Monday, November 28, 2016

Oh, What a Tangled Web...

It doesn't seem real. Trump. President. I would have bet Kanye West would have had a better chance. Aii, the Democrats have no one to blame but themselves.

The Dems cheated; they cheated their own people. The Democratic National Committee hijacked the democratic process during the Democratic primary. They did it for Hillary. They believed she was entitled. Bill Clinton said it himself, said, "She deserves it." Deserves? Royalty, and "due of birth," deserves. Americans earn.

Trump, despite his boorishness, fought his way through 15 other seeming more competent Republican candidates to get the Republican nomination - candidates which included eight governors, five senators, a Fortunes 500 CEO, and a physician. Meanwhile, Hillary was sailing along, past her only competition - that was by design - a 73 year-old socialist Independent from the quiet state of Vermont. (He made her look young, to boot.) Could her road to the Democratic nomination have been made any easier?

But, that wasn't enough. Then, Donna Brazile, Democratic National Committee chairperson, lifted a debate question from CNN and passed it on to Hillary. When that question was posed to her in the subsequent debate, Hillary hit it out of the park. Later, after CNN discovered Brazile's breach, the network fired her. The damage was done.

There is an idealism about young people that is precious. For all the talk about Hillary's emails, Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation and "pay for play," the lifted debate question - that deft bit of skullduggery - may have been the drop of water that sent Hillary's cup to overflowing, and swept her away. No matter how much the heavy-hitters - Beyonce, LeBron, Barack, Michelle - implored the millennials to get out and vote for Hillary, those young people could not get the bad taste out of their mouths left by a woman who appeared to have everything, and still stooped to cheat an old gentleman named "Bernie", who appeared to have so little.

Monday, November 21, 2016

The "Machado" Card

Hillary Clinton, the self-proclaimed "champion of women's rights", has pulled out her "Machado card", again. Ms. Machado is the Venezuelan beauty queen infamously slammed by Donald Trump for "getting fat" back in 1991 when he was owner of the pageant. Hillary introduced Machado to Americans at the first presidential debate, seeking to highlight Trump's abusive treatment of women. That swipe sent Trump into a week-long rant.

On November 1, Hillary used Machado again - this time, asking the young lady to introduce her (Hillary) at an Ohio rally. One CNN correspondent described Hillary's actions (rather benignly) as "seeking to bait Trump" - to get under his thin skin, again, and send him off on another tangent.

What appears to go unnoticed is Hillary's cynicism. Her dangling of Machado in front of Trump reminds one of how a matador manipulates a red cape to incite a bull. In essence, Hillary is exploiting Machado in real time - doubling down on the poor woman's victimhood, using the spectacle of Machado's public shaming for her (Hillary's) political gain.

That isn't all of the damage Hillary has done to women, (or inspired them to do to themselves); especially women of color in this campaign.

Debbie Wasser-Schulz, the Hispanic-American congresswoman from Florida, was forced to step down as Democratic National Committee chairperson for wrongs she committed against Bernie Sanders in her over-zealous effort to pave the way for Hillary.

Donna Brazile, an African-American, and CNN analyst who replaced Wasserman-Schulz as DNC chairperson, was ignominiously fired this past week by CNN for stealing primary debate questions from the network and passing them on to Hillary prior to her primary debate against Sanders. When Fox News' Megan Kelly called Brazile out on her indiscretions, Brazile became indignant, and declared: "I'm a Christian woman..." (mumbling some passage from the Bible), and then blamed the Russians.

Meanwhile, Huma Aberdeen, and Arab-American, and Hillary's "right-hand woman," is being chased by the FBI.

Nevertheless, a smiling Hillary stood before a crowd in Ohio and insured them that: "They (the FBI) have nothing on me."

For a moment - I swear - I got a glimpse of Al Capone. "Go Hill!"