By Peter Daou and Tom Watson
Jeb Bush is getting a small dose of Hillary Clinton's reality with his "stuff happens" comment in reference to the horrific Oregon shooting. We don't believe in taking words out of context, so here is his full quote:
“We’re in a difficult time in our country and I don’t think more government is necessarily the answer to this. I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It’s very sad to see. But I resist the notion—and I had this challenge as governor, because, look, stuff happens. There’s always a crisis. And the impulse is always to do something and it’s not always the right thing to do.”
Here's the difference between Jeb and Hillary: he actually said "stuff happens." The public can interpret it as they please. In Hillary's case, the GOP, media and pundits just make stuff up and run with it, smearing her with total fabrications.
On the same day that Jeb is dealing with the aftermath of his awful word choice, USA TODAY simply fabricated the impression that Hillary was seen by Democrats as a liar. It is an absolute falsehood which was immediately picked up and spread by Politico, Morning Joe (MSNBC) and several others.
It's hard to have sympathy for Jeb when Hillary has dealt with an unprecedented assault from the national media since the day she entered the race.
We invite the GOP, media, political commentariat and assorted operatives to peruse these #HillaryMen articles and tell us if they still believe isolating two words from Jeb Bush compares to the vitriol and outright lies directed at Hillary Clinton:
Meanwhile in the real world, while Jeb Bush was ruminating in the passive voice, Hillary was all action. As BuzzFeed's Ruby Cramer reported, she took direct aim at the National Rifle Association and the pro-gun lobby:
Hillary Clinton called for a “national movement” strong enough to rival the National Rife Association, which she described as a “an intense, dedicated group” of gun lobbyists who “scare politicians and say, ‘We will vote against you.’”
“What is wrong with us that we can’t stand up to the NRA and the gun lobby and the gun manufacturers that they represent?” she said to cheers from the crowd.
“Here’s what the other side counts on,” Clinton said. “They count on really having an intense, dedicated group that scare politicians and say, ‘We will vote against you.’” Republicans, she told supporters, “put the NRA ahead of American families.”
Clinton promised that, if elected, she would “never relent” in trying to pass new gun measures.
Hillary is the only candidate in the 2016 race with the policies, determination, and strength to take on the problem of gun violence in America. Perhaps the media and pundits could stop making stuff up about her and cover her actual positions. It would be good for the country.
Peter Daou and Tom Watson founded #HillaryMen to provide actionable analysis of the 2016 campaign focusing on the gender barrier in U.S. politics. Peter is a former senior digital adviser to Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a veteran of two presidential campaigns (Kerry '04 and Clinton '08). Tom is an author and Columbia University lecturer who advises companies and non-profits on social activism.