Saturday, October 8, 2016

Saturday News & Notes: The "Surprised You're Surprised" Edition

The man is a pig.  This is news?

1.  These speeches are not "bad" at all.  She talks about wanting open markets, which is about what you'd expect given the audience and more-or-less in line with her previously stated positions.  Maybe someone plays "gotcha" with the TPP, but that's about the only issue here, and she can always say that her policies have "evolved".  Given Sanders's impact, this might even be true.

2.  The article's money quote is actually at the bottom:

"Wikileaks posted thousands of emails, including exchanges with her campaign aide John Podesta. The release covers messages dating back years but also features some from as recently as last month.

"Mr Podesta referred to the disclosures as a Russian hack, suggesting some of the documents may have been altered.

"'I'm not happy about being hacked by the Russians in their quest to throw the election to Donald Trump,' Mr Podesta wrote. 'Don't have time to figure out which docs are real and which are faked.'"

Half the story here is that Trump's meltdown has exposed the lengths to which the Russians are obviously using Wikileaks to push their agenda.  This overt steering of Wikileaks' agenda damages the credibility of a previously very useful propaganda outlet.  That seems shortsighted to me.

Granted, the other guy is always allowed to make mistakes, but the Russians have been playing this one pretty well.

I don't know how much worse this can get.  I mean, either you care about Womens' Rights, and you were already dead set against Trump, or you don't, in which case this seems like more liberal bullshit.  Clinton has already called Trump's supporters "a basket of deplorables" precisely because they consistently condone this kind of behavior from their candidate.  For most Americans, that about summed it up.  The specific details are unsettling, but I doubt this moves the needle.


What people haven't noticed is the timing of these leaks.  Which is to say that The Donald has now been hit consistently with massive, embarrassing leaks every week for the past two or three weeks in a row.  His taxes, the thing where he called Ms. Universe fat, and now this.  That, people, is a pattern.  Expect to see at least one of these per week--of escalating importance--from now until the election.

Or, to put it another way, the Trump campaign has wandered blithely into the Clinton political killbox, and now it's about to be destroyed in detail by relentless interlocking fires.

If you think this is about to end, you clearly have not been paying attention.  Expect indictments after the election.

I need this.  Today.

No way to top that, so why try?

Go Army!  Beat Duke!!! 

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