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Steamrolled again

After watching Donald Trump’s political media strategy for two years, his opponents, in the GOP, in the media, the panoply of enemies arrayed on the Left, and those who consider removing Trump from office a patriotic duty or perhaps revenge( Comey & friends), you’d think they would have learned how Trump operates.  They haven’t learned anything and it’s pathetic to watch Trump outmaneuver them over and over and over.

Trump’s attacks don’t depend on facts or truth, they depend on optics.  It’s a show and he takes charge of the stage every time.  Trump’s opponents, many of them Tweet warriors, attack him relentlessly on Twitter and they recycle through all their old talking points – Trump’s taxes, his multitude of bold-faced lies, his chaotic White House, etc., etc., etc.  Some hope the constant negative drumbeat will erode Trump’s poll numbers and aid in taking Trump down.  I suspect only the political geeks follow all of this closely and most Americans just go about their daily lives, tuning it out.

Trump foes overplayed the “Russian collusion” hysteria and Trump has now seized the Russian issue and used the Friday, big Washington Post story to turn the tables on President Obama, leaving the big “Russian collusion” hysterics in a position where they were forced to admit that President Obama didn’t do enough last summer to counter the Russian cyber attacks.

Trump now controls the Russian narrative and his loyal sycophant, Sean Hannity has begun spreading the talking point that “even if Trump had colluded with the Russians, that’s not illegal”.  They are working to inoculate Trump from any damaging revelations that might come from Mueller’s investigation, by convincing Trump’s most loyal followers that this investigation is just an unfair witch hunt.

So, with all this being played out last week, you’d think the Comey group,  who are working to takedown Trump, would be wary of Trump’s ability to use the media to his advantage.  Nope, Comey’s friend, Benjamin Wittes, on Friday, after the big Washington Post story on the Russian threat, tweeted:

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A pox on both your houses

Comey has done more to unify Republicans in the past 24 hours than Trump has done since he became the Republican nominee for president.   Here are my observations from Comey’s testimony and the political fall-out.

Today the media is in full-throated defense of Comey.  Pelosi is tweeting about #ProtectOurDemocracy from Trump & the Russians, I presume, and America’s War of Words continues (here and here).

Up for redefinition, courtesy James Comey’s testimony, are a “matter”, where Comey testified yesterday that Loretta Lynch asked him to refer to the Clinton criminal investigation as a “matter”.  Comey did obey and used that Clinton spin language.  Now,  Team Lynch is rebutting that Comey was told to do that characterization and I saw one tweet explaining the goal was to use consistent language, not a spin effort to use the Clinton campaign language to downplay the criminal investigation:

18h18 hours ago

New: A denial/clarification of Comey statement about Lynch, from a source familiar with discussion, to NBC News:

Comey’s double-standard problem stems from his being a willing lackey for the Dems with burying the Clinton criminal investigation and aiding in Loretta Lynch’s Clinton clean-up effort.  Lynch was caught meeting privately with the spouse of a target of a criminal investigation.  She refused to recuse herself from the investigation, but instead, put Comey in a compromising position, by making a public statement that she would abide by the FBI’s recommendation on the Clinton investigation.  It is NOT the FBI’s job to make a recommendation on prosecution, but Comey went along with that.

Comey compromised his integrity thoroughly on July 5, 2016.  He went from mischaracterizing a criminal investigation to creating an intent provision in the law, exonerating Hillary Clinton using that made-up provision and then coining a new phrase “extremely careless” to mischaracterize and downplay her grossly negligent mishandling of highly classified information.  Lynch promptly closed the criminal investigation (in Clinton/mainstream media parlance, that criminal investigation was not only a “matter” it was a “right-wing witch hunt”).

Comey appeared before Congress to explain his decisions and he sounded more like Hillary’s defense attorney than the director of the FBI.  Loretta Lynch, likewise testified before Congress about the investigation.  Her testimony was akin to giving the Congressional Republicans questioning her the middle finger. It was a disgraceful stone-walling effort.

President Trump is an epic liar, just like the Clintons.  No need to rehash the endless, ongoing partisan War of Words, but America was the big loser yesterday.  There were no “winners”.  Comey damaged himself in some ways, helped himself a bit in others.  Trump came across as corruptly trying to influence a FBI investigation and putting political pressure on the FBI director, but he won big on some other points.

Comey admitted that he personally leaked his memos of his meetings with President Trump to the media, through a third-party, a friend.  This admission made Comey appear to be out for revenge and a partisan leaker.  That Comey’s friend, Preet Bharara, a Trump-fired DOJ official, was sitting in a reserved seat, courtesy of Chuck Schumer, added to the partisan political aura surrounding Comey.  Today, the pundits are debating if Comey’s memos were personal notes or official FBI records and if what Comey did was “leaking” vs. whistleblowing.  Anonymous Trump sources suggested that Trump’s lawyer may demand Comey’s leaking be investigated.  Comey legal eagle friends are countering that such a request would be Trump abusing power… to silence a whistleblower.

Comey is not a whistleblower.  His notes are not like his personal diary and per his own testimony, those notes were  FBI documents at the center of several high-level FBI meetings about the ongoing investigation into Mike Flynn.  If these memos were part of the official FBI decision-making process on an important investigation, that would make them official records, I believe.  Jonathan Turley, Georgetown Law Professor,  argues that Comey’s memos are FBI documents:

“The problem is that Comey’s description of his use of an FBI computer to create memoranda to file suggests that these are arguably government documents.  Comey admitted that he thought he raised the issue with his staff and recognized that they might be needed by the Department or Congress.  They read like a type of field 302 form, which are core investigatory documents.

