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Mollie for President

Mollie for President

I’ve always liked Mollie Hemingway and what she has to say. She’s a conservative, a senior editor of The Federalist and a contributor to Fox News.

My man and I have seen her frequently on the Brett Bair show as a panelist. She’s smart, perceptive and articulate, doesn’t appear to lose her cool and she’s only 47, which gives her a refreshingly youthful perspective.

But she really captured my heart when she took out after Bruce Springsteen and his odd Super Bowl Jeep ad in one of her columns the other day. Before I talk about what Mollie had to say, let me take you back to our TV room and our reaction to the Super Bowl commercial.

“Who is that old guy,” I asked my man when the commercial started. He looked familiar but I honestly didn’t recognize “the Boss.” He had that weathered look that old male celebrities often achieve … with a little help from their plastic surgeons. Okay for a 70-year-old but not swoon material like, for example, Sean Connery was even until his death.

Sorry for sounding petty here but Bruce got on the wrong side of me decades ago. My daughter, her teenage friend and the friend’s mother had gone to a Bruce Springsteen concert in downtown Indianapolis and didn’t get home until 1 a.m. on a week-day night; she had school and I had to go to work the next day.

The concert lasted four hours. Wasn’t that great, my daughter enthused. Not so much from my perspective. This was before cell phones. My daughter was 13, and I was worried sick by the time she finally arrived home. I never liked him after that. Too much ego.

Back to the commercial with its phony-sounding message about unity and love and seeking the middle. As Mollie pointed out, Bruce has never been a man interested in the middle.

She wrote: “Springsteen’s posture against Republicans is well known and goes back decades. He was angry at President Ronald Reagan’s positive mention of Springsteen’s ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ He endorsed and campaigned for John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden.

“One reason the middle has been a hard place to get to is because of wealthy and powerful people like Springsteen spewing hatred toward Republican presidents and their voters dating back to the 1980s.”

And to that I add, where was Bruce’s angst when the pipeline was cancelled by the new president, putting thousands of the singer’s “people” out of work.

Bruce is entitled to his opinions and allowed to support whatever candidates he wants. He has every right to be liberal in his attitudes and thoughts. What he doesn’t have the right to do is expect credibility when he puts himself in the posture of “savior” and suggests that we should all reach out and embrace the middle just because he tells us to.

No, I ceased to be a Springsteen fan a long time ago. Mollie Hemingway? That’s a different story. As my man likes to say whenever he sees her on television: “Mollie for president.”

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