Monday, October 03, 2016

Clinton’s Calculus: Machado vs Broaddrick

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders’ choice for President, is not only the most experienced candidate for President in – to take a cue from her handlers – the world; she is also the most clever campaigner for president, far more clever than the duffer Donald Trump.

Well, perhaps a touch less clever than soon to be ex-President Barack Obama who, when he dished Mrs. Clinton in the 2008 presidential primary, was certainly not the most experienced presidential candidate in U.S. history. The historical muse reminds us that Ulysses Grant is one of the few presidents who had less political experience than Mr. Obama – and it showed when the Grant presidency fell into the Whiskey Ring and other multiple scandals. Lack of experience tells, but so does experience.

Politicians with a wealth of experience tend to run on their records, except on those occasions when their records are unusually damning. Presidential candidates lacking political experience tend to run as agents of change, which can be a tricky business.

The thing about change is this: One never knows whether the effects of change will be beneficial until the changes have been deployed, at which point it is too late to repair the damage or dismiss the architect of the unwanted changes. Ideologues such as Mr. Obama are impervious to sweet persuasion, and the United States has no recall provision for erring presidents. Impeachment, the punishment for which is dismissal from office, is an impractical, rarely used device to purge the country of presidential menaces. As a general rule, citizens of United States rely on term limits as a fitting purgation. After all, how much damage, a tolerant nation asks, can a president do in eight short years?

It will not be long before the Obama administration is put under the microscope by real presidential historians; the political sands in Mr. Obama’s presidential hour glass are fast running out. Critics even now suppose that history will not be kind to Mr. Obama. His foreign policy lacks intellectual rigor and ballast, and his domestic policy, especially his pricey and faltering health care scheme, is messy. Having inherited a $10 trillion deficit from the hapless George W. Bush, Mr. Obama has added about $10 trillion to the insupportable deficit.

But, all will agree, this guy sure knew how to campaign. And so, the left of center media continues to assure the rest of us, does Mrs. Clinton, the bearer of Mr. Obama’s defective legacy.

But does she?

In an attempt to discredit Mr. Trump in the eyes of women, whose votes Mrs. Clinton covets as the first woman president in U.S. History, Mrs. Clinton has dragged former Miss Universe Alicia Machado out of the shadows and propped her up before her own campaign as an example of Mr. Trump’s bitter treatment of women. When Mrs. Clinton banged the Machado piñata during the first presidential “debate” of the current silly season, campaign gold fluttered down upon her.

But in the meanwhile a camel was poking its nose into Mrs. Clinton media protected tent. Here in Connecticut, Juanita Broaddrick paid a visit to the “Lori On Liberty” radio talk show program, where the much reviled victim of a predatory Governor and President was given a platform by Lori Hopkins Cavanagh. Her story – Mr. Clinton, Governor of Arkansas for a dozen years, raped me, bit my lip when I protested the violation, and later sent his bimbo-slaying wife my way to subtly threaten me not to divulge the incident – is both compelling, considering other of Mr. Clinton’s predatory relationships with women, and believable.  A devastating book – “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” by Peter Schweizer – is now in print. The book is an embarrassingly close examination of the Clinton Foundation, which was and is, in part, a receptacle for funds delivered to Mr. and Mrs. Clinton’s family run business by foreign governments fishing for special favors from the likely winner of the U.S. Presidential contest.

These Pandora Boxes were opened by Mrs. Clinton during her first debate with Mr. Trump. Whether Mr. and Mrs. Clinton’s failings may be successfully exploited by Mr. Trump during a second and third debate is… well, debatable.  To do so, Mr. Trump will have to stop thinking solipsistically that the world revolves around his naval and try his best to convince voters that  a future  in which the nation will be safe from the ravages of the Clintons and an extended Obama legacy will be one in which America will be made great again.

Don’t bet on it. Mrs. Clinton isn’t, and neither are the members of Connecticut’s all Democratic U.S. Congressional Delegation, all of whom, along with Governor Dannel Malloy, support Monica’s ex-boyfriend’s wife – see the above sign of the times.

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