It is not exactly clear what is wrong with Hillary Clinton healthwise. The people that really know are probably limited to Bill, Chelsea, Huma, her doctors and maybe 2 or 3 trusted aides.
None of them are going to tell us. We are in the dark on this as much as Anthony Weiner probably is.
According to a statement on Sunday from her physician, Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, following her 9-11 "medical episode," Hillary was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday. This information obviously was publicly released now, days later, because the campaign was backed into a corner after video emerged showing Hillary losing all muscle control during her "medical episode"
The initial spin of it just being dehydration on a day when it wasn't excessively hot, did not hold.
What is interesting about the statement from Hillary's doctor is that she claimed the pneumonia diagnosis was reached because Hillary was having a checkup for her allergy-related coughing problem.
Hillary claims she has seasonal allergies. Who gets a second check up for a seasonal allergy? You either pick up an over-the-counter antihistamine or you get a stronger medication via prescription from a doctor, This is not complicated. What's going on with Hillary appears to be at a minimum complicated.
And there is no way we have the information to unravel the complication. Hell, we didn't even get the details on her pneumonia.
The New York Times reports on the pneumonia statement:
But Dr. Bardack did not indicate what sort of pneumonia Mrs. Clinton had or elaborate on the nature of the examination last week, whether Mrs. Clinton had a fever today, or a host of other issues that could offer more precise insights about her condition.About a week back, after Steve Bannon and Roger Ailes appeared to be getting Donald Trump back on a winning trajectory, I said to a friend, "If Trump controls himself and doesn't say anything stupid, the only thing he needs for a win is Hillary staying healthy enough to make it to election day."
And so here we are.
Hillary has pneumonia. You almost wish Gay Talese could reprise his reporting and writing style from Frank Sinatra Has A Cold for this Hillary medical situation. But "they" never would allow him to get close enough to Hillary, and not because they felt he might catch the ailment.
One MSNBC reporter, David Shuster, has put out a tweet advising that the DNC is going to hold an emergency meeting to consider a replacement for Hillary.
Clarification from dem operatives @HillaryClinton pneumonia: Expect emergency DNC meeting to CONSIDER replacement. #HillarysHealth— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) September 11, 2016
My guess is that it would be very difficult to pull the nomination from her cold weak hands if she has any pulse at all.
This is one very power hungry woman (with a cheating, equally power hungry spouse). Think about it. She is a very wealthy, crony wealthy but wealthy. She is 68-years old and appears to have health problems. How many of us under these conditions would want to enter a brutal presidential campaign? She will not go easy.
But if further health problems crop up that do force her out of the race, then you would think the replacement candidates are her running mate Tim "no testosterone" Kaine, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.
If the DNC picks Kaine as a replacement, they have given up on the presidency. Americans may be ready for many things but they are not ready for a lefty Mr. Rogers as president. Though indications are that deep state insiders wouldn't have a problem with him. Just what is this Coro Foundation where he was a fellow while in his senior year in college? Dianne Feinstein was also a Coro fellow. Just saying. And what exactly prompted him to leave in the middle of his Harvard Law School studies to do "missionary work" in Honduras which abuts Nicaragua at the time the U.S. was getting knee deep in the Nicaraguan revolution. Interesting,
Sanders and Warren would also be a guaranteed loss. They are too lefty. It's hard to see them picking up the necessary votes. But Joe Biden is a different story. He's presentable, familiar and no one thinks of him as crooked, lying or too much of a lefty. And so this close to the election, it would be very difficult for Republicans to define him differently. A Trump vs.Biden race would be a close one.
Trump's best bet is to hope that Hillary gets adrenalin shots, or whatever, to keep her energetic for a few minutes a day so that she can walk by and wave to the crowds just like she did after her "episode.".
He would have much more difficulty beating Joe Biden riding in on a white horse. The media would love him, the women would love him, America would love him,
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn.