Democrat support for Hillary Clinton seems to be wavering in the wake of the FBI re-opening its criminal investigation into then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unlawful use of an unsecured private email server. The FBI’s decision, announced just last Friday, was provoked by the federal agency stumbling across 650,000 emails on a laptop shared by Hillary aide Huma Abedin with her now-estranged husband, the sexual pervert Anthony Weiner.
As many experts have noted, only something very serious in the new emails — even more serious than what we already know about Hillary’s email thus far — could have prompted the FBI to re-open its investigation.
(1) Doug Shoen
A big-name Democrat has abandoned Hillary’s sinking ship.
He is Doug Shoen — Fox News contributor; former Democrat pollster/consultant for over 30 years, who is widely recognized as a co-inventor of overnight polling, whose clients included including British PM Tony Blair, Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, and three Israeli PMs; and a friend of the Clintons since 1994.
On Sunday night, Oct. 30, two days after FBI Director James Comey announced the reopening of the criminal investigation in a letter to Congress, Schoen told Fox News’ Harris Faulkner that he is “reassessing” his support for Hillary, although that doesn’t mean he’s a Trump supporter.
Here’s a partial transcript of what Schoen said by Real Clear Politics:
DOUG SCHOEN: As you know, I have been a supporter of Secretary Clinton… But given that this investigation is going to go on for many months after the election… But if the Secretary of State wins, we will have a president under criminal investigation, with Huma Abedin under criminal investigation, with the Secretary of State, the president-elect, should she win under investigation. Harris, under these circumstances, I am actively reassessing my support. I’m not a Trump —
HARRIS FAULKNER, FOX NEWS: Whoa, whoa, wait a minute. You are not going to vote for Hillary Clinton?
SCHOEN: Harris, I’m deeply concerned that we’ll have a constitutional crisis if she’s elected.
SCHOEN: I want to learn more this week. See what we see. But as of today, I am not a supporter of the Secretary of State for the nation’s highest office.
FAULKNER: How long have you known the clintons.
SCHOEN: I’ve known the clintons since ’94.
FAULKNER: Wow! But their friend here has said he’s reconsidering.
SCHOEN: I have to, because of the impact on the governance of the country and our international situation.
FAULKNER: So the news in that is are there other people, I would imagine, like Doug Schoen.
(2) Chris Matthews?
Much is made of a video clip of Chris Matthews, infamous for his near-orgasmic exclamation during the 2008 Democratic National Convention that listening to Barack Obama sent a thrill up his leg. Matthews has been a relentless promoter of Hillary, fawning over her performance in the first presidential debate against Trump as a “brilliant” “home run”, and declaring the race for the presidency as “over”.
On October 27, 2016, Matthews seemed to be endorsing Trump on his MSNBC Hardball show:
Alas, that video clip is misleading.
A fuller version of what Matthews said shows that Matthews was simply quoting Trump. In actuality, far from endorsing Trump, Matthews scolded Trump for getting sidetracked on petty issues/feuds, and called Trump’s practice of politics “pathetic”. See the fuller video here.
A more important indicator of the fallout from the FBI’s reopening of its criminal investigation into Hillary are the polls.
The latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times “Daybreak” poll shows that support for Hillary has plummeted after the third and last presidential debate. Trump is now more than 5 points ahead of Hillary, polling at 47.8% vs. Hillary’s 42.4%.
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Despite the increased support for Trump, when asked who they think will win the presidential election, 54.2% think Hillary will win, vs. 41.3% who think Trump will win.
Broken down into demographic groups, however, the LA Times poll shows that Hillary still has a lead among these unregenerate groups: