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Six words, that’s it.  If we’re lucky, by 2018 we won’t even need a noun or a verb to finish the thoughts.

Come for the chaos, stay for conflagration.  This is the Dolt 45 fine-tuned machine.

Yesterday’s performance was a guided tour of Dolt 45’s brain. In 77 minutes, he demonstrated what I have so inadequately tried to explain.  He is the San Andreas of emotional fragility.  He’s not going to change.  You saw what stress does.  Behavior patterns become more pronounced.trump-presser

Dolt 45 is not crazy.  He’s a 70-year old man who has never worked an honest day’s work in his life who likes to watch television and tweet.  He believes he’s infallible because he doesn’t know what the word means.

Setting up warring factions in the White House ensures he is the eye in a hurricane of chaos.  It provides him the self-esteem he so desperately craves and the charade of power sustaining his veneer of legitimacy.

Let me try to explain.  Think about the best, mind-blowing, earth-moving sex you ever had.  That is what yesterday’s press conference was for the citrus pustule.  As he said, “I’m having a good time doing it.”

Here’s what I know from studying leadership.  Any organization centered on charismatic leadership (personality-centric) rests upon clay feet.  It is like the Platte River – a mile wide and three inches deep.  It evaporates in the least bit of heat.whats-wrong-with-trump

Crises are not planned via e-invites.  They are coming.  Whether it is a natural disaster, a Horizon oil spill, an incident in the Strait of Hormuz, or a terrorist attack, the time is ticking down.  It won’t just be a failure; it will be a Category 5, Frontline documentary fiasco.  Failure is simply the non-presence of success, but a fiasco is where anarchy apportions anguish and adversity.

This weekend troubles me.  It has been almost 84-years to the day since the Reichstag Fire.  It was a planned provocative act of arson to set emotions ablaze.  This weekend event in Florida has a certain suspicious air about it.  Nothing would change the media’s attention faster than paid insurrectionists rioting at an event where Dolt 45 is whisked away by Secret Service.  Just sayin’.gop-support-for-trump

Currently among Republicans, SCROTUS (So Called Ruler of the U.S.) is at a more robust approval rating than either Bush or Reagan was at a comparable time.  The symbiosis is complete.  Congratulations Dr. Frankenstein, it’s a boy.

And this brings me to the Country over Party part of TRICOP.  Never before has the reverse concept been so clear to me.  I’m guilty of mindlessly accusing Republicans of prostituting themselves as Party over Country and Power over Country, but when a future drapery salesman from South Carolina is your party’s lone moral compass, the GOP ain’t exactly writing new chapters for Profiles in Courage.

Here’s the takeaway:  The Republican Party will allow this orange stooge to do immeasurable harm to the country in order to eviscerate FDR’s New Deal and Johnson’s Great Society.

There is an ugly, angry, maniacal lust at work to deprive twenty million poor people of health insurance in order to allow the One-Percenters an obscene tax break.  I lack the intellectual capacity to understand that.  It isn’t just the repeal of the A.C.A.  It is also a rollback of Medicaid that happens to be the primary financing mechanism for the country’s nursing home/end of life care.

The gobsmacking piece of all of this:  To finance the lipstick for the piglet they are going to pass off as a “replacement,” they are proposing taxing some portion of employer furnished health insurance.

Here are a few highlights from the first 25 days:what-coal-mining-does-to-streams

The first Republican counteroffensive against the War on Coal was signed into law this past week.  Coal mines will now be free to pollute some 6,000 miles of once protected waterways in the country.

For those poor, over-regulated, underappreciated oil companies, they will no longer have to report their payments to foreign governments.  Anti-corruption is so déclassé.

If you are keeping score, this weekend we will be spending $1,240,000 a day to protect Trump Tower with no one home, another $3.0 Million for another Mar-a-Lago golf outing, and about $200,000 for Uday and Qusay Trump to open their Dubai golf course.

Finally, if you are a policy wonk like me, we can be alarmed that Dolt 45 swatted away 50-years of U.S. policy supporting a two-state Middle East solution as easily as he would a Citrus Whitefly.  And if you were worried about that pesky dust-up over a “One China” policy, it seems to have ironed itself out quite coincidentally with the granting of Chinese Trump trademarks.

For those 70,000 under-educated white guys in the upper Midwest:  Is America great enough yet?

What’s on your mind today?  Spasibo.  Never too early to learn some Russian.

