Democrats: are they finally realizing they are on the Titanic?
Should I give you the short answer, or will you have to read through this, or do you already know? A considerable constituency of our community believe that the Blue Party is beyond resuscitation, to which faction I also belong. Why? They are the party of Hillary Clinton. They are the party of No Changes Needed Nancy. They are the party of NotTrump. They are the party of no issues, other than to get re-elected, even if it means to lie, cheat and steal. I could go on but won't.
So why discuss the Titanic, which most of us Berners knew before the convention was the voyage of the Establishment Dems? First, how about some of the crew members:
Now some of the crew has been jumping ship before the main deck reaches the waterline, leaving some of the crew to do double duty in the orchestra:
The reason for this blindness has been partially revealed by steering away from the Russian fog.
Key Democratic officials are clearly worried about the expectations that have been purposely stoked and are now trying to tamp them down. Many of them have tried to signal that the beliefs the base has been led to adopt have no basis in reason or evidence.
...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.
For so long, Democrats demonized and smeared anyone trying to inject basic reason, rationality, and skepticism into this Trump/Russia discourse by labeling them all Kremlin agents and Putin lovers. Just this week, the Center for American Progress released a report using the language of treason to announce the existence of a “Fifth Column” in the U.S. that serves Russia (similar to Andrew Sullivan’s notorious 2001 decree that anyone opposing the war on terror composed an anti-American “Fifth Column”), while John McCain listened to Rand Paul express doubts about the wisdom of NATO further expanding to include Montenegro and then promptly announced: “Paul is working for Vladimir Putin"
Is the Lamestream Media still pounding the pathways already being abandoned by the in-the-know- politicos? Apparently CNN has still not received the message:
More from Glenn Greenwald's Intercept article:
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.
[Bolding is mine.]
Aha! Perspective. What an amazing blessing. Too bad many of the Dem elites are not tuning into this new turn of events. Jimmy Dore has a very meaningful analysis of the trending (love that word) pivot (another great word) in official DemonRATic propaganda:
Matt Taibbi lays it out in a Rolling Stone article: Democratic minefield.
There is a lot of smoke in the Russia story. The most damning item is General Michael Flynn having improper discussions with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak prior to taking office. There is the much-discussed Republican platform change with regard to American assistance to Ukranian rebels, and the unreported contacts between officials like Jeff Sessions (and even Trump himself now) with Kislyak.
If there's any truth to the notion that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian state to disrupt the electoral process, then yes, what we're seeing now are the early outlines of a Watergate-style scandal that could topple a presidency.
But it could also be true that both the Democratic Party and many leading media outlets are making a dangerous gamble, betting their professional and political capital on the promise of future disclosures that may not come.
And here is more about Democratic backtracking (the older word "retreat" is more precise):
Similarly, Democrats in congress have been littering their Russia speeches with caveats like, "We do not know all the facts," and, "More information may well surface." They repeatedly refer to what they don't know as a way of talking about what they hope to find out.
Here is the clincher to Matt's thesis:
If that's the case, there are big dangers for the press. If we engage in Times-style gilding of every lily the leakers throw our way, and in doing so build up a fever of expectations for a bombshell reveal, but [if] there turns out to be no conspiracy – Trump will be pre-inoculated against all criticism for the foreseeable future.
Riddle: why does the top need to spin?
Answer: to keep from falling down.
The DemonRATs now begin to realize that they may be giving a vaccine to Trump which will neutralize all the new batches of anti-Trump rhetoric they would like to unleash. There are two problems with that approach:
1. Unlike Bernie, they still refuse to talk about issues. Just look at the wonderful results obtained by the not-quite President Killary. Only 25% of her TV ads spoke about ISSUES (being NotTrump is not an issue) which is the lowest percentage of issue-laden political adds for the last 5 presidential cycles, including 2016. Of course Medusa couldn't divulge her private opinions to the public or she would have performed even worse, if that is possible. Instead she got beat by an orange-faced baboon.
2. The Hillbots have a very poor response time. It's in their very nature:
2.1 email scandals? What?
2.2 selling RUSSIA 20% of our uranium
2.3 winning nomination through lying, cheating and stealing
2.4 lying to Congress
2.5 lying to her
2.6 undergoing criminal investigations during this campaign and from 30 years ago.
There is documentary evidence with which to prove factor 2.0: