What will the Democrats do when they have to abandon the Trump/Putin konspiracy theories?
For the past year, instead of attacking Trump for real, concrete reasons of his horribleness, Democrats have gone off the deep end of crazy, irrational, konspiracy theories about Russia. Just visit any Democratic blog like DKos and witness the demands of faith in the unproven that is so absolute that voicing doubts can get you denounced for heresy and banned.
Which leaves one to wonder what will Democrats do when (not 'if') the Trump-Putin konspiracy theories collapse due to lack of any evidence? Will they change tactics, or retreat further into paranoid fantasies?
Perhaps most revealing of all are the Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee — charged with investigating these matters — who recently told BuzzFeed how petrified they are of what the Democratic base will do if they do not find evidence of collusion, as they now suspect will likely be the case. “There’s a tangible frustration over what one official called ‘wildly inflated’ expectations surrounding the panel’s fledgling investigation,” BuzzFeed’s Ali Watkins wrote.
Moreover, “several committee sources grudgingly say, it feels as though the investigation will be seen as a sham if the Senate doesn’t find a silver bullet connecting Trump and Russian intelligence operatives.” One member told Watkins: “I don’t think the conclusions are going to meet people’s expectations.”
Consider, for example, former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell, who endorsed Hillary Clinton and called Donald Trump a dupe of Russia. His walking-back of accusations is nothing short of lying.
Morell, who was in line to become CIA director if Clinton won, said he had seen no evidence that Trump associates cooperated with Russians. He also raised questions about the dossier written by a former British intelligence officer, which alleged a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia....
"There's no little campfire, there's no little candle, there's no spark. And there's a lot of people looking for it."
Or how about former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
"There was no evidence whatsoever, at the time, of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians," Clapper, a retired three-star general and career intelligence officer, told ABC News' Brian Ross in an interview Monday for "World News Tonight."
Then there are the Democratic politicians, the ones most responsible for stirring up the hard-core liberal base into a froth. Sen. Chris Coons is a good example.
Liberal Delaware Sen. Chris Coons caused a stir last week when he indicated during a televised interview that yet-undisclosed transcripts of recorded phone conversations conclusively prove that elements of the Trump campaign explicitly colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election....
Alas, here is Coons' walk-back under questioning from Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace. It turns out that reckless and sloppy pronouncements from powerful politicians isn't a partisan phenomenon.What I was trying to make clear, Chris, and I appreciate a chance to restate this, is that I don't have -- and I don't know of -- any conclusive proof, one way or the other.
Which is why House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes stated recently that "What I’ve been told by many folks is that there’s nothing there.”
This, of course, will be unacceptable to some Democratic partisans.
The Center for American Progress published a report this week alleging the existence of a Russian "Fifth Column".
What are the chances of people like this giving up this fantasy? Which is why some Democrats are beginning to worry about the monster that they've created.
But with serious doubts — and fears — now emerging about what the Democratic base has been led to believe by self-interested carnival barkers and partisan hacks, there is a sudden, concerted effort to rein in the excesses of this story. With so many people now doing this, it will be increasingly difficult to smear them all as traitors and Russian loyalists, but it may be far too little, too late, given the pitched hysteria that has been deliberately cultivated around these issues for months. Many Democrats have reached the classic stage of deranged conspiracists where evidence that disproves the theory is viewed as further proof of its existence, and those pointing to it are instantly deemed suspect.
I don't see any other realistic outcome, except a mini-civil war at the Democratic base between the partisan shills and the realists. Which is maybe for the best in the long-run, but it will be disastrous for the Democrats in the short-run because it will distract attention away for Trump's horrible Gilded Age-era, Dickensian social policies.