I’m told the nuns at St. Elizabeth hospitals with a malicious smile used to tell the young women who came into the maternity section of that hospital “you’ve had your fun – now suffer.” I cannot vouch for them saying that because I was never in that position or condition. What verified that it may have happened was the discovery of the way the nuns in Ireland treated the young unmarried pregnant women who fell into their clutches.
New Hampshire, and to a lesser extent Iowa, has provided America with its fun. We are supposed to believe that the competition for the nomination for president of our two major parties is up for grabs. That the people are crying for change, which they are, and that something new will come about, which it won’t.
I have predicted since early on that the field has been set and that the nominees of the two parties – it is a strange type democracy when only two parties decide who will be president – a far cry from the days of Lincoln when the people had a chance to choose among four parties. History has taught us that those two parties are controlled by insiders who are numbered in the hundreds, if that many, and decide who the American people can choose. The exceptions to this were Barack Obama who was an outsider but he had great support – was it in the 90% — among the black voters which greatly pushed back against those in the back offices who pull the strings and vice-Presidents who took over after the president fell..
Am I calling out for Michael Bloomberg to join the race so that we will have a third choice? That would be nice for the people, especially those of Massachusetts. He did after all grow up in Medford. He’d make a great president – perhaps it is time we had a president whose parents were Jewish and we can wait a little longer for a woman president who is honest and trustworthy and whose career has not been anything but playing with the insiders. Bloomberg would have a hard row to hoe because the country does not like independent candidates – look at what happened to the Rough Rider – but then again Teddy was running against an incumbent. Better the devil you know than the Devil himself.
Now that Iowa and New Hampshire are behind us we can settle back and watch the magic of the insiders push their candidates to the fore. It is more clear than ever that the two nominees will be Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush – the people with the money behind them who during their campaigns will promise us with their fingers crossed behind their backs campaign reform, changes in the tax code, and to fight for the middle class.
You know the ultimate winner of the campaign will be the Clintons since Bush is so uninspiring even though 12 Medal of Honor winners and 37 former generals support him. Hillary is going to have Bill step up his act; Jeb is calling on support from his own former president supporter, his brother who is coming back to help him. God save us.
By the way the Clintons are at least consistent – they pass their traits on to their offspring. I guess it proves the apple does not fall far from the tree. I don’t suppose you heard what daughter Chelsea recently told an audience. Now I’m sure you are not going to have any trouble believing this especially if you know any six year olders and how much they know about life and religion. She told a New Hampshire audience as she ginned up support for her parents: ‘I was raised in a Methodist church and I left the Baptist church before my dad did, because I didn’t know why they were talking to me about abortion when I was 6 in Sunday school — that’s a true story.’
That’s what I mean when I say we had our fun. Now we’re facing a country that will be again led by a person who the George Will remarked was “not the worst president we ever had, just the worst person who was ever president” and the Washington Post said was “It’s the Clinton administration in miniature. They do something wrong and force the country to stoop to their level to make them get it right.”