Always Drink Upstream from the Herd [PHIL-OSOPHY]
I grew up where hard-won cowboy wisdom was the writ of the land. I was told to never give the devil a ride because he'll want the reins. Putting that sageness towards today's run for the White House, I hear there's a new cowboy in town, but what he's thinking is downright ri-hotdamn-diculous!
Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg wants Hillary Clinton as his running mate to take on President Donald Trump. For what it's worth, the polls are pulling a McDonald's and loving every minute of it.
The former first lady just recently has stopped short of denying she was considering running for vice president alongside one of the candidates. It's said that she had a deal with Bloomberg that he would be her Secretary of State. But it's also said that her other close friend Terry McAuliffe was going to get it and Bloomberg would've been double-crossed. Ah, the drama of the blood-sport. Keep in mind, however, Bloomberg had endorsed Hillary over Trump last election, calling him a "dangerous demagogue."
Everything was going along okay until a few days ago when Bloomberg made headlines that forced him to profusely apologize after a recording surfaced of him candidly talking about his stop-and-frisk police policy. "Ninety-five percent of your murders – murderers and murder victims – fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all cops. They are male minorities, 16 to 25," he said on the recording. "That's true in New York. That's true in virtually every city. And that's where the real crime is. You've got to get the guns out of the hands of the people that are getting killed."
One maneuver of damage control is to create breaking news headlines that make Lilliputians out of yesterday's news, and Bloomberg did it with considering picking Clinton as his running mate. He's back on the trail again.
The old souls who mentored me, God bless them all, would've probably looked at this, reminding me that it's always unwise to dig for water under the outhouse.
Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.