I came to this final presidential debate not looking for more proof that Trump was despicable. I came looking for more reasons to feel some measure of hope about voting for Hillary. And at the beginning of the debate, I got some of that. But it didn’t last long.
You see, this is where it all falls apart for me. It’s clear to most any liberal person that Trump is a liar, an egomaniac, a fascist-dictator wannabe, a misogynist, a racist, shockingly uninformed, and a serious threat. That’s what was obvious, has been, and continues to be. So for me it’s easy to post repeatedly about the horror-show that continues to be Donald Trump.
What seems more difficult and what I wish we would also see, are those same people posting about how Hillary wouldn’t answer the direct question placed to her about the contents of the Wikileaks emails. She turned the conversation, once again and without missing a breath, to the Russians. Forget for a moment that the new Cold War rhetoric being expressed recently is disturbing in its own right and needs to be watched closely. The truth of the matter is that these are two separate conversations. The question was about the content of the emails, not their origin. If you’re willing to overlook the content and her direct refusal to address it, that’s a problem for me. No one gets a free pass because Trump is despicable. And no one – and that includes Hillary’s most devoted supporters – should be okay with it. Continue reading “When They Go Low, So Do We: The Final Presidential Debate”
Perhaps if Dick Cheney had done what George W. did and simply tried to disappear into the banality of ex-presidential “suburban” life, history may have been kinder to them than they deserve. Lord knows we’ve seen some truly despicable people walk away with their reputations “softened” by the passage of time and an economic upswing. As Cheney himself has pointed out, Nixon was a prime example.
But Cheney is doing both Democrats and history a favor: He’s not leaving well-enough alone. No, Cheney is still putting his foot in his mouth in glorious public fashion as if under some grand illusion that he is going to lead a movement and take back the country. And as he tries to rewrite history, he only manages to shine an even brighter light on the flaws, debacles and criminal acts that define his vice presidency and the Bush Administration itself. A fact which I’m certain must worry George W. and his family quite a bit.
But who knows, maybe Cheney will be able to prove himself to be the man behind the curtain and assume full blame for the 8 years that nearly destroyed America while Bushy gains some sympathy as no more than a well-meaning, but none-too-bright tool.
Only time will tell.
In the meantime, former CIA special agent Jack Rice spoke on MSNBC stating about Cheney’s recent speech following President Barack Obama’s address at the American Enterprise Institute, Cheney “wrap[ped] himself in the flag with the Constitution in tatters at his feet.” While MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell claimed Cheney’s speech was “as sleazy a presentation from a vice president as we’ve had since Spiro Agnew. It was a complete abomination.”
Go HERE to watch Cheney’s speech.
Roger Stone, according to thedailybeast.com, “has had a hand in everything from Nixon’s dirty tricks to Eliot Spitzer’s resignation to spreading discredited rumors of a Michelle Obama ‘whitey’ tape during the 2008 Democratic primaries.”
However, the biggest feather in Stone’s cap was the “Brooks Brothers riot” of the 2000 election recount (wonderfully recreated in Danny Strong and Jay Roach’s HBO film RECOUNT). Stone led a massive group of pro-Bush protesters to intimidate the Miami-Dade County election board and succeeded in stopping the recount and, many would say, gave George W. Bush the White House.
So it’s fascinating to hear Mr. Stone’s reflections on that event today:
“There have been many times I’ve regretted it. When I look at those double-page New York Times spreads of all the individual pictures of people who have been killed [in Iraq], I got to think, ‘Maybe there wouldn’t have been a war if I hadn’t gone to Miami-Dade. Maybe there hadn’t have been, in my view, an unjustified war if Bush hadn’t become president.’ It’s very disturbing to me.”