Another Slice of Marbled Rye?
Marbled Rye is shorthand for my theory of Newton’s 3rd Law of Politics: for every Republican scandal (pumpernickel) there is a corollary Democratic scandal (rye) which is comprised of roughly the same ingredients.
To a non-partisan consumer, they are equally unpalatable and the entire marbled loaf is best avoided. To partisans, there are critical differences which somehow make one scandal acceptable and the other unacceptable. The distinguishing feature determining digestibility of the bread is which Party committed the behavior. Republicans consume masses of pumpernickel with no issues, but the caraway seeds of Democratic rye stick in their craw. Democrats chow down on rye but find that pumpernickel causes bloating which can only be relieved with large doses of cognitive dissonance.
The original marbled rye loaf was baked over email servers. Private email servers were determined by Democrats to be corrupt vehicles for opacity and corruption when deployed by the RNC in the Bush administration, but turned into benign appliances for privacy and convenience when used by the Democratic Secretary of State to exclusively conduct her official business.
The next loaf of marbled rye was baked over handling classified information and national security.
Although severely castigated by (some) media and the FBI Director for grossly negligent handling of such important communications, the Democratic rye of Hillary Clinton was determined to lack one crucial ingredient – intent. HRC didn’t mean to be grossly negligent, she just was. It will be interesting to see if the Republican pumpernickel of DJT blabbing to Russians will be found upon laboratory analysis to also lack that same critical element. Which, speaking of, most people, especially jailed plebes, were surprised to find out that our elites have this legal out in their miscreant behavior – they have to intend to be miscreants and leave memos lying around saying, “Huma, I know this is grossly negligent of me, but fax that highly classified memo to the secure room the State Department put in my house where my no-clearance domestic help can pick it up for me.”
Donald comes close with his tweeting, but so far he hasn’t sent one yet saying “Lavvy enjoyed my “great intel”! I told I had a special surprise for him that Putey would get a big charge out of as well.”
We also have a loaf of marbled rye that was baked over unsavory connections to Russians and money, which believe it or not, BOTH of our Presidential campaigns and their candidates were rife with. Here is a nice summary by Investor’s Business Daily:Oops: The New York Times Accidentally Exposed "The' Hillary Clinton-Russia Nexus'! which does a great job of juxtaposing Trumps’connections with Hillary’s. I won’t excerpt it, but to get the full import you have to read both the IBD piece and the NYT editorial it is lampooning.
I have to interject here that IMO, a lot of the shock and horror of Washington and the media elites towards Trump has a decidedly classist bent to it. He has bad hair, he is not well-spoken or articulate, and his decorating taste is a bit Saddamish in his love for gilt, or classy with a Kapital K. He will always be the “short-fingered vulgarian” real estate developer and casino owner who is way more Atlantic City than Monte Carlo or Davos. And, he is a huckster who actually sells physical things – water, meat, hotel rooms etc. and not the more subtle, intangible product lines like influence and access, that Bill and Hill are more adroit at pushing in embassy and corporate settings.
While we are currently embroiled in attempting to rid ourselves of the orange haired buffoon that Americans elected in a nihilistic spasm of self-abuse as a short term solution to avoiding HRC and her platoons of neoliberal minions, Democrats would do well to remember that loathing of Trump does not automatically translate into a desire for Clinton. 36% of Americans self-label as Independent because they reject the entire two Party loaf, both parts.