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Clinton Wins Nevada Caucuses: Open Thread

With this win, and with likely big wins for Hillary Clinton in South Carolina next Saturday and in the "Super Tuesday" states on March...

Saturday News: SC and NV Vote; Trump Gives GOP Voters What...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, February 20. E.U. leaders strike deal to try to keep...

My Two Cents: #Humphrey #Mondale #Gore #Kerry #Clinton2008

There are few artificial constructs as specious, manipulative and deceptive as the ever-present BS term "electability." It was pitched in 1968, yet the "electable"...

Thursday News: Trump Appealing to “Voters’ Primal Fears”; MSNBC Disgraces Itself;...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, February 18. Also check out the spot-on political cartoon...

New PPP Virginia Poll: Clinton 56%-Sanders 34%; Clinton Holds 58-Point Lead...

by Lowell Yesterday, a new CNU poll of Virginia had Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders for the March 1 primary by 12 points (52%-40%). Today, a...

Sen. Tim Kaine: Bernie Sanders Would Be “Incredibly Risky” on Foreign...

by Lowell On a Hillary for America conference call a few minutes ago, Sen. Tim Kaine shared his thoughts on Hillary Clinton and what the...

Friday News: Clinton-Sanders Debate; Webb Not Running; Louise Lucas Goes Off...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, February 12. Also check out the video of the...

Ted Cruz Surrogate E.W. Jackson Goes on Unhinged Tirade Against “Burn-me”...

Craaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy!  But yeah, expect a LOT more of this in weeks and months ahead...ugh.

Video: Mt. Vernon Democratic Committee Straw Poll Goes Overwhelmingly for Clinton-Kaine...

Results from tonight's straw poll at the Mt. Vernon (Fairfax County) Democratic Committee's Mardi Gras party straw poll for president and VP. For President: Hillary...

Hillary’s Waterloo Is Along the Road to Damascus

Hillary Clinton photo 130904Hillary_Clinton_zpsf69a494b.jpg This has to be a particularly uncomfortable moment for Hillary Clinton. She was an architect of this Syrian dilemma by omission and commission. Her team has been hoping we would ignore that. The statement that was released on her behalf was nuanced for deniability. Like her vote on Iraq, spineless.

"Secretary Clinton supports the president's effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted response to the Assad regime's horrific use of chemical weapons."

There is no escape for this pretender this time. And it really doesn't matter that the situation in the Middle East is the culmination of a decade or more of national arrogance that overlays a crumbling economic foundation. Ms. Clinton bought a permanent stake in this when she cast her vote at that very important moment supporting George Bush's war. When she had an opportunity to redeem herself and demonstrate her moxie as Secretary of State, she didn't.

There have been too many missteps to count regarding Syria alone. And throughout this period, her understudy, Susan Rice, now the National Security Advisor, was completely ineffective in her role as Ambassador to the United Nations. Every bit of this has Hillary's signature all over it. And this will weigh her down throughout her campaign for 2016.

The Russian reset is part and parcel of this situation; Hillary owns that. At a time when Clinton's State Department team was sending out feelers to Assad's opposition, inviting representatives to meet with our Ambassador to Syria, we were handing Assad's benefactor a trump card. Unexpectedly, as the opposition transitioned to the use of organized violence, something happened to change Hillary's opinion of Assad and to cast him as a reformer. No wonder the Russians and their client read the tea leaves the way they did. Meanwhile, Senator McCain was allowed or maybe even encouraged to traipse around the region as though he had any ability to discern the situation on the ground. But that fit with Hillary's penchant for wanting to have it both ways. The United States could be seen supporting both sides.