Saturday, May 24, 2008

Nail the Coffin Shut

Before you tell me that we should not be jumping on what was nothing more than a slip of the tongue by the Clinton person, nothing more than unfortunate and awkward phraseology, just how quickly did she and her campaign hop on the “bitter” comment by her rival? And that Obama remark was not made for public consumption as hers was.

Enough has been said about the nature of her remark and what she may or may not have meant by it. Almost enough has been said about her non-apology, so I will add but little.

“…I regret if the remark was offensive..” That not only is not an apology and does not address the person to whom it gave the most offense, it does not acknowledge that the remark is offensive, tasteless and without tact.

“I did not intend…” When offering an apology, one’s intentions are irrelevant and offering a lack of intention is an excuse not an apology.

She followed that with some gibberish about looking to our past leaders for inspiration, being honored to hold Robert Kennedy's seat in the Senate, and admiring the Kennedy family. What that had to do with her remark is undecipherable, and she sounded like a three-year-old trying to justify an extra cookie at snack time.

But there is a larger point demonstrated here, and not for the first time, and I have not seen it addressed by traditional or cable media.

Years ago I watched a movie about a Navy destroyer chasing a Russian submarine during the Cold War, trying to force it to surface. The chase went on for several days with the destroyer crew continuously at battle stations. On day three, befuddled by tiredness and stress the gunnery officer misinterpreted an order from the captain and fired a nuclear torpedo, starting WW3 by accident.

A major responsibility of any person in a position of high authority is to husband their resources so as to assure that they are able to perform the duties of the job properly at all times. We cannot have as president a person who is so unaware of their own limits that they consistently press beyond those limits and function erratically and with inadequate mental resources, unable to properly perform the awesome responsibilities that go with the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world.

The Clinton person has consistently demonstrated that she does not know her limits. The Bosnia lie was due to her being tired. We have heard other gaffes attributed to her being tired. She has even bragged about her “drive” and how she works for twenty-four hours without stopping. That is a mental disease, not an asset, and it repeatedly has rendered her “unfit for duty.”

This is just another in a long list of episodes that illustrate that this woman is constitutionally unfit to serve as the leader of this nation.

This corpse is beginning to reek; put a lid on the coffin and nail it shut.


  1. I wouldn't want someone who seems to run on being tired all the time in charge of a red phone at three in the morning. Kind of like your (what is its name please)movie.

  2. If I could remember its name I would have put it in the post. It starred Richard Widmark and I've watched it about 20 times. Each time I watch it I say that I'm not going to sit on the front edge of my chair for the last 20 minutes of the movie and hold my breath for the last three minutes, and each time I do both of those things again.

    Quick trip to Google, ah yes, it was The Bedford Incident and it was in black and white.

  3. Anonymous12:46 AM

    Her actions and words are not honoring past leaders, I'm sorry to see. Mr. Obama is more of an equal to RFK if anything, and certainly not her! More of learning from the master of verbal disaster, former President Bill "Slick Willie" Clinton.

    For criminy's sake, McCain looks better than her in terms of that... He knows something about husbanding strength, and limitations of his physical resources. This woman is 60 yrs old, she's not a spring chicken. Yeah she could well be in good heath and all, but I wouldn't want to try it.

    And you'e right, tiredness breeds mistakes, and I know that from experience. And yes, it's a good movie.