It hit the New York Times website last night that Caroline Kennedy was pulling herself out of the running for Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate post. She is removing herself from consideration for personal reasons.
Lot of speculation. Some have said that it is because of her uncle’s illness and her closeness to him. Others have speculated that she was removing herself because she was not going to be the choice. It could be any of the above. “Personal reasons’ covers a multitude of reasons.
Caroline Kennedy is a brilliant person and very much a Constitutional scholar and historian. She is blessed with a great intellect and his highly educated. She is not blessed, however, with a great deal of charisma. In a prepared speech, she is fine, albeit rather bland. In off the cuff remarks, however, in front of cameras, she did very poorly. I suspect that she’s a solid behind the scenes kind of person and the public life of being a Senator was something that grew less and less attractive for her. But that’s only my guess.
A second story that has been being bantered around are the four words that Rush Limbaugh (who else) uttered concerning President Obama. ‘I hope he fails.’
This is a man who encouraged Republicans to vote in Democratic primaries for Hillary Clinton so as to disrupt the Democrats nomination process. Now, in the midst of incredibly difficult times, he wants our current President to fail. It’s not even that he is dismayed on the loss of John McCain who he calls not a real Republican.
In the midst of difficult times, Limbaugh sounds almost like he’s committing treason. Alas, freedom of speech is a great right, and as Larry Flynt so said, “Everyone has a right to be offensive.” It seems right to connect these two fools together. Flynt and Limbaugh; perfect together.
And lastly, President Obama was sworn in, again, last night, by Chief Justice Roberts. Justice Roberts, a rather private man, stumbled a bit when he administered the oath of office and some things were said out of order. Well, before you knew it, speculation was rampant on whether Obama really was the President. (Actually, he was the President at noon, whether he took the oath or a bath, but that’s beside the point.) The Oath is in the Constitution and people began wondering if, because the words were not said exactly right, if they really did take.
So, Chief Justice Roberts went to the White House last night to correct this ill.
On the news yesterday, Chris Wallace stated that he didn’t really think that Obama was really the President. I guess Mr. Wallace thinks that the Oath is akin to a Hogwarts’ spell, that if you do not get the words exactly right, you turn into a frog instead of the President. Today, Matt Drudge is reporting that they didn’t use a Bible at the re-swearing in ceremony so it might not be valid or ‘blessed by God.’
I feel very badly for Chief Justice Roberts. I often find myself disagreeing with him but I think that he is a good and honorable person and he’s now caught up in a whirlwind of controversy that is beyond silly.
If this had all gone to court I cannot imagine any judge with an IQ beyond 12 even entertaining this case for very long. To even have lawsuits on the subject would have been reached new levels of stupidity and absurdity. Unfortunately, we would have seen those new levels and had to watch Roberts cringe each time one was raised. He doesn’t deserve the abuse.
It is stuff like this that makes me think that we, as a nation, are in major trouble because we have lowered ourselves to incredibly new levels of stupidity.