Streetwise Professor

November 7, 2017

If the Dems Keep This Up, Ima Gonna Run Outta Popcorn

Filed under: Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 9:59 pm

The Democratic establishment has gone to DefCon One over Donna Brazile’s (so far only excerpted) blasts directed at the Hillary campaign. The biggest return salvo was in the form of an open letter signed by dozens and dozens, including notables such as Huma Abedin (Hillary’s constant companion, who frequently wore an outfit to match Hillary’s–yeah, I don’t want to know either), Robby Mook (campaign director), and–wait for it–Marc Elias (the Perkins Coie lawyer who was the intermediary between the Clinton campaign and Fusion GPS, which in turn was the connection to Christopher Steele of dossier infamy). The whole thing is a hoot, but this part totally cracked me up: “It is particularly troubling and puzzling that she would seemingly buy into false Russian-fueled propaganda, spread by both the Russians and our opponent, about our candidate’s health.”

I mean it had to be the Russians, right? Had. To. Be.

First, this is now the Democrats’ Theory of Everything: THE RUSSIANS DONE IT. Second, who could possibly have had any doubts about Hillary’s health? That nagging cough? Nothing! The fainting spell (or freezing episode) or whatever it was on 9/11/16? Just “overheating.” Brazil also points out some odd Hillary public behavior, most notably her infamous “basket of deplorables” comment, which led Brazile to wonder whether Clinton was so mentally out of it that she wasn’t aware that she was speaking in public, rather than at a closed event.

In other words, far more than the rest of us, Donna Brazile had the ability to observe closely Hillary’s health, and it raised grave concerns in her mind. Yet Hillary’s phalanx of flunkies denies Brazile’s first hand knowledge, and instead blames her concerns on Russian propaganda.

Unbelievable. The only thing Russian about this entire episode is the Hillary cabal’s obfuscation of her health issues, which brings back memories of the last days of Chernenko or Brezhnev.

For her part, Brazile has been nothing if not entertaining. First, she denied that the word “rigged” is in her book. Well, it is definitely in the Politico piece which is allegedly an excerpt, and everyone who read that concluded that Brazile was accusing the DNC of rigging the process against Bernie: if not, why the candles and the music to put her at peace before the confessional phone call to Sanders? But maybe her book has undergone a quick rewrite (perhaps like James Comey’s letter regarding Hillary’s server, which included the legally damning phrase “grossly negligent” before it didn’t). Or something.

Second, Brazile accuses the campaign leadership of being sexist, and treating her like a slave. Randy Mook in particular comes in for damning criticism. I’m not a big Brazile fan, but Mook is a first class creep, so it’s an easy call regarding whom to pull for here.

Third, she makes some rather odd statements about murdered campaign Seth Rich. This has sent conspiratorial minds–of which there are far too many these days–into paroxysms of theorizing.

There are many conjectures about Brazile’s motives. Self-protection is a leading candidate in the comments section. Shifting blame and making money are others. Revenge is also in the running. Another theory making the rounds is that she is attempting (perhaps at the behest of the Bernie branch of the party) to torpedo a potential Hillary! 2020 repeat. Yes, some think that Hillary is in fact scheming to run again. I can understand many Democrats’ horror at the thought–she would be a very serious contender to tie William Jennings Bryan and Adlai Stevenson as three time losers (though Stevenson, of course, only was the party’s standard bearer twice, losing the party’s nomination to JFK in 1960, as Hillary did to Obama in 2008).

I’m going with “all of the above.” I think this is a seriously overdetermined mixture of the personal and the political. Whatever it is, I hope she keeps on it. Though if she does I’ll have to restock the popcorn because I’m going through it like crazy.

Circling back to the Russia obsession. Have you noticed that the Russians are inveterate liars spewing disinformation everywhere, except when a Russian is dishing dirt on Trump, in which case they are telling the gospel truth? The dossier is one example: to the Dems and Never Trump Republicans, it is Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John rolled up into one. Another example is the recent story that the lawyer who met with Donald Jr., one Natalia Veselnitskaya, claims that Junior “hinted at a review” of the Magnitsky Act if Veselnitskaya could provide evidence in writing of Clinton skullduggery.

Did he give an exaggerated knowing wink? Or maybe he did the whole “grin, grin, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more!”thing. I mean, seriously.

