Ross Mackenzie

In the tradition of Gary Hart’s observation that “you can get awful famous in this country in seven days,” some quotations by and about the three principals remaining in the presidential contests . . .

John McCain: “Some would withdraw (from Iraq) regardless of the consequences. Others say we can withdraw now and then return if trouble starts again. What (the Democrats) are really proposing, if they mean what they say, is a policy of withdraw and re-invade. . . . To promise a withdrawal of our forces from Iraq, regardless of the calamitous consequences to the Iraqi people, our most vital interests, and the future of the Middle East, is the height of irresponsibility. It is a failure of leadership.”

Statistician and columnist Michael Barone: “(Regarding Barack Obama’s) longtime association with Weather Underground bomber William Ayers: The Weather Underground attacked the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other public buildings; Ayers was quoted in The New York Times on September 11, 2001, as saying, ‘I don’t regret setting bombs; I feel we didn’t do enough.’ It was at Ayers’ house that Obama’s State Senate candidacy was launched in 1995; Obama continued to serve on a nonprofit board with Ayers after The Times article appeared.”

Hillary Clinton: “I remember landing (in Tuzla, Bosnia, in 1996) under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base. . . . That is what happened.”

Obama: “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. . . . And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Kathleen Willey, from her new book: “Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton”: “Hillary Clinton is no martyr. If Hillary cares that her husband chases anything in a skirt, if she’s repeatedly devastated and surprised that the sex fiend she married continues to be a sex fiend, her sad predicament should not be mistaken for sacrifice. . . . She has stayed (with him) for more than 30 years. She makes excuses. She blames the vast right-wing conspiracy. . . . She enables her husband’s sexual addiction and his predatory activities. In the trade, she gets her shot a power, her turn at the presidency.”

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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