A reality based independent journal of observation & analysis, serving the Flathead Valley & Montana since 2006. © James Conner.

12 September 2017 — 1811 mdt

Grant Kier announces for Congress on the day
Hillary Clinton’s I was Robbed! book is released

Is this a coincidence? Perhaps not. Kier, reports the Missoulian’s Holly K. Michels, this evening will formally announce his entry into the Democratic primary for the U.S. House of Representatives. His leap into the ring follows John Heenan’s, and they may be joined by State Rep. Tom Woods, Bozeman, and former State Senator Lynda Moss, Billings.

Heenan supports single-payer health care. Kier apparently does not, Michels reported:

While he supports a broad look at ways to fix the affordability of health insurance and access to health care, and is glad people like former U.S. senator and ambassador to China Max Baucus has called for a switch to a single-payer system, he wants to see faster fixes to the Affordable Care Act before greater policy shifts are discussed.

“What’s critical is recognizing the Affordable Care Act was a big step forward but it doesn’t work perfectly and needs fixes,” Kier said. “We need to make a quick change, to pull people together from both sides of the aisle to look at how we can fix these things and make those changes right away, and then if we want to debate bigger changes that’s fine.”

Hillary Clinton, of course, not only opposed single-payer health care, but during her campaign against Bernie Sanders actively attempted to discredit the idea of single-payer health care, a policy — and political — choice that kept her in good standing with the health insurance industry and the manufacturers of prescription drugs. Heenan supports single-payer, and thus is courting Democrats aligned with Bernie Sanders. Kier, therefore, may be brushing single-payer aside to appease the Clinton wing of the party, which still cuddles up to the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Kier may have a campaign website — an anonymous person registered kierforcongress.com — but as of 1700 today it showed only a looping video of a kitten playing on a kitchen table.

Hillary — settling scores by throwing her book at everyone

Hillary Clinton ran for President for one reason, and one reason only: to be the first woman elected as President of the United States. She tried cloaking her gender based candidacy in dozens of position papers, but her fundamental message, not always concealed, was “Vote for me because I’m a woman; because it’s my turn; because I’m a woman.” She ran a strategically and tactically incompetent campaign, proudly crowing she would put a lot of coal miners out of work, and disparaging white working class voters she needed in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, as racist and homophobic deplorables.

But will she accept responsibility for her defeat? Oh, no; hell no. She’s convinced she would have won if Bernie hadn’t bashed her during the primary; if the Russians hadn’t tampered with her campaign and the DNC; if FBI director Jim Comey had kept his mouth shut; if sexist men, and in her worldview all men are sexist, hadn’t voted against her because she was a woman. Her loss was everyone’s damn fault except her own. She wuz robbed!

In my view, she never should have been nominated. She was too old, running for the wrong reasons, and temperamentally unsuited to the job she sought. Yet, if Tim Kaine had been at the top of the ticket, and she had settled for second, I think she probably now would be vice president.

If you want to read What Happened to try to understand Hillary and how she feels, by all means do so. But if you want to know what really happened, read Shattered, by Allen and Parnes.

To borrow a verse from Jimmy Buffet:

It’s Hillary’s claim,
That Jim Comey’s to blame.
But we know: ‘twas her own damn fault.