Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hillary's New Book

It has become customary in our society to blame somebody else whenever anything goes wrong in our lives. We never want to say it's our own fault; or, even if not our fault, we rarely put as much energy into working hard to do better in the future, as we do into assigning blame.

Hillary's new book on her failed campaign, called "What Happened", blames everybody and everything but herself for running such a dismal campaign. It is the fault of the misogyny of the voters. It is the fault of Bernie Sanders running against her in the primaries. It is the fault of ..., well, you get the point.

The fact is that Hillary was a horrible candidate, and ran a horrible campaign. She was stiff, stilted, dull, boring, robotic, unspontaneous, uninspiring, lacking in passion, uncomfortable in her own skin, and unable to think on her feet. Some, like the infamous Stephanie Krehbiel, call this sort of criticism misogyny. I think people like Stephanie Krehbiel need to get off their high horse and realize that equality means being judged by the same standards that everyone else is judged by.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Menendez Case

For the first time in 36 years, a sitting U.S. Senator is facing a federal bribery trial. The trial of New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez begins today in a Newark courtroom.

The prosecution will need to show that this case is different than the McDonnell case. In McDonnell, the Supreme Court unanimously threw out the conviction of the former Virginia governor, holding that the meaning of "official act" does not include merely setting up a meeting, calling another public official, or hosting an event.

Menendez went far beyond that, doing numerous favors for his friend and benefactor, a wealthy Florida eye surgeon. Members of Congress have for many years been little more than administrative aides, constantly doing favors for their constituents, and constantly having to engage in fund-raising activities to finance their next campaign. The Menendez case should help to draw the line between which activities are normal and legal, and which cross the line and become bribery.  Stay tuned.