When thinking about the flow of historical events, one can play an entertaining game of “what if”.
For example, what if Germany had won World War II? Check out this Nazi victory map, and be grateful for the leadership of Winston Churchill, Ike, and Harry Truman:
And so I have been wondering lately: what if Rudy Giuliani had not dropped out of the senate race in 2000 and instead hung in there and went on to beat carpet-bagging hillary Clinton for the the open Senate seat in the state of New York?
This question is interesting on many levels, including how Mrs. Clinton, had she lost the Senate election to Mr. Giuliani, one of the great political leaders of the 20th century, would have perhaps entered a wilderness of oblivion, remaining no more than (politically speaking) the wife of a disgraced, philandering and reckless president.
To become a United States Senator, duly elected by the people of the state of New York, Hilary Clinton had to beat Rudy Giuliani, a man beloved by New Yorkers for having saved New York City from the decay and rot that it was infected with by a series of Liberal mayors. The battle of these two politicians was an exciting prospect, until Rudy ended it before it even began:
NEW YORK — Showing a vulnerable side New Yorkers rarely see, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani on Friday dropped out of the U.S. Senate race against Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying the pressures of dealing with prostate cancer would prevent him from devoting his full attention and energy to the campaign. <LA Times, link>
I’ve decided what I should do is put my health first. . . . This is not the right time for me to run for office.
I have written before (link) about how miraculous Rudy was — he worked actual miracles (“miraculous“) — in halting the violent decline of the great city of New York, and then refurbished it to a high polish that New Yorkers have enjoyed immensely in the years since his glorious Mayoral terms.
I lived the before and after myself, as a resident of Manhattan during those years, and I still have a hard time believing that such leadership actually existed in one man, praise god.
And so by all rights he would have won the Senate seat, leaving Hillary Clinton to ponder how she would ever elevate herself enough to run for national office. It may very well have ended her hopes of becoming president, and resigned the Clintons to the carnival act that they were in Arkansas, while in the White House, and have been since then.
We most likely would have enjoyed these other benefits of such an altered history:
- No Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State
- No national security breaches via Mrs. Clinton’s private email server
- No intimidation of the more reasonable Democrats who would consider running for president
- Perhaps a stronger challenger to Barack Hussein Obama in 2007, and therefore no president Obama
- No re-living of the Clinton scandals of the 1980s and 1990s, which distracted the country then (something Osama Bin Laden took full advantage of) and may yet distract us again
- Less destruction of the cultural respect for the Rule of Law, something that politicians like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton have perpetrated and fueled in their every waking moments
Isn’t that a nice list?
Even Democrats are tired of the Clinton brand of “Me Me Me” and “Deny Deny Deny” while various laws are trampled and/or broken.
Just look at what happened at the recent annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, where a who’s who of international celebrities and luminaries turned down invitations to show up.
The Clinton Foundation invited everyone from Pope Francis and Leonardo DiCaprio to Bill de Blasio and Janet Yellen to its showcase gathering starting Saturday in New York City, according to multiple sources familiar with the planning. But those invitations were among the dozens turned down by all manner of celebrities, dignitaries and donors, according to the sources, who said the controversies swirling around the foundation and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign have made some bold-faced names and donors wary of the foundation. <Politico.com, link>
No, Bill, you won’t be able to save your partner Hillary’s campaign. You were extremely toxic to yourself and the country while serving as president, and as we all observed during your tenure, Hillary is arguably even more toxic than you are (a rather shocking thing to even contemplate).
That Clinton magic, which shielded the two of them from 900 stolen FBI files, Savings & Loan fraud, perjury and obstruction of justice, Indonesian purchase of influence, presidential pardons of drug dealers and tax fugitives, Vince Foster, Ron Brown’s plane, and a Bill-Cosby-esque trail of women who claim to have been sexually assaulted over the years, is flickering out.
And so the Clintons owe a huge debt of thanks to Rudy Giuliani for giving Hillary Clinton an unobstructed path to elective office in New York state, without which the Democrat party might be in a lot better shape and without which our nation itself would be that much healthier (neither of which would matter to the Clintons, as they only care about themselves).
If only Rudy had run, but it was not to be.