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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

David Brooks, "The Roosevelt Approach": A "Dear Hillary, Jeb, Marco and John" Letter? What About Joe?

Declaring in a New York Times op-ed entitled "The Roosevelt Approach" that "Sanders is uninhibited by the constraints of reality" and "Trump speaks from the id, not from any policy paper," David Brooks would have Hillary, Jeb, Marco and John adopt the "neighborliness" of FDR and Ike in combating these outliers. Brooks begins:

"You all find yourselves running against a whirlwind. Hillary, for you the whirlwind is Bernie Sanders. For the rest of you it’s Donald Trump.

Either way, you’re running against a candidate who generates passionate intensity. At some level those candidates’ followers must know that there’s something wildly impractical about the candidacy they are fervently supporting. Trump has no actual policies and Sanders has little chance of getting his passed.

And yet the supporters don’t care. Sanders and Trump make them feel known. Finally, somebody is saying what they feel. Finally, somebody is outraged by the things that outrage them. There’s a deep passion embedded in the Trump and Sanders phenomena, arousing energy, magical thinking and some suspension of disbelief.

And the rest of you are basically asking voters to snap out of it. All of you, but especially you, Hillary, are asking voters to calm down and be pragmatic: Consider electability!"

Stop right there, David! I'm no fan of Sanders or Trump, but you would have us believe that Hillary is running against a "whirlwind" in the form of Sanders? Rubbish! Hillary is running against herself: her greed (charging up to $300,000 to speak at public universities), her entitlement (jeopardizing the security of the US by installing a home email server), her lies ("I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material."), and her hypocrisy ("Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported," except when a woman claims "I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now never goes away.").

"Electability"? Hillary is not electable.

Brooks's conclusion:

"The candidate who has the audacity to change the emotional tone of this whole election will win the White House and have a shot at rebinding the civic fabric of this nation."

Indeed, Hillary needs to "change the emotional tone of this whole election" by dropping her bid for the presidency and allowing Joe Biden to run in her stead. She will be doing the United States, the Democratic Party and women a favor, and might even redeem herself in the eyes of many Americans. Will she withdraw from the race? Not a chance, unless the FBI recommends her indictment, but then it will be too late for her and for the nation.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you about Hillary, but she has 2 BILLION in her war chest, and sometimes money (and momentum) are more of a encouragement than simple common sense. Also, Biden is far too old. In fact, the whole Democratic field is made up solely of very old, very white, rich people from the Northeast.