Who can forget the 2010 Delaware senatorial contest where GOP candidate Christine O'Donnell was lampooned for having at one time believed in witchcraft and sorcery? While O'Donnell was a flawed candidate with a lot of chinks in her armor (can I say that?) the witchcraft revelation was probably the one thing that attached a "crazy" sticker to her forehead as far as the media was concerned.
Enter the media double standard, stage left. Imagine what would happen if this involved a GOP candidate for any office anywhere.
Last week, Hillary Clinton was waddling through a campaign stop in Conway, New Hampshire. During the course of the campaign stop she gave an interview to the Conway Daily Sun in which she made a campaign promise:
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton gave UFO enthusiasts a reason to cheer at the close of her recent editorial board meeting with The Conway Daily Sun.
Reporter Daymond Steer asks Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for her stance on UFOs when she visited the Sun on Tuesday.
During the meeting, the former first lady, former senator from New York and secretary of state answered serious questions about foreign policy and the economy, and at the end, she chatted with this reporter, who had asked her about UFOs in 2007 while working for the Cabinet Press in Milford, NH. She recalled that 2007 exchange with a smile and seemed to have fun discussing the topic.
"Yes, I'm going to get to the bottom of it," said Clinton with enthusiasm.
When asked about her husband's nonchalant comment about contact with the third kind, Hillary Clinton responded: "I think we may have been (visited already). We don't know for sure."
Wait, you say. Surely she was joking, right? Because CNN says she was joking in their headline: Hillary Clinton (jokingly) pledges UFO probe.
To the contrary there is no evidence whatsoever that she was joking and great deal of evidence on the side of the proposition that Hillary Clinton actually believes this nonsense. Let's do a bit of time travel ourselves, the virtual kind, not the Area 51 variety, Back in 1997, Webb Hubbell, Bill Clinton's crony and an Associate Attorney General and a convicted felon and a whatever, wrote a book called "Friends in High Places." In it there is this item reported by Deborah Orin of the New York Post:
President Clinton was intrigued by UFOs and wanted to know if they really existed, says a new book by his golfing pal, disgraced Justice Department official Webb Hubbell.
Hubbell says finding out about UFOs was one of the top priorities Clinton gave him in sending him over to a job as one of Attorney General Janet Reno's top deputies. "' Clinton_ had said, "if I put you over at Justice I want you to find the answers to two questions for me,'"
Hubbell recounts. "One, who killed JFK. And two, are there UFOs.'
"Clinton was dead serious. I had looked into both, but wasn't satisfied with the answers I was getting," Hubbell adds.
Hubbell describes his failure to find out about JFK and UFOs as a big regret when he had to resign as associate attorney general and pleaded guilty to bilking law clients of $482,000.
Two points there. The president of the United States told a close friend whom he'd just appointed to a very senior post in the Department of Justice that one of his two top priorities was investigating aliens. And said crony expressed regret that he hadn't found the answer the president wanted.
Turn your attention to another long time Clinton crony, John Podesta. Via The Huffington Post:
For all of you who hope the U.S. government will lift the veil on its alleged stockpile of evidence that Earth is being visited by extraterrestrials -- take heart.
This week, former Clinton chief of staff and UFO advocate John Podesta was named as President Obama's newest advisor.
Podesta, 64, has more than once publicly urged the U.S. government to release any UFO files that could help scientists determine "the real nature of this phenomenon."
Adding more fuel to the fire, Podesta wrote the foreword to Leslie Kean's 2010 New York Times bestseller, "UFOs: Generals, Pilots, And Government Officials Go On The Record":
I'm skeptical about many things, including the notion that government always knows best, and that the people can't be trusted with the truth. The time to pull the curtain back on this subject is long overdue. Presenting the facts, the book includes statements from only the most credible sources -- those in a position to know -- about a fascinating phenomenon, the nature of which is yet to be determined.
It's time to find out what the truth really is that's out there. The American people -- and people around the world -- want to know, and they can handle the truth.
Right, so Hillary is married to a sexual predator and UFO/Kennedy-assassination conspiracy theorist and she has another UFO conspiracy theorist as a close adviser. That doesn't mean that she goes for this bunkum, does it?
A UFO conspiracy site insists that Hillary was actively involved in helping Hubbell find the truth and had a personal interest in the subject. This may or may not be true, but we know they were lectured by Stephen Hawking on his belief that aliens had not only visited Earth but had declined to make contact with us. His comments on the subject begin around 17:00
"Clearly the present exponential growth cannot continue indefinitely. So what will happen? One possibility is that we wipe ourselves out completely by some disaster such as a nuclear war. There is a sick joke that the reason we have not been visited by extra-terrestrials is that when a civilization reaches our stage of development it becomes unstable and destroys itself. Of course, it is possible that UFO's really do contain aliens as many people believe, and the government is hushing it up I wouldn't like to comment on that.
"Personally, I believe there is a different explanation why we have not been contacted, but I won't go into it here.
And then there are Hillary's own... ummmm... exotic fantasies.
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton held imaginary conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi as a therapeutic release, according to a new book written by Bob Woodward, says a report in Sunday’s edition of The Chicago Sun-Times.
The first lady declined a personal adviser’s suggestion that she address Jesus Christ, however, because it would be “too personal,” according to Woodward’s book, “The Choice.”
Woodward says the adviser was Jean Houston, co-director of the Foundation for Mind Research, which he describes as a group that studies the psychic experience and altered and expanded consciousness.
The book portrays Houston as an influential adviser who urged Mrs. Clinton to write her book, “It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us,” and in the process “virtually moved into the White House” for days at a time to help with revisions, the Sun-Times reported.
Woodward suggests the White House hoped to keep Mrs. Clinton’s relationship with Houston and her talks with the dead a secret.
…Mrs. Clinton herself wrote about her imaginary conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt in her June 10 column. She said she talked to Roosevelt about the role of a first lady.
“She usually responds by telling me to buck up, or at least to grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros,” Mrs. Clinton wrote.
Houston is a New Age (also known as newage) charlatan and both she and Hillary claim that this was some kind of "consciousness raising" exercise that did not involve seances, that seems very doubtful. From a Bill Clinton speech in 2012:
While speaking at a dedication ceremony for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in New York City on Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton said his wife “was known to commune” with Eleanor Roosevelt, and that Roosevelt had passed him a message through Hillary this week.
“A special thanks to the members of the Roosevelt family who are here,” Clinton said, at the park, located on Roosevelt Island. “And the one who is not, Eleanor, who made sure that the four freedoms were included in the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.”
“I know that because, as all of you famously learned when I served as president, my wife, now the secretary of State, was known to commune with Eleanor on a regular basis,” he said. “And so she called me last night on her way home from Peru to remind me to say that. That Eleanor had talked to her and reminded her that I should say that.”
That last paragraph was not a laugh line.
Hillary Clinton is and adherent to the spiritualism that Boomers of a certain social class used to fill the gaping hole in their souls. It is nearly impossible to believe that Hillary has been married to a UFO conspirasist all these years as well as having been surrounded by them and helped them in their inquiries and not accepted much of their belief system. Add on to that Hillary's infatuation for spiritually communing with other ugly and cuckolded first ladies and her raging paranoia and megalomania and you have a garden variety dotty old woman who should be under constant observation instead of running for president.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) January 4, 2016