Isn’t it a beautiful morning?
1 Another mind-blowing Hillary Clinton note: in an interview on MSNBC, she said that women who supported candidate Trump publicly disrespected themselves, and expressed amazement that any women would be so foolish as to associate themselves, even distantly, with such a sexist.. I’d love to know what internal editing, re-casting of reality, obliteration of integrity and massive lack of self-awareness goes on in Hillary’s head to allow her, of all women, to say things like this, and even more remarkable, assume that nobody—rather than virtually everybody— would find it laughable.
I’m not even going to elaborate on why Hillary Clinton saying women disrespect themselves by supporting a sexist and misogynist is astounding, even for her. I respect my readers’ intelligence. I bet you can figure it out on your own.
2. Senator John McCain is suddenly a hero, twice, for again announcing that he will not support another apparently lousy, GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. While I have my doubts about the nobility of the Senator’s motives—I think his bitterness at Trump goes deep, and that bias affects his professional actions—but it is worth reading McCain’s arguments for why he will not support the bill, which are solid and ethical, and hardly an endorsement of the ACA:
“Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment. That is the only way we might achieve bipartisan consensus on lasting reform, without which a policy that affects one-fifth of our economy and every single American family will be subject to reversal with every change of administration and congressional majority. I would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends Senators Graham and Cassidy were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment. But that has not been the case. Instead, the specter of September 30th budget reconciliation deadline has hung over this entire process. We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009,” McCain continued. “If we do so, our success could be as short-lived as theirs when the political winds shift, as they regularly do. The issue is too important, and too many lives are at risk, for us to leave the American people guessing from one election to the next whether and how they will acquire health insurance. A bill of this impact requires a bipartisan approach.”
Process. Transparency. Debate. Bi-partisanship. McCain is correct on all counts, and his stand is necessary and important. For Democrats to take smug satisfaction that McCain’s insistence on restoring standards, process and principles is preserving a malfunctioning law that they intentionally defied in order to pass it is nauseating.
3. Senator Lindsey Graham, whose co-sponsored bill McCain probably doomed, told reporters that the episode would not wound his long-time friendship with the Arizona Republican in any way. Once I would have said, “Well, of course.” This is how professionals are supposed to think: the professional decision should not be taken personally. However, both parties and their supporters have savaged our culture by behaving otherwise, and increasingly so, for years now. People who disagree with you are bad people, our alleged role models tell us in words and conduct.
On this issue, Sen. Graham is civilized, correct and ethical. Those who can’t find the character to emulate him are not.
4. This week’s New York Times SundayReview, aka Trump Hate Porn Central report: except for an anti-Trump editorial, which is pretty much a daily feature for the Times, nada.