Why I’ll never run for national office
Or probably any office for that matter. Check this out:
At the event in North Hampton, Iowa, a questioner took issue with Clinton’s recent Senate vote calling on President Bush to formally call the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. He argued that such a distinction confers the president with the ability to invade the country.
“Why should I support your candidacy . . . if it appears you haven’t learned from your past mistakes?” Randall Rolph asked, referring to Clinton’s vote to authorize the president to use military force against Iraq.
Hillary got aggravated with the guy. I would have too. He’s an idiot. You don’t have to look very hard on the internet to find a whole slew of people who are quite sure we’re setting the stage to invade Iran. The way you do this of course, according to Randall Rolph, is to declare a segment of the opposing governmnet a terrorist organization and impose economic sanctions against them.
The problem with that is there is nothing in the Constitution that allows that line of thought to occur. Now, what a lot of people tend to ignore for the sake of their politics is that the United States Congress had already approved the use of force against Iraq. We had been in a standing armed conflict with Iraq for a decade. The only thing Bush did was send in troops to directly remove Saddam Hussein. That’s it folks. Bush didn’t do anything that Congress had not already authorized him to do. In the case of Afghanistan, same thing. Congress gave him the authority to use force in retaliation for harboring and abeting the attacks of 9/11/01. He didn’t even impose sanctions in that case. So, for Randal Rolph to totally ignore recent history and the entire legal process that controls what the president can do and twist it for his own political attack on Clinton just makes him look like the idiot of the day to me.
To hammer home his idiocy, which reflects a lot of people who believe in conspiracy theories that they support with their own “research”, Rolph had this to add when Hillary gave him an out by suggesting someone else gave him the question:
“I take exception,” Rolph fired back. “This is my own research. Nobody sent it to me, I am offended that you would suggest that.”
Hillary suggested this because three other people have asked the same question. Hillary just needs to Google “invade Iran” sometime to get the picture that there are a lot of loonies out there that believe this stuff. Of course, with idiots like Keith Olbermann making up these conspiracy theories, idiots like Randall Rolph don’t have to do a lot of “their own research”. Keith gave him the question Hillary. Don’t blame the right wing conspracy for this one.
So, back to why I’ll never run for office, there’s just way too many Randall Rolphs and Keith Olbermanns out there. Hillary’s getting a little flack for her retort. I can guarantee you I would not have been nearly as tactful as Hillary. I would have called him a paranoid idiot who relies on rhetoric to support his fantasy conspiracies.
That probably would not go over too well on CNN or MSNBC.