Clinton: It Wasn’t Me, It Was Comey

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As I discussed over the weekend, the Democratic leadership appears to be spinning its snatching of defeat from the jaws of victory this electoral season.  Various Democratic leaders have been blaming the results not on their engineering Hillary Clinton’s victory over Bernie Sanders but FBI director James Comey. Now Clinton herself is advancing that same spin despite every objective measure to the contrary. It is precisely why Clinton was never able to seriously improve the overwhelming view of being less than honest. Her campaign would continually spin events and scandals rather than deal directly with obvious problems. In the meantime, Clinton’s controversial friend and close advisor Sidney Blumenthal is raising yet another vast conservative conspiracy theory — that it was not the candidate but a cabal of secret agents directed by Rudy Giuliani that caused the defeat.


For those still interested in recent history, the public has been consistent that they did not want an establishment candidate and particularly did not want Hillary Clinton. Clinton and Trump were the most unpopular politicians ever to be nominated for president and over 60 percent of voters viewed Clinton as fundamentally dishonest. None of that stopped the DNC from engineering her victory over Bernie Sanders who presented precisely the populist campaign that many voters were looking for. Clinton had the Democratic establishment and many allies in the media — everyone agreed except the public. That was enough . . . until the voters had their say on November 8th.

Now there are many (particularly Sanders supporters) calling for a massive overhaul of the Democratic party.  In response, the establishment has been quick to blame Comey even though Clinton’s unpopularity levels remained dismal and her popularity was dropping before his disclosure to Congress. For many, the problem with the emails was not so much as the concern of her compromising national security but her bad judgment coupled with er belated acceptance of responsibility. Clinton at first laughed off the controversy and refused to say that she used bad judgment. She then begrudgingly accepted that it was a “mistake” while still maintaining that her national security judgment was her primary strength.

Clinton’s first statement after concession came in a private call with major donors. She did not acknowledge her long-standing polling issues with truthfulness or reputation as the ultimate establishment candidate in a counter-establishment election. Instead, she said it was all about Comey even though she was struggling to even gain a few percentage points over Trump who had rallied oppositional forces against himself. She even lost Wisconsin – a first since 1984 for a Democrat. That is not about Comey. The whole election was a disaster as we previously discussed on the blog. While this blog and others openly marveled at the decision of the Democratic establishment to pick an establishment candidate with such baggage, Democratic insiders and the media pushed the line that Clinton would necessarily win and that people would overcome their clear dislike for her. While Clinton appears to have won the popular vote, a Democratic nominee without the baggage and bad polling numbers might have produced a starkly different result, including the possible flipping of the Senate. particularly a perceived outside like Sanders.  While I have long been a critic of the electoral college and an advocate of a majority requirement for president, a run off would not have necessarily helped Clinton.  First, while she won the popular vote, she was well below 50 percent.  She was roughly 5 million below Obama’s total in the prior election against a much more polarizing opponent than Mitt Romney.  The final numbers are still uncertain but both REe likely to end up in the 47 percentile.  She won Colorado after Libertarian Ron Johnson took five percent.  The Clinton campaign sought to win on an anti-Trump vote as Trump sought an anti-Clinton victory.  That was not enough for a lot of young people and others who were simply not motivated by Clinton.  In the end, the pro-Trump and anti-Hillary voters were unstoppable.  Moreover, judging from the losses of the Senate races, the Democrats gave up on selecting a candidate with any “coattails.”  The Democrats lost a golden opportunity to take back the Senate and will now face the opposite situation in two years where more Democratic seats will be a risk.

For some, the Comey spin was not nearly conspiratorial enough.  After all, Comey had spent weeks being pummeled by the right for his clearing of Clinton of any criminal actions — the basis for a number of pro-Clinton ads and pitches.  He then informed Congress that they were looking into new emails while expressly stating that they did not know the significance of the emails.  He then cleared her again a few days later.  Blumenthal (who has been long denounced as something of a gossip and conspiracy spreader) is not willing to simply stop with Comey. No conspiracy is sufficient unless it is vast and conservative. So Blumenthal is reportedly telling people that a group of “right-wing agents” in the FBI staged an effective coup d’etat. Of course a coup presupposes that Clinton was the ordained new leader and that the election was merely a formality. He is quoted as telling Dutch television that “It was the result of a cabal of right-wing agents of the FBI in the New York office attached to Rudy Giuliani, who was a member of Trump’s campaign. I think it’s not unfair to call it a coup.” Unfair? No I would say unhinged is more accurate.

As shown by the staffer who denounced Donna Brazile last week, many liberals (and particularly young people) are not buying the spin. Liberal blogs are already denouncing the DNC for engineering the victory of the “Clinton-corporate wing.” One such critic is Bill Clinton’s former Labor Secretary Robert Reich who insisted that “The Democratic Party can no longer be the same, it has been repudiated. This has been a huge refutation of establishment politics and the political organization has got to be changed … if the Democratic Party can’t do it, we’ll do it through a third party.”

