This story is how we ended up with The Mop That Roared leading a political party. How an orange man who couldn’t use his stubby fingers to type up a definition of the nuclear triad has a base of American voters behind him. How an intellectual lightweight with a flagrant disregard for the facts and the curiosity of a dead barracuda could deign to tell us what the president should do during a national emergency. That he could be called a “truth-teller.”
Anyway, we’ll start this story with two admissions. The first: I am not a fan of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. My issues with her are myriad, but that’s for another day. All you need to know is that I’m not going to be wearing an “I’m With Her” sticker any time soon. Now for the second admission: There are serious members of the Republican Party who care desperately about this country. They want to be part of, and drive, the discussion of how to take the good ole’ U.S. of A. into the future. And they should be applauded. The story I’m about to tell you, as you could probably tell, isn’t about them.
It’s about what happened on Bill O’Reilly’s program when he had a meeting of the minds with one Rudolph Giuliani.
Mr. Giuiliani, a former federal prosecutor and mayor of New York, is a serious man. He once ran for president. He is supposedly a member of the moderate wing of the Republican Party. A supposed member of the establishment. He often acts as an expert on foreign policy, particularly security matters.
Well, either he had a massive fit on live TV and wasn’t able to control what came out of his mouth, or he actually believes what he said during the program. I’m not sure what’s worse for him.
Here’s what he said.
“She helped create ISIS. … Hillary Clinton could be considered a founding member of ISIS.”
“By being part of an administration that withdrew from Iraq. By being part of an administration that let Maliki run Iraq into the ground, so you forced the Shiites to make a choice. By not intervening in Syria at the proper time. By being part of an administration that drew 12 lines in the sand and made a joke out of it.”
This is the problem with so many members of the political punditocracy in America. And it’s also a giant problem with Republican Party politicians. Remember, we’re not supposed to think of Giuliana as some out there wingnut from the plains. He’s not Sarah Palin. He’s not Louis Gohmert. This is Rudy Giuliani, moderate.
Let’s break it down. If you think the Obama Administration made mistakes that led to ISIS, that’s fine. God bless ya. If you think the Bush Administration made mistakes that led to ISIS, that’s fine. God bless ya. If you think it’s a mixture of both, that’s also fine. God bless ya.
But if you think Hillary Clinton, President Obama or President Bush should be considered “founding members of ISIS,” you’re no different than Uncle Lenny after 16 cans of Schlitz and a few whacks to the head with a Louisville Slugger.
You shouldn’t be listened to. You should be in a hospital wing. You should have someone tying your shoes. You shouldn’t operate heavy machinery.
A founding member of a group that wants to kill Americans!
Look, I’m jaded. It’s my job to be cynical. But if you want to sit across from me and tell me Hillary Clinton could be a founding member of ISIS, I’m not going to listen to a word you say about anything.
You’ve forfeited your expertise. And people in your party – if they’re responsible – should be calling you out for it.
We need a vigorous and healthy debate of the issues in America.
But this isn’t vigorous and healthy. It’s asinine.
This wasn’t a flippant remark that’s being taken out of context.
It’s another casual tossing of read meat to partisans who don’t know any better. They’re going to hear this and they’re gonna think, “Hell yeah, she wants to destroy America.”
No she doesn’t. I’ll be honest, I cannot stand Ted Cruz. But I don’t think he wants to destroy America. I think his policies will be detrimental. I think he has a narcissistic complex. But I don’t think he’d ever say, I’m going to do this because it’s bad for the U.S. Donald Trump might not know who Caesar Rodney is or what Marbury V. Madison meant, but he doesn’t purposefully want to put America in harm’s way.
But it’s language like Giuliani’s that gave us The Mop That Roared.
And, as bad as the Democrats can be, the Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for the fiasco that is Donald Trump.