Can somebody explain all this action in Africa?
Since the Congo incident, the State Department has been scrambling around trying to put Hillary Clinton’s angry outburst to rest. According to the Washington Post’s Washington Wire, the State Department has reversed itself on how to explain the incident away. “Bad translation has now given way to the questionner’s “nerves.”
But now, there’s another incident. As reported in The Times (UK):
August 13, 2009
Hillary Clinton has risked provoking American conservatives by drawing a parallel between political corruption in Nigeria and George W Bush’s contested election win in Florida in 2000.
The US Secretary of State made the comparison while talking to an audience of activists in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, yesterday, during an 11-day tour of Africa.
Then, she went into more detail:
But she added: “Our democracy is still evolving. You know, we had all kinds of problems in some of our past elections, as you might remember.
“In 2000, our presidential elections came down to one state where the brother of the man running for president was the governor of the state. So we have our problems, too.”
The State Department went into scramble mode:
State Department officials defended Mrs Clinton’s remarks, saying that she had not been making a partisan point but one about the peaceful transfer of power in the US.
“The point she is making is that it’s about a disputed result and then the willingness of the candidates to accept a flawed result rather than, say resort to violence,” an official said.
Now, I don’t give two hoots about offending “conservatives,” but the crap coming out of State about a “peaceful transfer of power” bugs me. Yeah, those thugs sent down to Florida from D.C. were really inspiring, weren’t they? But, of course, thuggery in the current Chicago on the Potomac crowd is de rigeur these days, so I guess we can forget 2000…And calling 2000 a “flawed result” is so, so…civilized!! Makes me want to wretch at the new myth making about 2000…
So our democracy is “evolving?” To me, it seems more like it’s DEVOLVING…
Of course, what bugs me even more is that Clinton seems to be careful about avoiding any mention of the Democrat’s own primaries last year and the problems with THAT whole process…Talk about IRONY!!!
I don’t know why Clinton is blabbing so much in Africa these days, but something must be going on in her psyche. Hillary seems to have contracted the contagion of nonsense that prevails these days.
As for MY psyche, at this point I’m so totally disgusted with everything about the Obama Administration that I want to bury myself in a carton of ice cream and stay in the house watching movies all day…anything to avoid what the media may say on this latest matter, which will be another source of diversion from critical issues if and when the chorus begins…
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