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That’s how many seconds we have survived under the Trump/Putin Administration.  Thinking of it like that gives the illusion of something longer than just a week, but that’s all it has been. There are 207 more weeks to go in this first four-year installment of, “Government by basic cable.”

While the Women’s March gave me hope, I have fallen into a pall.  I’ll save the reason for the end of this post.

Last August I wrote about the Yam’s psychological composition.  It’s time to revisit those for a starting point to today’s discussion.  I went into much more detail back in August, but I wanted to mention the high points.

Der Trumpenfuhrer exhibits the traits of an Executive Sales consultant.  You won’t find these people under every rock you turn over, but they aren’t an endangered species.  Predominant are his traits of Significance, Competition, and Command.

how-the-public-graded-the-candidateThe Significance means he receives every ounce of his self-esteem from the way other people see him.  In short, he is an empty vessel of perpetual need.  Emotional fragility is his default position.  No amount of positive feedback will quench his constant thirst to be told he is a person of value.

Competition explains his fixation on the inaugural crowd and the popular vote.  As I said back in August, it isn’t so much about winning as it is about everyone else losing.  There’s a darkness and mean-spiritedness prevalent in this characteristic.  It’s about wishing ill to befall everyone standing in the way of conquest.  Numbers are measurements and everything is about measurement.

Then you have the third leg of the stool – Command.  People who have Command must be in charge.  They are essentially rhetorical bulldozers without a reverse gear.  Emotions and feelings are merely weaknesses giving those with Command something at which to aim.  Command is the trait that erases the Yam’s shame and embarrassment genes.

I mention these characteristics again for a simple reason.  The clamorous Yam is not going to change.  The only change is this:  When he is tired or under pressure, these proclivities will be stronger.  These are his default settings.  We will see more of this behavior, not less.

These characteristics have not been lost on those around the Yamster.  The devious ones are attempting to harness these characteristics as best they can.  The others are leaking like incontinent sieves.ansel-adams-fight-our-own-government

In my humble opinion, the true evil behind the madness is hiding in plain sight – Bannon.  It takes a certain kind of discerning evil to play to Trump’s character by publicly humiliating Mitt Romney.  It takes a keen hand to play to the base by parading Al Gore through the Trump lobby and then appointing his antithesis to head the EPA the very next day.

Bannon’s fingerprints are all over this first week like overwhelming the press by chewing paper and crapping Executive Orders.  Such are the actions of a two-bit dictator.  The number of full democracies in the world was reduced by one this year – from 20 to 19.  The one falling to the “flawed democracy” category was the U.S.

This is merely the tip of the great orange turdberg into which we are sailing.  Pence and Ryan have conspired to erase the New Deal and surrender human rights within our foreign policy.  Eighty years of progressive policy will die in some Ayn Randian polemic mirroring the dystopian carnage the Yam barked about in his inaugural address.

From transferring the corporate tax burden to the middle class, from starting a trade war to inadvertently conferring superpower status on China, from increasing infant mortality to accelerating climate change, the future is indeed dark.  To summarily cede the largest trading bloc to China will haunt us for generations.

This is what I know.  The harm will be quickly legislatively engineered.  The effects will metastasize at a slower pace.  Pence, Ryan, and Bannon will fray the social safety net and the damage will not be undone for generations.  In these hyper-partisan times, re-engineering Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid is incomprehensible.same-crap-different-century

This clown show is currently booked for 4 years.  The fools lured into Cabinet posts won’t have comparable longevity.  They will be expected to fall on their swords like a Jonestown dance team to protect the dear Supine Leader’s emotional fragility.

If these people have their way, corporate profits will win over regulation.  To speed up making the world a more dangerous place, the House has passed legislation allowing regulations to be rolled back without the protections of normal rule-making.  We will soon be living in the “regulation-free jungle” where food, water, air, voting rights, and any number of basic human needs are a roll of the dice.

All of this is sad, but my despondence is deeper.  For me it is this simple:  I have always believed in the goodness of my fellow citizens — their better angels.  We are embarking on an era where such optimism is misplaced.

Trump is ushering in an era where the vindictive nature of the Tea Party/Trumpists will reign supreme.  It isn’t about a wall or health care – it is about causing pain.  Whether the enemies are Mexicans or people of color or the libruls or gays or immigrants, someone has to hurt in the goofy belief it will be a balm for generational economic transition.no-moderates-we-are-republicans

A $50 Billion great wall will never satiate people who fought to deny water to Katrina victims. Who fight funding for health care to children and the elderly.  Trump and his pack of jackals bragged about harnessing the anger of the electorate, I never believed our national morality would be the first victim.

