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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

Monday, October 31, 2016

Why We Are In The Gutter

James Comey felt the need to cover his ass by releasing information about an on-going investigation ten days before an election.  This is unprecedented and against Justice Department rules and norms.

Democrats are beginning to push back, with Harry Reid waiving the Hatch Act around and Steve Cohen calling on him to resign.  In many ways, this is lamentable.  I've never been a real fan of "Democrats should fight dirty because Republicans fight dirty."  I think the Party of Governance should hold itself to a higher standard.

Comey was clearly more scared of getting attacked by Republican lawmakers than Democratic lawmakers.  He was scared of rogue agents within the FBI leaking this info to the press, primarily because they tilt Republican in Hooverville.  In other words, the FBI shows signs of becoming a partisan outfit.

If the Democrats don't counterpunch, this won't stop.  What Comey did was craven, and it might or might not have an effect on the election.  My thinking is that it stops the possibility of a wave election that might carry the House.  If we allow people within the civil service to influence our elections, we are screwed as a country.

So, counterpunch away, fellas.

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