Just some damned nasty people, what can you say…
Posted April 22, 2015on:
Good afternoon Widdershins! And although the image says mean men, the meanness isn’t limited to the men in this Presidential cycle, as you will see.
As all you Widdershins are aware, the Republicans held a little conclave in New Hampshire this past weekend. No, they weren’t selecting a Pope, but rather each indvidually was trying to show why he or she would be the best person for the Republicans to pick as their nominee for the 2016 Presidential election and Lordy what a crappy bunch they had to choose from. So there they all were and instead of trying to put forth their best effort to show exactly why each of them should be the nominee, they seemed to collectively think it was a better use of their time to bash Hillary, the presumed Democratic nominee.
Take Rand Paul (puhleeze take Rand Paul). Said he:
“I think her dereliction of duty, her not doing her job” on Benghazi, “should forever preclude her from holding high office,” Mr. Paul said to a standing ovation.
Benghazi, Benghazi! No, they’ll never stop. He went on to rip her further on Libya’s disintegration, and “Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of contributions from foreign nations, including some with poor records on women’s rights”. Well Rand, if they have poor records on women’s rights wouldn’t that be a good place for the Clinton Foundation to start?
Scott Walker brought up issues which sounded like a generalized attack on Dems, saying:
“she thinks the way to grow the economy is to grow Washington” and would not reform federal entitlement programs that many Democrats cherish”
Well that’s right Scott: we Dems loves us some Social Security and Medicare. You see, they are programs that we paid into. And further Scott, there are fixes for those programs that don’t involve cutting benefits to older Americans. It’s just that those fixes involve the one percenters coughing a few more dollars, but who can afford it more?
Walker also thought it was worthwhile to opine:
“This isn’t a third term of Bill Clinton — this is a third term of Barack Obama,”
No Scott…no it won’t be. People know that Hillary was Obama’s opponent in the 2008 race. They also know she was her own woman as much as the restrictions of the job as S.o.S. allowed her to be. Nope Scott, that one won’t fly.
Marco Rubio had to throw in his already stale joke about Chipotle:
he warmed up the crowd by noting that Mrs. Clinton might try to raise as much as $2.5 billion for her campaign.
“That’s a lot of Chipotle, my friends,” he said to laughter.
Then there was Rick Perry who seemed to be…oh hell I don’t know really.
…took Mrs. Clinton to task on foreign policy in an effort to show off three years of what he called “intense study.”
“She’s the one that literally brought the reset button to the Kremlin,” Mr. Perry said, referring to Mrs. Clinton’s presenting the Russian foreign minister in 2009 with a mistranslated red plastic button to “reset” relations. “They did reset us, that’s for sure. They reset us back to pre-1989.”
However, I would say the meanest comments may have come from Carly Fiorina and had absolutely nothing to do with Hillary as a U.S. Senator or Secretary of State:
Perhaps the most personal remark came from Carly Fiorina, the former business executive, when she made an unmistakable reference to Mr. Clinton’s affair with the White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Discussing a cable TV segment in which questions were raised about whether women had the hormonal capacity to serve as president, Ms. Fiorina said sarcastically, “Not that we have seen a man’s judgment being clouded by hormones, including in the Oval Office.”
Oh Carly, just remember that quote by Madeleine Albright. (more about Carly below) But here’s the important thing I took away from my reading of the Republican confab in New Hampshire:
In the 30 minutes they each had to engage the audience through speeches, question-and-answer exchanges or both, the 19 Republicans faced the tactical decisions of whether to attack Mrs. Clinton openly or target her in subtler ways, and whether to go after her in personal terms or on policy — or ignore her altogether.
Was this a good use of your time people? I think not. It sounds like what they had was a gathering of Republican wannabes and they couldn’t even sell themselves as a nominee because they were all too busy attacking the presumed Democratic nominee. Waste of time.
In case you didn’t know, Rand Paul
has had a secret
But of course you do know Rand’s little secret now. And his secret was going to be something that Rand said would “shock people” and undermine her presidential campaign.”.
The secret is the book Clinton Cash written by a totally in-the-tank Republican whose idea was to try to Swift Boat Hillary Clinton. The problem is that people already know it’s a hatchet job written by a bad “scholar” and bad writer. Media Matters already has a list of incorrect facts and other errors the author has previously committed. As you may know, Media Matters was founded by David Brock after he came to his senses and stopped working with the Republicans. If anyone knows anything about Republican dirty tricks, it’s David Brock. Here’s Brock on Maddow’s show the other night.
And finally about Ms. Fiorina…she was apparently on Morning Schmoe recently and Mika Brzezinsk interviewed her on her
cracks comments about Hillary. Fiorina is very proud of her time at HP and loves to talk about the merger with Compaq as something good. While it may have been good for management and the stockholders at HP, it was awful for the customer. Compaq made terrible computers that were basically crap. Anyway here is Mika interviewing Carly and Steve Rattner who just calls ’em as he sees them. (H/t to SophieCT for putting this video up at Uppity’s place.)
Then after her Morning Schmoe experience, Carly couldn’t wait to get over to Fox and speak to Megyn Kelly. Bless her heart.
Okay Widdershins, this is an open thread. Talk about whatever is on your minds today.
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