Punditry flashed its ugly underbelly this week following last week's announcement that Chelsea Clinton is pregnant. The response to the news ranged from the ridiculous to the sublime. Some pundits wondered how being a grandmother would impact Hillary Clinton's campaign, or, perish the thought, her presidency. The answer is NOT. Has anyone wondered how Jeb Bush's grandchildren would impact his campaign? Or how Mitt Romney managed to campaign for President while having 18 grandchildren? Enough said!
Just today Newsmax.com distanced itself from the remarks of one of its pundits last week on this topic. It said Steve Malzberg was just kidding when he speculated on the timing of the announcement last week:
"Newsmax host Steve Malzberg on Thursday speculated that Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy was no accident, and that Hillary Clinton's grandchild would arrive just in time to serve as a 'prop' for a widely expected 2016 presidential run.
'Well, now I'm not saying, when I say staged I have to believe she's pregnant, if she says she's pregnant,' he continued. 'I don't mean that they're making up she's pregnant. But what great timing! I mean purely accidental, purely an act of nature, purely just left up to God."'
Malzberg may have been kidding, but he's clearly no contender for Colbert's replacement on Comedy Central.