What kind of a Crime Has Many Thousands of Witnesses and No Complaint for Years

So, the private Clinton servers were up for years.  Presumably many thousands of people were getting emails from them, and even sending emails to them (I suspect even including Republicans).  They could presumably read sender headers.

No complaints (except concerns raised back to 2009 by the National Records and Archives administration about record keeping procedures).

Only at the end of Clinton’s tenure at State did a complaint get filed.

Does that make all who got or sent those emails co-conspirators — or does it mean that since it did not upset anyone for years that this is all massively overblown?

How Did Those E-Mails Get on the Weiner Computer?

Abedin says she has no idea on how her mail ended up on Weiner’s computer.

Not to be paranoid, but I would seriously hope that FBI and NSA would be checking if they were inserted there by the Russians.

Sad humor note: At least it would allow NSA to give FBI a black eye, which is probably the prime mission of NSA anyway.  (link to Monty Python – Common Enemy the Romans).

Some Uninformed Questions Playing Comey-Trump-Clinton All Out.

Why did the Comey story break only 11 days out?  Was someone holding the information lower in the FBI so that it only got to the Director with timing for maximum damage?  Was a lower level staffer suppressing it, and it got sprung somehow?

Could it be that the other shoe will drop next week with a Trump indictment for tax fraud, or a Ukraine or Putin enabler indictment of a Trump “associate”?

Will the rules for when investigations with political impact are discussed by DOJ and FBI going to be clarified and enforced?  The same question might be asked by Christie allies (although later data has not undercut the earlier action in that case.)

Why is the FBI not providing more information?

What happens if this all eventually comes to nothing and Clinton loses the election anyway?  Talk about an illegitimate result and a president lacking in legitimacy, electoral and political, as well as moral, intellectual and personal.

Suppose the Clinton loses, and the investigation goes on under a President Trump, and under the AG he has nominated.  What kind of confirmation hearings would those be, with Republican or Democratic Senate majorities?

Supposing Clinton wins, then we get the same kind of questions in a different kind of context.

Supposing the matter appears resolved during the transition, in a manner inconsistent with the electorate’s apparent assumptions, as inferred from their vote.  How on earth does that play out.

In short, anything other that full and immediate transparency, with hopefully a full resolution before a week from now, is likely to lead to a disaster.  Even if the matter can not be fully resolved by then, everyone should know everything, or we will simply have a potentially illegitimate result — regardless of who wins.  There also needs to be full transparency about why this broke now, and why, if that is the case, it can not be at least preliminarily be resolved in a week.

The Reason Trump Appeals — Shared Status Anxiety

An effective demagogue is usually one whose personal demons align with those to whom he seeks to appeal.

Example One:

Today’s headline in the New York Times:  What Drives Donald Trump? Fear of Losing Status, Tapes Show.

Pretty much all the evidence is that Trump voters are low education, white, male, and relatively comfortable.  In other words those suffering the worst status anxiety in these rapidly changing times.

A match made — but not in heaven.  And, one driving both to disaster.

The only way I can think of to break out of it is to explicitly address not just changes in the economy, but status threats and status anxiety — but its probably too late before the vote.




Trump TV Will be Made a Flop By Advertiser Boycotts

One major theory of Trump’s plans post-humiliation is to start a media system and replace Fox.

Not likely to work.

How many advertisers are going to risk the consumer boycotts that would immediately be triggered by their advertising on Trump TV?  You can be sure that those boycotts would be threatened from the first whisper of suggestions that a major corporation would buy time on Trump TV.

There is always the subscription option, but that’s a much smaller source of money, and surely an even smaller source of influence except strictly within his own echo chamber.

Its far from super-Fox.  On the contrary its more like Glenn Beck remember him) or Limbaugh.



Trump Just Demolished the Republican Argument To Vote Republican Downballot for Republicans to Protect Against a President Clinton

The Republicans used to have a viable argument (although a wrong one) that people should vote for Republican Senate and House candidates to keep limits on a President Clinton.

Now Trump has effectively pointed out that it is much more important to get the Republicans out of the House and the Senate to minimize the chance that those bodies will enable a losing candidate Trump who refuses to accept the election result.


Trump’s Refusal to Promise to Accept Election Result is Even Worse Than It Sounds

Think forward to a possible 2020 re-election campaign that a President Trump loses.  Then

and, with the power of the presidency behind him, he refuses to concede and leave the White House.  Who gets him out?

That’s called a coup, and is even more dangerous than what is being talked about tonight on the comment programs.

They make movies about scenarios like that.