Clinton: It Wasn’t Me, It Was Comey

JONATHAN TURLEY

hillary_clinton_elizabeth_warren_manchester_nh_october_2016Jcomey-100As I discussed over the weekend, the Democratic leadership appears to be spinning its snatching of defeat from the jaws of victory this electoral season.  Various Democratic leaders have been blaming the results not on their engineering Hillary Clinton’s victory over Bernie Sanders but FBI director James Comey. Now Clinton herself is advancing that same spin despite every objective measure to the contrary. It is precisely why Clinton was never able to seriously improve the overwhelming view of being less than honest. Her campaign would continually spin events and scandals rather than deal directly with obvious problems. In the meantime, Clinton’s controversial friend and close advisor Sidney Blumenthal is raising yet another vast conservative conspiracy theory — that it was not the candidate but a cabal of secret agents directed by Rudy Giuliani that caused the defeat.

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Told You So.

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Well, Dems, don’t say you weren’t warned well in advance that this was going to happen. You had your chance to nominate a candidate, Bernie Sanders, who would have beaten this clown in a landslide. But no, you broke your own party’s rules to interfere in the primaries, and used the same dirty electoral fraud tactics used by the Bush-Cheney campaign in two consecutive presidential elections, all in order to run the ONE candidate you KNEW could lose to whichever troglodyte the GOPhers ultimately nominated, because you’d rather have lost with another Republican-wannabe than let a liberal head the ticket. Your candidate and your party leadership got caught doing things that are, at BEST, highly unethical, and in many cases outright CRIMINAL, but still you plodded along, ignoring the very real problems this created for you in the eyes of the public. You childishly kept pointing the finger of blame at Russia whenever a new scandal arose, accusing everyone who dared criticize you of being an agent of the Kremlin. This included even people you had, months earlier, praised because they’d abused the power of their office to let your candidate off the hook for crimes anyone else would have been prosecuted for. You alienated, ignored, and bullied your own party’s dwindling base, cynically, hubristically, STUPIDLY thinking you could win by pandering to the GOP base while assuming your own would shut up and follow you no matter what. You ditched the fifty-state strategy Howard Dean implemented that won you Congress and the White House in 2006 and 2008, hoarding all your party’s resources for Clinton and leaving the down-ticket candidates to fend for themselves, because the Clintons couldn’t care less about the party as a whole, only themselves and their own electoral prospects.

And the bitch of the whole mess is, everyone saw this coming but you. Hell, even Michael Moore, who has this weird blind spot when it comes to Clinton, saw this coming. He predicted it. He stated quite clearly the reasons why: That Americans are fed up with policies that favor only the super-rich, that Democrats are rightly seen as contributing to and propping up those policies, and that the candidate you rammed down all our throats wasn’t popular with the electorate.

So don’t you dare blame this on Green Party candidates or millennials. They are not the ones who fucked us all over. You are. YOU did this, Democrats. You damn well better own it. Stop trying to fob off responsibility for YOUR misdeeds on everyone else. No one forced you to rig the primaries to favor a right-wing extremist politician best described as Dick Cheney in a pantsuit. Americans have longer political memories than you think. We were just as fed up with neoconservative policies this year as we were in 2006 and 2008, and instead of opposing those policies, you embraced them wholeheartedly. Harry Truman famously quipped, “Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will choose the real Republican every time.” How many decades has it been since he said those words, and you STILL haven’t gotten the fucking hint?

Well, if there are any good things to come out of this electoral farce, it’s these: 1. With any luck, this year marks the end of both the Democrat and Republican Parties. The left will need to spend the next four years turning the Greens or some other organization into a real political force capable of smashing barriers and winning elections. But no one wants the two establishment parties anymore. 2. The anti-war, anti-Wall Street movement, which largely disappeared and went silent under Obama and the Democrats, may crawl back out from under whatever rock it’s been hiding under, and make itself heard once again. Of course, having proven that they only oppose wars and Wall Street when GOPhers are in charge, and are perfectly fine with them when Democrats run the show, they’re going to have a real credibility problem. Those of us who never tossed our principles out the window will have to take charge and shape the movement into something of real integrity and influence.

As always, it’s up to the left to clean up the mess created by you posers. Pray it’s not too late, because right now, it’s looking pretty bad for humanity.

Light in the Dark

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I am heart sick tonight.

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Not because of the election.

Not because there’s a rumor that Drake and T. Swift are dating.

But because of a piece of news I heard just the other night.

Over the weekend, at my cousin’s university, there was a tragedy. His roommate: a kind, loving, and incredibly smart young man, passed away after being the victim of a hate crime.

For being Muslim.

He was jumped and ended up in a coma. He passed a day later.

How truly tragic.

I did not know this young man, but my cousin was his best friend and roommate. And it just pains my heart to think that someone could act out in hate towards another person like that.


There’s a lot of rhetoric going around lately about immigrants and muslims and walls and whatnot. It’s nauseatingly pervasive.

And to be quite honest, I don’t exactly know 

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Daily Kos Caught Lying About Green Party Endorsing Trump, Doubles Down On Lie

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Right-wing blog Daily Kos, created and run by long time Democrat Party establishment hack Markos Moulitsas, has always harbored a deranged hatred of leftist Democrats and third party candidates such as Jill Stein and especially Ralph Nader. Being an extension of the D.N.C. propaganda arm, it’s not surprising that its members would deliberately, blatantly lie in order to push their agenda of electing far right Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Barry Obama. And usually their bullshit can be dismissed for the utter nonsense it is.

