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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, October 29, 2016

If History Be Our Guide...

I'm guessing there is zero or close to zero new information in those new emails found on the shared computer of Huma Abedin and walking human sewer Anthony Weiner.

The FBI was investigating Weiner.  They found emails to Clinton.  They have to investigate.  At this point, they could be looking at emails that they already have seen from Clinton's end.

For 20+ years, we've been living through this same dismal, fucking cycle: Horrifying Headlines; Conditional Caveat; Walking Back the Allegation; Inevitable Deescalation.  Remind me again what was so awful about the Clinton Foundation?  Remind again what was so terrible about Whitewater?

As Ezra Klein notes this gives both sides what they want.  It allows Republicans to think that they might actually win and it allows Democrats to freak out and run around sure that they are going to lose.  That latter is so freaking depressing it hurts my brain.

The real issue is unlikely to be whether Clinton wins the White House.  My guess is that most voters have made up their minds about this race by now.  The issue, as Martin Longman points out, is that this arrests the possibility of a wave election that sweeps Democrats to control of the House.  Such a result is not only preferable from a partisan point of view, but having Democrats control all three branches of government for even two years would allow for some actual governing to occur.  Republicans are simply unwilling or unable to accomplish basic tasks of legislating, so a few years of having a functioning Congress would be awesome.

This feels like a procedural nothing-burger that could wreck American politics even more.

UPDATE: Josh Marshall points out that Comey managed to make an untenable and impossible position and make it worse.

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