Notably, in a Hill article, Democratic insiders are blaming Sanders voters and young people for not doing as they were told and voting for Clinton . . . which obviously misses the point.  The Democrats have been selling the lesser of two evils for years and voters simply had had enough with the selection of Clinton.  The primary revealed deep-seated opposition to Clinton who continued to refuse to turn over her Wall Street speeches and spinned serious questions about massive contributions and speaking fees from corporations and power brokers.  Even if the leadership sought to be willfully blind before the primary in lining up behind Clinton, the Sanders movement revealed the depth and anger of the electorate.  It was their election to lose and they engineered the Clinton victory and lost it.

To show the inability to even consider a new course after this defeat, the establishment is already grooming Chelsea Clinton for political office under the apparent theory that the solution to the public rejecting the Clintons is to add more Clintons.  Likewise, various Democratic members are pushing to continue the leadership of Nancy Pelosi as minority leader in the House despite calls for new leadership from younger members.

So the spin is on. It was not Clinton and certainly not the Democratic leadership. It was Comey and perhaps a hidden cabal of secret agents.  The Democratic party is again fulfilling Einstein’s view that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

300 thoughts on “Clinton: It Wasn’t Me, It Was Comey

  1. Protester Tackled During Anti-Trump Demonstration at Ohio State
    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/protester-tackled-during-anti-trump-demonstration-ohio-state-091313704–abc-news-topstories.html

    An Ohio State University student who violently tackled a student protester in the middle of a speech has been arrested and charged with assault.

    The incident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Monday during a campus protest when Timothy Adams, an anti-Trump demonstrator speaking in front of few dozen people, was shoved down a flight of stairs, The Lantern, Ohio State’s student newspaper reported.

  2. Bernie Sanders Calls Out Donald Trump For Backpedaling On One Thing They Agreed On
    It doesn’t look like the president-elect is “draining the swamp” like he said he would.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-drain-the-swamp-trump_us_582b9564e4b0e39c1fa6f71d

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voiced concerns Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump is breaking a core campaign promise of keeping special interests out of Washington ― “draining the swamp.”

    Sanders and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said on a call with reporters that they support Trump’s pledge to keep corporate interests out of Washington. “Bernie and I and many of our colleagues agree wholeheartedly with the president-elect on this sentiment,” Whitehouse said. “And we’ve been fighting in Congress to resist the corporate special-interest pressure that surrounds us.”

    But Trump’s transition team, which includes corporate lobbyists and consultants, suggests the president-elect is backpedaling on his promise before he even enters the White House.

    “It doesn’t look like they’re draining the swamp, it looks like they’re pouring the swamp into the transition,” Whitehouse said. “And if nothing changes, they’ll be pouring the swamp into the Oval Office as well.”

    Members of Trump’s environmental transition team, for instance, include Myron Ebell to lead the Environmental Protection Agency transition, Michael McKenna in the Department of Energy, and Michael Catanzaro as an energy adviser. All have connections to the Koch brothers.

    “It looks a little bit like if Donald Trump doesn’t watch his back, the Koch brothers are going to be running his administration for him,” Whitehouse told reporters.

    During the campaign season, many of Trump’s supporters championed him as a political outsider, and Trump himself capitalized on that sentiment during rallies and speeches.

    “We are going to send the special interests packing, and we are going to once again have a government of, by, and for the people,” Trump told a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, in August.

    Sanders said Trump’s actions in the days since the election don’t match the campaign promises.

    “What we are now beginning to see is what I feared,” said Sanders, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton. “And that is a lot of what Mr. Trump was saying to get votes turns out to be not what he intends to do as the president of the United States.”

  3. Aaahhhh! I was just listening to a clip of president Obama’s press conference today in Athens, Greece. Oh My God! This is the man who people say is a brilliant orator???!!!! NO! He is not. UNLESS he has a teleprompter. It is PAINFUL to wait for him to find his words in his dragged along answers that are god awful to listen to. Wow. Please don’t EVER let me hear another word about how this man is a great orator. He stutters over his words and drags it out to painful lenghts. Not in a million years. Here is a video to laugh and remind us all that he is the stutterer in chief when not on teleprompter.

  4. Move over James Comey.

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign has a new culprit for its loss to Donald Trump: Self-loathing, sexist women.

    During an appearance on MSNBC on Monday, former Clinton campaign communications director Jess McIntosh claimed it was women with “internalized misogyny” who couldn’t bring themselves to vote to elect the first woman president.

    “We as a society react poorly to women seeking positions of power. We are uncomfortable about that and we seek to justify that uncomfortable feeling because it can’t possibly be because we don’t want to see a woman in that position of power,” McIntosh said.

    “As we go through these numbers, as we figure out exactly what happened with turnout, it seems to be white college-educated women,” she continued.

    “We have work to do talking to those women about what happened this year and why we would vote against our self-interest,” McIntosh said.

