Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#RNCinCLE Day Two: Lucifer Rising

Former GOP frontrunner
Horrible. Just horrible.

Though perhaps ever-so-slightly less offensive and disastrous than night one, night two of #RNCinCLE was yet another low point in modern American politics and an abysmally boring evening of television.

Voters of our great nation: Is this the future you want for yourselves our collective offspring? If not, we'll see you next week in Philadelphia for a very uplifting and resolutely sane alternative.

Desperate to show "balance" in the face of obvious failure, pundits have been showering praise upon Donald Trump Jr and Tiffany Trump for "saving" the convention with their speeches. The former gave a reasonably slick political speech and the latter spoke sweetly of her father, and both did just fine. But if the GOP is relying on kind words from the nominee's children to rescue their party's convention from complete failure...they are in deep, deep trouble indeed.

If you ask me, though, the night belonged to top-billed prime time speaker Ben Carson and his longtime archnemesis Lucifer:
But I'm not sure the people in the room agreed:
The incredibly unpopular and corrupt governor of New Jersey also spoke, and Hillary's campaign had a witty rapid response to his nonsense:
And the Don himself popped in via video to tell the barely-enthused crowd that winning the Republican nomination is something he'll "never, ever forget". Gee, I hope not!

Yep...this man will never become president.

Some additional bad reviews for your enjoyment: We're only halfway to the finish line in Cleveland, but we'll get through this together. The live tweeting continues tonight and I hope you'll join me!


  1. I hope Hillary just takes them on, on those crazy allegations.

    The press wants to know how she can explains her ‘distrusted’ numbers. Like she did it to herself, no help at all.

    I’d like her to say,

    ‘Those charges that I am dishonest have been going on forever, and they are not fact based, in fact I don’t lie.

    I know it’s a meme that all politicians lie, but even that’s not something I agree with. Many of us don’t lie. Many public servants believe our word is our bond.

    But you will notice there are never any examples, such as she said this or that, and she was lying.

    The charge is always backed up, if at all, on the level of supposition and implication.

    But lies are actually lies.

    For example, Christie out and out lied in his speech last night. I had left the State Department two years before those little girls were abducted, and I had never protected Boca Haran from the terrorist designation. He lied when he said I had, I guess so he could blame me personally for that terrible tragedy.

    When asked directly I usually say that I don’t knowingly lie, because it is always possible that I will make a mistake, my recall for past events isn’t 100% exact, my brain is not an objective camera. But since my statements are always securitized by ‘opposition research’ for anything that might be taken out of context, if I do say something in error, it will be noticed fast.

    The example is in the ’08 primary. The plane Chelsea and I took to Bosnia wasn’t directly under fire, and that was pointed out to me that I was wrong, and I immediately apologized for making that mistakenly claiming we were in more danger than we really were. The plane we were in had taken evasive action to avoid being under fire, and Chelsea and I were taken into the cockpit for added protection, and we wore flack jackets, but we took them off before debarking, and we were met by little girls who didn’t seem afraid, although in the pictures you can see I didn’t let go of Chelsea, I was pretty shaken up, but we didn’t arrive under fire. I was embarrassed that my mind had inflated our danger.

    There are not as many reporters who have admitted that I am on record as honest as there are who ask me to explain why I get smeared with the dishonest meme, but there have been some.
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  2. Jill Abrahamson wrote an essay about my essential honesty, which I really appreciated.

    Jill Abramson had broken the NYT glass ceiling and she had power for four years before she was fired, and she’d objectively done an outstanding job of stewardship. But women in power attract detractors, that’s social science as well as common experience.

    I mean really, she found out her salary was a lot lower than her predecessors, and that she’d been paid less than a male assistant in her previous position, and two weeks after she complained she was fired? But the reason given was she wasn’t always easy to work with. When in history has that ever been a disqualifier for an urban newspaper’s editor in chief? She was criticized for having a vision, and for being a stickler?

    Hers is not an uncommon experience for businesswomen, and even professional women who get into the business end, although women usually lose their positions at a lower power level, women don’t usually get the top job, like Jill had.

    Women who seek to break glass ceilings get common charges that aren’t common for ambitious men, and I had a ‘power job’ when my husband was president and first got bizarre smears. Back then even fellow Democrats thought I should not have had a voice in anything, not even the issues Bill assigned to me, that I had worked on for years and was objectively well qualified to work on.

