Democrats will hold their 2016 convention in Philadelphia, the only city in America worse than Cleveland, site of the GOP convention. Presumably, that is where Hillary Clinton will finally announce her candidacy for the White House. But is the once-great city ready to accommodate her?
On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal blaming the United States for the rise of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, while taking shots at “interventionists” like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well “hawkish members” of the Republican Party.
Beyond that, it is unclear what Paul is trying to argue, as the op-ed is only semi-coherent. As best I can tell, he is suggesting that U.S. policymakers talking about military intervention in Syria, and then ultimately deciding against it, is a major reason why ISIS came to power. Or something. He also comes out in favor of having both foresight and hindsight.
Paul’s column invited a lot of predictable criticism, but it was also trashed by an unlikely source:
Many have noticed that the Democratic National Committee chose an interesting week (given the ongoing problems at the Veterans Health Administration and the Obama administration’s passive response thus far) to unveil this cool Obama sticker.
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) May 23, 2014
It may soon become a “meme” (pronounced MEEM), for example: