as “champion of women’s rights, martyr for the greater cause, and fearless liberator, Dr. Kermit Gosnell,” the audience erupted into a frenzied applause which lasted more than ten minutes. Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, who was in attendance, became overcome with emotion and fainted, according to reports from the convention.

Once the cheers and cries of “Free Kermit! Free Kermit!” died down, the horrific mass murderer addressed the people from the dark prison room where, after Barack Obama reportedly “pulled some strings with officials,” he was allowed the opportunity to give the speech.

Praising Hillary Clinton’s record on abortion, Gosnell implored the crowd and the country at large to do “whatever is necessary” to elect her President. “We need a leader who not only endorses, but really cherishes the idea of taking unborn lives—or even recently-born lives—what’s the difference, really?” he said to laughter and cheers from the audience.

“The choice is clear. This November must elect the one who will enact the most radical pro-abortion policies the world has ever seen; the one who will become the first female President; the one who will give me a presidential pardon the first day she takes office—Hillary Clinton, the next President of the United States!”

Via The Babylon Bee

Nation’s Unborn Collectively Recoil As Hillary Clinton Accepts Nomination

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Via The Babylon Bee

In a simultaneous mass reaction which caused their millions of mothers to visibly flinch, America’s entire population of unborn babies collectively recoiled in terror at the exact moment Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for President of the United States Thursday evening.

Sources nationwide reported the occurrence, confirming that leading up to Clinton’s address, pregnant women began trembling and feeling weak, the effects worsening considerably as she took the stage—then, as soon as the words, “I accept…” came out of Clinton’s mouth, pregnant mothers around America gasped and buckled, some being woken from slumber and thrown to the ground as their unborn children reacted to the news from within their wombs.

At publishing time, multiple sources had reported that young infants nationwide had also began shrieking in their cribs, inconsolable, as Clinton continued her speech.

Goodbye, God Gap: Trump and Clinton Have Churchgoers Unusually Split

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Donald Trump seems to be breaking yet another political tradition this election: the “God gap.”

In previous US elections, polls consistently showed that a person’s level of religiosity—how important their faith is to them and how often they attend church—was one of the biggest predictors in how they would vote. The more religious an American was, the more likely he or she was to vote Republican; the less religious, the more likely to vote Democrat.

But that correlation appears to be weakening, enough that some are askingwhether this year’s unusual matchup between Trump and Hillary Clinton will be the end of what political scientists Robert Putnam and David Campbell termed the God gap.

Trump only leads Clinton by four percentage points among regular churchgoers (49% vs. 45%), a “notable shift” according to the Pew Research Center. By comparison, Mitt Romney’s 15-point margin over Barack Obama in 2012 (55% vs. 40%) was much more indicative of the usual spread between Republican and Democrat candidates among weekly worshipers.

 

Similarly, George Washington University found that the difference between the percentage of weekly churchgoers voting Republican vs. Democrat spanned 40 points in 2012; during the 2016 primaries, there was less than 15 percentage points between the two, according to Religion News Service blogger Mark Silk’s analysisof the survey data.

This year’s demographic shifts are drastic enough that, for the first time in years, gender outweighs faith in determining how someone might vote, wrote Silk. (In June, Pew found that women who worship weekly are 15 percentage points more likely to favor Clinton (51%) than men who worship weekly (36%).)

The main factor: churchgoing Catholics. They slightly favored the GOP during the last presidential election, but with Trump as the Republican nominee, their Democratic support has risen 22 percentage points, reports FiveThirtyEight (based on Pew’s data).

Pew found that the move is more attributable to Trump than Clinton, (and not in a good way for Trump): the number of churchgoing Catholics voting mainly against Trump nearly matches the number voting in support of Clinton. For the Obama-Romney matchup, Catholic churchgoers overwhelmingly were motivated by support for the Democratic candidate.

Meanwhile, white evangelicals voting Democrat this year are dramatically doing so in response to Trump’s candidacy. “The share of weekly churchgoing evangelicals who support the Democratic nominee has remained nearly flat from June 2012 to June 2016, but their reasons have changed,” writes FiveThirtyEight’s Leah Libresco. “Two-thirds of churchgoing evangelical Obama supporters described their vote as ‘for Obama’ rather than ‘against Romney,’ but the proportions are exactly flipped for Clinton.”


Via CT

Reuters: FBI is investigating another Democratic Party hack

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In addition to the hack of the Democratic National Convention, the FBI is investigating a second breach at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Reuters reports that a “previously unreported incident” at the DCCC may have intended to nab donor information rather than to take money, according to sources. At this point, it’s unclear if any information was actually stolen or what details may have been accessed. When a donation is made though, the person typically submits their name, email address and credit card info. It also hasn’t been determined if any stolen details were used to access systems and sensitive information elsewhere.

If the DCCC doesn’t sound familiar, it’s a branch of the Democratic Party that raises funds for members who are running for seats in the US House or Representatives. The breach is said to have started as recently as last month. The DCCC has confirmed to Reuters the incident occurred and that it was similar in nature to the hack of the DNCReuters’ ources indicate that instead of being directed to a site that processes contributions, internet traffic was being directed to a fake website instead. What’s more, those sources say the IP address address of the site was similar to one used by hackers responsible for the DNC breach who are believed to have ties to the Russian government. The Kremlin has denied any involvement in the incident and subsequent release of DNC emails by WikiLeaks last weekend.

What’s more, the DNC and the DCCC share an office in Washington. The popular sentiment among Democrats is that Russia is hacking its systems to gain information that would sway the election in favor of the Republican nominee Donald Trump. Following the initial email dump, Trump urged Russia to find and release Hillary Clinton’s missing emails from her time as Secretary of State. Yesterday, the presidential candidate said that his remarks were meant to be sarcastic.

The FBI said earlier this week that it’s still working to determine the scope of the breach. Yesterday, Director of National Intelligence James Clappersaid that the US government wasn’t ready to say who was responsible for the DNC email hack. He did explain that the last two election cycles saw cyber attacks of both President Obama’s campaign and those of his Republican opponents.