I have previously discussed
the difficult sell that Democrats would have to make on the hacking spin. As revealed by the intelligence report, the emails were not false or tampered with as claimed by Donna Brazile (who appears immune for media follow ups). The Democrats are trying to trigger outrage among citizens that the hacking revealed true and disturbing emails of lying and vicious dealing by insiders in Washington. It did not work during the campaign and is clearly not working now. That does not mean that citizens are not concerned with Russian hacking. However, citizens have been hearing for years of our own hacking and surveillance of our allies, let alone opposing governments. More importantly, (while ignored by the Democratic leadership at their own peril), voters were in an anti-establishment mood and many relished the fact that establishment figures were exposed like Brazile for things like feeding questions to the Clinton campaign. Of course, there was clearly a selective release of such emails against Democrats and that is a valid objection. However, it takes a lot to get the public upset about being told how insiders lied to them or tried to rig the primary for Clinton.
What is interesting is the the Democrats are continuing this full-court press on the same hacking line despite the polls — a repeat of the strategies from the election. There is no question that the hacking should focus all Americans on the vulnerability of our system and the constant threat from hostile powers like Russia. Yet, the DNC was aware of that danger before the election and yet had a laughable security system. In combination with Clinton’s reckless use of a personal server at Secretary of State, it shows a level of negligence and recklessness that was surprising given years of hacking cases. Ironically, in the end, the emails showed the public that the establishment in Washington is every bit as corrupt and dishonest as they thought. It was only the messenger not the message that came as a surprise.