The media was in all-too-common form when it allowed the Clinton campaign to create a “threshold to be commander in chief,” and hold that Clinton passes the threshold test while her opponent fails. The mainstream press seems to have accepted this fictional test, perhaps only to chide Clinton that John McCain quite possibly would score even higher than she.
Wow. The press accepts this campaign concoction as if it were real and the Clinton campaign were merely repeating some time honored constitutional test. Well, no such test exists. If you are 35 years old, a natural born citizen (a question for McCain), and you win 270 electoral votes, you can be commander in chief. Even if you are Forest Gump.
Part of the spectacle is the nonsensical criterial being bandied about in the press, again, as if it were always so. Although the Clinton camp has not quantified this criteria (because inone exist), they make sure everybody knows that she (and McCain) possess it.
Basically, the Clinton criteria amounts to being in close proximity with power and historical events around the time important decisions were made. It’s really a Forest Gump test to be Commander in Chief.
According to Susan Rice, when Clinton lists her credentials to be commander in chief, she includes her attendance at the Beijing Women’s Conference, at the peace accord in Northern Ireland, and went to Kosovo when they opened their border with Macedonia. According to george Mitchell who brokered the Northern Ireland peace accord, Clinton played no role; and Susan Rice contends she arrived in Kosovo the day after the border opened.
On other matters in the White House, she, as First lady, attended to east-wing duties, and was not making the key decisions in the west wing.
As for McCain, it bears mentioning that although he was close to the action in Vietnam, but made few decisions in combat (as if combat is a commander in chief credential). Almost all of his war experience was spent as a POW (a virtue to have survived, but not a credential to be commander in chief). And before ‘Nam, he was aboard one of the aircraft carriers that carried out the blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a close observer here to history.
The bottom line is that Forest Gump has been as close to historical events as two of the three candidates for president. The third candidate for president, Obama, would likely admit a much. Like Forest, Hillary and John were witnesses to history, but were not its participants or makers.