This last month has seen several beautiful instances of US political figures believing that the media and electorate are goldfish. The first has to do with the current Chuck Hagel brouhaha.
It appears that before they were opposed to him taking a position in the US govt, several US senators were quite enamored with former Senator Hagel and thought he would make an excellent addition to any cabinet. Such as Senator John McCain, who told the New York Times in 2006 – “I’d be honored to have Chuck with me in any capacity.” Of course one can only speculate as to why Hagel is now persona non grata for McCain who last month claimed Hagel wasn’t even a real republican.
The second example of treating people like Goldfish is even more brazen. It involves one John Bolton. Earlier last month when giving an interview over Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s reported concussion he stated –
You know, every foreign service officer in every foreign ministry in the world knows the phrase I am about to use. When you don’t want to go to a meeting or conference, or an event, you have a ‘diplomatic illness.’ And this is a diplomatic illness to beat the band.
Yet just this week when it was reported that Mrs Clinton’s illness was rather more serious, Mr Bolton had this to say – “I didn’t think that (protecting Clinton from Benghazi testimony) was the effort to begin with.” Further adding…
“I think that they’re trying to walk a fine line that does not affect the potential presidential candidacy that we expect Sen. Clinton to enter into in the near future, after she leaves the State Department. I think it’s the too cute by half approach that’s reflected in the absence of transparency that’s going to end up damaging her and damaging her credibility.”
Perhaps if Bolton had begun the latest interview by saying – “Forget what i said earlier about Clinton faking it, i was talking outta my ass!” he may not have come across as the asshole he so clearly is.
In any event, what this tells us is that somebody needs to take Messrs Bolton and McCain aside and walk them through the predicaments of living in the age of the internet.