The 2020 campaign desperately needs more Marianne Williamson.
The 67-year-old Williamson is charitably described as a self-help author; if you’re helped by anything that comes out of this woman’s mouth, you need more assistance than any book will provide. I say that because the platitudes she dispenses don’t even rise to the level of “baby steps“-type nonsense. Instead, it’s the kind of prattle you’d usually hear out of a subnormal bore who’s ingested a Schedule I substance.
Take this tweet, for example: “Your body is merely your space station from whence you beam your love to the universe. Don’t just relate to the station; relate to the beams.” Yeah, man. Like, yeah. Put on that Phish live album, will you?
Other brilliant thoughts from Marianne: “Each of us is pregnant with a better version of ourselves.” “Humanity needs a mental shower: We need to wash off all prejudices of the 20th Century and stand naked beneath the waters of eternal Truths.
“If you want a simple explanation for what’s happening in America, watch AVATAR again.”
She didn’t disappoint in the first round of debates, where her “Girlfriend, you are so on” (or was it “wrong?”) remark stole the show. In the next round of debates she’ll be on the same stage as Beto O’Rourke.
If you’re a conservative and want to see some epic fail dished up piping hot, this is your debate.
When asked about the first issue they’d tackle if elected president, Marianne Williamson said she’d call New Zealand’s prime minister to say “the United States of America is going to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up” https://t.co/THE0z1clIy #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/0oFVTC4ddb
— CNN (@CNN) June 28, 2019
However, before she takes the stage in Detroit on July 30, she wants you to know that she’s super-serious about this whole thing:
I am not a cult leader. I am not anti-science (that one is almost funny, given how much I quote Einstein). And I am not an anti-vaxxer. Hoping that if I repeat it 3 to 4 times a day I might penetrate the field of lies created to keep some people out of the conversation.
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) July 23, 2019
“I am not a cult leader,” Williamson wrote in a Tuesday tweet.
“I am not anti-science (that one is almost funny, given how much I quote Einstein). And I am not an anti-vaxxer. Hoping that if I repeat it three to four times a day I might penetrate the field of lies created to keep some people out of the conversation.”
Well, so about that. Firstly, I don’t think anyone was really saying she was a cult leader. Cult leaders not named Lyndon LaRouche generally don’t run for political office, after all. However, you certainly can’t blame people for thinking things seem a bit off when they see this:
Just beneath the surface, this isn’t politics it’s black magic. Entirely a psychic battle. Use your shield of Virtue and your sword of Truth
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) January 31, 2017
The idea of a “shield of Virtue” is kind of funny, particularly coming from a Democratic presidential candidate. Does it give you a +6 defense against the sword edge of Buttigieg?
Here’s something that’s a bit more creepy that could give you the impression Williamson may not be on the level:
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 18, 2019
As for that vaccine thing, well, she’s kind of right. She had called vaccine laws “draconian” and “Orwellian” at a June campaign stop.
“The U.S. government doesn’t tell any citizen, in my book, what they have to do with their body or their child,” she said, according to The Hill.
However, she’d quickly disavow these comments.
“I recognize there are epidemics around the world that are stopped by vaccines,” Williamson wrote the next day.
“I also understand some of the skepticism that abounds today about drugs which are rushed to market by Big Pharma. I am sorry that I made comments which sounded as though I question the validity of life-saving vaccines. That is not my feeling and I realize that I misspoke.”
Now, why is this all important, other than the fact that it’s hilarious? Williamson is doing surprisingly well in the bottom tier of the clown-car primary process. A recent St. Anselm College poll found her at 1.5 percent in New Hampshire. That’s not exactly setting the world on fire, but that also puts her ahead of many “serious” candidates, including Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
This is the inherent problem in the Democrat primary process. How long Williamson meets the bar for inclusion in the debates is anyone’s guess. Please, for the love of God, let it be for a while. She may not be a cult leader, but she’s certainly a great metaphor as to how much of a circus the primary process is. Girlfriend, she is so on.
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