Donald Trump was elected president last night, wrote Ann Coulter. Coulter might easily be right. Tonight at the second debate we will find out if Hillary Clinton has any chance against Trump when he becomes the R nominee, if she becomes the D nominee.
We’ve been writing for a long time that Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016 had to get away from Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton cannot win if she is the third Obama term. Hillary Clinton has to be the candidate of change. By now it should be evident why Hillary will lose if she is seen as the third Obama term.
Before last night we were entirely sure that the second debate featured Hillary Clinton, Baltimore O’Malley, and the barking mad Saint Bernard from Vermont was an act of cruel barbarism. To have Hillary debate those two was equivalent to a Mama Grizzly up against two gerbils.
We were entirely sure that Baltimore O’Malley and barking Bernie Sanders would unveil unrelenting attacks against Hillary only to be devoured, like thin sticks of wood tossed in a chipper, by Hillary. We were absolutely sure that Hillary would reenact Marco Rubio’s response to attacks by Jeb Bush by saying “You’re only attacking me now because you’re losing. At the first debate you were rational but now as you sink into oblivion you attack me because that is your calculation to survive. You should be ashamed of your cheap theatrics…” and on and on.
But now all bets are off. The debate that was supposed to focus on income inequality, bloated increases in spending, and mad economic schemes, is now front and center a discussion on the failures of Barack Obama foreign policy.
Any candidate that tonight does not denounce Obama foreign policy and Obama’s naive, or as we believe THREACHEROUS, policies, is doomed in the general election. Particularly vulnerable is Hillary Clinton.
Barking mad kook Bernie Sanders is not happy with the switch in focus of the debate:
A top aide to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., one of the three candidates, got into a lengthy dispute with executives from CBS, the network hosting the debate, during a conference call on Saturday morning. A staffer for one of the other campaigns who was also on the call described the exchange to Yahoo News as “heated” and even “bizarre,” and a second source on the call confirmed the nature of the exchange.
The dispute centered on CBS’s decision to increase the emphasis on terrorism, foreign policy, and national security in the wake of the attacks that left more than 100 people dead in Paris on Friday night. According to the rival staffer, Sanders strategist Mark Longabaugh lit into CBS vice president and Washington bureau chief Christopher Isham when the changes to the debate were detailed on the call.
“It was a little bit of a bizarre scene. The Sanders representative, you know, really laid into CBS and basically … kind of threw, like, a little bit of a fit and said, ‘You are trying to turn this into a foreign policy debate. That’s not what any of us agreed to. How can you change the terms of the debate, you know, on the day of the debate. That’s not right,’” the staffer recounted.
Barkin’ Bernie is right to be worried. But it is Hillary Clinton that should be most worried about this necessary change in debate focus:
Instead, it puts the focus back squarely on the former secretary of state a few weeks after Clinton’s much-lauded marathon Benghazi testimony while underscoring her role as not only the most hawkish candidate on the stage but the only one with direct involvement in formulating an Obama ISIL containment policy stretched to the breaking point now.
Clinton has made no secret that she advocated a more muscular foreign policy than Obama, but she has been reluctant to air those grievances publicly outside a few opaque comments.
Whether Clinton, who pressed Obama to use air power in 2011 during the chaotic aftermath of the Libyan revolution, will draw a contrast with her onetime boss and rival has emerged as the most interesting question in a debate that had been seen as a showdown with Sanders.
“I expect Clinton tonight to call for much more robust action against ISIL – she obviously has no problem changing positions for political gain and distance from Obama’s … approach makes policy and political sense for her,” says Randy Scheunemann, a former adviser to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign – and a longtime critic of Obama’s policies in the region. [snip]
Clinton – whose support of the 2003 Iraq invasion was a major, and possibly decisive factor in her loss to Obama seven years ago – has always projected foreign policy strength, as exemplified by her famous ‘3 a.m.” against Obama in 2008. But she’s treading a tightrope, running in a primary where the overwhelming majority opposes anything but the lightest intervention – and only last week flatly rejected the idea that the country needed to wage a new “war” on the Islamic State.
“If you have a declaration of war, you’d better have a budget that backs it up,” Clinton said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Nov. 11 – an assertion that might have been outrun by Friday’s events.
Bernie Sanders will prove tonight he is not a commander in chief. Neither is Baltimore O’Malley, the house plant on stage. Baltimore O’Malley recently announced that the rise of ISIS was due to global warming a.k.a. climate change and O’Malley also foolishly declared that global warming is the greatest national security threat the nation faces. But to understand how climate change hokum has been eliminated as an issue when compared to terrorism one only has to see how the Muslim terrorist attacks in Paris destroyed Al Gore’s Eiffel Tower Telethon of chumps. In the battle of terrorism or climate change, terrorism blows up Gore.
But Sanders and O’Malley are not the ones with the problem. Hillary Clinton has the problem.
If tonight Hillary Clinton does not name Muslims or Islam or in some way discuss that it is Islamic terrorism that must be confronted and beaten than she has beaten herself.
Donald Trump will have no problem blaming Islamic terrorism:
The GOP presidential candidates, of course, immediately seized on Obama’s unfortunately timed declaration in an interview Thursday that “we have contained” the Islamic State. Donald Trump, never one for political niceties, tweeted: “President Obama said ‘ISIL continues to shrink’ in an interview just hours before the horrible attack in Paris. He is just so bad! CHANGE.”
What Hillary Clinton says tonight will determine if she has any chance against Donald Trump.