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February 17, 2023

The toxic chemical spill and fire caused by the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, is so bad that it’s even brought Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Ilhan Omar into agreement that residents are correct to be very concerned about their longterm health and well-being. That must be something that’s glaringly obvious to have those two singing from the same hymn book.

Unfortunately, as the citizens are left in an environmental disaster that they describe as like their town being nuked, watching their animals die, worrying about what might be happening to themselves and their kids, and thinking of moving out (but who would buy their houses?), Omar and other Democrats immediately shattered the rare consensus by trying to blame the derailment on former President Trump for changing rail safety rules. They conveniently overlook the fact that they could have changed the rules at any time during the past two years when they controlled the House, Senate and White House. Also, the rules changed under Trump had nothing to do with what caused the Ohio train to derail or with the cargo it was carrying.

A Fox News reporter ran the “blame Trump” excuse past some East Palestine residents, and the consensus was that it’s ridiculous blame-shifting. But that’s not stopping “Transportation Secretary” Pete Buttigieg from trying it, as his presidential ambitions are derailing faster than the train did. He’s being blasted from all sides as a “complete embarrassment” and “a horrid hire” for letting 10 days go by without visiting the town, and then taking to Twitter to blame Trump and tout the ways he’s improved rail safety.

Buttigieg may be the greatest example of our lifetimes of the concept of “failing upward”: continuing to get promoted, no matter how bad a job you did in your last position. He went from small town mayor to his present Cabinet level office with zero qualifications for it and has yet to attain any. Yet many in the Democratic Party and the media (but I repeat myself) were seriously discussing him as a leading presidential contender. That shows two things: (1.) the incredible weakness of the field, and (2.) the Democrats’ obsession with checking off identity boxes and valuing personality and charisma over ability and experience.

Let’s hope and pray that we see only one more train derailment and that it’s the derailment of the “Buttigieg For President” train.

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