If our collective goal in the American experiment was building the Utopian “shining city on the hill,” by surrendering our institutions to this callous cabal we have forsaken that dream, embraced the malevolence, and forever altered the course of our shared history.  This moralistic void chills the soul – hopefully our better angels will reawaken.  Last weekend’s march was a great start.

What’s on your mind today?

 

 

 

DEBATE CARICATURE PICTURE

Bad image-too male centric (sorry)

Put this in the “things I didn’t know” category but there is a debate between the Democratic candidates tonight.  Here are the particulars on it:

 

Saturday, November 14, 2015
CBS News Democratic Debate
9pm ET (8pm CT, 6pm PT)
Live Stream: CBSNews.com/Live
Aired On: CBS
Location: Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
Sponsors: CBS News, KCCI, the Des Moines Register
Moderator: John Dickerson
Candidates: Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley
If anyone wishes to comment on it, here’s your space for it!  I may be watching football or sleeping…haven’t made up my mind yet.  😆
 

disappearing dems in south

With the loss last Saturday by Mary Landrieu, D-La, to Bill Cassidy in the Senate race in Louisiana, indeed it could be she who turns out the lights.  Landrieu was also the last woman from Louisiana to hold a national office. from that portion of the Old South referred to as the Calhoun-Davis Belt.  That reference being to John C. Calhoun and Jefferson Davis.  There is still Bill Nelson of Florida but Florida is an odd duck:  Democratic/liberal on the Atlantic side and Republican/conservative in the panhandle and the Gulf of Mexico side.  So what exactly should the National Democratic Party do about the once “solid South”?

As Nate Cohn reflects in his article on the Landrieu loss:

The timing of the demise of the Southern Democrat is not coincidental. It reflects a complete cycle of generational replacement in the post-Jim Crow era. Old loyalties to the Democratic Party have died along with the generation of white Southerners who came of age during the era of the Solid South, before Brown v. Board of Education, before the Civil Rights Act.

Yet it also reflects the very specific conditions of 2014. Today’s national Democratic Party is as unpopular in the South today as it has ever been, in no small part because the party has embraced a more secular agenda that is not popular in the region.

“It’s a completely different party than it was 20 or 30 years ago,” said Merle Black, a professor of political science at Emory University. “When the Democratic Party and its candidates become more liberal on culture and religion, that’s not a party that’s advocating what these whites value or think.”

And as Guy Molyneux said in the Times article:

The dramatic decline of the Southern Democrats represents the culmination of a half-century of political realignment along racial and cultural lines. “Some of it is about Obama; most of it is about the longer-term realignment of white voter preferences…’.  The shift has contributed to the polarization of national politics by replacing conservative Democrats, who often voted across party lines, with conservative Republicans who do not.  [Italics mine]

Southern Democrats were not the liberals of the party but leaned more to the conservative/moderate side of the party.  There were no Kennedys in Dixieland.  As this piece in The Economist said:

White Southern Democrats were largely conservative before, and the Democratic domination of Congress in the second half of the 20th century rested on an uneasy coalition between men such as James Eastland, a senator from Mississippi who insisted three years after Brown v Board of Education banned segregation that “the vast majority of Negroes want their own schools, their own hospitals, their own churches, their own restaurants”, and northern urban liberals such as Ted Kennedy. Strom Thurmond, Richard Shelby and Phil Gramm—Southern Republican stalwarts all—were first elected as Democrats, and of the 37 Democrats who voted against the health-care bill in March, 16 were Southern whites. [Note:  this Economist article is from 2010]

So really, what should be done by the National Democratic Party about the South?  Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast says it’s time to “dump Dixie”.  He compared Mary Landrieu trying to get those 60 votes for the pipeline to this:

It was like witnessing the last two weeks of the life of a blind and toothless dog you knew the vet was just itching to destroy. I know that sounds mean about her, but I don’t intend it that way. She did what she could and had, as far as I know, an honorable career. I do, however, intend it to sound mean about the reactionary, prejudice-infested place she comes from. A toothless dog is a figure of sympathy. A vet who takes pleasure in gassing it is not.

