This week, after her staged exit in a huff from a White House meeting on Syria, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Trump of having a mental “meltdown.” Funny, he seemed lucid enough to speak for nearly 90 minutes to about 50,000 people in Dallas shortly afterward. I guess unlike the House Democratic leadership, his insanity is intermittent.
I only bring that up because if you want to see what a real mental meltdown looks like, look no further than the woman who still believes she was the winner of the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton. Hillary is on another book tour, and in between dropping broad hints about how much the Democrats need her to run again (that might be proof of insanity right there), she floated what I estimate to be her 894th excuse for not being in the Oval Office today: she was a victim of 10-year-old hackers.
As Ed Driscoll of Instapundit put it, Hillary has morphed into a “Scooby-Doo” villain: “And I would’ve gotten away with it, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids!”
But blaming her defeat on children with laptops was actually the second-craziest thing Hillary said this week. The first hearkened back to her original excuse for losing: the Russians. In an interview, Hillary implied that Hawaiian Rep. and Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is a “Russian asset,” and part of a Russian scheme to reelect Trump by having her run as a third party candidate and split the Democratic vote.
This isn’t the first time Gabbard has come under fire from the left. That bastion of serious journalism, CNN, called her “a puppet for the Russian government,” while the New York Times claimed that Russian bots are boosting her and that “alt-right internet stars, white nationalists, libertarian activists and some of the biggest boosters of Mr. Trump heap praise on Ms. Gabbard.”
(Full disclosure: I’ve said some positive things about Rep. Gabbard – not “Ms,” but “Rep.” Why the disrespect for women Congress members, NY Times? – but not because I’m getting a paycheck from Putin. It’s because, while I disagree strongly with her on a number of issues, at least on some things, I respect her as a veteran and an independent thinker, and she’s often the only person at the Dem debates who argues for common sense and isn’t a complete barking loon. As I often point out, this is why the DNC is trying so hard to keep her off-stage.)
Mark down the date because the Times was actually right about one thing: Gabbard is like Trump in that she fights back. Her Twitter response to Hillary’s crazy attack on her was epic, and it hit the news like an atomic bomb. Nobody on the left ever dares to stand up and tell Hillary the truth about herself to her face, but Gabbard brought out the rhetorical bazooka, calling her “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.” (More at the link)
Being confronted with the ugly truth is a new thing for Hillary, and she apparently isn't taking it well.
It is astounding to hear Hillary, who spent millions on anti-Trump rumors from shady Russian sources that cost taxpayers millions more to investigate, accuse anyone else of being in cahoots with Russians to try to influence a Presidential election. But self-reflection is not her strong suit, to say the least.
If anything good comes out of the Democratic primary race, maybe the blinders are finally falling off of Tulsi Gabbard, Marianne Williamson and millions of disillusioned mainstream Democrat voters. Let’s hope they will realize what their party has become, take it back from the corrupt establishment and the totalitarian far-left radicals, and once again restore the healthy two-party system. In fact, if Gabbard does run as a third party candidate, she should claim “Democrat” as her party, since whoever is likely to get the official Democratic nomination in 2020 will be closer to a cross between the Socialist Party and Britain’s Monster Raving Loony Party.
A little weekend fun: Neiman Marcus released its new Christmas catalog of mind-bogglingly opulent gifts.
This year’s gifts are actually a bit more budget-conscious than in previous years, with none costing over $1 million. For instance, you can give someone an Aston Martin sports car custom-designed by “James Bond” star Daniel Craig for only $700,007 (get it?) $575,000 buys you a world tour to five cool destinations by private jet (the perfect gift for Al Gore.) For just $200,000, you can get a trip to Italy for an “extreme food lover VIP tour” (that’s okay, my neighborhood pizza place delivers.) For $70,000, you can give your pooch a luxury dog house resembling the Taj Mahal, designed by Rock Star Puppy and actress Denise Richards (and your dog will still climb into bed with you.) For those on a really tight budget, a champagne vending machine is only $35,000.
But here's something a bit more realistic: “inflatable snowmobiles” (really just blow-up sleds) are 99 bucks each. If any of my grandkids expect a gift from Neiman’s, this is probably the only thing they’ll get. Maybe one, and they all have to share it.
Or better yet, I’ll just give them the catalog and let them dream about having all that stuff, the way I used to with the Sears Wish Book.