Trying it on
The left in general, but the American Democrats in particular, are doing about as good a job at discrediting their brand as I could hope. This Russian hacking business is an example of such insanity that you really do have to wonder why they have any credibility at all. The point is not that the Russians hacked into the voting machines and manipulated the results. Voting machines are stand-alone and cannot be influenced from the outside (we can talk about their programming some other time). The way in which the election was supposedly affected by the Russians is that they fed all of the WikiLeaks material from the Democrat National Committee to Julian Assange who then made this material public. And the outrage is that the Russians supposedly also had similar material from the Republican National Committee which they did not leak. Therefore, according to some unknown and unnamed source inside the CIA, the Russians are the reason for Donald Trump having won. So if I say to you that anyone who believes this sort of thing is crazy, you will see what I mean. Here, for example, is Paul Krugman in an article titled, The tainted election: How Donald Trump won is horrifying.
The CIA, according to The Washington Post, has now determined that hackers working for the Russian government worked to tilt the 2016 election to Donald Trump. This has actually been obvious for months, but the agency was reluctant to state that conclusion before the election out of fear that it would be seen as taking a political role.
Meanwhile, the FBI went public 10 days before the election, dominating headlines and TV coverage across the country with a letter strongly implying that it might be about to find damning new evidence against Hillary Clinton — when it turned out, literally, to have found nothing at all.
Did the combination of Russian and FBI intervention swing the election? Yes. Clinton lost three states – Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania – by less than a percentage point, and Florida by only slightly more. If she had won any three of those states, she would be president-elect. Is there any reasonable doubt that Putin/Comey made the difference?
You really have to read it all to see just how demented the argument is. That Hillary was everything you would not want to see become president, that she would have continued Obama policies as far into the future as she could, that there is a renewed optimism in the US following Trump’s win is perfectly clear, only emphasises how bizarre all of this is. The aim is somehow to discredit the election result, to perhaps influence enough “electors” to abandon Trump at the electoral college, and even, as some have asked, to run the election again. Here is Krugman again, spelling out the strategy:
We ought to be able to look both forward and back, to criticise both the way Trump gained power and the way he uses it. Personally, I’m still figuring out how to keep my anger simmering – letting it boil over won’t do any good, but it shouldn’t be allowed to cool. This election was an outrage, and we should never forget it.
There is no doubting it. These people are not just bad losers. They are totalitarians at heart who support the democratic processes only up to the point it actually delivers them the results they want. They are a danger to us all, and to themselves. The only reason the US does not turn into Venezuela is that they represent only about 47% of the voting population. They are saved from financial oblivion by the Republicans whom they hate. Here’s Newt Gingrich.
All the panic on the left about Russia is a ruse. The same media which was freaking out about ‘fake news’ last week is now engaging in just that. They’re promoting the idea that Russia influenced the election to create doubt about Trump’s victory and de-legitimize him. It’s a completely dishonest political move.
It’s a try-on by the left and their allies in the media. This one didn’t quite get the traction, but you may be sure they will be back with something else as soon as they can find something else to beat up. Meanwhile, this is a drumbeat that will continue for the next four years, and hopefully for the next eight.