The Gathering Gloom

Don’t call them Cankles.Title: “Hard Choices”

Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Rank: 3

Blurb: “Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.”

Review: “Hillary Clinton is a liar a cheat and should be impeached out of the White House over Bendgozie.”

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Footnote: John McCain in a pantsuit.

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I sort of like Hils. She’s tough. She can fight (politically). She is smart. I can respect that a lot.

Then there’s the rabid social climbing, the poor choices in staff (Mark Penn, etc), the fawing of special interests (again everyone does it but her team was pretty bad), the complacency, the entitlement (?), tone deafness and the whole war hawk thing which allowed Barry to beat her in 2008.

@ManchuCandidate: But there’s that. And I would add “money-grubbing” to “social climbing” in your comments. And the cold-blooding throwing folks under the bus.

@ManchuCandidate: @SanFranLefty: a high school buddy, liberal as they come, voted for Dole because of various Clinton misdeeds. I very carefully explained to him the most important reason to vote for the Democrat, no matter how distasteful – the federal courts. It has come to the point where, on important cases, a Reagan/Bush/Bush 2 appointed judge will give the opposite ruling that a Carter/Clinton/Obama appointed judge will. And that ruling is almost always bad, and wrong. And the laws laid down in those cases can last for generations before that wrong is righted.

I thought I would think better of her after the time spent as Secretary of State, but turns out I don’t. I don’t, in particular, trust her not to send in the troops every time the Beltway says she must, which is about every other week. Her Iraq vote wasn’t a “mistake”, it was bad instincts — she’s much more hawkish than Bubba, and proud of it.

But, alas, there’s no competent alternative yet, so we’re probably looking at a Least Worst election, like most of them. You only get Hope (and dashed hopes) once a generation.

@blogenfreude: I don’t think anybody’s arguing for voting for one of them. But I’m not going to feign enthusiasm for a stinker.

Least Worst is a Canada City election strategery!

It’s basically how I vote. I pick the one who pisses me off the least.

If I end up moving to a red state (please no!), I’ll no longer have the privilege of voting for commies. Are there any interesting Dem contenders?

@ManchuCandidate: Hey! I just realized that BC and Canada are *not* the same thing. Don’t ask; just praise.

To be … fair. A lot of Raygun/Bush I appointees have ruled against the wingnuts in terms of gay marriage and other social issues. Although their biggest damage would be in regards to corps vs everyone else.

Heh. Although people from BC would like it to be the same thing. This coming from a guy who lives in the Toronto area and has had the “Self centered Big evil Toronto” thing thrown in his face from his western Canada City friends.

@blogenfreude: Oh believe me, it’s all about the federal courts with me, and why I’ll never vote Green for the presidency.

@SanFranLefty: Ralph Nader would have made great appointments (Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn) but otherwise, a disaster.

@blogenfreude: Pray tell, which Senate would have approved Chomsky and Zinn?

Dudes ain’t/weren’t lawyers. Even if the Senate were trippin’ balls, they’d never forget that.

@ManchuCandidate: I’m still tripping on y’all’s map.

I think I just heard Boner blame Obama for Cantor’s loss. Speaking about tripping.

@Dodgerblue: I’m sure Obama is to blame for the meltdown known as the Miami Heat.


I tripped over my suitcase and landed headfirst on my nightstand. Trufax. #ObamaTrippin

These blurbs! Who Vuvu? Vuvu? Vuvu?

Easy Choices: Never voting for the Hillbot 3000ator.

@SanFranLefty: I really don’t understand what happened to all the Heat players not named “James.” I mean, even Jordan couldn’t win it by himself.

Looks like the Germans are marching through Portugal. Does the US have a chance this afternoon?

@Dodgerblue: Their hope is to get a tie. Ghana has beaten the US in the last two world cups.


“And the cold-blooding throwing folks under the bus.”

You say that like it’s a bad thing. I can’t help but think this country would have been a lot better off right now if Billary was president for the last six years while Obama was learning how to be an executive as VP and getting ready to run now for the top spot.

@libertarian tool: It’s all counterfactual, but I suspect Hillary would have been all the worst parts of Barry with none of the benefits.

Full disclosure: I have health insurance for the first time since I went freelance twenty years ago.

Just heard the president calling on the Iraqi government to show more political accommodation and maturity than the Republicans ever managed.

@Benedick: He is sending 300 “advisors”? I suppose this is all political so he can’t be blamed for “losing” Iraq.

@Dodgerblue: @Benedick: Sending “advisors” into a war zone sounds relatively innocuous unless you were around and paying attention during the Vietnam war.

I’m pretty sure these “advisors” all have to be special forces. I’m also pretty sure that a prerequisite of meaningful air support is having a bunch of special forces with laser pointers and radios deep in the war zone.

[ Obligatory mention that Oregon’s Wayne Morse was one of two senators voting against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. ]

At least our megamillions Baghdad Embassy presumably has a better heliport.

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