It is certainly within your rights to say that Hillary Clinton should shut up like you did after losing a presidential election. We must say, you handled your setback with grace, and you have gone on to distinguish yourself at times in a Congress full of batshit-crazy Republicans pretending there is now a real president in the White House. We especially appreciated your stand against various GOP attempts to ram through a dismal health care package to the Oval Office, where Trump would have definitely signed it despite having no idea what it said or what it meant. After all, who knew health care could be so complicated?
And Senator McCain, we have great personal sympathy for your recent health scare and wish you all the best against a deadly adversary: cancer. You’re facing it with the same courage you demonstrated during your captivity as a POW all those years ago. Unlike so many of your peers, Senator, you’re a genuine American hero with a status that rises above partisan politics. A grateful nation thanks you for your many decades of service.
Having said that, Senator, with all due respect, please shut up yourself. There are zero parallels between you and the current situation–ZERO–other than the fact that you both lost. Allow us to explain.
- Secretary Clinton did not nominate a deeply unqualified wingnut for vice-president who ran afoul of the campaign, scared numerous voters away, and accelerated a starkly polarizing political climate that resulted in the unmitigated toxic garbage fire now in the White House. You did.
- Secretary Clinton did not lose to an elegant, brilliant, highly-educated statesman who grew impressively in office. You did.
- Secretary Clinton did not lose the popular vote. You did.
- You did not experience an aftermath where the very legality of your loss was questioned. Secretary Clinton did.
- You did not have to sit back and watch the victor mount an assault on decency, competency and the foundations of American Democracy. Secretary Clinton did.
So, Senator, please get back to the matters that so desperately require your attention and stop complaining about Secretary Clinton. She has joined millions of other people who are profoundly disturbed by what they see. Her persistence in discussing the election reminds us all of the travesty that occurred, the one you helped deliver. You should admit your mistake and join us over here once and for all – for this moment is a genuine crisis, something else that rises above partisan politics.