Monday, April 13, 2015

Let the Games Begin BENGHAZI!!!!

I finally had an opportunity to check out Hillary Clinton's announcement of her 2016 presidential run. I think it's great that there is a serious female candidate for the presidency, though I have to confess that the very prospect of a Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton was so distasteful to me in 2008 that I was relieved that Barack Obama won the nomination (I also didn't want the 2008 presidential campaign to be a referendum on what the candidates were doing during the Vietnam War era).

While a lot of the commentary is dealing with the "baggage" that Hillary Clinton has accumulated over the years, I'd pooh-pooh that as typical media "horse race" B.S. Most people don't have the particular obsessions that right-wingers have, so mentioning Vincent Foster will draw blank stares from normal people and Hillary Clinton value meal "jokes" will offend them.

The main line of attack against Ms Clinton will doubtlessly be the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Republicans aren't too swift, they tried to use the Benghazi attacks as an issue in the 2012 presidential election, and they failed. Their multiple attempts to make the Benghazi attacks into political hay have become a grotesque punchline, and their current hearings led by Trey Gowdy (R-Uncanny Valley) promise to be a grotesque farce.

A lot of the right-wingers' rage hinges on semantics regarding Secretary of State Clinton's rhetorical question about the motivations of the Benghazi attackers, ripped out of context and distorted to make it seem as if she were indifferent to the deaths of four State Department employees. It's a lie, but we're going to hear a lot of lies during the upcoming Stupid Season.

I think Hillary Clinton should flip the bird to all of her GOP opponents by choosing this as her campaign theme song:

I imagine a lot of Republicans will be getting cease-and-desist letters from The Moz.

Postscript: Truth to tell, I'd still be happier with an Elizabeth Warren candidacy, but that's just not going to happen.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I'd like to see Ms. Clinton's opinion on Obama's crappy 'trade' deals.

I expect the worst, but maybe she wants my vote?

Tom Allen said...

So I guess 2016 isn't even going to be a referendum on what Democrats were doing during the Iraq War era? Well, if nothing else, at least this presidential campaign will put to rest the lies that Democrats are anti-war and anti-Wall Street.

mikey said...

Just a brief PSA: Here in America, we don't vote 'for', we vote 'against'. I'll be voting for Hillary, not because I WANT her to be President - I'd sure like to think that somewhere there's a worthwhile candidate NOT named Clinton - but because I really, really, REALLY don't want any of the Bush/Walker/Rubio/Huckabee/Paul/Ryan clown car to be President...

Anonymous said...

Likewise my dream team would have been headed by Warren, but yes, Mikey is right -- we are forced to vote "against" more than "for".

And also, tho' the Dems are far from perfect, the other side is nucking futs.

Chickpea said...

We are being swamped with our own election bullshit at the moment, but have heard a few snippets from across the pond. Some breathtaking misogynist comments when it comes to Hilary.