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    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    Russians, Meddling

    The latest whine from the Left is a rehash of one they peddled during the campaign, that the Russians had a preferred candidate in 2016, and that Trump was that candidate.

    Now they are using the report, referenced in the Washington Post, and attributed to anonymous sources, that the Intelligence Community has determined that the Russians put a finger on the election to elect Trump. 

    Reality check: The only effort we're talking about here is the hacking of the DNC emails and John  Podesta's emails, most likely by Russian hackers.  Despite John Bolton's protestations, it is likely that some Russian hackers were involved in these hacks. What is unlikely is what the Post and their anonymous sources want you to believe, that the Russians somehow favored Trump and their lack of releasing RNC emails proves that.

    Let's be clear here.  That's it.  There is no attempted hacking of voting machines, of tabulation counters, or of any outright manipulation of voting.  The question comes down to: Do you believe that the WikiLeaks revelations were enough to tip the balance from Hillary to Trump, across the 4 swing states (NC, FL, OH, IA) and the 3 "Blue Wall" states (PA, WI, MI)? 

    I said repeatedly during this cycle that this boiled down to how mad were people, and how many of them were there.  Trump did that same calculus, and guess what, it turns out, pretty mad.  And a lot of them

    The typical Liberal forces are rallying around this nonsense, from the WaPo, to the New York Times, to the Economist, to the usual players in Congress, to their media lackeys at CNN, MSNBC, and the big three networks.

    Their fantasies take two forms:
    1. Trump is diminished and his electoral victory questioned and his legitimacy reduced
    2. Electors hear the siren call and somehow decide that Trump is truly a puppet of Putin and decide to deny him 270 EVs and send this election into the House.
    Like they were with the Jill Stein recount (for which she paid ~$28k per additional Trump vote margin), they will not be satisfied with the results.

    The people who even care about these machinations are Washington insiders and political cognoscenti.  The rest of the country, and that means 95% of the people, were neither influenced by these revelations initially, and do not give a rat's patootie about them now.

    These people, who elected Trump (except for you, California) are going to be very upset should these attempts lead to any change in the electoral process in which they participated.

    Trump knows that the country doesn't care, and he is the ONE person in Washington who matters who does.  He is right to brush these off as the partisan attacks that they are.

    As usual in the Season of Trump, he is running circles around our dishonest and partisan media.

    1 comment:

    Jeff said...

    The truly pathetic thing about this story is that the American press should have been the ones to air the DNC's dirty laundry. The WaPo, NYT, CNN, etc are pissed off that hackers revealed things that news editors didn't want made public in the first place. If the hack job was Russian, that just makes it easier for jackasses like Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow to spin their righteous indignation as a news story. Glenn Reynolds often calls the legacy media "Democratic Party operatives with by-lines" and that certainly fits here.

    It's also worth noting that the same press outlets pushing the Rooskies-stole-the-2016-election narrative nodded & clapped at Obama's "the 1980s called and they want their foreign policy back" snark during a 2012 presidential debate (after Romney said Russia is still an adversary). Obama was also caught on mic that same year telling Putin's lackey (Medvedev) to tell his boss that he'd "have more flexibility after the election". Since then, Putin has invaded Ukraine, jumped into Syria's civil war, and gone out of his way to harass NATO (all very old news to you Jay). Hacking into DNC email accounts is fairly mild by comparison, but at least the Democrats pretend to take Russia serious as a threat now.