When Hillary Clinton decided to give her campaign vehicle a cutesy pie name, I can only imagine that she and Bill preferred that the media would say that they were throwing people under the Scooby Doo rather than under the bus.
After all, it is impossible for a Democrat to run for president without leaving a wake of people with tire tracks on their carcass. In 2008, let us remember, Obama tossed his friend and religious mentor, Jeremiah Wright, under the wheels once we all began to hear the vile remarks that Rev. Wright had spewed for 20 years while the Obamas sat savoring every reprehensible word in a front row pew.
That same year, when former V.P. candidate Geraldine Ferraro, at the time serving as a major advisor to Mrs. Clinton, said what everyone was thinking -- namely, that Obama would not have been running for the presidency if he hadn’t been black -- Hillary didn’t even wait for the bus to slow down before giving her the old heave-ho.
In the meantime, the Clinton scandals keep piling up at a rate that makes Obama look like an underachiever. It now appears that not only did the Clintons clean up during her term as Secretary of State, but they went so far as to allow the Russians to wind up owning about a third of our uranium output, thus providing Iran with as much as they need to build not only a nuclear bomb, but a nuclear arsenal.
The idea that Mrs. Clinton might actually succeed Obama in the White House makes my blood run cold. It would say something, something really awful, about America’s voters if they saw fit to replace Obama’s empty suit with Hillary’s equally empty pantsuit.
The question that leaps to mind about the Clintons is whether there is anything at all they won’t do for money. When you see how low these two older people have stooped in their pursuit of dollars, euros, pesos and rubles, you have to wonder if they have ever heard that you can’t take it with you. Or is it just possible that they, along with such elderly creeps as George Soros and Warren Buffet, have discovered a loophole?
♦ Speaking of Russia, every time I hear Barack Obama, John Kerry or Josh Earnest, refer to those working on the nuclear deal with Iran as our negotiating partners, I feel the bile rising through my esophagus. In what universe, would America ever regard the likes of Russia and China as honest brokers? Would anyone with a brain in his head ever enter into a partnership with individuals who carried even the tiniest percentage of baggage those two nations cart around?
But, then, who else but someone with the anti-American mindset of Obama would ever pretend Iran will abide by an agreement that required the Ayatollah Khamenei to change his evil aspirations even slightly?
Nothing Obama does that proves harmful to America’s best interests surprises me. That is why, with a straight face, the schmuck can refer to the U.N. as a community of nations. How many times do we have to be reminded that the U.N.is a collection of well-dressed thugs representing the worst despots the world has to offer? If this is a community, it’s one in which no rational person would ever choose to live.
♦ Some Republican presidential contenders are being derided about not being specific enough about what they’d do if elected. To which I say, whoever is elected in 2016 won’t be taking office for another 21 months. A lot can happen between now and then. I can assure you that in May, 1999, George W. Bush had no idea that he’d wind up being a wartime president.
Also, the next president, assuming it’s a Republican, will have his or her hands full just trying to undo the damage Obama and Holder have wreaked on the economy, on race relations and on America’s relationships with friends and foes around the world.
Like a cleanup crew that shows up after a natural disaster, the first order of business will be clearing out the rubble. Only then can architects, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, interior decorators and gardeners, get to work with reconstruction plans.
♦ On the other hand, Republicans can only be trusted so far and no farther. For instance, what is the point of having a Senate controlled by the GOP if ten of the louts break ranks in order to confirm Loretta Lynch, who should have been voted down if only because she was Eric Holder’s hand-picked successor? But if that wasn’t enough, the fact that during her confirmation hearings, she announced that Barack Obama’s amnesty edict was based on solid constitutional grounds should have spelled her doom.
In case you missed hearing the names of the 10 ignoramuses, they were, in alphabetical order: Kelly Ayotte (NH), Thad Cochran (MS), Susan Collins (ME), Jeff Flake (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC), Orrin Hatch (UT), Ron Johnson (WI), Mark Kirk (IL), Mitch McConnell (KY) and Rob Portman (OH). Re-elect these oafs at your own and America’s peril.
♦ When it comes to the Republican contenders, I am still mystified that Dr. Ben Carson continues to hover near the top in the polls. But, then, I don’t know why anyone thinks that having a medical background is good preparation for politics. Ron Paul was a doctor, after all, and I’m convinced he’d have done more good if he’d made house calls instead of House votes. And I would prefer that his son re-hang his own shingle or at least stay put in the Senate and not get within a country mile of the Oval Office.
Judging by some of Carson’s statements about gun ownership, homosexuality and Jesse Jackson, I’m not sure he could even pass a conservative litmus test. It doesn’t help that he wasn’t even a registered Republican until 2014. He only joined then because he was considering making a run for the White House, and regarded it strictly, he admitted, as “a pragmatic move.”
If Maryland resident Dr. Carson is looking to dip his toe into politics, why not run to replace retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)? That is an election he could probably win.
♦ After mentioning in a recent piece that I liked Carly Fiorina, some people reminded me that it was her ill-fated decision to merge Hewlett Packard with Compaq, which didn’t pan out, and was the reason that the H-P board of directors removed her as CEO.
It so happens that I don’t expect a candidate for president to be omniscient. Mrs. Fiorina made a business decision and it wound up costing her. That’s life in the business world. She didn’t whine about it. She didn’t insist they only fired her because she’s a woman. She behaved like a grown-up, accepted her severance check and moved on.
Just imagine how much better life would be for all of us if our politicians had to pay for their mistakes and not simply utter the four most meaningless words in the English language: “I take full responsibility.”
Wouldn’t it be heavenly if politicians had to pay a price for ObamaCare; for pulling all our troops out of Iraq, thus rolling out the bloody red carpet for ISIS; for sending the national debt soaring to 18 trillion dollars; for turning the IRS dogs loose on Tea Party patriots; and for allowing four Americans to be massacred in Benghazi and then lying about it?
Carly Fiorina made one lousy business decision and paid for it with her job. When politicians make their endless number of mistakes, we’re the poor saps who pay for it.
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