The public fell for the ol’ major party misdirection play again.
And the press, along with that play-making major party, fell for another Trump card.
Somehow, emphasis on the Wikileaks-produced Democratic National Committee versus Bernie Sanders email dump quickly shifted to the phantom argument about a Russian conspiracy, instead of focusing on the damning email content itself which denotes another case of the World’s Beacon for Modern Democracy acting more like a banana republic without bananas.
Yup, the same country covered with its own soot of election drama and pay-to-play politics that calls the rest of the freedom-hating world black.
Even America’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, is telling the frantic “It’s those damn Russians” crowd to take a chill pill and step back from that baseless babbling.
I suspect Russia will ultimately be blamed for the hack job, if only to build on the Cold War planners’ “Russia is the devil” narrative, but the Bernie or Nuthin’ Gang is still nursing fresh wounds from what they see as an election season where an establishment organization is determined to stop the country from feeling the Bern. Maybe.
In any case, that means a large number of Democrats are not trying to hear about Russian conspiracy theories right now.
While he didn’t endorse Sanders, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow summed up the current state in a way Berners can relate to:
My guess is that the Cold War planners will wait for the email scab to turn into a scar before it formally accuses Russia of anything.
With Camp Clinton fearing that the volatile election season means their nominee could be sucking Trump’s polling exhaust fumes on any given day, it’s no surprise that the Party of No Guts wants to cast Trump as The Leningrad Candidate.
Despite the PoNGs large marketing budget, I doubt this made-for-election-year espionage flick is going to fly far. I’ll discuss campaign branding with you tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Trump once again shows how loathsomely brilliant he is after pleading with the Russians — during the Democratic National Convention, mind you — to release the 30,000 US State Department emails that Hillary Clinton’s team deleted.
Let me remind you that I’m not publicly supporting any candidate, but plan on voting in November — and even I figured out that Trump wasn’t serious about his proposal to Russia.
Think of it this way. You’re in a movie theater watching the planned feature of the night when Trump backs tractor trailer trucks directly in front of every theater exit, with cargo doors wide open. He then screams “Fire” causing you and every other audience member to run out of the theater and into one of those trucks, where Trump is playing movies of his own.
(Laughing) Meanwhile, the theater managers and their investors are accusing Trump of being an arsonist for a foreign government!
Trump played the DNC, and the mainstream press supported his convention-distracting stunt. For free.
And it still doesn’t appear that the DNC will seriously deal with the content of those Sabotage Sanders emails.
You can count on two things to happen before November: another recklessly clever marketing stunt by Trump and at least one more bombshell of an email leak …
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