Trump in his own sassy words.
No matter what happens tomorrow, Trump will at least get votes from these schnooks:
- “Little Marco” Rubio who once said, “we have a frontrunner, in my party, who has fed into language that basically justifies physically assaulting people who disagree with you.”
- “Lyin’ Ted” Cruz who once said, “I’m gonna tell you what I really think of Donald Trump: This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth, and in a pattern that I think is straight out of a psychology textbook, his response is to accuse everybody else of lying.”
- “Bridgegate” Chris Christie who once said, “I just don’t think that he’s suited to be president of the United States. I don’t think his temperament is suited for that and I don’t think his experience is;” and to whom Trump once said, “The George Washington Bridge. He knew about. They’re closing up the largest bridge in the world — the biggest in the United States — traffic flowing during rush hour. People couldn’t get across for six, seven hours. Ambulances. Fire trucks.”
- Rudy Giuliani who once said in an addled speech on post 9/11 homeland security, “in the eight years before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”
- “Weak and ineffective” Paul Ryan who once said this about a Trump statement: “Textbook definition of a racist comment.”
- Mitch “the Turtle” McConnell who once said, “I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women.”
- “Pathological ” Ben Carson, whom Trump once suggested was “a child molester, a sick puppy.”
Although you’d never guess it by their caustic remarks from the past, that’s seven solid pro-Trump ballots in the can – and in America’s antiquated, necrotic system that should be good enough for at least 100 Electoral College votes.
RIP Janet Reno
Janet Reno, former United States Attorney General under Bill Clinton died yesterday in her hometown of Miami at the age of 78. Reno was that rare DC creature who served for the entire length of her president’s two-term tenure.
Reno was also the first woman to become AG – an accomplishment that would have been more laudable if she hadn’t been preceded by two other women who couldn’t get past the vetting process. Shortly after taking the oath of office in 1993, Clinton nominated Zoë Baird for the country’s top law enforcement job. Baird possessed a stellar resume in the Department of Justice, the White House and in private practice, but it was soon discovered that she and her husband employed illegal immigrants to watch the kids and drive the car (and Zoë failed to withhold social security taxes to boot.) In the maelstrom of “Nannygate,” Baird dropped out.
Clinton then nominated Kimba Wood, the next “first female AG.” Wood was a noted attorney specializing in anti-trust law and was appointed to a District Court seat by Ronald Reagan. She was famous for sentencing Michael Milken to a lengthy term for his rude junk bond schemes. Then she became more famous when it was discovered that she too hired an illegal immigrant to be her children’s nanny. Even though Wood paid the social security taxes and broke no laws at the time, the episode served to tarnish Clinton’s administration as a hapless bunch of rookies (which they were.)
By this time you might think Clinton would have dispensed with trying to be the first president to appoint the first woman AG, and just go with a middle-aged white-shoe lawyer from Haw-vud. But clearly insider pressure persisted. I can imagine Clinton demanding of his quavering staff: “Just find me a woman with no kids who can correctly spell ‘attorney’ on three tries! She gets a pass if she misspells ‘general’.”
Enter Janet Reno. Although her resume was not as stellar as the two before her, she had respectable credentials in Florida.
As AG she presided over a number of high-profile incidents:
- Convictions of Unibomber Ted Kaczynski, Oklahoma bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombers.
- Filing well-deserved anti-trust action against Microsoft.
- The Branch Davidian siege in Waco, TX that left 76 people dead.
- False accusation against Richard Jewell as the Atlanta Olympics bomber.
- Forced return of Elian Gonzales from relatives in Florida back to his father in Cuba.
- Agreeing to let Ken Starr run amok in search of Clinton peccadilloes connected to Paula Jones that led to the first impeachment of a president since Andrew Johnson in the mid 19th Century.