The title is something that I suspect many here already know, and throughout the campaign I think she’s demonstrated it time and time again. She fails minimum competency tests regularly. She may have outdone herself today, though.
With so many #Sept11 secrets, we cannot move forward as a nation and end terrorism.
She links to a NY Post article from yesterday about the redacted “28 pages” of a Congressional 9/11 investigation that cover alleged involvement of the Saudi government. The 28 Pages truthers are quite similar to the general 9/11 truthers who think the attacks might have been an inside job. Entertaining the conspiracy theories is enough of a dealbreaker, but that this would be her campaign’s message on the anniversary of the attacks demonstrate that she has zero political instincts, has terrible judgment, and honestly may not even be a decent human being (or at least hires such people and gives them communications control). There’s a way to make a statement and be critical on 9/11 by addressing civil liberties or our often wrongheaded response to terrorism. She didn’t. The typical “Rah Rah America 9/11 Never Forget” message is not something in which one must indulge. The conspiracist angle is one of the dumber approaches she could have taken. I hope that she earns less than 1% in this election and the Green Party finally drops her and looks for leaders who may help bring the party (and its admirable policy goals) closer to where they should be on the national stage.
Gary Johnson similarly exposed how he is completely unfit for the Presidency last week. His “What is Aleppo?” episode was one of the most embarrassing incidents of the Presidential race this far. (Although it was very bad and worthy of news coverage, the media’s choice to make it huge news may be even more troublesome because nothing about the incident demonstrated Johnson’s failings to anywhere near the same degree that everyday statements demonstrate Trump’s idiocy, misinformation, and dangerousness. Trump has said hundreds of things that are worse and more shocking.) Johnson’s lack of knowledge of foreign issues is not that surprising given his ideology. Real libertarians just don’t care. That’s exactly why a libertarian shouldn’t be President in this modern world.
MSNBC did interviews with Johnson and Weld and it was almost embarrassing to watch to see how Johnson has absolutely no business being on the top of that ticket. He seems like an affable guy, but that’s about it – almost like what George W. Bush was early on and before he was surrounded by and working with Cheney and the other terrible neocons. They sounded like two peas in a pod back in the day:
“George turns to me and says, ‘What are they talking about?’ I said, ‘I don’t know.’ He said, ‘You don’t know a thing, do you?’ And I said, ‘Not one thing.’ He said, ‘Neither do I.’ And we kind of high-fived.”
The MSNBC interviews were so telling. Weld has bucketloads more experience, intelligence, and charisma. He’s so much better, but he’s not really a libertarian, which is problematic. Even simple questions like, “What’s your favorite book?” made Weld look so much better than Johnson. Johnson said, “Uhh, probably The Fountainhead.” Weld went on for a bit about an Argentine author and then mentioned Nabokov’s Pale Fire.
I mentioned Trump in the title, but that one’s obvious. In a choice between the four candidates he should rightfully be a distant fourth, even though all but Clinton would be a disaster. And I don’t even like her!
And to round it out with criticism of all the candidates, Clinton said something very stupid last week. She has already apologized and walked back the statement.
You know, just to be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.
The reason it’s stupid – it’s actually much more than half! I know, I know. She and we shouldn’t be ridiculing these people but everything she said was true. I’m not sure how best to navigate this. If she says something honest like this, she gets hammered. If she apologizes, she looks weak. It’s a tough balance. This story will be over in a day or two, though, and we’ll move onto another fake controversy.