“My first act will be to ask Megan Rapinoe to be my secretary of state. I haven’t asked her yet so this could be a surprise to her.I actually believe this because what I think what she has said that has inspired us so much is such an antithesis of the president’s foreign policies.”
Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a declared candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2020, before the progressive Netroots Nation conference
And you thought President Trump’s appointments have been bad!
So it’s come to this, has it? Megen Rapinoe is a soccer player, and nothing but a soccer player. She played soccer to the subordination of everything else in high school and college. She has no academic credentials, proven expertise, experience or even interest in government, diplomacy and foreign affairs, and a supposedly serious candidate for President states that he would appoint her as his Secretary of State.
How can we explain this? Could he have been joking? It’s not funny by any analysis. It is horrifying, in fact. Still, candidates for office don’t typically say “my first act” if elected will be to do something if they have no intention to do such a thing and everyone realizes it. That’s insane; it’s both a lie and a transparent lie. It is an insult as well: the statement says that the candidate thinks the public is so box-of-rocks stupid that they will believe utter nonsense.In addition to everything else that’s wrong with it, Inslee’s stated “first act” would be futile. Even Democrats aren’t so far gone that they would vote to confirm a Secretary of State nominee with the worst credentials of any Cabinet nominee in U.S. history—yes, even worse than Ben Carson, and I didn’t think that was possible.
Or does Inslee really believe that appointing an obnoxious, abrasive and ignorant female athlete who has no experience for public service, much less a crucial Cabinet position that is perhaps the most important of them all, is a reasonable objective? Is that possible? I suppose in the current Democratic Party and progressive movement any crazy belief is possible. We appear to be witnessing a mass political, ideological, emotional and mental breakdown.
Giving Washington’s governor the benefit of every doubt, I suspect that this is an epic example of shameless pandering to a deranged audience. Rapinoe’s real appeal is that she has expressed hate for President Trump, and to the “resistance”-addled, mere hate for the President of the United States is credential enough. Inslee’s statement, however, suggests that he thinks her fatuous victory speech earlier in the week revealed her as an international relations master. She said in part,
“This is my charge to everyone, we have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We got to listen more and talk less.We got to know that this is everybody’s responsibility, every single person here, every single person who is not here, every single person who doesn’t want to be here, every single person who agrees and doesn’t agree. It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place,”
Ugh. This was, of course, Stage 5 hypocrisy from the same woman who announced in advance of the women’s soccer team win that she would reject an invitation to the White House. Is that hating less or listening more, Megan? I’m confused. How does refusing to respect one’s own National Anthem in an international venue while representing one’s own nation make the world a better place? Why didn’t you just sing “Imagine”? That John Lennon would have made a great Secretary of State, don’t you think?
Actually, it’s fun to consider all the people who Inslee must think are also qualified to be Secretary of State if he believes the very best candidate is Megan Rapinow based on her expression of hate for Donald Trump and her seemingly contradictory ability to blather platitudes from Rod McKuen poems and Sixties love-ins. It’s less fun to wonder how the citizens of Washington could have elected a governor so ethically vacuous that he could hold such an idiotic belief or pretend to.