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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Gail Collins, "Mitt! Again! What?": Seamus Is Back!

Holy cow! Gail Collins, who is the founder of the Bonbon School of Journalism, best practiced from a cushy Manhattan sofa while simultaneously playing Candy Crush, again has something about which she can write. In her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Mitt! Again! What?" (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/opinion/gail-collins-romney-and-the-2016-contenders-huddle.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0), Collins is titilated by the possibility that Mitt might run against Hillary in 2016. Collins begins:

"Mitt Romney is back.

Don’t leap to any conclusions. After all, there are a lot of different ways to be back. You can be back as in 'back running for president.' Or just back as in 'back in the public eye.' Or back driving to Canada with a dog strapped to the car roof."

Ah yes, Collins's running joke about Seamus, Romney's Irish Setter. The joke was lame in 2012, but never mind: Collins is taking it out of mothballs, and just ignore the "unpleasant smell."

After asking if Republican moderates might "be desperate enough to want to bring back Mitt," Collins concludes:

"Mitt Romney is never going to run as a man of the people. You will remember how well that worked the last time around. Instead, he’s talking foreign policy. It’s the topic of the moment. And unlike, say, Chris Christie, Romney has the aura of a serious guy. Unlike, say, Jeb Bush, he is not related to anybody who invaded Iraq.

. . . .

We will try to move past the deep, deep, deep irony of Republicans trying to score political points on Iraq. Really try. It’s just Mitt Romney. And he’s not even running for anything."

Excuse me, just Iraq? What about China, Russia, the Ukraine, Crimea, Benghazi, Iran, Syria, Egypt and the alienation by Obama of many of America's traditional allies? Try getting up off your couch, Gail. There's an entire world out there that has been left in chaos by Obama's neo-isolationist policies and his toadying to the world's despots.

1 comment:

  1. "In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education.

    This is important because no development strategy can be based only upon what comes out of the ground, nor can it be sustained while young people are out of work. Many Gulf States have enjoyed great wealth as a consequence of oil, and some are beginning to focus it on broader development. But all of us must recognize that education and innovation will be the currency of the 21st century, and in too many Muslim communities there remains underinvestment in these areas. I am emphasizing such investments within my country. And while America in the past has focused on oil and gas in this part of the world, we now seek a broader engagement.

    On education, we will expand exchange programs, and increase scholarships, like the one that brought my father to America, while encouraging more Americans to study in Muslim communities. And we will match promising Muslim students with internships in America; invest in on-line learning for teachers and children around the world; and create a new online network, so a teenager in Kansas can communicate instantly with a teenager in Cairo.

    On economic development, we will create a new corps of business volunteers to partner with counterparts in Muslim-majority countries. And I will host a Summit on Entrepreneurship this year to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.

    On science and technology, we will launch a new fund to support technological development in Muslim-majority countries, and to help transfer ideas to the marketplace so they can create jobs. We will open centers of scientific excellence in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and appoint new Science Envoys to collaborate on programs that develop new sources of energy, create green jobs, digitize records, clean water, and grow new crops."
    The past and future of the Muslim world according to our leader. This is the only Obama's speech I listened to and I've been vomiting ever since.
    It's time to "make history" again and give him the second Nobel - for the same speech or reality. Hey Norwegians ....
    Among other things (some pretty obvious) someone forgot to tell our Harvard educated President that "ancient times" and Muslim communities never met. 7th century isn't "ancient times."

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