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Politicos predict nasty election cycle will continue

A pair of Politicos weighed in Thursday on a most extraordinary election season in D.C.

Jim VandeHei, Politico co-founder and a UW-Oshkosh grad who's forming a new media company, joined Politico star Mike Allen in assessing the presidential race, House Speaker Paul Ryan and congressional races Thursday night at a WisPolitics.com reception on Capitol Hill.

The assessment ain't pretty.

In a word, "gross," said VandeHei, predicting a nasty presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

VandeHei said Clinton's low popularity ratings are exceeded only by Trump, who's alienated women and key minority groups.

"The problem is: There aren't enough of those (white male) voters," said VandeHei, while acknowledging "(Trump) basically hijacked a political party. ... That's insane."

But he said while it's unlikely, Trump still has a chance because of his opponent.

"He's going to go after every scab in that (Clinton) family," VandeHei said.

Clinton's email problems really damaged her because it reminded casual voters of "shady Clinton deals" throughout 30 years of public life, VandeHei said.

"The Democratic Party is just as divided as the Republican Party," he said, adding he thinks Clinton's unfavorables may have peaked because of Trump's bombast following the Orlando massacre.

Allen said the Clinton campaign is feeling good these days, but it lacks the emotional connection with voters that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had.

"Obama voters ... are not necessarily Democratic voters," he said.

Allen admitted national media were slow to catch on to Trump, recalling that last June, when Trump announced, only one major media operation put him on the front page.

"Nobody got it,'' he said, noting that changed after all the political reporters came back home from Thanksgiving dinner and found all kinds of family members who were for Trump.

How would each administration come out of the gates? VandeHei takes Trump at his word that he'd try to build a wall at the Mexican border and try to renegotiate trade deals. But "with Trump, who knows?"

Clinton, though, would likely make change on an incremental basis.

"I don't think there would be any surprises," he said.

VandeHei and Allen also commented on the difficult positions of Ryan and U.S. Sen Ron Johnson, who is running for re-election to a second term against Russ Feingold.

VandeHei mocked the position of many Republican candidates who say "I support him but I don't endorse him." Added VandeHei, "I'd hate to be Ron Johnson now ... it's a tough place to be.'' That's in part why the Senate is "very much in play,'' especially if Trump tanks.

As to Ryan, VandeHei and Allen gave mixed reviews.

Allen said Ryan and establishment Republicans are "trying to have it both ways,'' keeping their distance but supporting Trump for the good of the party.

Ryan has managed an "ungovernable" GOP caucus better than John Boehner, VandeHei said, "but I think he'll regret that endorsement" of Trump.

Listen to the audio from the event

The next WisPolitics.com D.C. event is scheduled for Sept. 7. The breakfast at the Monocle, on the Senate side, is being organized in conjunction with MMAC's annual "Milwaukee Night in DC" that day. The WisPolitics.com breakfast will feature pollsters Gene Ulm and Paul Maslin.


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