Dashing all fear that the world would vanish on Friday, far-sighted Republicans have locked on to a new calamitous challenge to them that could occur four years from now: A presidential candidacy by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
With all of the media chatter that Hillary is da first lady-to-be of Democrats, the GOP's ever-vigilant Hard Right is already gathering its battered forces to deny her of any hope of leading a parade that she has yet to say she would do anyway.
One of the party's leading gorillas, John Bolton, has thrown down the gauntlet by accusing her of faking a concussion to avoid an appearance before a senate committee probing the Benghazi attack. (He doesn't really know that to be true, but you can see how this goes..)
You must understand that with guys like Bolton, the former UN ambassador appointed by Condoleezza Rice, there's never room for professional courtesies in sickness and in health. He's a long-time cold warrior, militaristic poker player, Fox News favorite, and gadabout in conservative think tanks. He is obviously now the point man in his assault on Clinton to spare the world of another Mayan assumed catastrophe.
Frankly, it sounds like the GOP is recycling the immodest words of Sen. Mitch McConnell on Day One of Barack Obama's first presidency that his first duty was to make Obama a one-term president. (We all know how that worked out!) May we now assume that the GOP's most noble vow will be to make Hillary a no-term non-president?