I’ve been perplexed for six years as to why Hillary-the-Inevitable has already been deemed our next president. Likewise, I didn’t understand the Dems insistence on continually pumping up the deflated War on Women balloon and attempting to send it aloft again…and again when it clearly hasn’t been ready for prime time since the ‘80’s.
Then, as I was reading Daniel Henninger’s column, Captain America Won’t Save Us, it hit me: it was all part of “the deal” as I’ll explain in a bit.
You have to feel sorry for the Democrats. In a world warming to presidential politics, what do they talk to each other about? Nearly two years from the election, they’ve already got their launch vehicle in place, former everything Hillary Clinton . Fire and forget.
The one-time First Lady, U.S. senator and Secretary of State pumped up a political crowd in Silicon Valley this week by vowing, presumably as president, to “crack every last glass ceiling.”
The article goes on to explain that the other camp suffers from the opposite problem: the Republicans have more candidates for the number one slot than the Westminster Dog Show.
It’s all great fun. But there’s something a little off about the Republican presidential conversation right now. It doesn’t come close to reflecting the seriousness of the task facing voters in 2016: Elect a successor to the most catastrophic American presidency in over 80 years. And it ain’t over yet.
Instead of offering an anxious electorate a recognizable alternative to this status quo, the Republicans look like they’re obsessed with discovering Captain America.
We’ll get back to that, butt I still couldn’t get past the first two paragraphs about Hillary being a slam-dunk:
Why can’t Republicans be more like Democrats? The Dems have been planning for winning the 2016 election since 2008. In fact it was part of winning the ‘08 election; “the deal” between the Clintons and the Obama camp. When it became obvious that BO had somehow out-charmed the lovely Hillary with the press, that he was going to win the nomination and go on to be deigned America’s first real black president, the deal with the Clintons was struck. In return for their support Hillary would not only get the Secretary of State position to develop her foreign affairs bona fides, butt the O-camp would spend the next 8 years ginning up the “war on women” machine to such a fevered pitch that by the time Hilz ran the country would be as emotionally attached to the idea of breaking through that imaginary “glass ceiling” to elect the country’s first Magic Female president as they had been to elect the first “Magic Negro.”
So don’t expect the Republican’s War on Women!® to go away anytime soon.
Mr. Henninger goes on to explain that in normal times it might not matter how the Republicans - without a coherent message or strategy – go about selecting a candidate; butt these are definitely NOT normal times:
The task that Barack Obama is dumping on the next U.S. president, of either party, is overwhelming.
Here’s the job description: Needed, a U.S. president able to confront a world in chaos, rebuild shattered alliances, revive the country’s demoralized intelligence services and senior officer corps, manage foreign and domestic demands with a budget that will be drained for years by fantastically expensive debt servicing, and along the way restore public faith in an array of deeply politicized federal bureaucracies—Justice, HHS, EPA, Labor, Internal Revenue, the NLRB, FCC, EEOC, even the Federal Reserve.
That - plus allowing Iran to go nuclear, ignoring the nation’s immigration laws and ruining our health care system by cramming ObamaKare down our throats – pretty much summarizes the things that most everyone here is so frustrated about. And it also explains our current state of mind regarding the team that can’t shoot straight, which of course doesn’t matter if the whole team’s going to form a circular shooting squad anyway.
So what to do? Unfortunately Mr. Henninger leaves us hanging, lamenting that it’s up to the “big donors” to dictate real policy to the candidates. Are you kidding! That’s exactly what gave us the current regime! And if Hillary turns to her “big donors” to dictate policy, that glass ceiling she just smashed through is very likely to leave some nasty marks:
"She tweets about women's rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights.” – Carly Fiorina, CPAC February 26
So I’m afraid this time I can’t take Mr. Henninger’s advice. I’m going to continue to look for Captain America, because he/she’s out there, and just trust me: it ain’t Jeb Bush. (h/t Gerard)
So sure, it would be nice if the Republicans could get their act together, butt until they do I suggest we continue to analyze all the balloons they’re floating:
There’s sure to be one that can float our sinking boat.