Ah, Hillary, you kissed that stone didn't you?
Okay, okay. The Democratic presidential primary is now looking for kindergarten candidates. One's who understand the need for rest periods and potty breaks. The name calling has sunk to levels that should make everyone but the Rush Limbaugh's of the world blush. Rush, I think, is so in love with the sound of his own rhetoric he no longer hears what he himself says. Just so he hears that voice.
That the candidate's surrogates have chosen to follow a similar path isn't surprising. It's one of the more embarrassing facets of American political campaigns. I'm sure the world often wonders why we elect any of the candidates that have such surrogates speaking in their behalf.
Here we have Barack Obama having to explain away words he never spoke. Not only the Reverend Wright but retired General McPeak who likened Bill Clinton's tactics to McCarthyism. The insinuation that only McCain and Hillary are true patriots was less than subtle. That is McCarthy-like considering the witch hunts McCarthy went on in his relentless search for Communists.
I'm not keeping score but I think the Clintonites are ahead in the mudslinging and name calling department. There was the 3 a.m. phone call commercial, Geraldine Ferraro's comment stating Obama would not have risen to such heights had he not been black. Bill's likening Obama to Jesse Jackson after the South Carolina primary and now James Carville comparing Bill Richardson's endoresement of Obama to being Judas.
Wow. Every evening when I tune on the news I sit with baited breath wondering what will be revealed today. One would like to think this race would be decided on how each candidate understands the issues and how likely their solutions are to work but so far the mudslinging reigns.
I can tolerate that for awhile longer if I must. I listen to the pundits debate which attack is going to do the most damage and most agree these are little more than minor misteps and will soon be forgotten.
They have included in that Hillary's exaggeration of her foreign policy credentials. I can't let this one go quite so easily because she is the one who claims she is tested and ready to be commander-in-chief on day one. If true there is no need to make "mistatements". But she's made a beaut.
On going to Bosnia, with Chelsea, Sinbad and Sheryl Crow it seemed more like a first lady led USO tour. If it was more than that she should have been up on charges for child endangerment for having put Chelsea in harms way! As you'll hear in the video clip, she recalls quite clearly "landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."
She now claims she made a mistake. Right. You'd think if the candidates can't, their staffs would remember there is video out there of virtually everything!
It makes me wonder what else she has misspoken about. Or has she spoken candidly about anything in her lust for power? She told reporters today, according to the AP, "So I made a mistake. That happens. It shows I'm human, which for some people is a revelation."
It's a revelation all right. But not about being human.