The Kremlin’s Candidate

The U.S. Senate has been told that the Kremlin hacked the DNC and worked with WikiLeaks for the express purpose of helping Donald Trump win the election:

Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.

“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.”

While this is the current headline, let me be blunt: this is not news. I wrote about this over the summer, here. I’m just a dumb housewife in Tennessee but even I can read a damn newspaper. When you read that the Russians hacked everyone, but only the DNC’s emails got sent to WikiLeaks, it’s pretty obvious that they were trying to help one team, and it sure wasn’t Hillary’s. As I wrote then:

[…] it’s far more worrisome that Putin is trying to help get Donald Trump elected than that Debbie Wasserman Schultz tried to help elect Hillary Clinton.

But did we have that conversation? Noooo. We had to get all emo over Debbie Wasserman Schultz. That was super-fun. Once again I have to give my thanks to the BernieBrats who allowed themselves to be the useful tools of Putin’s takeover of American democracy. Thanks, heaps! You guys took all the oxygen out of the room with your endless haranguing over shit that didn’t matter. Please eat a bag of dicks while you enjoy Goldman Sachs veteran Gary Cohn running the National Economic Council. {Speeches, arrgle barrgle, Wall Street puppets, arrgle barrgle …. }

Yeah, I’m still bitter and angry and I will be for the rest of my life. C’est la vie. What IS news in this latest development is that the Republican leadership knew about this well before the election and decided to not do anything because they wanted “their guy” to win:

By mid-September, White House officials had decided it was time to take that step, but they worried that doing so unilaterally and without bipartisan congressional backing just weeks before the election would make Obama vulnerable to charges that he was using intelligence for political purposes.

Instead, officials devised a plan to seek bipartisan support from top lawmakers and set up a secret meeting with the Gang of 12 — a group that includes House and Senate leaders, as well as the chairmen and ranking members of both chambers’ committees on intelligence and homeland security.

Obama dispatched Monaco, FBI Director James B. Comey and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to make the pitch for a “show of solidarity and bipartisan unity” against Russian interference in the election, according to a senior administration official.

Specifically, the White House wanted congressional leaders to sign off on a bipartisan statement urging state and local officials to take federal help in protecting their voting-registration and balloting machines from Russian cyber-intrusions.

James Comey, well now, that’s a familiar name. He knew all of this and released his anti-Clinton letter one week before the election anyway? That’s downright treasonous. But I digress:

According to several officials, McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.

Some of the Republicans in the briefing also seemed opposed to the idea of going public with such explosive allegations in the final stages of an election, a move that they argued would only rattle public confidence and play into Moscow’s hands.

McConnell’s office did not respond to a request for comment. After the election, Trump chose McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, as his nominee for transportation secretary.

Someone remind me, which party’s candidate was characterized as untrustworthy and corrupt? Yet the Senate Majority Leader getting an obvious payback for turning a blind eye to foreign interference in our election doesn’t stink to high heaven? Even a little bit?

You kids today won’t believe this but those of us of a certain age remember a time when the Russians were considered our enemy. Before 9/11 this was a message we heard constantly from Republicans, including (especially) the sainted Ronald Reagan. It was the justification for our nuclear arsenal and the ill-fated “Star Wars” missile defense program. Us Cold War babies remember how the villains in every James Bond film weren’t Muslim terrorists, they were Soviet KGB agents. This was the world I grew up in.

Back in those days, of course, the Russians were Commie pinko Reds. Today’s Russia doesn’t have party bosses and the like; it has an authoritarian oligarch named Vladimir Putin, who has passed laws criminalizing LGBT people and has murdered his political opponents.

So the idea that Sen. Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan would be OK with the Kremlin picking our next president because it would mean “their team” would win (and McConnell’s wife would get a cabinet post) is somewhat shocking. My, how times have changed.

This is Republican patriotism?

Also, as always, let’s ask what would have happened if “Kenyan, Muslim” Obama had done anything close to this. Impeachment, of course.

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5 responses to “The Kremlin’s Candidate

  1. Kathleen

    First,I applaud your calling this out when you did. Second, Obama would not be impeached, he’d be imprisoned. In fact, at the risk of sounding like a total nut case, I almost wish he and his family would leave the country (don’t think they would) because there is no telling what indignity Rethluglican Nazis would not consider. Second, this whole thing was orchestrated from Day One and had its seeds in the Rethuglican traitors constantly blocking everything Obama/Democrats tried to do, including passing budget bills and approving debt ceiling. I’m sure you noticed how complicit the mainslime media were in not addressing this at all, just as they did not address the concerns over Russian hacking. They were also willing abettors in this coup. Third, St. Sanders, Patron Saint of Rodent Procreators was also willing accomplice. He was getting money from Republicans. He was willingly sliming the Democratic party and Hillary’s character. One of his campaign officials (Weaver I believe) worked with Mannafort in the Ukraine. Wikileaks did not release any information about him or his campaign at all. As St. Cokie, Patron Saint of Centrists would say, “It would be irresponsible not to speculate”. Also, note how media engaging in the script that Hillary lost because minorities, which again plays right into St. Sanders’ claws. Fourth, I haven’t voiced this on any other blogs’ comments because I could be accused of tin foil hattery, but I had the strangest feeling when I watched PBO’s video the night of the election. I’ve never seen anything like that before from an outgoing President. I almost go the feeling he was “told” to say that, if you catch my drift. It was eerie but I haven’t seen anyone else voice this. Fifth, I have a gut feeling that while there was a coup, Trump, Rethuglicans, Sanders and Russians are the tip of the iceberg. While I think they were all complicit, my gut tells me they are almost like a distraction from who is really pulling the strings, though I don’t have any theories on that other than to say that there were parties in the early 30’s who attempted a coup against Roosevelt so a possibility of a coup is not without precedent. Sixth, while I don’t think we should let the notion that “someone will save us” should prevent us from resisting, I am grateful that there are some very, very smart people in Washington around Obama. And I think there is opposition to the coup in other powerful agencies. So while we do our thing, I want to trust that there are very smart, capable people doing their thing. Obama is very rare in that he possesses incredible self awareness and emotional intelligence. That’s his Ninja card.

  2. Democommie

    Trump is fucking scum, so nothing he would do, including actual treason would be a surprise.

  3. Trump is our Caligula redux, and as any classics scholar will inform you, the greed, cruelty, mental instability and debauchery soon became intolerable, even for the jaded Patrician Quirites class and the Senate who plotted with the military Praetorian Guard to have him neutralized with extreme prejudice. Which the guard did Our only hope is that the honorable military will impede and refuse to be complicit in the excesses both foreign and domestic this cunning simpleton emperor has already threatened. Our hope also lies in the military elevating a believer in the republic, a Claudius to hold the nation together until we can have free elections without Russian intervention.

  4. Kosh III

    Don’t blame Bernie; he didn’t force Hillary to NOT campaign in Wisconsin.

    • Yeah, that’s what did it. Not the months of alluding to Hillary being a Wall Street puppet and warmonger and corrupt. Not Bernie lying about stolen primaries because he was too stupid to tell the kids to register as Democrats. She just needed to do a rally.