After finishing last night’s podcast, I went to the PBS tv channel last light looking for the Dr. Blake Mysteries, and instead of a middle-aged Australian doctor found two elderly American socialists, or, as Paul Mirengoff put it, a socialist demagogue debate a liar doing a weak impersonation of a socialist demagogue. After deploring Hillary’s yellow jacket worthy of an Austin Powers villain, I opted to play some music while reading a book.
Scott Johnson posted the video of the debate and sees it one way,
The Democratic Party is united in staking its future on fundamental falsehoods, from race and crime and sex (discrimination) and illegal immigration and the position of the United States abroad. Watching Clinton and Sanders speak to these matters in tandem is almost shocking. We are in the realm of all-embracing lies.
Despite her manifest limitations as a candidate for elective office, last night Hillary Clinton appeared formidable. She had Sanders on the defensive most of the evening. She has hitched her wagon to President Obama. Sanders presented as a sort of a leftist hippie throwback decrying the malign influence of Henry Kissinger on Hillary Clinton. One almost expected him to share his memories of Woodstock in the summer of ’69. Of all the things on anyone’s worry list in 2016, I think it is safe to say that the influence of Henry Kissinger on Hillary Clinton must rank somewhere near the bottom. Sid “Vicious” Blumenthal would be another story, but Sanders isn’t going anywhere near it.
The only person I know who brought up Henry Kissinger did so several years ago (and that was because they ran into him at a restaurant), but Bern looks back to the communist future where Henry carried enough weight to be a campaign issue.
Brendan Bordelon, on the other hand, saw a different debate, and thinks that Hillary’s performance is unlikely to break the Bernmentum,
“I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend,” Sanders continued, prompting loud applause. “I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger.” Clinton tried to return fire. “Well, I know journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy, and we have yet to know who that is,” she said. “Well, it ain’t Henry Kissinger, that’s for sure,” Sanders shot back, blunting yet another attack.
Indeed, two debates for the price of one! Yet both Bern and Hill agree that, under Obama,
life in the United States is a nightmare from which millionaires and billionaires and the Koch brothers and the Republicans will not allow us to awake.
While the two Dems argued over a former Secretary of State who served thirty-nine years ago, neither went into the
recent batch of State Department documents released by Judicial Watch this week. Judicial Watch had requested: “All emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-“state.gov” email address.”
As Paul Mirengoff correctly points out,
The material is marked classified as “Foreign government information” and “foreign relations or foreign activities of the US, including confidential sources.”
This is “an intelligence catastrophe”,
Dan McGuire, a long-time Defense Department strategic planner, confirms [Andrew] McCarthy’s general assessment:
[T]he intelligence community is undoubtedly conducting damage assessments and evaluating the viability of any ongoing operation that may have been exposed to unauthorized personnel. The vulnerability of HRC’s server to foreign government hacking cannot be overlooked – even the DCI, John Brennan, has been the target of hackers.
The Dems are, as a whole, pretty quiet on the subject, except to dismiss the flagrant security breaches from their top candidate to the highest elected office while serving as Secretary of State as a non-issue.
The one Republican candidate seizing the story is Ted Cruz, with a new ad (which Pete just mentioned) that spoofs Office Space, bringing it to popular culture,
The panel on Morning Joe, who all hate Ted Cruz, of course were flabbergasted that he would do such a thing as transgress against Hillary, their Mother Gaia of liberalism.
The Hillary look-alike even wore pearls.
Let’s hope the rest of the Republican candidates start paying attention.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.