So since when did Veselntiskaya–a Russian!–become unimpeachably credible? Especially in light of numerous revelations suggesting that the Russians were (are?) not acting in a partisan way, but were (are?) merely intending to sow political chaos. In which case (a) they are succeeding beyond their wildest expectations, and (b) Huma and the Gang are accessories after the fact, and are compounding the chaos spawned by whatever Russian interference there was by overreacting to Russian interference.

Another revelation about Veselnitskaya came out today. In Congressional testimony in July, Bill Browder alleged that she hired Fusion GPS to conduct a smear campaign against Browder, a Russian bête noire.* Today it was reported that she met with Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson both immediately before and immediately after the Trump Tower meeting. You know, kinda like a briefing and debriefing. We also know that some time before this the Hillary campaign via Marc Elias had hired Fusion GPS to dig dirt on Trump (“opposition research” we’re told).

I don’t know about you, but to me that screams set-up. The Clinton-Fusion-Russia nexus is just too tight. (Note to the sickening hypocrisy. The outrage over the Trump Jr.-Veselnitskaya meeting is that he was looking for compromising material on Hillary. First, isn’t that just “opposition research”, per the Democrats’ defense of the Clinton hiring of Fusion? Second, for the people who hired dirt diggers par excellence-Fusion GPS–to get dirt on Trump from the Russians to wax indignant about Trump responding to offers of dirt on Hillary from Russians pegs the chutzpah meter–and mine goes to 11!)

So here’s where we are. Donna Brazile blasted Hillary and her campaign. Hillary’s henchpeople responded by saying that Brazile was a dupe for propaganda put out by those lyin’ no good Russkies. Meanwhile, the Hillary campaign hired a propaganda outfit with deep connections with the Russians, including Russians who just so happened to be in meetings that the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) claim compromised Trump. But to believe that, you have to believe that the lyin’ no good Russkies are telling the truth. Just this once!

Did I get that right? Pretty sure that I did. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

* Do not consider this an endorsement of Browder. In fact, I am not a Browder fan. I will detail the reasons for my distrust and dislike in an upcoming post.

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10 Comments »

  1. Belief preservation can take people to very strange places.

    The Russia story is providing enough material for an entire conference of the American Psychological Association.

    I don’t know what would be worse: that they’re so stupid as to believe the story they’re telling about Russian interference, or that they think we’re so stupid as to believe the story they’re telling about Russian interference.

    Looking forward to the piece on Browder.

    Comment by Global Super-Regulator on Lunchbreak — November 8, 2017 @ 8:29 am

  2. Apparently, some people are more equal than others. Hypocrisy, thy name is democracy.

    Comment by Thomas Jefferson — November 8, 2017 @ 1:57 pm

  3. The Dems are clearly not alone, though:

    “@realDonaldTrump

    I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!”

    If that is not sick/creepy, I don’t know what is. Right there in “I want to solve the Jews, and the Third Reich can greatly help” category.

    Comment by Ivan — November 12, 2017 @ 4:30 am

  4. The problems in Syria and Ukraine are clearly partly, or largely, of the US’s making. So, I suspect, is a fair chunk of the world’s terrorist problems.

    If you prefer to hew to the Protocols of the Elders of Moscow, so be it.

    Comment by dearieme — November 12, 2017 @ 4:35 pm

  5. @dearieme

    “The problems in Syria and Ukraine are clearly partly, or largely, of the US’s making”

    – I agree, in the sense that the US under Obama has refused (for lefty ideological reasons, as far as I can tell) to continue enforcing civilizational constraints on otherwise unconstrained savages, thus enabling/provoking them to run amok. Trump’s idea to try and replay Obama/Clinton’s “reset” while (hopefully) expecting a different result is how Einstein defined insanity. Unless he is not expecting a different result, which would be worse.

    Comment by Ivan — November 12, 2017 @ 5:52 pm

  6. “the US under Obama has refused … to continue enforcing civilizational constraints on otherwise unconstrained savages”: you have gift for satire.

    Comment by dearieme — November 13, 2017 @ 6:05 am

  7. In other good news, Gretchen Morgenson has left the NYT.

    Comment by The Pilot — November 13, 2017 @ 9:19 am

  8. @Pilot–Pray tell where has Wretched Gretchen gone?

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 15, 2017 @ 1:40 pm

  9. WSJ, believe it or not! EOM November.

    Comment by The Pilot — November 15, 2017 @ 5:06 pm

  10. http://talkingbiznews.com/1/wsj-hires-gretchen-morgenson-of-new-york-times/

    Comment by The Pilot — November 15, 2017 @ 5:07 pm

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