There is a new Washington Post/ABC poll out, and it shows that the American public, as a whole, strongly disapproves of James Comey’s indefensible decision to pretend “extreme carelessness” and “gross negligence” are linguistically distinct and thereby eschew a Hillary Clinton indictment by unilaterally rewriting a congressional statute, John Roberts-style:
A majority of Americans disapproves of the FBI’s recommendation not to charge Hillary Clinton with a crime over her handling of email while secretary of state, and a similar number in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say the issue leaves them worried about how she’d handle her responsibilities as president if elected…
Overall, 56 percent disapprove of FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation not to charge Clinton, while just 35 percent approve. Similarly, 57 percent say the incident makes them worried about how Clinton might act as president if she were elected, with most very worried about it. Just 39 percent feel the issue isn’t related to how she’d perform as president.
Now, to be clear, invoking majoritarian sentiment to defend or oppose a prosecutorial decision to indict or not to indict is an exercise seriously fraught with danger. Civilized society is well past the time when it was popular—let lone suitable—for an angry mob to rush to the town square and demand justice, pitchforks in tow. It is not an exaggeration to say that our entire constitutional system of governance was designed to quell the pernicious excesses of “will of the people” majoritarianism; James Madison had a lot to say about this in The Federalist No. 10.
But there is a much simpler point here, and that point is this: the GOP had a golden opportunity last week to talk about literally nothing but James Comey’s utterly damning statements about Hillary Clinton’s gross malfeasance in high office. Committed #NeverTrump-ers like myself would have still been receptive to a fews news cycles of Donald Trump saying literally nothing except, “Hillary Clinton is a criminal, and she put United States national security in danger.” Seriously, I mean like a wind-up doll: just that one sentence, over and over and over again. It’s better than all the other crap that routinely comes out of his mouth.
But of course, instead, the GOP’s non-conservative fraudster of a would-be nominee decided it was best to talk instead about how great Saddam Hussein was at killing terrorists—and, for good measure, he also decided to double down on defending a widely-panned tweet of distinctly neo-Nazi provenance. When you’re in so deep, might as well keep on digging until you reach China, I guess. He truly cannot help himself.
It’s almost as if the orange-hued clown is actually a lifelong Big Government “New York Values” erstwhile-Hillary Clinton donating progressive, or something.
It’s almost as if Donald Trump spoke directly with Bill Clinton before deciding it was his solemn mission to destroy the Party of Lincoln, or something.
I have said all campaign cycle that I think Donald Trump is just as likely to be a Democratic plant as is Edward Snowden to be a Russian spy. Frankly, I now think it is much more likely that Trump is a Democratic plant. And, by the way, I still think it may be greater than a 50-50 proposition that Snowden is a Russian spy.
It’s a trap, indeed, as Admiral Akbar once said.
Republican delegates in Cleveland, your task is straightforward: unbind yourselves and unceremoniously dump this catastrophically unfit-for-office monstrosity of a “Republican” candidate. Your party and, indeed, your country, will both thank you.