The most powerful power center on earth, most politicos say, is Washington, D.C. In a place like D.C., what does not get reported but is nonetheless the subject of most if not all of the whispers is where the real truth lies. The real story is often underground in the dark corners, crevices, and out of the way bars, away from public view and from the ever present ear of the Washington news media establishment. This underground chatter seems to kick up into super high gear during a presidential election year. This year is no different due to the palpable rage of the electorate, wild card candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, and of course the sudden and unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
However, the underground D.C. whispers cover a variety of issues, some of which can be readily dismissed outright. But there are nuggets of truth scattered amid the chatter as well. Even the mainstream media was compelled to pick up on some of these stories, as today’s news reports indicate.
One of the stories making its way around is that Justice Scalia was murdered and did not die from natural causes. No autopsy was performed to be 100 percent certain. But this story is very likely false due to the fact that Scalia’s own personal physician did not seem surprised by Scalia’s death due to the fact that he had a fairly long history of heart disease and other potentially deadly medical conditions. Yet the whispers of the D.C. underground got busy, and a team of private investigators was dispatched to Texas, the site of Scalia’s passing. Some are openly asking whether or not Scalia was murdered, so much so that the whispers have now been reported in the media. But most say this can be relegated to the category of conspiracy theories.
Speaking of Scalia, former Vice President Dick Cheney weighed in on the issue as one who was a personal friend of Scalia. Cheney was hit fairly hard by Scalia’s death. Their friendship goes back to the days when as young men they first entered public service. Cheney reflected on Scalia’s long tenure as a jurist and noted that he was without doubt a giant intellect who widely influenced several generations of lawyers and judges, modeling for them the only historically legitimate judicial philosophy of Constitutional interpretation, which came to be known as originalism. It is also worth mentioning that Cheney was livid that Donald Trump blamed the Bush Administration for 9/11 when George W. and Dick Cheney had only been in office a mere nine months. Bill Clinton has spoken often about the many opportunities he had to get bin Laden and nip al Qaeda in the bud, but he decided not to. Trump, therefore, seems to have his facts mixed up on who knew the most about bin Laden and terrorism.
It is important to note that just as Scalia was known for his brilliance, Cheney is known in underground circles as a giant intellect who never got his due. Cheney is known in these circles as one of the two or three smartest persons to serve in public life in modern times, the other being Antonin Scalia. There is yet another of these who is known for his brilliance, a controversial figure but one of the absolute smartest men in government over the past 25 years — Donald Rumsfeld.
Another topic of speculation is the waning candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Many underground observers have noted that Clinton’s candidacy is about to crash and burn after hanging on all these months trying to get her magic back as in the 2009 presidential race. Hillary crashed and burned then as well but only because an unknown entity from Chicago, one Barack Obama, turned on his hypnotic charm and somehow wrested the nomination from Hillary. This time, however, Hillary’s problem has nothing to do with Obama as a candidate, and to a great degree it has nothing to do with the candidacy of Bernie Sanders. Those who have worked with Hillary on and off during this cycle note the spark is gone. She is forgetful, even feeble at times, and slow on the draw. Some of these who have worked up close and personal with Hillary report that they wonder if she is physically capable of not only sustaining the rigors of a campaign but serving effectively if she is elected president.
And then there is Donald Trump. Some of those in the know say there is no doubt that he is smart enough and capable enough to be president. And he is quite an entertaining speechmaker. But they are adamant in saying Trump is no conservative at all and is actually much closer to the political philosophy of Hillary Clinton than any conservative Republican. Some openly question how it is that less than a year ago Trump was espousing a very liberal political philosophy but now, suddenly, claims he is a conservative on all of the issues conservatives hold dear. This is not to say people cannot see the light and change. But that change usually happens gradually over a period of years. It is highly unusual and suspicious for someone to simply flip suddenly out of the blue and become a thoroughgoing conservative when only yesterday he was supporting abortion on demand, more centralized government power, and the complete government control of healthcare through a so called single payer system.