September 19, 2016
COMMENT by Din Merican
Wait for the Debates starting later this month. At the end of the day, it is the American voter who will have to make an intelligent choice come November 8, 2016.
Even a pro-Hillary observer like me will admit albeit grudgingly that the Democrat Presidential Nominee is on the ropes this week. That she has to depend on the likes of the popular Obamas (Barack and Michelle) and other prominent democrats like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to campaign for her is a clear sign that she is on the defensive over the issue of trust. She has not so far been able to deal with this “character matters” issue satisfactorily. She needs to put it off the agenda before the elections, and do it fast. To some the question is will the real Hillary stand up?
However, I have not changed my view that Hillary Clinton is the more qualified of the two to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC come January 2017. My view is that Hillary Clinton has the foreign policy experience –a crucial prerequisite for a 21st century US President–and track record of public service (as First Lady, US Senator for New York and Secretary of State) to be a worthy successor to the Obama legacy. She will be good for Asia and ASEAN.
That said, Donald Trump is now in a strong position to win the race. So, it is for Hillary to lose by default. And that to me will be the mother of all upsets in American Presidential politics.
For your information, The Techo Sen School of Government and International Relations, The University of Cambodia in conjunction with The US Embassy, Phnom Penh will be hosting a public lecture by Ms. Elizabeth Fisher Martin, an award winning TV journalist, on September 22, 2016 at 9 am in our campus. All are welcome.–Din Merican
THE FIX–The Washington Post
Hillary Clinton’s Worst Week in Washington
by Chris Cillizza
This was the week in which everyone in the political world woke up to the fact that we now have a real race for president between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. That’s bad news for the Democratic nominee.
The week began with Clinton falling ill at an event honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. We found out later that she was suffering from pneumonia, a diagnosis she had received 48 hours earlier but had shared only with a small circle of campaign advisers.
That series of events ignited a national conversation not only about Clinton’s health but also about her tendency toward secrecy — neither of which represents ground where she or her campaign wants to be fighting.
Even as Clinton’s team was working to quiet her health rumors — they released a letter from her personal physician making clear that she was battling a mild pneumonia — and the candidate herself was taking some time off the campaign trail to recuperate, a slew of national and swing state polling came out showing Trump with the momentum in the race.
Ohio, Florida and Nevada — among other swing states — are moving in Trump’s direction. At the national level, Clinton’s lead over Trump has shrunk to less than a point — 44.9 percent to 44 percent, according to the Real Clear Politics polling average.
Clinton got some better news as the week ended. Trump held a bizarre event to disavow any belief that he spent the past five years questioning whether President Obama was born in the United States. (He did.) And Clinton got a boost Sunday morning with a new non-partisan poll in Pennsylvania showing her up nine points in a close to must-have state for Trump.
But what once looked like a blowout for Clinton no longer looks like any such thing. And the longer the race stays close, the more the pressure ramps up on Clinton. She is the one with the demographic and electoral edges, the one everyone expected to win. Trump is already playing with house money, having won a GOP primary campaign that no one — maybe not even he himself — thought he would. Pressure can do funny things to a person.
Hillary Clinton, for watching a blowout turn into a nip-and-tuck affair, you had the Worst Week in Washington. Congrats, or something.
Each week, I award the Worst Week in Washington to an inhabitant of Planet Beltway who stands out for all the wrong reasons. Email me with your nominees.