Tuesday :: Mar 3, 2015

Tuesday Quick Hits: Forget It, Hillary


by Deacon Blues

Some quick hits on an eventful day:

Hillary’s Stupidity
Of all people, why is it so hard for Bill and Hillary Clinton to understand that appearances are everything? Perhaps it’s because of a sense of entitlement, but it's bad judgment to assume that Bill’s fundraising for the CGI isn’t conflicted with official duties as Secretary of State, and to assume that four years of avoiding transparency through the use of a private email address do not doesn't look like an attempt to hide something. Sure, it’s a valid question where the Obama legal team was when these arrangements were sanctioned, and it’s a valid question why previous inquiries didn’t uncover the problem with using private email for government business, but that doesn’t change the fact that Hillary’s actions here and elsewhere call into question why she should be the Democratic nominee in 2016.

Iran
Bibi Netanyahu got what he wanted today: a speech to prop up his electoral chances back home and a chance to scuttle President Obama’s efforts at an Iranian nuclear deal. I suspect that he’ll succeed at both, because the Senate will now cave and oppose any deal that John Kerry completes. The Iranians don’t really understand American politics as well as the Israelis do, and fail to understand that unless the Senate goes along with such a deal, there is no deal. As such, Netanyahu and the anti-deal senators have now ensured there will be a war with Iran, and Bibi can explain that to his electorate, but of course not until after he is re-elected.

DHS Funding
John Boehner angered his base this morning by allowing a vote in the House on a clean DHS funding bill, which passed with Democratic and moderate GOP votes, and is now on its way to the White House. It remains to be seen what this means for Boehner’s speakership.

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