He’s not really too fond of us, or rather where we live:

Practically the whole region has rejected nearly everything that’s good about this country and has become just one big nuclear waste site of choleric, and extremely racialized, resentment. A fact made even sadder because on the whole they’re such nice people! (I truly mean that.)

I thank Mr. Tomasky for saying we are such nice people.  We try…we really do!  And as far as our “nuclear waste site” we don’t really want it that way.  It’s just that we’ve had oligarchs controlling everything who range from Huey Long on the left to our current little dictator lil booby.  Mr. “T” is willing to dump all of the old south except possibly for Florida and Virginia because of…electoral votes.

They (the Dems) need Florida, arguably, at least in Electoral College terms. Although they don’t even really quite need it—what happened in 2012 was representative: Barack Obama didn’t need Florida, but its 29 electoral votes provided a nice layer of icing on the cake, bumping him up to a gaudy 332 EVs, and besides, it’s nice to be able to say you won such a big state. But Florida is kind of an outlier, because culturally, only the northern half of Florida is Dixie. Ditto Virginia, but in reverse; culturally, northern Virginia is Yankee land (but with gun shops).

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Good Thursday, Widdershins.  We have once again had ourselves quite a week here,  and continue to hold out hope for better times ahead.  I certainly hope that we feel increasingly patient while we wait for said better times.  In the meantime, there are a number of things that have happened that make Fonzie’s shark jump look rather commonplace by comparison.

We’ve spent much of the past week discussing Michael Brown, the hypermilitarization of local police forces, and the need to heal the divides separating class and color.  Mr. Brown has finally been laid to rest, SOD Chuck Hagel is considering an end to the DOD program which has so effectively armed the local gendarmes, and Sen. McCaskill states that she will ask for Senate hearings on the problem when – her words, not mine – Congress returns in September from their “work period at home”.  Please feel free to take a moment or two should you need to compose yourself.

I have been amazed, indeed somewhat discomforted, to discover that Sen. Rand Paul shares some of our feelings,  He commented that the US has recently funded significant arms and equipment specifically for anti-terrorist use in Fargo, N,D.  Paul rightly comments that, should the terrorists make it to Fargo, we can assume that it’s pretty well over.  A chat with some self-identified Libertarians friends enforces the notion that Libertarians as a group are unhappy with aggressive policing of any fashion.  They are also unhappy with the concept of gun control, assuming that the government wants us all to be helpless when the black helicopters arrive to attack our citizens.  In a way, especially after last week, I can see their logic.  However, that’s the very logic that validates law enforcement’s concept that everyone they encounter is armed to the teeth and ready to shoot.   The Far (Far, Far) Right seems okay with aggressive policing (as far as engaging “them” or any one else not a member of the FFR goes), and is fine with the whole concept of locked and loaded citizens.  In fact, the FFR has now decided that Liberals hate the Bill of Rights.

Frank Donatelli wrote an amazing screed for Real Clear Politics in which he accused Liberals, Barack Obama, and Nancy Pelosi of attempting to gut each and every one of the first ten amendments instead of the usual more limited assault om the Second, Ninth, and Tenth.  Of course the degredation of the First is based on the Hobby Lobby and Citizens United decisions that will forever enshrine this particular court in the Judicial Hall of Shame,   but rather than the usual victory laps, Mr. Donatelli is still shrieking like a ruptured water buffalo that grave harm almost befell the land. Read it and weep, smile, or a combination of both.   He admits that “they” still regard privacy.  He did not address quartering, search and seizure, cruel and unusual punishment, or the right to a speedy trial.  I hereby submit that we awful folk still hold any number of rights closely, as evidenced by this Politico post written by Lee Rowland, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  The salient difference is that liberals believe that the umbrella of rights belong to all.

In the interim, we have heard of yet another police shooting, or perhaps if one is blessed with an active imagination, not.  Seems that back in March in New Iberia, La. a young man named Victor White III was arrested, frisked, placed in handcuffs and transported in the back seat of a police car for further questioning.  He reportedly declined to exit the vehicle, so the officer went inside for some assistance.  Upon return to the cruiser, the victim was found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest, which the local coroner has declared to be self-inflicted.  The police state that they did pat him down, and no weapon was found.  Somehow, some way. this young man found a .25 caliber handgun and mystifyingly shot himself in the chest with his hands cuffed behind his back, while magaging to lacerate the left side of his face as well, and all in the relatively brief period of time that it took for the officer to go inside and obtain help to remove Victor from the vehicle.  The coroner insists that Victor’s habitus, plus the testimony of the officer, makes the death a clear case of suicide.  Go figure.  Disbelief, consider yourself to be indefinitely suspended.  We’ll get back to you later.

