Makes a person ponder sometimes when statements are said by politicians yet are utterly false on premise or simple facts. Just about everything today can be at our fingertips, thanks to the brilliant Interwebs.
Hillary, in particular, falls into writing her own versions of history, whether it is her personal story or the story of our country. She has taken to claiming a part in bringing peace to Northern Ireland on the campaign trail, boosting her foreign policy bona fides. "I helped bring peace to Northern Ireland," she told CNN on Wednesday. But negotiators from the parties that helped broker the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 told The Daily Telegraph that her role was peripheral and that she played no part in the grueling political talks over the years." That according to The Telegraph's Toby Harnden.
Lord Trimble who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with John Hume in 1998 said: "There would have been no contact with her either in person or on the phone. I was with Hume regularly during calls in the months leading up to the Good Friday Agreement when he was taking calls from the White House and they were invariably coming from the president."
Why does she do this stuff? Just as she was finally held accountable for the silly story that she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary. Who didn't know that was a whopper? All these unnecessary stories only lead to more doubts as to her truthfulness on everything else.
From the Obama campaign, intelligence adviser John Brennan told a National Journal reporter, "They were told to cooperate by the appropriate authorities that were operating in a legal context. I know people are concerned about that, but I do believe that's the right thing to do." Those were his thoughts on the vote recently in the Senate concerning legal protection of telecommunications companies being held liable for cooperating with the U.S. government post 9/11. His candidate voted against the corporate protection. "My advice , to whoever is coming in to the White House, is they need to spend some time learning, understanding what's out there, identifying those key issues."
"They need to make sure they do their homework, and it's not just going to be knee-jerk responses." Brennan was head of the National Counterterrorism Center. The NCTC is a joint office operated by the CIA, FBI and other government agencies.
Why does Obama favor trial lawyers over telecommunications companies doing what they thought was the right thing to do? You know why.
Last night I watched the 60 Minutes interview, conducted by Scott Pelley, with John McCain. Pelley was using his own brand of audacity, questioning McCain's judgement on Iraq, wondering if 'you had an understanding' about the economy as he toured Texas with the candidate, if his health is good, etc. McCain, who released more medical records than any other politician,ever, in 2000 when he ran for President the last time, told Pelley all his current records would be released next month.
Then it was all about the 'temper' of McCain. The incident being touted as McCain loosing his temper with Elizabeth Bumiller, of The New York Times, on the campaign plane. Frankly, I think it speaks volumes of his generosity that a reporter from The New York Times is allowed to be on the plane in the first place. Bumiller, no fan of Republicans, was badgering McCain about allegedly talking to John Kerry in 2004 about the VP slot on his ticket. McCain said it was old news, everyone knew the two spoke about it. Kerry instigated it and McCain listened to him and turned him down. It was a stupid line of questioning, I heard the tape and saw the clip on television, and McCain was firm with her but certainly did not lose his temper. He never raised his voice or became rude. He was firm but respectful. She knew she was wrong and tried to make a joke - why are you angry then? she asked him. Obviously bating him and hoping to be the one to have a story about McCain's temper. What a hack.
Do you want someone in the White House without a temper? Can you name any previous President that didn't have a temper? Do you have a temper? I think every human does. McCain has never done anything to embarrass his country, such as losing his temper in a foreign country or at a state event. He has manners. That is what matters.
I'll be curious to watch how Sean Hannity conducts his upcoming hour long interview with McCain on Thursday night. Hannity likes McCain as a person but is no fan of his candidacy for President.
And, last, there is Eliot Spitzer. The governor of New York has a nasty reputation. If you have ever seen one of his press conferences, you have noticed his arrogance and self aggrandisement. You may remember he was all for ramming through legislation to give driver licenses for illegal immigrants. He's a Super Delegate and committed to Hillary. She suffered in that debate where she was asked if she supported the governor's legislation. She was flopping all over the place.
Today karma bit Spitzer on the butt. Seems he's been caught with a penchant for a little something-something with high dollar women of the night. This from the governor who was braggadocios about busting up prostitution rings. This from the governor who claimed he would clean up New York politics, he would be so ethical and honest.
Beware the politician claiming to be so pure. They lie. It seems those bellowing the loudest are the most corrupt.
My heart was breaking for Spitzer's wife standing next to him as he spoke of his dishonest behavior. She is tall and beautiful and a successful lawyer. They have three teenage daughters who will now have to go to school every day as classmates gossip about their parents. Plus, the father-daughter relationship is precious. Girls see their fathers as their first heroes, generally speaking. So sad.
How could he have been so stupid and careless?
A whole lot of arrogance going on out there.