No one can know for certain which events had what effect on the election. It’s certainly true that it was so close that anything was potentially decisive. It seems pretty clear that the Comey letter had a bigger effect than WikiLeaks, though. The drip-drip of WikiLeaks kept a negative narrative about Hillary out there, but most of the material was of gossipy interest and covered much more in the conservative press than the mainstream media. A particular exception was the Doug Band memo, which put in black and white how the Clinton Foundation was a profit center for Bill and his cronies. But none of this really compares with the Comey letter, which led to an immediate and discernible drop in Hillary’s poll numbers. When Hillary said that both the Comey letter and his last-minute exoneration hurt her, it may have sounded whiny, but it’s very plausible. This is why the Left tends to lump in Comey with the Russian hack (see the Paul Krugman column below), even though Comey is obviously an American official who not too long ago every Democrat in the country was praising for his patriotism and discernment. Comey may have made the wrong call in his handling of the discovery of the Abedin emails, but all campaigns tend to have unpredictable events and a stronger candidate without Hillary’s ethical lapses wouldn’t have been so vulnerable to begin with.
The revelations of the last few days are, though disguised, the crash in ignominy of the Robert Mueller putsch. But they are far from the end of the story. While the sire of the Mueller hit-squad assault, former FBI director James Comey, declared 245 times at last Friday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing that ... Read More
It’s time to put a conspiracy theory to rest. It’s time to debunk a hoax. The conspiracy theory goes like this: The Trump-Russia investigation from its inception represented an attempt by Hillary Clinton’s allies in the federal government to intervene in the election to help Clinton. Everything that has ... Read More
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The initial warning is given before Vice even starts, in an onscreen note: It’s a “true story,” we’re told. But it’s hard to be strictly factually accurate, the note adds, because Dick Cheney is such a secretive bastard. So it’s really Cheney’s fault if anything in the movie happens to be ... Read More
Congratulations to Kyler Murray for winning the Heisman -- and in a year during which Tua Tagovailoa was playing football, no less. And all shame to Scott Gleeson, of USA Today, who waited until the exact moment that Murray had been selected for the award before amplifying a national shaming campaign that had ... Read More
It is strange how suddenly a skeptical Wall Street, CEOs, and even university and think-tank policy analysts are now jumping on the once-taboo Trump bandwagon on China: that if something is not done to stop China’s planned trajectory to global hegemony, based on its repudiation of the entire post-war trade and ... Read More
Conservatives do not do well in the cities. We assume, strangely, that this indicates a problem with the cities rather than a problem with . . . us. We may as well be trying to sell New York City and Los Angeles Edsels full of New Coke -- and cursing the consumers for being too thick to appreciate what we are ... Read More