Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Vote Against Women

We really don't think about it too much but there is a vote against women in this election. They are a minority and for a lot of people women are looped in with African Americans, Muslims,  Mexicans and "the other." Misogyny is alive and well and we don't have to look far to see it displayed on our national stage. The suffragettes knew this very well and people like Alice Paul saw it as a war on women. She went so far as to lay down in front of carriages and carry on hunger strikes and was eventually force fed and put in an insane asylum.

She knew that there were elements in the country that would never let women have the vote in 1919 which ironically is the year Edith Wilson took over the White House. The great juxtaposition of history is that while Edith Wilson was running the government as the First Woman President the suffragettes were chaining themselves to the White House gate. They had no idea they had hopscotched right over the gate and into the presidency. It still took two more years for women to get the vote.

And today we assume most people have no problem with a Woman President. But this isn't true. There are people who believe a woman is not strong enough or has enough "stamina" for the job. That was the pitch the other night at the debate. And then there are just people who are women haters. But the vote against women is very real and will be a factor in the election It is the reason that Edith Wilson never claimed she ran the government in her 1939 Memoir. She knew better than to upstage a man...particularly a president.

Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson




Monday, September 26, 2016

Madam President Keeps Her Cool

We all knew Trump would come looking for blood. Madam President knew it too. And she had prepared for it. There were only a few moments where it looked like the Donald might break through...maybe a couple on trade. But then she smiled and the Donald was left jabbing at air. Did Madam President discover the antidote for being Trumped? Could it be that if you don't take the bait and stick to your message then there is no engagement for the Donald.

And it worked. The Donald simply couldn't get traction which left us staring at him and it wasn't pretty. And what will the result of the first debate be? The Donald has already told us. He is going after Bill in the next one. He has already decided he was too nice. He should not have listened to those around him and should have just attacked. Next time he will. Bet on it.

After the papers come out and the Monday night massacre is confirmed, the Donald will go for the jugular in round two. And it will be down and dirty. Like Rocky Trump will go for a knock out punch and like Rocky it will be a one in a million shot. If Madam President keeps her cool then Trump will again be swinging at the air. He may not even come back for round three. You heard it here first.

Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson


Madam President Keeps Her Cool

We all knew Trump would come looking for blood. Madam President knew it too. And she had prepared for it. There were only a few moments where it looked like the Donald might break through...maybe a couple on trade. But then she smiled and the Donald was left jabbing at air. Did Madam President discover the antidote for being Trumped? Could it be that if you don't take the bait and stick to your message then there is no engagement for the Donald.

And it worked. The Donald simply couldn't get traction which left us staring at him and it wasn't pretty. And what will the result of the first debate be? The Donald has already told us. He is going after Bill in the next one. He has already decided he was too nice. He should not have listened to those around him and should have just attacked. Next time he will. Bet on it.

After the papers come out and the Monday night massacre is confirmed, the Donald will go for the jugular in round two. And it will be down and dirty. Like Rocky Trump will go for a knock out punch and like Rocky it will be a one in a million shot. If Madam President keeps her cool then Trump will again be swinging at the air. He may not even come back for round three. You heard it here first.

Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson


Madam Presidents Moment of Truth

Madam President will face off tonight with Donald Trump and like the Kennedy Nixon debate we will have a clear victor. There is too much riding on it to be a tie. They will not both do well. Someone will dominate and it will come down to this: Donald will knock Hillary off her game or he won't. Lets face it Hillary is a wonk and Donald is anything but. So if she can stay in the land of wonkdom then the Donald will find little oxygen to feed the fire. But...if the Donald can throw a wrench into the finely tuned gears of policy and pedagogy then he may emerge victorious.

Basically Hillary cannot take the bait and the Donald must maneuver outside of her wheelhouse of foreign policy experience and governmental knowledge. Tough to do but Trump trumped very experienced men on his way to the top and he did it by changing the narrative midstream and trivializing all policy as just insider political effervesce while positioning himself as the agent of change if not outrage. It is a bit like going to a discussion of Tolstoy and talking about action films. People may appreciate Tolstoy but action films sure are entertaining.

And there is Donald's play; will entertainment trump substance? Have we gone to the internet mind that doesn't care about anything beyond the 140 character tweet. Even intelligent people will eat sugar even if they know its bad for them. Madam President will have to show that sugar is a high that always comes down.

Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson





Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lester and Hillary will have to contain Trumps Knockout Debate Punch

Did you hear? Trump is threatening to seat Jennifer Flowers at the debate; the women who Bill Clinton had an affair with twenty plus years ago. This is just a warm up folks. Donald Trump has only one option and one option only and that is to destroy the Clintons. And I mean Bill as much as Hillary. He will be outgunned in every other area and he knows it, but he has a grenade and the pin has already been pulled. He will roll it out and probably very quickly and stun Hillary Clinton into losing her footing. And then he will go in for the kill.

Jennifer Flowers is but a preview. The Trump arsenal of course will involve Monica Lewinsky and all the tawdry details. He will not hold back. Trumps specialty is going where none has gone before and using the shock and awe of that moment to unsettle his opponent and turn the debate into the Donald Trump show. There is only one man who can really stop Trump in his supreme moment of mutually assured destruction and that is the moderator Lester Holt.

It cannot be another Matt Lauer moment. The stakes are too high. Lester Holt will either keep control of the debate or become a casualty himself. There will be no middle ground when Donald makes his move. If he goes rogue and goes all the way down and says all those things that will be graphic and will be shocking then Lester Holt will have his supreme challenge. Either it will be a Presidential Debate or it will be the Apprentice redux and if Trump wins then two other people will lose and he can turn to Lester and Hillary and say those immortal words, You're fired!


Friday, September 23, 2016

Edith and Woodrow Wilson Were the Hillary and Bill of Their Time

Edith and Woodrow Wilson were years ahead of their time. They were a young in spirit couple who necked in the Presidential limousine,  recited poetry to each other up by the fire in the presidential residence and went on secret romantic jaunts while dating. But here is where it gets interesting. Woodrow Wilson brought Edith into everything even before they were married. She was decoding top secret ciphers and getting state papers and Woodrow used her as a sounding board on whether the United States should enter World War I. Sound like anyone you know?

The Clinton's are the original power couple of our time and Hillary was in on everything just like Edith. And there were secrets especially with Clinton's indiscretions. What is fascinating is that Woodrow Wilson was treating Edith as an equal before women could even vote. Woodrow was a power house intellectual much the way Bill Clinton is. Both men had photographic memories and prided themselves on a knowledge of  policy and history.

And then we come to the women. Edith was a tough no nonsense woman who today would be called pushy and maybe more. Hillary is much the same. Both woman had to go their own way and carve out space in a world dominated by men. And both women have a penchant for secrecy. If something did happen to Hillary then there can be doubt that the White House would circle the wagons and decide what is next. Edith and Woodrow did it a hundred years before and it has remained a well guarded secret...until now.

Order Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What do Hillary Clinton and Woodrow Wilson have in common?

Hillary Clinton is a democrat. So was Woodrow Wilson. Hillary is a progressive in every sense of the word.  So was Woodrow. Hillary had been fighting the republicans for years. Woodrow Wilson was hated by Henry Cabot Lodge and a large part of the republican party. They both tried to push through legislation that did not pass. Woodrow lost the league of nations and Hillary lost health care. They both have strong independent spouses. Edith Wilson was so strong she took over the White House and we need to say no more about President Clinton. And finally, Hillary Clinton has a thrombosis in her brain, a blood cloth. And so did Woodrow Wilson

In 1919 there were no blood thinners. There was no beta blockers. Woodrow Wilson was suffering from hardening of the arteries and for years dealt with hypertension. It became so severe he took to his bed many times until his blood pressure went down. Hillary Clinton has had several falls and the thrombosis in her brain and her leg are kept in check with blood thinners. For Woodrow Wilson all he could do was wait until the thrombosis either burst or caused a massive stroke. Hillary Clinton exercises and eats right and is monitored by the best medical science money can buy. Woodrow  Wilson had only the "rest cure" to fall back on. 

When Woodrow Wilson had a massive stoke his wife Edith and the White House covered it up. The public never knew the President was bedridden. There was no medial disclosure required of a sitting president. Hillary Clinton has released more medical information than any presidential candidate in history. There was a flap when she didn't tell the world she had pneumonia as a candidate running for office.  President Woodrow Wilson would almost die in the White House and no one would know. 

So there are similarities. But the vast difference in medical science from 1919 to 2016 makes what would have been deadly before a treatable condition. Woodrow Wilson hid his ailments his whole life.,,Hillary Clinton has let the world know and has moved on. That makes all the difference 



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