Monday, October 31, 2016

More trolling than a fishing show

I still have a number of friends from my days in Chicago and they are exceptionally angry about the latest column from the columnist they love to hate, the Chicago Tribune's John Kass:
FBI director James Comey's announcement about the renewed Clinton email investigation is the bombshell in the presidential campaign. That he announced this so close to Election Day should tell every thinking person that what the FBI is looking at is extremely serious.

This can't be about pervert Anthony Weiner and his reported desire for a teenage girl. But it can be about the laptop of Weiner's wife, Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and emails between her and Hillary. It comes after the FBI investigation in which Comey concluded Clinton had lied and been "reckless" with national secrets, but said he could not recommend prosecution.

So what should the Democrats do now?
Wait for it, wait for it. . .
If ruling Democrats hold themselves to the high moral standards they impose on the people they govern, they would follow a simple process:

They would demand that Mrs. Clinton step down, immediately, and let her vice presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, stand in her place.

Democrats should say, honestly, that with a new criminal investigation going on into events around her home-brew email server from the time she was secretary of state, having Clinton anywhere near the White House is just not a good idea.
A few thoughts:

  • This is world-class trolling. It's also a reminder of the demands we've all been hearing from Democrats in this cycle -- why won't you denounce Donald Trump? I've probably seen 100 ads from the DCCC on behalf of Terri Bonoff, who is running (and losing) for Congress in MN CD-3, against the incumbent Erik Paulsen. Kass is asking a relevant question -- why won't Democrats denounce Hillary Clinton?
  • Kass's hypothetical question about the high moral standards of Democrats is one that rarely gets asked. It's also pure Alinsky Rule 4 -- make the enemy live up to its own set of rules.
  • Maybe half of the electorate is too young to remember the 1972 election cycle, but I do. The big difference is that the rot is being exposed before Election Day.
Kass makes a larger point that can't be made often enough:
As secretary of state she kept classified documents on the home-brew server in her basement, which is against the law. She lied about it to the American people. She couldn't remember details dozens of times when questioned by the FBI. Her aides destroyed evidence by BleachBit and hammers. Her husband, Bill, met secretly on an airport tarmac with Attorney General Loretta Lynch for about a half-hour, and all they said they talked about was golf and the grandkids.

And there was no prosecution of Hillary.

That isn't merely wrong and unethical. It is poisonous.

And during this presidential campaign, Americans were confronted with a two-tiered system of federal justice: one for standards for the Clintons and one for the peasants.

If nothing else animates Trump supporters, watching these double standards play out has to be at the top of their list of legitimate grievances. The Clintons really need to go, because they corrupt everything they touch. And that includes the party that millions support. The hour is late.

1 comment:

Gino said...

Like usual, I was sitting out this election. Though sympathetic to Trump's issues, I didn't like trump. What pushed me into the fray was comey not charging Hillary.

I really don't have much hope for restoring the republic, but if anybody cares to even try it, they'll need rule of law imposed at the highest levels first.