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Dan Rather, Here's Why No One Cares When You Say 'History Is Watching'

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At no point in my life do I remember a presidential election quite like this one. The two major parties have given us candidates that are beyond terrible by every measure. A friend describes the choice as one between a kick in the crotch and a punch in the face — I couldn’t disagree with him.

Even the leading third-party candidate, Libertarian Gary Johnson, seems to be doing everything he can to throw the election in his effort to lure Bernie Sanders voters; that right-leaning libertarians and conservatives are being repelled seems irrelevant to Johnson.

Then, we have Dan Rather.

After Donald Trump’s latest … comments regarding Hillary Clinton, the former CBS anchorman decided to issue a warning to Trump’s supporters. Said Rather in a Facebook post:

To anyone who still pretends this is a normal election of Republican against Democrat, history is watching. And I suspect its verdict will be harsh.

History is watching?

Really?

Tell us, Dan Rather: was history watching when the DNC aligned with Hillary, subverting the process to make sure Bernie Sanders would not be the nominee?

Was history watching when four Americans were killed in Benghazi, and Hillary Clinton offered a series of lies to absolve herself of blame? Topped off by her “what difference, at this point, does it make?”

Where were your admonishments then, Dan?

Additionally, let’s be honest here. What are the odds that the average Republican is going to care what Dan Rather says about “history’s” judgment?

The reality for many right-of-center folks is that this election is about choosing your flavor of suck, and even with his poorly worded comment, Trump is still infinitely preferable to Hillary. The history we’re worried about? Whether the republic would survive a Hillary presidency.

Besides that, a scolding leveled from someone like Rather — who lost his job over presenting forged documents of President George W. Bush’s military record as fact — won’t sway a soul regardless of what Trump might have said. In most minds, Rather is nothing but a disgraced former journalist from a mainstream media network. These are not things held in high regard by anyone already opposed to Hillary.

The reality is that a lecture from Rather is likely to backfire on him. Who knows, it may be the last push from the D.C. elite some folks need to jump on the Trump bandwagon.

Everyone with a functioning brain knows history is “watching.” What people like Rather need to grasp is that no one cares — nor should they. They should focus on what they think is the best move for the nation.

Believe it or not, that’s what most folks are actually doing now, Dan Rather. They’re trying to find a balance and make the best choice possible from a horrendous selection of candidates.

Frankly, if people do that, history will take care of itself one way or another.