AND THE DEMOCRAT NOMINEE IS…
No one has EVER liked Hillary; they liked Bill, Hillary just came with the package. She has been described as vicious, dishonest, foul-mouthed, vengeful and just not a nice person. Those who talk about her brilliance can’t point to a single accomplishment that would support that claim. There is an abundance of reasons why she is not qualified to be president, with only one that seems accurate: she is a woman.
She has been proclaimed the obvious candidate for the Democrats so often that no one dared question that supposition, despite a growing mountain of evidence that her character, capabilities and accomplishments are disqualifying factors. It was not that she was the best qualified for the job; it was simply that there was no one else who could cut through the hype. The only person that could take on Hillary was Hillary – and that is the one thing at which she has proven to be adept.
Going back to her days in the White House (and before, with the Rose Law Firm) she has been embroiled in one scandal after another: Travelgate, Vince Foster, IRS files, commodities trade and on and on. In her role as Secretary of State, for which she had no qualifying credentials, her performance reached a new low in Benghazi. Then came the revelations of the private email server, a scandal that is still unraveling. Finally, the personal slush fund and money machine called the Clinton Foundation. Hundreds of millions of dollars moving from wealthy individuals and countries to the Clintons: sometimes in direct payments (speaking fees); sometimes in special assistance (loans); and sometimes in foundation contributions. The standard line is: “There is no evidence of any impropriety.” C’mon… this woman is as crooked as Lombard St. in San Francisco!
Greed and arrogance is finally taking a toll on the Hillary machine and she is dropping like a rock in the polls. With her numbers plummeting, a strange phenomenon is taking place: competition. Bernie “Democratic Socialist” Sanders boldly stepped forward, but this seemed more symbolic than threatening. Elizabeth Warren has been talked about but has made no overt steps beyond policy statements confirming that the modern Democrat party and the Socialists are virtually indistinguishable. The Clinton stalwarts have been busy easing Hillary out of the shadows (behind the roped off media) and onto the public stage, a place she has until now avoided. It is reminiscent of the old Lucille Ball television shows: “Lucy, you have some ‘splainin’ to do.”
The “splainin’” has not gone well. Every week seems to have a new revelation about some Clinton Foundation “pay for play” story, the latest being the UBS/Switzerland connection. It seems the U.S. government sued UBS to disclose the names of 52,000 Americans believed to be hiding money in UBS, enabled with Swiss secrecy laws. The Swiss government appealed to then Secretary of State Hillary whose questionable interceding produced fewer than 5,000 names (the others, no doubt Friends of Hillary), thus resolving the matter. Oh yes, following the resolution, UBS:
Increased donations from $60,000 in 2008 to $600,000 in 2014.
Paid Bill Clinton $1.5 million in speaking and similar fees.
Loaned $32 million to the Clinton Foundation for “youth programs.”
Nope, there is no evidence of any impropriety. And the non-existent emails continue to show up. And the Hillary Clinton staff continue to cover up suspected dealings. And the personal server remains in Hillary’s possession. And the poll numbers drop …and drop …and drop.
A PARADIGM SHIFT
All of a sudden, the Hillary coronation is looking like a not-so-sure event. All of a sudden, the Hillary against Hillary battle is winning…or losing… it’s just a matter of perspective. The “brilliant” media pundits have finally come to realize something many of us have been saying for some time: Hillary is beatable… not just in the general election, but in her own Party. Her past is catching up to her present, and her present is a downright ugly place and getting uglier.
Now that her vulnerability has been acknowledged, who is the likely heir apparent? (Democrats don’t like spirited competition, they prefer one crown prince or princess to carry the Progressive/Socialist mantra; competition may expose the message to flaws.) The obvious replacement is none other than Joe Biden, current VP and largely baggage free (except for occasional flare-ups of foot-in-mouth disease).
Now Biden is a reasonable choice, but let’s not jump to conclusions. After all, Democrats have egos too and there are a couple of other candidates who may feel a sense of entitlement. They will not let the torch be passed without their own claim to possession being considered. First among them is that “negotiator in chief,” John Kerry. As a friend of Iran, disgraced veteran and friend of Jane Fonda, and current occupant of the seat formerly occupied by Hillary, he has a lot of Democrat appeal. I predict that Kerry will enter the race as well as Biden.
With neither Biden nor Kerry considered rocket scientists or political minds of the first order, there is likely to be tugging back and forth with no clear-cut preference. This logjam might be damaging to the Democrat strategy of letting the crown go to the most leftward candidate!
Enter the Party “senior statesman,” Al Gore: Nobel laureate, father of climate change, inventor of the Internet and the “real” winner of the 2000 election (stolen by Bush and the Supreme Court). Now Gore is savvy enough not to get into the dirt. If he enters the competition, as I suspect he will, it will not be until late in the campaign – and it may not be until a brokered Democrat convention, where he accepts a draft to break the Biden-Kerry deadlock. You say it’s against the rules? Democrats play by Chicago rules, that is, there are no rules.
As for Sanders and Warren… mere distractions. They were simply there to take some of the attention off Hillary and it didn’t work. She is mired in mud so deep even THEY couldn’t pull her out. But they won’t mind. Any of the other potential candidates are as leftist as Hillary; it’s six Socialists to the one, and half-dozen Progressives to the other.
while you may not take this to the bank, it is entirely possible…
The Democrat nominee for president of the United States is…
Al Gore … again
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
- Winston Churchill