Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
Commentary by Marc Platt
I was wrong in 2012. I thought there might be some health concerns and that maybe Mrs. Clinton shouldn't run for U.S. President in 2016 or any other year, due to her age, etc...
On October 22, Hillary Clinton blew all of that out of the water with her 10+ hour grilling by the oober-partisan Benghazi Committee and their out-for-blood right wing zealots. The Republicans HANDED former Secretary-of-State Hillary Clinton the keys to the White House with their backfiring witch hunt.
The former New York U.S. Senator/First Lady/Secretary of State was a far better politician than all of the GOP members on that ill-fated committee who tried to get her at every turn.
America and the rest of the world saw a woman in her late 60's easily handle the scrutiny and anger for 10+ hours. What the Republicans failed to realize was that with each passing hour of their "inquisition" Hillary Clinton was showing that she could stand up for herself and her country.
The GOP weakened any possible general election candidate.
This will be an electoral landslide in November, 2016. Someone like maybe Marco Rubio could make it closer than the rest of that clown car running, but there sure are a lot of women voters out there who saw Hillary Clinton looking awesome under the most remarkable of circumstances. America loves an underdog and that is exactly what the Republicans did in that hearing, they made Hillary Clinton an underdog.
It is over, finished, kaput...Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the first woman elected U.S. President. She seems up to the job and the entire world got to witness the reasons why on an October day on Capitol Hill.
Joe Biden would have been a welcome addition to the field, but he is also a smart politician. VP Biden knows the Clintons are a very tough outfit to outsmart. Now the rest of the world knows why, as well.
By Marc Platt
If I lost a family member or a close friend in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, or anyone because George W. Bush took us into a war in Iraq, I would be livid right now.
Jeb Bush and his campaign, as well as surrogates like Megyn McCain are trying to stick 9/11 on Bill Clinton. Just to remind everyone, Bill Clinton was actively bombing areas where Bin Laden was as early as 1998. The Clinton administration, as well as the following administration was FULLY aware of Osama Bin laden and his intentions.
For Jeb Bush to try and deny the fact that 9/11 happened on his brother's watch is absolutely retarded.
Just imagine the debate stage if Jeb Bush were to actually make it through the nomination process and be the nominee...If he were to square off against a really good debater like Hillary Clinton, he would be toast when it came to 9/11. She would destroy Jeb with facts and grind him to pieces.
Noticed how lightly she handled Bernie Sanders and the three other non factor candidates in the first Democratic Debate. Clinton was tiptoeing, because she and her campaign know that they need to hold back until the general election. The gloves will come off against the Republicans.
Jeb Bush cannot walk back history. As Florida Governor, Jeb gave us GWB through any means possible. That election was rigged and everyone knows it over the age of 25-years-old. You don't think Hillary Clinton would bring up all the questionable tricks Bush and Baker used to get his brother into the White House?
Jeb Bush's cry of "After 9/11 my brother kept us safe" is an insult to the memory of all those souls who perished that day and all the responders who are suffereing now. The country has suffered immeasurable losses since January 20, 2001, the day GWB took office.
I have been waiting for this chance to remind people just how horrible George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and NOW Jeb Bush were. You can call it politics. I call it criminal. I'll give you the rotten election. 9/11 and The Iraq War were criminal and I blame the Bushes and Dick Cheney. Dubya and Cheney were GIVEN Bin Laden memos warning of an attack. They did NOTHING. That is a fact that cannot be rebuked. They have the documents in evidence ready to go. Jeb knows what is going to come in a general election.
I really don't need to give you all the facts. The facts have been there all along...7500 people needlessly died because of these men. I include Jeb Bush, who gave us his brother.
I hope Jeb Bush is crushed and humilated by his own ambition. The fact that he even WANTS to be U.S. Preident is ridiculous and insulting after what he has done. There are a LOT of Democrats and Independents who will be ready, willing and able to humiliate Jeb Bush and put an end to their dynasty at long last.
The Clinton dynasty will resume and we may or may not prosper like we did in the 1990's, but I will take her over ANY announced candidate. I think she would be a better president than Joe Biden as well. Vice President Biden would have quite a lot of baggage PRE Obama to account for. There are many votes that even having Elizabeth Warren on his ticket that he would have to answer for. More on that later after he announces his intentions.
Donald Trump is doing Jeb a big favor. After he is done with Jeb, he won't have to be crushed by Hillary in a general election. Leave that for some other poor GOP sap.
"Everyone thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, but we put together a Benghazi committee and her numbers declined because she was untrustable (sic)" (Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy)
By Marc Platt
My political leanings are liberal, but I recognise the importance of our two-party system. I do not want the Republican party to disappear, but something has become evident in the past few years since the advent of the Tea Party in 2009.
The Republicans do not know how to govern anymore. The extreme elements of their party have hijacked the proceedings and taken away the establisment's ability to make laws and to compromise. The days of Jack Kemp, Everett Dirksen and even (gulp) Newt Gingrich seem to have gone by the wayside.
The GOP now governs by select committees that suck up valuable tax dollars and have become very partisan. Look at this Benghazi revelation by Kevin McCarthy. $4.6 billion later and they have successfully brought Hillary Clinton's poll numbers down and given the public NO new information on the deaths of the four Americans in Benghazi. They have focused on boring emails that have revealed nothing about those deaths.
