Sister Boogie Woman Rising
Republicans are quite vexed, in this pre-election period, that they have been smeared with the dastardly War on Women rep. And who could blame them? Without getting into the nits and gnats of the history of misogyny and sexism, they certainly didn’t invent such a thing [although they did invite the Church People into their tent and, I think it’s fair to say, the Church People did have a hand in inventing it].
Be that as it may, Republicans certainly never have gone out of their way to actually help or encourage or empower women, either. And now, before the GOP has had a couple of decades to recover from the first Black president, they are being forced to mobilize against the spectral notion of a first female president.
The Republican Party is scared to death of Hillary Clinton because Hillary Clinton has “Boogie.”
Let’s let Lily Tomlin, her own self, remind us why that’s so frightening . . .
So. Let the hilarity ensue because it’s awfully hard to fight against something you can’t fathom.
Take Sen. Rand Paul, for example . . .
Rand Paul has decided to demonstrate his presidential mettle by relitigating the Monica Lewinsky Affair. Either Rand is confused about which Clinton is running or maybe he expects Hillary to take to her fainting couch at the mere mention of “that woman’s” name.
And no amount of WTF! reactions will deter him. Sen. Paul took not one, but two swats at this knuckleball, the second of which almost connected—it’s about money, and who has a lot [the Clintons] and who has less [the Pauls].
Here’s the senator explaining why Democrats can’t accuse Republicans of a War on Women if they associate with Bill Clinton:
They can’t have it both ways. And so I really think that anybody who wants to take money from Bill Clinton or have a fundraiser has a lot of explaining to do. In fact, I think they should give the money back.
Good plan, Rand. Let’s only accept political donations from gentlemen. Better yet, how about if we run all adulterers out of Congress? and, good luck to you, sir, running the country with five guys . . .
In a rare moment of cogent pragmatism, wise old Karl Rove, counselled that:
Frankly, Rand Paul spending a lot of time talking about the mistakes of Bill Clinton does not look like a big agenda for the future of the country.
I tend to agree—Paul’s “big brainstorm” is rather lame and illogical because a) Bill Clinton is not running for office, b) the affair never hurt Bill or Hill’s polling much from the day it broke up to the present day and c) dredging up Monica Lewinsky threatens to build sympathy for Hillary Clinton especially among those coveted women voters.
But, demonstrating the latitutude of strategic thinking under the GOP Big Top, RNC head cheerleader, Reince Priebus, gave Paul a big “thumb’s up,” saying:
I think we’re going to have a truckload of opposition research on Hillary Clinton, and some things may be old and some things might be new. But I think everything is at stake when you’re talking about the leader of the free world and who we’re going to give the keys to run the United States of America.
Of course, it’s Priebus’ job to tell Republicans that their every crackpot idea has threads of genius running through it but there are plenty of other signs, too, that the GOP is about to dedicate its time, resources and political capital to tilting at a wildly popular opposition candidate rather than building any sort of 21st century policy platform. Again.
And, once again, they will lose.
But not because of their ill-conceived strategies, Victorian core principles or the peculiar demands of their sociopathic base.
Nope, they’ll lose because Hillary’s got boogie. And they don’t.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go troll the brand new Benghazi Investigation website that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence [oxymoron alert] put up, yesterday to keep Benghazi fresh in our minds for the next few Hillary-packed years.
Feel the boogie?