Enter Dr. Rove
First, the republicans dissed Obamacare. The radical right and many regular republicans do not like it. Okay, there are not many of the regular republican left even though the republicans have absorbed many of the tea party, birthers, and the radical right. Therefore, for the sake of this article, I will merely use the general term, republicans.
Now, back to Obamacare. When I get my chance to interview President Obama, one of my first questions will be about who planned this photo op. The picture is of Obama and Biden in the Theodore Roosevelt Room, which is in the West Wing of the White House. Look at the photo. To the right of Obama and Biden is a painting of Teddy Roosevelt who started out as a republican but soon started the Progressive Party (or the Bull Moose Party). The republicans were too conservatively entrenched for him.
I do not know whether this photo was taken intentionally in that room or not. Nonetheless, Roosevelt tried in 1912 to get Congress to approve of a universal healthcare bill. Interestingly, on January 11, 1912, Norway did adopt universal healthcare, which was the first country in the world to do so. It took America a century to catch up with Norway. In fact, the rest of the entire Western world has had a universal healthcare program before the US. The Affordable Care Act became law in March of 2010, and the Supreme Court found it constitutional on June 28, 2012.
In addition, about 12-million uninsured citizens have healthcare now according to a recent Gallup poll. Likewise, 1.2-million young adults can elect to remain on their parent's health insurance until they are 26. Finally, Frank Newport, Gallup editor in chief, believes that a person's political beliefs influence their position on Obamacare. Gallup finds that only 1 out of 6 Republicans buy into it, and 3 out of 4 Democrats do.
As America gets use to what has been the norm for the Western world starting a century ago, the dissing of Obamacare is fading as a republican rallying cry. Look at the chart from put by Daily Kos using Nexis data.
Benghazi has spiked to a huge jump as Obamacare quietly rides off into the sunset. The republicans want another investigation of the Benghazi attack fearing again another Watergate-esque cover-up.
For more data, look at this CNN video:
There have been investigations and inquiries into the Benghazi attacks. The FBI did the first inquiry immediately after the attack in 2012. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reported their bipartisan findings on January 15, 2014. There have been five House of Representatives investigations, the State Department's Accountability Review Board, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the House Select Committee. The comparison between Benghazi and Watergate or 9/11 seems a stretch.
Then recently, Karl Rove has added to the dissing from the radical right by adding Hillary Clinton's brain injury to Obamacare and Benghazi. Even though Rove is not a medical doctor, he was Bush's brain. Aside from that seeming contradiction, he voiced Clinton's ability to be the president due to brain injury.
Now, my doctorate was not in medicine, but I do know a great deal about brain injuries. I fell off a ladder and hit my head on a masonry wall. The neurosurgeon who operated on my head called it a subdural hematoma. The picture below is the scar due to the neurosurgeon having to remove a large part of my skull to allow my brain to expand, which resulted from the trauma from the fall.
Now, I was in the hospital for a month; Clinton was in for a mere 3-days. My fall occurred 6-years ago. While I have not run for president, I have continued to teach at the college level, write articles, and travel the world. In the past 6-years, I have gone on 4-separate month-long trips. This first since my fall was in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand during winter break in 2009-10. Then I went to Greece and Turkey in 2011. In 2013, I went to Scotland. During winter break in 2013-14, I was in Myanmar/Burma. If you click on Travel, you can look at thousands of photos, or click on Interviews from nationals in Scotland and Myanmar.
However, Dr. Rove is concerned about Clinton due to her wearing glasses, which he claims is the result of brain damage. Again, I am not a medical doctor, but my neurosurgeon did say that head injuries like mine would affect hearing. I do use hearing aids.
Steve Colbert addresses Dr. Rove's diagnosis:
Colbert raised an issue about Rove possible brain injury, since Rove made a mistake about Clinton being in the hospital for 30-days when she was in for only 3-days. Colbert has some theories of his own about Rove.
I have the same concern as Colbert. It really bothers me that when someone disses another person. Before dissing someone, that person ought to look at him or herself prior to commenting about others. Rove might be the one suffering a brain and/or ethical problems. However, this first issue occurred on election night in 2012. Watch Rove on Fox News. Karl Rove Causes Fox News Chaos By Challenging Obama Victory Projection.
In spite of Rove's math, Obama got nearly 100,000 more votes in Ohio than Romney did. Then there was American Crossroads, which is Rove's super PAC. During that election in 2012, American Crossroads spent $103-million on republican candidates. Rove's PAC spent over a hundred million dollars, which yielded 1% success.
Jon Stewart sums up Rove's problem.
Additional video about Rove's medical observation:
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