Hyper-Steroidal Hypocrisy

When, in a late debate, Trump stated that he would wait until the election was decided before himself assessing the legitimacy of its result, H. Clinton pounced as if Trump had just struck the Queen. Characterizing Trump’s position as “horrifying,” Clinton went on to say that Trump had a habit of crying foul when things did not go his way and that any challenge to the election result would be an attack on democracy, the rule of law, mother love and apple pie.

Now fast forward to the reaction of some prominent Dems to Trump’s unexpected victory. After taking to their beds, the streets, but never taking the powder they promised, they have launched a series of attacks that are ludicrous and polar opposites of what they themselves proclaimed to be appropriate conduct for losers.

My favorites are John Lewis and Rosie O’Donnell, only the former of which has a distinguished past to disgrace. Lewis is going to boycott the Inauguration; Rosie wants to call out the fuzz.

At the basis of this childish behavior is the latest twist on the well-known “Twinkie Defense.” It seems if the millions that voted for Trump were honest with themselves, they’d cry, “The Russians made me do it.” And understand, no one has suggested any physical manipulation of the electoral process. No, Trump was a kind of Manchurian Candidate whose supporters knew not what they did, so under the influence of John Podesta’s emails were they.

The saga of FBI Director Comey is a close second in the Dim Dem competition. A year ago, Comey was universally regarded as one of greatest public servants in the land, a man standing tall (literally and figuratively) above the fray of politics. His first bifurcated take on Clinton’s private email scandal lost him Republican support, but Comey’s decision not to prosecute Clinton further pressed him to the bosom of Democrats. I may be wrong, but I seem to recall that Nancy Pelosi characterized Comey as the kind of man she’d like to welcome into her family. Dr. Jekyll was clearly earning post-graduate honors.

But then, as a result not of any action by Republicans but rather by the antics of Clinton crutch Huma Abadin and her pathetic spouse, Mr. Hyde emerged. Democrat reaction to the transformation was so severe that the Hyde drag was quickly put away and Comey was quickly reinstated into Dem affection until Clinton lost and the search for phantom causes to replace the real ones, viz., Clinton being dishonest, corrupt, ineffective and dull as old shoes, was launched. Poor Comey is now the scapegoat of choice and even Charles Krauthammer, with whom I rarely disagree, is calling for his resignation.

The good news is that if Lewis and O’Donnell do not attend the Inaugural, the absence of the two of them will yield four seats for others.

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Comment by koshersalaami on January 14, 2017 at 4:16pm

I suppose you can ignore the impact of Comey's letter implying that Clinton herself was still under investigation (she wasn't; her staff was)  within a week of the election. I'm afraid that's a highly legitimate grievance.

"No one has suggested any physical manipulation of the Electoral process." On the contrary: Republicans have actually alluded to exactly that. Their phrase was "voter suppression efforts." Physical manipulation of the process to minimize the number of Democratic votes cast and counted. Making voting inconvenient for targeted populations only by limiting polling places and hours. Questioning masses of votes without sufficient grounds in the hope they wouldn't be counted, particularly in North Carolina. 

The Russians didn't make American voters do anything, like Comey didn't Make anyone vote for Trump based on his implication that Hillary was still under investigation. Making someone vote for a candidate is not how American vote manipulation works. 

And if you're going to talk about hypocrisy, it is hypocrisy to apply a standard to Democrats only. I don't see you talking about Trump's extreme change of heart regarding the Electoral College when it broke in his favor. The Democrats at least have an excuse: The disparity between the E.C. result and the popular vote was far greater than it's ever been in American history. No one figured a candidate could win the popular vote by nearly three million votes and still lose the election. 

If you're going to talk about hypocrisy, I further suggest you talk about Sen. McConnell's stand on Supreme Court nominees. His refusal to allow President Obama's nominee to be even vetted may be the biggest single blow to American Democracy this election cycle. He set a precedent that's about to be followed by Democrats while he complains about it. He'll say "the people have spoken." They certainly have, by nearly three million votes, but he doesn't mean spoken like that, he means spoken in a way that favors Republicans, his only real standard. 

Your party may have succeeded in making the United States no longer a functioning democracy. In my old state of North Carolina, they've sunk to Third World standards of democracy, including a gerrymandering job that results in a legislature less representative of the population than any in any functioning democracy in the world.

Congratulations. I hope defeating the opposition was worth making your country's government no longer representative of its population. 

Comment by Gordon Osmond on January 15, 2017 at 3:54am

Au contraire, ks. For the first time in eight years, the country's government represents all the people, not just "elite" out-of-touch liberals clustered in New York and California

Comment by Gordon Osmond on January 15, 2017 at 6:17am
There are 3,141 counties in the United States
Trump won 3,084 of them.
Clinton won 57.
There are 62 counties in New York State.
Trump won 46 of them.
Clinton won 16.
In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties, Trump won Richmond)
Therefore these 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.
These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles.
The United States is comprised of 3, 797,000 square miles.
When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those that encompass a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.
Comment by Gordon Osmond on January 15, 2017 at 6:39am

Two famous tents are closing this month, both featuring dangerous moves--Ringling Brothers and the Obama administration.

Comment by Gordon Osmond on January 15, 2017 at 9:31am

@ks Clean up the typos in your last comment, and I'll be happy to approve it.

Comment by Barbara Joanne on January 16, 2017 at 4:21am

I would like to say I hesitate to take you on, but that would be untrue.  In the spirit of protest so in vogue this week, I am compelled to point out that your Tent Total is off by two.  Surely Hillary's flowing jackets and the First Lady's flowery full skirts, all of them, deserve mention.  But maybe I'm just a bitter ole gal clingng to my mothballed poodle skirt.  

Comment by Gordon Osmond on January 16, 2017 at 4:37am

Thanks for the giggle, dear Barbara. So nice to hear from you.

Comment by Barbara Joanne on January 16, 2017 at 4:48am

I will try a bit harder to drop by this year.  B


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