Smoke Signals in the Distance?
This past weekend the New York Times reported that the IAFF was backing away from an endorsement of Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 race for U.S. President.
Sandy McGhee,Â an I.A.F.F. board member from Oklahoma, said in the Times, “Secretary Clinton doesnâ€™t sell well here.â€
About as well as snake oil at a Tecumseh rodeo.
Sandy’s comment is what we call high-level intel masquerading as some serious under-statement.
Amazingly, in the nation’s newspaper of record and on a topic of such import, one person isn’t quoted: Harold Schaitberger.
Was heÂ even asked?
Still, one or more mystery “union officials” did cough up some Texas-size details.
Here’s one that is as close as we get to an Our Dear Leader Pronouncement.
“Mr. Schaitberger worried that a Clinton endorsement could deeply divide the firefighters.”
Since there is no effective expectation of Â grass roots input into the endorsement decision, why would IAFF members have their headdresses ruffled?
We Â might study the smoke signals for his ever divine intentions, that is, if we cared to.
But What About Tough Leaders Making Tough Decisions?
Harold Schaitberger professes to be “dancing with the candidates” 24/7 with or without the war paint on.
Perhaps the teepee just got a little too hot.
Here I thought he and Squaw Clinton were budroes, you know, joined at the hip.
When it came time for the poison-tipped arrow, he was no-where to be seen.
He finally called her campaign manager and dropped the bomb.
He doesn’t have Hillary Clinton’e cell number?
Enter the Wily Brave Ascendant
Some will think that Hillary Clinton as president would be the oddest election ever.
Her’s would pale in comparison to the 2013 election of Terry McAuliffe as Virginia’s governor in his first ever run for political office.
At least she has a record to run on.
In the close knit world of Beltway Tribal politics the Squaw, the Brave and the ChiefÂ are war-hooping injuns with stories to tell.
Chief Grey Goose slipped Brave Terry a cool $200K of IAFF funds in 2013 alone for his primary run without an opponent.
Speaking of phone calls, the one I would like to listen in on is when Hillary calls Terry and asks if he knew that his best’us ever warrior-bud Chief Grey Goose was going south faster than a coyote with fresh road kill?
Perhaps he said, Gee, Hill, he’s always been nice to me.