The 2016 presidential election baffles me. I keep most of my political bullshit on Twitter these days. It doesn’t warrant deeper discussion from me. Apparently I read more news than the average person, but I lack the wit and depth to write much with original insight. This is more a diary entry than a blog post, but my hands ache too badly this morning to write.
I was certain the Republicans were going to continue to resist Trump until the end, knowing that he’s a fraud. Now they’ve all knuckled under to fall in line behind him. There’s part of me that still suspects that there might be rule changes at the convention. Cruz, Romney, and Ryan all made too much noise about their plans to snatch the nomination away from Trump at the last minute. Trump outmaneuvered them at every turn.
Trump still seems like he could be a Clinton stooge to me anyway. He’s so cartoonishly foul and abrasive that it’s hard to accept that he’s doing anything other than stirring up the rabble, not trying to win an election. However, many of the locals have rallied to him. Originally Ben Carson was most popular around here, then Ted Cruz. It’s creepy now to hear people speak of Trump with reverence, eager to see him destroy Hillary. It’s a broad spectrum of white people, from professionals to underclass.
Hillary Clinton herself is easy to understand. She “won” weeks ago, probably before the New York primary. Not for a moment do I believe that she won fairly. Her margin of victory was inflated by purges of certain registered Democrats, closed and limited polling places in certain precincts, rampant abuse of absentee ballots, hacked voting machines, and other shenanigans. She truly did win most of the places that she won, but not by so great of margins. She did this to push her inevitability, nudging the later voters who need to vote for a winner against the terror of Trump.
What confuses me is Clinton’s hardcore supporters. The Bernie Bro meme is boring at this point. I get it. It’s a misdirect for hippypunching, slapping a young white misogynist male mask on anyone who finds Clinton’s policy and past repulsive. It’s this week that the State Department OIG report was leaked, confirming what many were able to infer from the sparse news on Clinton’s private email server. Allegedly sane adults are still ignoring that Clinton is in serious danger from what is now clearly a FBI investigation (not a security review.) A relatively sympathetic agency with less access to the full evidence as the FBI has written a report that suggests that Clinton could already be charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, and probably gross negligence. Still, Clinton’s supporters chant, Sanders has no path to victory and he needs to drop out.
Aside from that State Dept OIG report:
Isn’t it becoming clear that there is a very strong possibility that the FBI investigation is about a lot more than the mishandling of classified information?
If these Hillary supporters hate Sanders so much, fine. He has no conventional path to the nomination now. As as Sanders supporter I knew that weeks ago. However, sticking their fingers and shouting loudly about how arrogant and foolish Sanders is does not change that their candidate of preference is connected to an FBI investigation that could destroy her as a viable candidate. Sanders may never be president, but Hillary might not either.
An aside- The Democrat doofuses who hate Sanders most seem to be the same fucking sheep who buy into the myth that Nader is the reason Gore “lost.”
Another aside- Trump agreeing to debate Sanders, then backing out twice, while the media cycle was high on the growing implications of the FBI investigation into Clinton’s private email server? A dumb blunder by Trump or a way to take heat off of Clinton?