We had family over on Friday to have a send-off barbecue for a visiting Irish cousin. The party went fine: Black Bean Chicken was grilled, bi-color corn was boiled and spuds were smothered in Irish butter; much Wood Chuck cider was quaffed (my favorite is the Granny Smith; B.B. King and Eric Clapton was listened too and dogs were walked.
At the end of the party, one of my sister-in-laws told me about Marcy Kaptur and the conspiracy between the Clintons and Donald Trump to elect Hillary as the first female President of the United States. I was unaware of the story, but, well, here is the skinny:
Some conservative Republicans disgusted by Donald Trump’s offensive, scorched-earth campaign have long suspected their party’s nominee to be secretly in league with his erstwhile friends Bill and Hillary Clinton. They wonder whether Bill Clinton and Trump worked out an agreement — perhaps during the course of that “casual” phone call between the two last May — designed to hand Hillary Clinton the White House while tarnishing the GOP’s brand for a generation.
It’s been dismissed by many as a conspiracy theory. But as Trump continues to offend with racially charged rhetoric and his own outlandish theories, a top Democratic lawmaker is now airing it openly.
“There are some theories on the Internet that this is Bill Clinton’s best political deal,” says Marcy Kaptur, the veteran Democratic congresswoman from Ohio and the House’s longest-serving female lawmaker, “that he and Donald are buddies, and they have a lot of similar friends in New York, and he has masterfully selected a friend who maybe by October will say, ‘You know, this is very boring. And I’m going to get out.’”
“Do I believe it 100 percent, do I believe it 2 percent? You know, you really wonder,” Kaptur says.
I like Kaptur. A lot. In the Mr. Mxyzptlk political world we seem to be living in, I’m not sure either.