Posted: 20 Dec 2016 04:46 PM PST
The Democratic Party has been making a fool of itself ever since Election Day. (Before that too, probably, but that’s a different post.) An utter lack of self-awareness apparently disables Democrats from understanding that 1) they lost the presidential election because they nominated the worst candidate of modern times, 2) they have been losing ground across the large majority of America for a decade or longer, and now are at best a minority party everywhere except California, New York and a few other enclaves, and 3) their party’s leadership is uniformly both geriatric and corrupt.
A lefty named James Kunstler turns a jaundiced eye on his fellow liberals, and dissects their “Russia hacked the election!” theme:
Monday, December 19, 2016
zero confidence that the administration will play the Russia election hacking intelligence straight
Obama administration has concealed and/or manipulated intelligence at key times in the last few years. Those episodes do not give Republicans any confidence that the Obama Intelligence Community will be straight with them this time. Three examples:
1) On Benghazi, Republicans felt they had to pull teeth to get the story of the Intelligence Community's role in the administration's blame-it-on-the-video talking points.
3) On the bin Laden documents, Republicans have pushed for the declassification and release of thousands of pages captured when U.S. forces killed the al Qaeda leader in 2011. Slow-walking would not begin to describe the administration's response, with few papers released to this day.
In light of all that, it's fair to say that Republicans have near zero confidence that the administration will play the Russia election hacking intelligence straight. If anything, Republicans have a healthy respect for the ability of IC and White House officials to manipulate intelligence and spin things their way.