    (excerpt of article by Kyle Olson, The American Mirror)

    • The writing was on the wall at Hillary’s convention – and the journalists who endlessly covered the #NeverTrump Republican civil war, but dismissed and hardly gave air time to the “Bernie or Bust” movement with its dramatic show of party disunity and delegate walkout at their convention – found out on election day just how loathed Hillary Clinton was from within her own party:

      “If hundreds of Republican delegates had staged a mass walkout at the GOP convention last week in open defiance of Trump, does anyone seriously doubt that the elite media—especially on cable news—would have gone absolutely berserk with wall-to-wall, breathless coverage about how Trump failed to “unite the party”? Yes, there were minor displays of dissent by the misbegotten #NeverTrump faction in Cleveland, but nothing near comparable to the scale of this week’s Bernie-related theatrics. That’s an unprecedented level of intra-party dissension now facing Hillary, and her VP selection indicates she has no plans to take any substantive steps to remedy the problem.

      It’s worth repeating: there is no precedent in modern history for such a mass display of disunity by elected delegates at a national political convention as occurred this week in Philadelphia. Hundreds of people elected at primaries and caucuses not only vacated the Wells Fargo arena, they subsequently staged incendiary acts of civil disobedience and stared down Pennsylvania State Police riot cops—all to express the depth of their opposition to Hillary. Then, on Thursday, swaths of delegates chanted, booed, jeered, and walked out on Hillary during her nomination-acceptance speech. The closest analog may be the infamous Democratic convention of 1968, which erupted into turmoil mainly over the Vietnam War. But that turmoil mostly had to do with external protests met with violence by Chicago police. These acts of rebellion in Philadelphia were carried out by duly credentialed delegates.”

      (excerpt from Michael Tracey article)

      http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/clinton-writes-off-the-left/

      • guest, right on! The MSM did not cover the Bernieorbusters – throngs of people chanting “Hell NO DNC, We won’t vote for Hil-aree” and even “Lock her up” They did not cover the white noise machines to muffle protests against her or the scabs brought in to replace delegates who walked out. They did not show Tulsi Gabbard’s nomination speech. They did not cover Nina Turner being turned away although she was scheduled to speak… and on and on.

        I do not watch television but through this election I “met” the most craven dispicable people who apparently deliver the news: Rachel Maddow, the idiotic bimbos on “the View”, Morning Joe and whats her face, Andrea Mitchell, Megyn Kelly and so on.

        Ugh – I felt like I had descended into a sewer! I had heard a lot about Fox but until then I had no idea how mean-spirited the so-called liberal media was.

        No wonder the masses are so damn stupid if these people are who they listen to. And the NY Times, WashPost, Salon, Atlantic, New Yorker, Mother Jones, The Nation, was no better as they all shilled for Hil.

        So, I hope they fold – we have different options now. DemocracyNow, RT.com, comedians like Jimmy Dore & Lee Camp, HA Goodman, Tim Black, LTMB, and yes, Breitbart, Daily Caller, and Alex Jones. It is smart to access a variety of sources to prevent blinders as much as possible – especially those who are not funded by the globalist corporations.

  5. Arrest Zionist Liar Philip Zelikow, Traitor & Israeli agent
    Zelikow should be arrested for High Treason and Complicity in 9/11
    9/11 Commission Executive Director
    Primary author of the 9/11 Commission Report
    “The Report fails to mention the total collapse of 47-story steel-framed skyscraper Building 7 at 5:20 on the day of the attack.”

  6. “SCIENTISTS, ARCHITECTS, & ENGINEERS now affirm that the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center buildings was an inside job. The leading scientist of Scholars For 9/11 Truth, Dr Steven Jones, has proven that controlled demolition devices were placed within the WTC Twin Towers – and this is what brought the buildings down not the airplanes. According to Fox News journalist Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, Larry Silverstein tried on the afternoon of 9/11 to get approval to demolish WTC 7. Shortly before the building collapsed, several NYPD officers and Con-Edison workers told me that Larry Silverstein, the property developer of One World Financial Center was on the phone with his insurance carrier to see if they would authorize the controlled demolition of the building.
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology lied. WTC 7 did not come down due to office fires.
    Video of Silverstein admitting demolition of WTC 7 –> Larry ‘Pull it’ Silverstein – Silverstein lied. The fire dept. did not authorize this demolition.

  7. Israel, Zionist Jews and American Traitors are guilty of 9/11

    “When you find that every one of the key people involved in the 9-11 cover-up and deception are Jewish Zionists, then it is rationally compelling to conclude that the crime they are covering up is, in fact, a Jewish Zionist crime.”

    http://henrymakow.com/2016/02/When-Will-Zionists-Fess-Up%20.html

    Arrest Zionist Liar William Jeffrey, Traitor & Israeli agent
    “William Jeffrey was Director of the National Institute of Standards & Technology when it released its 9-11 Final Report in Sept 2005. He is obviously a high-level agent in the 9-11 cover-up.”
    Jeffrey should be arrested for High Treason and Complicity in 9/11.

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