Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How not to be presidential 101

The GOP has fielded an amazing array of presidential candidates who are intellectually and rhetorically unprepared for the office. Here are two examples.

Scott Walker's promise of 50 EPAs, one for each state, would be "inefficient" and "ineffective"

I guess he thinks that would be efficient. Here are snippets from an AP report quoted by Steve Benen at MSNBC/Rachel Maddow.

The EPA currently has the primary responsibility for enforcing many of the nation’s federal environmental laws and regulations, such as the Clean Water Act, and sometimes issues policy or guidance to encourage states to comply with those laws. […].

Lisa Heinzerling, a law professor at Georgetown University and former EPA associate administrator, said Walker’s approach would instead result in 50 different air quality standards and 50 different states conducting basic scientific research to support environmental protection. "If Gov. Walker really does desire meaningful environmental protection in this country, taking power from EPA and giving it to all 50 states is a very silly way to achieve it," she said. "His idea is a really inefficient, and almost certainly ineffective, way of protecting the environment."

Mike Huckabee commits major diplomatic blunder and draws fire from Israel

Here's another one from Benen on Huckabee's insult to Israel that even got Israeli opponents of the Iran nuclear deal upset.

Remember, the GOP candidate said President Obama, by working with our allies and partners on an agreement to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, would "take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven."

I really have to hand it to the GOP – only Republicans could argue that President Obama is both Hitler and Chamberlain at the same time.

For example, quoting from USA Today:

The Israeli ambassador to the U.S., now lobbying intensively against the Iran nuclear accord, on Monday rejected as inappropriate the harsh language that Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee used likening it to the Holocaust.

"Look, we have a very serious disagreement with the administration on a very serious issue," Ambassador Ron Dermer told Capital Download. "But what I don’t doubt is the sincerity of the president or his team when they say they believe this deal not only makes America safe but makes Israel safe. Where we disagree is the judgment of actually what this deal is going to do."

On Huckabee’s comments, he said: "These are not words that I would use or that I think are appropriate."

And here is another example:

Israel Katz, a member of parliament from Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, added, "Nobody marches the Jews to ovens anymore," he said. "To this end we established the state of Israel and (the Israeli military). If need be, we know how to defend ourselves."

Maybe the response "from Jewish people" hasn’t been quite so positive after all.

But, contrary to evidence, Huckabee believes Israel is on his side and refuses to apologize. You think "W" was clumsy? Put this guy into office and watch the diplomatic fur fly.

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