Finally, the last and only amusing  contender for the shark jump. is the ice bucket challenge.  The challenge itelf is a wonderful thing, and has raised beaucoup bucks for a worthy cause.  The shark was jumped when collegiate mascots were included.  The University of Connecticut’s husky called out the University of Georgia’a bulldog.  Challenges are being considered for Texas A&M’s collie, University of Tennessee’s blue tick hound, and LSU’s tiger.  Anybody up for giving a bucketful to Ralphie or Bevo?

This is an open thread.  Since football is back on, I’d better get busy cleaning behind my sofa.  I spend a fair share of time there during my Georgia games, sucking my thumb for comfort while the Cardiac Kids plod downfield.

 

 

Good Thursday, Widdershins.  Roughly fifty years ago, President Johnson estimated that the Democrats would lose the South for a generation. President Johnson was an optimist.  We are well into the second generation of Republican dominance in Dear Ol’ Dixie. But perhaps – just perhaps – there is a tiny streak of blue appearing on the horizon.

Of course I am speaking of my home state, Georgia.  At a recent convention, I spoke with some Georgians who were seriously mulling things over.  Yep, even considering overriding the Republican Reflex in the forthcoming midterms.  This caught my attention.  Now, we all understand that a Southern Democrat – a Dixiecrat, if you will – is not a true liberal.  I actually would stand a better chance in a Georgia primary than would Elizabeth Warren.  Maybe they never heard of me, but I am a homegirl and that would count for something. I am, however, much more liberal than either of the candidates currently running for office as Democrats, but that’s okay, as both of them are considerably more liberal than their Republican opponents, and sometimes you just have to take what you can get.

Georgia has been Ruby Red in thought process, though not always in registration and voting patterns.  The current Governor Nathan Deal is a Republican, but his predecessor (and my college classmate) Sonny Perdue shed his Democratic registration to oppose Democrat Roy Barnes, whose messed-up changes to the state flag doomed him.  In other words, we are not all that deep into the Republican Occupation of the statehouse.  Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) ousted sitting Democrat Max Cleland in one of the dirtiest campaigns ever recorded, where an ad had Cleland’s picture morphing into Osama bin Laden.  Therefore, that Senate seat is only one generation removed from a Democrat. Not that this won’t be a struggle.  Georgia is conservative and set in her ways.

However, one thing has always been true with Georgians, and that is that your family name is important.  In that arena, the current Democratic candidates are full-on winners.  Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are excellent choices for the forthcoming elections. Jason is the grandson of President Jimmy Carter.  While Carter’s presidency is largely- and in many ways unfairly – reviled, he is nevertheless the only Georgian to hold that office, and is still held in considerable esteem within the state despite his growing liberal tendencies.  He was a popular Governor during a difficult time period.  The family is well-regarded and employed any number of people in Southwest Georgia,  Jason differs in some beliefs with the former President.  Jason is approved by the NRA (A-), and believes in the death penalty for “heinous crimes”.  He also believes that the state should accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid, and has openly stated his bemusement that the current administration allows Georgian’s tax dollars to support care in far-flung states while permitting needy state residents to do without.  Nevertheless, to challenge a Republican incumbent is a steep climb, even though Governor Deal has not done himself any favors.  Remember Snowpocalypse, when he attempted to shift the blame for unplowed state roads in Atlanta onto the mayor?  Jason Carter lags Deal by an average of one point in the polls.  Whether Carter is running that strong or Deal is running that poorly is unclear at this time.

Michelle is the daughter of Sam Nunn, one of Georgia’s most beloved Senators.  Sam was elected to the Senate in 1972, and retired in 1997, citing a lack of enthusiasm as a reason.  He likely would have died in office otherwise.  He was moderate to conservative in his viewpoints, and opposed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.  He was in favor of school prayer, capping punitive damages, and limiting death penalty appeals.  On the other hand, he supported gun control, the environment, affirmative action, and immigration.  He was consistently pro-choice.  Although he was solidly pro-military, he voted against Gulf War I, and continues to work for nuclear, chemical and biological disarmament.  Needless to say, the surname “Nunn” is a big deal in Georgia.  Michelle is up and down in the polls against David Perdue, Governor Sonny’s venture capitalist cousin, but basically sits within the margin of error,