The admission of leaking the memos is problematic given the overall controversy involving leakers undermining the Administration. Indeed, it creates a curious scene of a former director leaking material against the President after the President repeatedly asked him to crack down on leakers.”

https://jonathanturley.org/2017/06/08/did-comey-violate-laws-in-leaking-memo/

Alas we move from Bill Clinton’s server, for his foundation emails, being cast as Hillary’s server, to the contents of that server being divided into State Department records and Hillary’s personal emails, with Bill Clinton’s foundation emails disappearing literally and from any mention by the media, to now Comey’s memos are being cast as Comey’s Dear Diary entries…  Psst, don’t forget that David Kendall’s office reported to the media that they had saved the entire content on that server on a thumb drive.  Patrick Kennedy, the State Dept Clinton email fixer, testified to Congress that he believed the FBI had that thumb drive (along with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson’s laptops).

From Comey’s public pronouncements exonerating Hillary Clinton, going so far as to insist she had no criminal intent, it’s not surprising that Trump, being as corrupt as the Clintons, assumed Comey would play ball and be willing to play with him too.  Comey admitted to telling Trump three times that he was not under investigation and Trump became angry that Comey would not exonerate him publicly.  Comey decided not to compromise his integrity for Trump as he had for Hillary Clinton.

Paul Ryan characterized Trump as being “naive” about how things work as an excuse for Trump’s highly inappropriate pressure in those private conversations with Comey.  Trump isn’t “naive”, in fact, if there’s one thing Trump is an expert at it’s reading people and leveraging power.  Trump expected Comey to play politics with him, just as Comey had done for Lynch/Clinton.   Trump will overplay his hand, trying to fight Comey, Dems and the media and go too far attacking Comey.  He was back on Twitter this morning, rallying his base by branding Comey “a leaker”.

All of this endless redefinition and spin highlights the complete dysfunction of our political parties.

Comey played the martyr:

“Maine Sen. Angus King was pressing Comey about how he interpreted phrases President Donald Trump used in a one-on-one February dinner, in which Trump urged Comey to drop the probe into just-fired national security adviser Mike Flynn.
King, an independent, asked Comey if he interpreted language like “I hope” as directives from the President.
“Yes. It kind of rings in my ears as, ‘Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?'” Comey said.”
I prefer to go Shakespearean:
“A plague o’ both your houses!”
Or in the modern vernacular:
A pox on both your houses!

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Intimidation tactics… whatever…

I retweeted a tweet from The Last Refuge Blog (the conservative treehouse) and commented on it.  A person with the WWII fighter plane nickname, fw190wuerger, showed up and oh so kindly commented on a post of mine…   For the record the Last Refuge blog has Breitbart imagery on its homepage, it uses the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier picture weekly, it uses Bible verses on Sunday to appeal to patriotic Americans, but it trucks in white nationalism.   A long time ago, they banned me for commenting a historical fact that Islam had a golden age, while allowing overtly racist comments.  That blog was heavily into the black issues, like Trayvon Martin and Ferguson, but as soon as Trump came along they became Trump Polling Update Central.  On twitter, they tweet a lot of mug shot type images with hate-filled reminders to #NeverTrumpers.  I believe the blog has professional propagandists churning out this stuff and since they had constant, on the trail updates of the Trump campaign, I believe they have some connections within the Trump campaign.

And yes, I wonder if there are connections between Trump, Bannon, Drudge Report, which turned into an overt Trump propaganda front, Breitbart, and the Last Refuge blog.

Really this is the kind of crap they tweet:  never forgets !  – with mug shots of #NeverTrumpers.  I’m not clicking on the video and I advise my readers to  be wary of it too.  I don’t buckle under to threats or intimidation, veiled or open, especially coming from peeps using Nazi nicknames.

While tonight was a good night for conservatives with the Supreme Court nomination, Trump and Bannon will systematically work to purge the GOP of every single Republican Congressman or Senator who did not get on the Trump Train. The Trump/Bannon GOP Insurgency isn’t finished, but neither is their intention to destroy “the establishment”, however Bannon defines it…  Trump is the vehicle Bannon has latched onto to pursue his political ambitions.

libertybelle Retweeted TheLastRefuge

Wonder if this blog is connected to Breitbart & Bannon… Was heavily into black grievance issue before Trump. Became Trump Polling Central

libertybelle added,



This comment was posted under my January 23, 2017 post: Messages from the Netherlands

Hugely funny, it’s true!! Have sent the link to many friends and family.

Did you see this other one they did, also in English?

Don’t Come to Holland:


Update:  While most people haven’t heard of The Last Refuge blog (the conservative treehouse), in March 2016, a listing of Top 300 conservative websites, based on Alexa traffic rankings, place this blog at #71.  For comparison Rush Limbaugh’s blog ranked  #52.

My blog has less than a 100 followers and very little traffic, and likewise my Twitter feed is far in the backwoods of Twitterdom, as befitting a backwoods mountain girl, with 65 followers.  The Last Refuge blog has 28.9K followers on twitter.

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