Now, however, with the Clinton campaign flailing about blaming Russia for every scandal its candidate and her minions get caught in, Daily Kos bloggers are growing increasingly desperate. After being caught lying about the Green Party by claiming it had endorsed Republican Donald Trump, a lie exposed weeks ago by Snopes.com, BoGardiner is now desperately trying to claim that Snopes never debunked the lie in the first place.

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It’s bad enough to tell a lie so obvious, but when caught in it, the last thing you want to do is double down and hope people are too stupid to notice. We have the Internetz, after all. We can look stuff up and verify whether or not it’s true.

Comey: Clinton Aides Refused To Cooperate Without Immunity

JONATHAN TURLEY

Hillary_Clinton_Testimony_to_House_Select_Committee_on_BenghaziHillary Clinton’s position on the email scandal has repeatedly changed from its first emergence in the presidential campaign from denial of bad judgment to the denial of the use of the private server for any classified information to the denial of any material “marked” as classified to the denial of seeing or understanding classified markings. However, one claim has remained unchanged. Clinton has maintained that she and her staff have “cooperated fully” with investigators. That claim was previously shown to be untrue when it was revealed that neither Clinton nor her staff would agree to speak with State Department investigators even though they said that such interviews were needed to determine the scope any damage to national security or security breaches. Now, however, the lack of cooperation has been put into sharper relief with the testimony of FBI Director James B. Comey this week. My column this week raised serious…

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State Lawsuit Against Police Officer Allegedly Assaulting 15 Year Old Girl Removed To Federal Court

It really is time to stop making racist excuses for cops who break the law. This girl didn’t do ANYTHING to warrant the violence inflicted upon her.

JONATHAN TURLEY

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor.

monique-tillman-tacoma-mall-cameraIn May of this year, we reported a disturbing allegation of an unlawful use of force against a then fifteen-year-old girl by a Tacoma Police Officer working an off-duty assignment at a large shopping mall.

Originally filed in with the Pierce County Washington Superior Court, on September 19th the case was removed to the U.S. District Court of Western Washington.

Surveillance video shows what appears to be disturbing actions by a professional police officer used against a petite fifteen year old for alleged criminal acts against her that were later dismissed. Plaintiff alleges in her tort claim that race discrimination was a factor in the incident.

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Former Clinton Aide Defies House Subpoena While Other Former Aides Invoke The Fifth Amendment Right To Remain Silent

JONATHAN TURLEY

logo-mainjason_chaffetz_official_portrait_111th_congressI recently discussed the questions raised over the Justice Department giving the two former aides to Hillary Clinton immunity — and thereby removing any serious threat of prosecution while seeking information on their superiors. As part of that discussion, I posed the question of whether these previously immunized witnesses would defy Congress. That confrontation appears to be brewing after the former State Department IT specialist who set up Hillary Clinton’s private server Bryan Pagliano simply ignored a subpoena to appear this week before the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Ironically, I will be testifying this morning on the congressional authority to enforce subpoenas in the House of Representatives. House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (right) will now have to decide whether to move to hold Pagliano and other defiant former Clinton aides in contempt for refusing to appear or respond to the Committee.

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Newly Released FBI Records Raises Question of Intentional Destruction of Evidence By Clinton Contractor

Destroying evidence of illegal activity is itself a crime. Congress should move to impeach her.

JONATHAN TURLEY

Hillary_Clinton_Testimony_to_House_Select_Committee_on_BenghaziOne of the most troubling aspects of the recently released documents from the FBI is a timeline established for when Clinton staffers used BleachBit to try to eradicate emails and prevent them from ever being recovered. It appears that staff may have deleted the email archive after the staff received a subpoena to preserve all such evidence. The staffer working for Platte River Networks (PRN) in Denver, Colorado reportedly had what was described as an “Oh Shit” moment when they realized that the archive could be used to uncover what the Clinton staff deleted.

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Egyptian Member of Parliament Encourages Women To Undergo Female Genital Mutilation To “Reduce Their Sexual Desires” To Match “Sexually Weak” Egyptian Men

Mutilating our children’s genitals, especially to control their sexual behavior later in life, is appalling and a crime against humanity.

JONATHAN TURLEY

441px-Coat_of_arms_of_Egypt_(Official).svg150px-muslim_woman_in_yemenWe have yet another story highlighting the horrific abuse faced by women in many Muslim countries. Egyptian member of parliament Elhamy Agina this month has reportedly encouraged women to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) to “reduce their sexual desires.” His rationale for this primitive abuse is particularly bizarre: women must mutilate themselves to lower sexual desires to match that of Egypt’s “sexually weak” men.

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The Green Party’s Breakthrough Moment | Acronym podcast #15

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Ever since Bernie went bust and endorsed Hillary Clinton, Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein has been riding a groundswell fueled by the #Afterbern. Now, let’s be clear: Jill Stein is not going to win the 2016 Presidential election, but you should vote for her anyway.

David Cobb, a 2004 Presidential candidate on the Green Party ticket talks with Dennis Trainor, Jr. about the ghost of Ralph’s Nader’s “success”, how the Jill Stein campaign can define victory without winning the White House, the perception of the Green Party as a club for older white hippies, and the need for a vibrant independent party of the left.

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