I apologize for being "away from keyboard" most of today. Donna Brazile's weird, unbelievable assault on Hillary commanded my attention this morning, but I was unable to write. Suffice it to say that the whole thing looked to me like pure crap.
I'm quite sure that the "damning" document Brazile referenced either does not exist or reads differently than she stated.
How can I be so sure? Simple: The thing is not online. If this business were anything other than a deception operation, there would have been a link to a pdf.
How many times have we been through this? Travelgate, Vince Foster, Whitewater, "death lists," Mena, Benghazi, emails: The "damning" evidence against the Clintons always
turns out to be crap. What we saw today was just more of the same.
An oft-heard propaganda meme holds that the DNC gave Bernie an unfair shake, a claim I consider both infuriating and ludicrous. The contrary is true: The DNC bent over backwards to accommodate the guy. Y'know what the DNC should
have done to Bernie? They should have disqualified him on the grounds that Sanders is not a Democrat. If the DNC were out to get him, they would have said something about the man's shady financing (for which he was castigated by the usually-comatose FEC) and for his Trumpian refusal to divulge his taxes.
The BernieBot "Martyrella" routine makes me want to vomit. Their pretenses of victimization are as big a Big Lie as anything we've heard from the Team Trump. The fact is that Bernie Sanders is a thoroughly corrupt individual
who would have lost all 50 states
in the general had he won the primaries.
Nevertheless, the online troll army was out in full force earlier today, especially on Daily Kos. One Kos troll credited Hillary with "destroying" the DNC, even though Brazile's own piece concedes that Hillary bailed out
the DNC. I don't know how many of these trolls were Russians, but I'm quite certain that their progressive credentials were very, very faux.
On Mediaite, one particularly vile anti-Hillary comment ended with the words "Hail victory!" -- the English translation of Sieg heil
. (Go here
and scroll through the comments.) What aroused my suspicion was the fact that that
lovely observation was posted very shortly after the story broke.
Do fascists read Mediaite first thing in the morning? Not customarily. Yet at least one fascist was Johnny-on-the-spot with a burst of incoherent Hill-hate and a hearty Sieg heil
. In all likelihood, the far right was given a head's up about this story before
Politico actually published Brazile's words.
What does that
We've long known that Alt Right and fascist networks are heavily involved with spreading online memes and trying to shape mass opinion. Fortunately, one of these Nazified smear-artist decided to sign his work.
I shudder to think about what Facebook looked like today. Must have been ugly. The same manipulation that occurred during the campaign is still
On another topic:
It is becoming obvious that Jeff Sessions lied his bony ass off when testifying under oath. Liberals are lashing out at Sessions, and some are asking for his removal.
strategy. Yes, Sessions is an awful guy. But removing Sessions will simply give Trump an opportunity to replace him with someone willing to fire Mueller. How will that
Suspiciously, Carter Page seems to have gone out of his way today to make Sessions look mendacious. If your side is getting help from a guy like Page, rethink your strategy.