John Boehner has been driven out of the third-in-line to President Obama's office by radical elements in a party that has been hijacked by professional goons who intimidate and get paid $174,000.00-per-year and make no laws, but try to repeal health care and restrict women's reproductive rights.
We are moving back towards the 1890's politically.
There are three Washington DC outsiders leading the polls for the GOP presidential nomination because republican voters are completely fed up with the people THEY sent to Washington. We get a crazy brilliant neuro surgeon, a failed CEO and a looney reality TV star dominating the republican election cycle.
We have another Bush making little impact. We have a Florida U.S. senator who doesn't show up to vote (missing 1/3 of votes), we have Tea Party senators (Cruz, Paul) who spout radical ideas to most of the general public and do little in the way of solutions.
The GOP is an absolute mess.
I know the democrats aren't a very interesting or exciting bunch this year, but they do want to govern. They present policy ideas that are do-able to the general public.
I believe Hillary Clinton will be elected to be the 45th United States president. I also believe the republican party has damaged itself so badly since 2009, that it will take a transformative politician to reverse the course they are on.
I don't believe that man/woman has presented themself to the world. It may take many years of dysfunction for voters to reverse the trend of obstruction and dysfunction in American politics.
Hillary Clinton will have her hands full as she tries to negotiate her way through this mess.
By Marc Platt
Here is something to think about regarding GUNS.
Congress has shown their true colors of being corrupted by the NRA and their manufacturing henchmen. The President is hampered by the fact that Congress will not touch this issue.
Here is my idea. Bring a bevvy of lawsuits against gun manufacturers, the NRA, gun shows, The state of Colorado (who have terrible laws regarding legal fees).
Let these lawsuits matriculate through the courts. By the time they get to the Supreme Court, there will be enough public outcry to affect some changes in the interpretation of these laws that are misguided. Things have changed since their last bad decisions like Heller, etc...
Ronald Reagan should be invoked at every possible turn. Reagan was a huge advocate of removing assault weapons from our streets.
People need to go directly after the NRA where it hurts. In their pocketbooks. There are many men and women of high integrity, who are members of the NRA. Ordinary citizens should appeal to THEM to pressure the NRA to do the right thing and get these manufacturers to mellow out when it comes to gun clips, etc...
If we want to affect change, then we have to either vote these PRO GUN congressmen and women OUT or go after the real culprits, the manufacturers and organizations who keep this terrible violent extemism going.
The furor over terrorism is important, but there are far fewer people killed by terrorism in America than by guns.
It is clearly time to do something about this.
If we have to amend the U.S. Constitution, let's do it. We are way past the "Well-regulated militia" days. We have really dangerous assault weapons that are being used to HUNT PEOPLE on our city streets. NOT bayonets and muskets like 1776.
By Marc Platt
Life is not fair. It must be hell for former U.S. (R) Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough to live in a Beltway universe in which Barack Obama has ruled for nearly seven years. He is co-host of a unique early morning show with journalist and 3-time Best Selling Author Mika Brzezinski.
Scarborough does his best to hammer liberals and democrats for any and every possible weakness. Brzezinski is the daughter of former Jimmy Carter advisor Zbigiew Brzezinski and openly leans towards the left.
It can get quite comical at times to watch Joe's eyes light up when he discusses Hillary Clinton's email controversy.
The show has an assortment of Beltway Insiders like Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson, co-host Willie Geist, writer Mike Barnacle, award-winning writer Jon Heilman, former Bush aide Nicole Wallace and many other insiders who make the show somewhat balanced.
Example: Mika brought up the latest batch of released emails from Hillary Clinton's home server. The discussion became lower in tone than the usual ranting by Scarbrough BECAUSE the same day a story broke about Speaker-in-Waiting Kevin McCarthy admitted that the Benghazi Committee was a partisan political witch hunt.
Scarborough called McCarthy's gaffe "A massive mistake." The republicans tried to backtrack and Scarborough jumped in with them on the "Rookie Mistake" McCarthy made and NOT the reality that this WAS a witch hunt designed to destroy Hillary Clinton's candidacy.
The panel basically gave Joe a pass when they should have hit hard on the fact that his beloved Republican Party has played politics with the death of four Americans who died in Libya September 11, 2012.
Why didn't Joe Scarborough lead the charge to dismantle the bogus Benghazi Committee that has now been exposed by the man who would be Speaker of The House of Representatives? The very chamber Scarborough served in years ago and has helped to make him a very rich MSNBC host.
This is why I love 'Morning Joe.' Never mind the show's continual build-up of the crazy Donald Trump For President campaign.
This show was the first on the Trump bandwagon because they were quick to figure out the financial value to their show and the networks who have made millions of dollars showing "Everything Trump." Donald Trump brings in big bucks, just look at the viewership of the GOP Debates.
Morning Joe does a great job perpetuating rumors and stories like little girls on a junior high school playground.
It would not help Scarborough's case to admit that the Benghazi Committee should be dismantled, so he keeps his mouth shut on THAT issue and dwells on the tactical mistakes that were made by McCarthy and his fellow republicans. Mika sat quitly silent when she could have pounced.
I suppose we will see how it plays out in the next few weeks...