- - Monday, October 21, 2019

A new wrestling league is being promoted during TV coverage of Major League Baseball’s post-season. The ad promises more action, more spectacle and includes women as well as men grappling with each other.

I have two candidates for their consideration: Hillary Clinton and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii Democrat.

Last week, Mrs. Clinton accused Congresswoman Gabbard of being a “Russian asset” as she offered new excuses beyond the real ones for why she lost the 2016 election. In a podcast interview with Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, Mrs. Clinton claimed Ms. Gabbard is being used by the Kremlin as a spoiler to assist in President Trump’s re-election. She made a similar assertion about Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who she says Russia also used to keep her from winning the White House.

Mrs. Clinton offered no evidence to support her allegations.

Ms. Gabbard, who joined the military shortly after 9/11, fired back in the take-no-prisoner style of President Trump, calling Mrs. Clintonthe queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party.”

No parsing of words there. It’s the rhetorical equivalent of what they call a “smackdown” in professional wrestling. 

Ms. Gabbard later tweeted, “It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.”

Put these two in a ring, charge to watch it on TV and I’m there with popcorn. Wow! There’s nothing like a good war of words for the ultimate in political entertainment. And you thought “The Apprentice” was must-see TV.

It appears Mrs. Clinton cannot get over her 2016 election defeat and so she blames everyone but herself. It was because of her poor campaign, insincerity, lack of a credible platform, a sense of entitlement and an abrasive personality, as well as her failure to campaign in key states that led to her defeat. She didn’t connect with voters and still comes across as cold and calculating, not to mention dishonest. But we already knew that. It was Mrs. Clinton, while secretary of State and moving around classified emails on servers where they didn’t belong, who came up with a “reset” button for U.S. relations with Russia. Looks like she pushed the wrong button.

So, according to Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Gabbard is a Russian asset and so is Jill Stein. According to some Democrats and many in the media, Donald Trump is/was also a Russian asset. The list appears endless and if it were true, Russia’s spy network should be promoted as number one in the world, ahead of China.

If this followed a scenario similar to the one Democrats are using against President Trump and his phone call with the president of Ukraine, Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat, Jerald Nadler, New York Democrat, and other self-appointed keepers of American political virtue would begin another investigation. Hillary would be subpoenaed and required under oath to present evidence to prove her allegations. We know that won’t happen. There are double standards when it comes to Democrats. 

Larry Donnelly, an American Democrat who heads the Kennedy Summer School in Country Wexford, Ireland, tweeted in response to Hillary’s statement: “I voted for Hillary Clinton. I think she’s a smart, capable person who would be an infinitely better president than the man who defeated her. But her clearly orchestrated slander of Tulsi Gabbard is beneath contempt. An absolute disgrace.”

That comment, along with many others, “pins” Hillary to the mat for the obligatory three-count.

• Cal Thomas, a nationally syndicated columnist, is the author of “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires, Superpowers and the United States” (HarperCollins/Zondervan, January 2020).

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