    That was a choice that Bill made, to not waste my talent and free work just because wives were then considered only appendages, ‘seen but not heard.’ He took some hits for it, and so did I, but you have to take those risks if you want to move things forward, and in the end he was vindicated, I ran for the NY Senate and won, twice, based on my own abilities that he had chosen not to waste.

    If you look at on-line fact checking sites, I am considered the most honest of the politicians they compare me to, and my ratings that come in less than totally honest are based on what was supposed I had ‘really said,’ not what I actually said, or that I didn’t provide “all” the facts, or that I didn’t make sure the context could not be misleading.

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  3. I didn’t lie about my emails, I believed that sending or receiving emails to and from State system addresses meant they were all stored in the State system, and they ought to have been. That system lost some emails and so many of us were asked for any backups we still had, but that was not something I had anticipated. It seems they had some that my system had lost, and I had some their system had lost.

    I didn’t send or receive anything that was marked classified.

    It seems FBI Director Comey found three markings that he thought meant classified, but he was mistaken to suppose that meant those emails had been marked classified. Not only were they not, the markings he found did not relate at all to anything that was classified by the State Department, two were clerical errors, and the other was his misunderstanding.

    I was glad that he announced there were no criminal charges against anyone, but I do wish he had checked with the State Department about the meaning of those markings before speaking about them. And I wish he’d put his conclusion that I was careless into some context. I don’t agree at all that I was extremely careless, or careless at all, I take the security of our nation very seriously.

    And, the reason I used the same device for my private messaging as for commutations for State was that I didn’t want to fumble between two Blackberries, which was obviously a mistake, because my personal emails were on the same device as the State one and that allowed my detractors to claim I had deleted some weirdly supposed ‘incriminating’ emails, and if my personal ones had been on a different device and I deleted them, they would not have known. I didn’t read any of them before they were turned over, and I didn’t decide which were personal and which were State related. It would have saved me money if all the personal ones had been in only one place.

    But then you can bet someone would have noticed I was juggling two Blackberries and then been sure I was using the second one to store all the ‘incriminating’ ones. Since the strategy was to smear me, either would have worked as well.

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  4. I was obviously honest, I could not know what was still in the State email system, and I don’t have the technical power to delete an email I sent to someone else, or delete the source of an email that was sent it to me.

    I may have been naïve about tech, that’s a fair criticism, but anyone knows that much. The pre-planning and effort that such a thing would take boggles the mind, who would go to so much trouble? Really, being honest is much easier, and then I can be investigated until the cows come home, and have been, and never been found to have lied. If I had anything to hide I’d never get any sleep.

    Comey also seemed to think that sharing information that was in the international newspapers that referred to classified programs with our ambassadors is the same as discussing classified programs. That just shows his misunderstanding about the State department, what the State Department knows, if anything, about classified programs is never discussed over email, but we must know what foreign leaders may read in the newspapers, with no need to know if the reports are fact-based.

    So I wish Comey had talked about that with Secretary Kerry before making his announcement and adding his personal opinions. I particularly wish he hadn’t provided his opinion about security in the State Department, because it’s an election season and these sorts of comments can be used for political purposes. Fortunately they aren’t using Comey’s personal opinions to smear me as much as out and out lying, probably because if they did, Comey, who is an ethical public servant, might take issue with them.

    If someone listed all those supposed ‘lies’ from me, so I could just answer the charges one by one, it would again be determined that I am essentially honest, because I am, but it probably would not put the matter to rest, because the fact that I was asked and no one else would be seen as ‘no need to ask anyone else’ and facts have never stopped smears or changed strongly held beliefs. And anyway that data is already out there, for anyone to read.

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  5. I will not hold my breath waiting for the NYT front-page headline to read “Hillary Declared Honest,” or suppose that even if that happened my ‘honesty’ ratings would soar. To change many minds I think I will likely first need to be sworn in, and then show by my acts.

    And, by the way, I am not a Hawk, I didn’t favor invading Iraq, I favored Saddam proving to Bush he had no WMD and in that way stopping the invasion, that had already been planned and scheduled before the Senate got a chance to vote in some restrictions. And I am now sorry I favored invading Afghanistan, I now think we should have taken out the terrorists as if they were criminals, not state players, and with drones, not the lives and limbs of our brave men and women. I think we should never have elevated them above common terrorist criminals, I think we should have squashed them in their hideaways.

    If that isn’t’ too classified of me to say.”

    That’s what I’d like her to say, in her words of course (although I’d be only proud if she used some of mine).

    Anna Shane, PhD

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