Pride Always Goeth Before a Fall
This past week former Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton went to India and Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake stayed home. Both made a spectacle of themselves. I shudder when I hear that Mrs. Clinton is scheduled to speak on foreign soil, or that Senator Flake has scheduled a press conference.
The remarks made this week by both focused on President Donald Trump. Hillary focused on election loss to him in 2016 in a forum in India. Not to be outdone, Senator Flake offered yet another enthusiastic, yet laughable, diatribe focused on his personal dislike of Republicans who support President Trump in his endeavors.
Some Republican strategists inside the Beltway can’t wait to collect each new group as if they are just one box away from a fundraising Bingo jackpot. For them, Mrs. Clinton’s recent India visit was not a disappointment. Hillary made national headlines when she added weak-willed women to her Nixonian-styled enemies list.
Those comments, along with a few others, have many Democrats in senior leadership – like Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin – begging Mrs. Clinton to take her leave from the future of the Democratic Party.
Several Clinton quotes from her India trip stand out, but I’ll focus on what I feel are the relevant ones that have been overshadowed by her comments scapegoating women for her loss. These quotes offer insight into why Mrs. Clinton is incapable of going “gently into that good night.”
Mrs. Clinton stated to a packed room that "if you look at the map of the United States, there's all that red in the middle where Trump won, I win the coast, I win, you know, Illinois and Minnesota, places like that. I won the places that represent two-thirds of America's gross domestic product. So, I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, 'Make America Great Again,' was looking backwards."
Read that quote again and tell me she isn’t saying that she won the better places of America by winning the votes of Americans who are the better sort.
“Republican” Jeff Flake is scratching around the political wilderness for relevance, too.
The Arizona senator saw the truth in the tea leaves and announced that he would not run for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Instead he has been searching for a microphone.
Senator Flake’s delivered remarks from this last week focused on how the GOP "might not deserve to lead" because of its support for President Trump. It’s no secret that Senator Flake has been a Never-Trump champion since before the 2016 Republican primaries.
His bitter #nevertrump rhetoric shows a disdain for the grass roots conservative majority who rejected the calls made by him and his #nevertrump ilk to abandon President Trump during the general election. To Flake's dismay, conservative Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats ushered President Trump into the White House.
Democratic Party strategists also residing inside the Beltway, with their Republican counterparts, can’t wait to high five each other as they record and edit Flake’s comments for ads in this upcoming midterm election. Each callous and misspoken remark is a tool to regain the Democrats a majority the House of Representatives. Like Hillary, Republicans wish that Senator Flake would simply vanish as fast as his conservative credibility did.
The quotes this week from these two political figures show why both require attention as much as air. Hillary Clinton and Jeff Flake have their political tribes within their respected parties. Each one believes that any American who rejects their position on President Trump is too dumb to think for themselves.
The venom that each spew into a microphone is indicative of their over-inflated sense of self. That is called ego. Some of their respective supporters will call it pride. My friends, never be fooled when a politician declares that a difference exits between pride and ego in politics. Pride is a synonym for ego and, though pride is a more pleasant-sounding word than ego, both words describes the same human condition. Vanity.
The careers of Hillary Clinton and Jeff Flake are perfect examples of “pride goeth before a fall.”