Georgia also has experienced some demographic changes.  Many African-Americans returned to The Dirty South after civil rights and affirmative action, and Hispanic and Asian populations have grown as well,  Current statistics show that 56% of all public school students are non-white, and the Republican Party’s efforts to expand its base have been laughable at best.   While you must consider that there are a lot of white faces in private schools, the number of non-white students in such institutions rises steadily as well.  Also, business is moving into the Atlanta area, and there is reason to believe that there may be enough to see changes occurring similar to North Carolina’s Research Triangle.  We know that Obama got 1.7 million votes in Georgia, and with midterms as they are, that should be enough to turn Georgia into a seriously purple state.  As usual, turnout will be the driver.  It worked in Virginia, and it can work in Georgia as well.

This is an open thread.

Good Monday, Widdershins.  This is the third and final installment in the Cavalcade of Chatblu.  MB should be back and ready to go again next week, and all should be well again in the Valley of the Widdershins.

Things are strange in the Valley of the Democrats.  One would reasonably think that Dems would be wildly celebrating the bounce-back of Hillary Clinton .  She’s clocking as high as a 69% approval rating, which should send both Party members and left-leaning denizens of the Fourth Estate into paroxysms of rapture.  It should especially bring about joy, considering the dearth of great candidates on any stripe on the current horizon.  It should, but it isn’t.

Predictably, the chattering class is at it again.  There is a far-left movement on favor of Elizabeth Warren.  She is a wonderful woman, and after some years of experience will make a terrific candidate.  Senator Warren has admitted as much herself, and is a signatory to a letter endorsing SOS Clinton’s candidacy.  Some time back, Chris Matthews mourned the loss of the “Clinton Democrats”, and vowed to ponder a way to bring them back into the fold. Now Chris  is again raising doubts about her fitness to run.  Hint:  you reviled her last time, then blustered against the women who turned their backs on the Democrats party.  You now wonder aloud why college-educated suburban women have increasingly left the party, yet somehow you cannot grasp the fact that all of this bluster may well be a factor in the defections – it certainly was in mine.

Predictably, Maureen Dowd has hopped aboard the Torpedo Hillary Express.  In a post for the New York Times, MoDo wonders aloud if HRC is too scarred from repetitive battles to ever recover enough to be Madame President.  She then draws a comparison between Sec. Clinton and Elsa from “Frozen”, and muses if Hillary will ever be able to let go and work for the good of the people.  She cites defensive posturing, but seems to miss her own point here:

On NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Clinton grew testy when Terry Gross pressed her on whether the decision to finally publicly embrace gay marriage was a personal evolution or a political “calculus” — now that it’s not as much of a political liability and now that the court has dismantled the dreadful Defense of Marriage Act, which her husband cravenly signed into law in 1996. Clinton said she couldn’t do it as secretary of state. But the vice president was not constrained from saying what was in his heart and pushing the president in the right direction.

Yes, Ms. Dowd?  And your point is what?  Joe Biden is a great guy who never, ever feels a downside to anything that he says or does. He is everyone’s lovable yet slightly crazy uncle.  Hillary Clinton would have been seen as “interfering” and “sabotaging” the President had she said anything even approaching “pushing” the President.  Women should not be “pushy” – remember?  I also remember that he was charismatic, and she was not.  I recall that he opposed the war, she voted for it.  She felt entitled, backed Wall Street, cut deals , etc., while he was fresh, new, innovative, blah, blah, blah.  Y’all missed one point – she’s much more experienced, and tends not to fold like a lawn chair when pushed.  That’s important.

I had spent a little time over the past year wondering if any of the pro-Obama folks were going to perform an Act of Contrition over the mess that they helped to create.  The war is a disaster, the Bush policies are now set in a fresh pool of concrete, and corporate welfare is at an all-time high.  Imagine, if you will, the shrieks from the Professional Left had  a President Hillary pulled off his industry-friendly Health Care Act with input from Max Baucus and Mike Enzi?   Can you imagine them sitting idly by and watching her escalate Afghanistan?

The wars will be forever part of the Bush legacy, but I’m afraid that Barack Obama is going to have to shoulder part of the blame for the wars and for the continued growth of  income inequality as well.  I guess this confirms that, while hope is always good, it takes some grounding and some experience to really promote change.  Hopefully, the American voters will not be sucked into the vortex again, and will permit someone with actual leadership to govern,

This is an open thread.

 

 

 

 


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