Everyone Is To Blame, Except of Course for Hillary

Because it couldn’t be she was the worst candidate. (Why else did they have to fix the primary?) Now Hillary Clinton’s loss is being blamed on Jon Stewart.

Hillary Clinton’s defenders will never stop making excuses for why she lost in 2016: It was Matt Lauer! It was James Comey! It was men being sexist! It was women being sexist! It was voter suppression! It was Citizens United! It was fake news! It was WikiLeaks! It was Facebook! It was the Russians!

Now it is Jon Stewart retiring, which apparently caused liberals to lose interest in politics. (Not that I’ve noticed….)

The latest in cutting-edge political science/flat-earth theory is that after Stewart quit hosting a comedy show for liberals, the advantage swung to Trump because Democrats forgot there was an election or something.

File this under Life Imitates The Onion. (Hat Tip to DC Whispers, who summed it up with LOL.)


Putting Your Finger on The Scales of Justice

Because the rules don’t apply to EVERYONE. Report: DOJ Told FBI To Ignore ‘Gross Negligence’ As Reason To Charge Clinton Over Emails.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reportedly instructed the FBI to ignore “gross negligence” as a reason for charging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server to conduct classified government business.

Because she was the DOJ’s special candidate. Or something.

A Reasoned Examination of Recent FBI Conduct

JusticeWritten by a former Federal Prosecutor. In a world where accusations of bias are screamed, it is nice to see someone lay out the facts calmly. The Politicization of the FBI – Imprimis

Over the past year, facts have emerged that suggest there was a plot by high-ranking FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials in the Obama administration, acting under color of law, to exonerate Hillary Clinton of federal crimes and then, if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump and his campaign for colluding with Russia to steal the presidency. This conduct was not based on mere bias, as has been widely claimed, but rather on deeply felt animus toward Trump and his agenda.

It is worth the time. [Hat tip to The Road Kill Diaries.]

How Clinton lost Michigan

If you’re a political junkie then you might enjoy this. If not, bits might still be interesting. How Clinton lost Michigan — and blew the election – POLITICO

There are a lot of details about how campaigns are usually run, and what Clinton did differently, or mostly didn’t do in Michigan. (No yard signs, no campaign literature, no door-to-door…)

But I think you can roll it all up into one quote, that captures the essence of the East Coast/West Coast view of the middle America.

When the folks in Clinton’s Brooklyn campaign headquarters were asked to make investments in Michigan, they didn’t because they “knew” Clinton was going to win Michigan.

“They believed they were more experienced, which they were. They believed they were smarter, which they weren’t,” said Donnie Fowler, who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee during the final months of the campaign. “They believed they had better information, which they didn’t.”

They didn’t need to listen to a bunch of people who weren’t smart enough to live in New York! They KNEW Hilary was going to win. They could prove it to you.

And today they feel the same way. It is the racists. The sexists. The Russians. It is anybody’s fault but their own. They are not responsible. (Progressives, huh.) The Buck does NOT stop anywhere near their desks. [Hat tip Small Dead Animals.]

Idiots Abroad – Or How Hilary Clinton, Joe Biden & Barack Obama Screwed Up in Iraq (and elsewhere)

Obama was advertised as “the smartest President ever.” But his VP was a blithering idiot, and his first Secretary of State was completely out of her depth. Ex-British diplomat accuses Hillary Clinton of role in meltdown of Iraq – Telegraph. And I’m not convinced he is the smartest President ever. He certainly isn’t the best, and I wouldn’t call him the most thoughtful. The comparison that usually comes to mind is with Jimmy Carter.

Emma Sky, who served as an adviser to one of the top US commanders in Iraq, claims in a new book that Mrs Clinton operated a “dysfunctional” diplomatic mission to Baghdad that allowed a lapse back into sectarian warfare after elections in 2010.

She has things to say about Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama.

First Clinton:

While the demand for a speedy drawdown from Iraq was driven primarily by Mr Obama himself, Mrs Clinton is accused of appointing an incompetent US ambassador to Baghdad, Chris Hill, who had little experience of the region and held its people in contempt.

It is hard to accomplish anything with people you despise. You would think that Iraq would have commanded a bit more attention, but that supposes that you didn’t want to see Iraq (a Bush/Republican thing) as a disaster. Well it worked, it is pretty much a disaster today – at least in parts.

Then Biden:

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Set the Wayback Machine for 2008: McCain, Obama, Clinton push vaccine-autism Link

It is beautiful that the internet is forever. (Except in Europe where they will now forget. McCain, Obama, Clinton push dangerous vaccine-autism myth – Salon.com.

Shocking to discover that politicians pander to the populace. Well, not too shocking, if you are paying attention to anything that has gone on in DC for the past 50 or 60 years or so.

Yet the vaccine-autism myth has been kept alive by celebrities like Jenny McCarthy, who pushed the theory in a book and on “Oprah” last year, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who made the case in an article for Rolling Stone and Salon.

During the last few months, John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have gotten into the act.

OK, so it isn’t as damning as I would like it to be, but there it is. Folks on both sides of the aisle ignoring the science to pander to political concerns. What a shock.