1. The smug comments from Democratic pundits and operatives about how “substantive” the Democratic debates have been and how “ugly” and “childish” the GOP debates have been is really nauseating, and the news media should flag it as such. When one candidate is ugly and childish, as well as shameless about being so, the other candidates have little choice but to get down in the mud. That’s the situation in the Republican debates, and that is entirely due to Donald Trump. When, meanwhile, one candidate is notable for lack of trustworthiness and dishonesty, and her only opposition refuses to reference the major reason the public (accurately) believes her to be so, the resulting debate will be muted. Sanders, in short, isn’t doing his job. That’s nothing for Democrats to be smug about.
2. Last week it was learned that at least 2,079 emails Clinton sent or received on her unsecured, private server contained classified material, though she initially said that she handled no classified material whatsoever. That’s at least 2,079 lies. We learned that she received those emails on two devices , a BlackBerry and an iPad that she received in June 2010, despite the fact that she said, after news broke about her personal email account, she’d done this as a matter of convenience so she would not have to carry two devices, saying, “I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two.” This was also a lie.
We learned that many, many people, including lobbyists, lawmakers, White House officials, State Department employees, John Kerry and President Obama communicated directly with Clinton using her personal email address. This is just another part of the Obama Administration Ethics Train Wreck, Outrageous Arrogance and Incompetence Division. That so many should have reported it and didn’t, as well as stopped it, is no excuse for the corrupted Clinton enablers to latch onto, and it doesn’t make what she did any less outrageous and reckless. It doesn’t excuse her irresponsible conduct at all. It just shows how lazy and amateurish others were as well.
We earlier learned that hackers with ties to Russia tried at least five times to access Clinton’s account over a four hour period on the morning of Aug. 3, 2011, by sending her emails. The Clinton campaign says there is no evidence to suggest she opened them, giving the hackers access to her computer. That is just moral luck.
Finally, we learned this week that Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State WROTE 104 emails, using her private server, that the State Department has since designated as classified.
Was Clinton asked about anything related to her e-mail lies and incompetence regarding national security last night, or about her incompetent oversight of her own agency, which is supposedly one of the credits that makes her so qualified to be President?
No. That’s a breach of competence by CNN and Anderson Cooper, with pure complicity by Bernie Sanders.
3. Why is the news media’s description of the Flint crisis, especially when the debate is in Flint, so misleading and sloppy? Here’s how Cooper introduced the topic: “The state of Michigan, in an effort to save money, switched Flint’s water source to a cheaper, but riskier alternative, the Flint River.”
Wrong, misleading, wrong. First, It has to be made clear that Flint is broke, and before it was broke, it was horribly managed. The State took the city over, as states will do in such circumstances, and any decisions made by the Flint city council—mostly Democrat—had to be approved by a state manager. Flint, which would like to stop being a basket case, decided, not the state, to save money by getting water from Lake Huron, instead of the expensive Detroit water system. The emergency manager signed off on Flint’s plan; it was not a state plan. The transition would take a year or so, and the Flint River was a temporary source, not a “cheaper alternative.”
What Cooper’s description suggests—I read a similar one in the Boston Globe today—is that the State of Michigan said, “Let’s save some money and make the people of Flint drink out of the Flint River. It’s good enough for them.” That’s the false narrative Democrats are pushing, because on both sides of this mess are Democratic politicians and appointees screwing up: in the city itself, and in the Federal government. The State, and its Republican governor, are certainly accountable for poor decisions, but not the decision being attributed to them.
4. Bernie Sanders is being attacked by Hillary supporters because he hushed Clinton as she tried to interrupt him, saying. “Excuse me, I’m talking.” The Horror. Later in the debate, he did it again, snapping, “Let me finish, please!” And again: “Can I finish, please? All right?”
Says the Washington Post: “Sanders may speak with everyone this way (he often cuts off reporters of both genders mid-sentence), but in this case he risked offending female voters who have been wavering on whether to back Clinton.”
In a word, “ARRRRRRRGHHHHHHHH!” Women are still trying to have it both ways, it appears, even while they want to elect a “strong female leader.” This is an early warning that President Clinton’s staff, hacks and media flacks will be using her gender the way Obama’s minions have used his race—as a cheap, unfair, cynical and divisive way to muzzle critics and opponents and to stop them from treating her the way feminists claim they want to be treated: exactly the same as men. They do—unless they don’t.
Clinton’s in the arena, and has no right to expect to be treated like a lady.
5. Bernie Sanders really is ridiculous, to an insulting degree. He started talking about Wall Street when asked how he’d solve the lead crisis in Flint. Single issue, single focus candidates aren’t serious candidates, or shouldn’t be. That Sanders is Clinton’s sole opposition is proof of how rigged her nomination is, and the fact that she isn’t clobbering him shows her weakness as a candidate. (Note: it is rich hearing liberal pundits accuse the Republican Party of plotting to rob Trump of the nomination if he has the most delegates, when the Democratic Party “super delegate system” allows it to do the same thing, just in a different way.)
6. Does Hillary have less self-awareness than any Presidential candidate ever? She has said, laughably, that she has never lied. She has said that women who accuse men of sexual assault—you know, like the women who accused her husband while she worked to silence them—have a right to be believed. In the debate, she called on Rick Snyder to resign, seemingly applying the same principle which hold her responsible for Benghazi: he was in charge, there was a disaster on his watch, and whether he was directly at fault or not, he should take the fall. I agree with that principle, but like so many others, Hillary likes it as long as she isn’t subject to it.
7. My vote for the most irresponsible statement of the night: Sanders promising that he would reduce the prison population by nearly 600,000 people in four years. That’s either wild pandering to the black community, or creeping insanity. Does Bernie really think that more than 25% of the prison population are just harmless people who like a joint now and then?
8. I have to give Bernie props, however, for providing one of the most vivid examples of how the knee-jerk guilty-white left sees African-Americans as clichés, stereotypes and abstractions. Asked about his “racial blind spots”—a certifiably terrible question (though not as bad as the earlier “Do you believe that God is relevant, why or why not?“) and essentially a demand for self-flagellating white privilege cant, Sanders answered,
“When you are white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto, you don’t know what it’s like to be poor, you don’t know what it’s like to be hassled when you are walking down a street or dragged out of a car.”
Because all blacks are poor, and no whites are. Because there are no white ghettos.
I’ve been hassled walking down the street, by the way. When I lived on Capitol Hill, in D.C. By blacks. Nah, I must have imagined it.
9. Finally, I have to point out that Don Lemon’s statement, “As a black man in America, if I were born today I’d have a one in three chance of ending up in prison in my life” is not just nonsense, but poisonous nonsense. He makes it sound like there’s a Star Chamber lottery where black men’s names are pulled out of a hat, and they are arrested. Nobody ends up in jail by chance, black or white. If you don’t violate laws, the “chance” of your ending up in jail is pretty close to zero. This is the mass incarceration myth: all these law-abiding black men are somehow in jail. There are too many black men in jail in large part because too many black men break laws, and have been raised watching their role models breaking laws.