There’s a great scene in John Ford’s classic western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – actually there are several of them, but to the point there’s one in particular where after the titular character gets his titular comeuppance, his henchmen decry his death as foul play. The man who has made a reputation for maiming and killing anyone who so much as looks at him wrong is bemoaned as having been shot down in cold blood, though there is no truth to the claim.
Surely one can be pardoned for finding this scene eerily similar to the Clinton camp’s incessant rallying cry of “stolen election” on the political talk circuit.
The latest version brings us Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook opining that Russian intelligence operatives interfered in the 2016 general election at Vladimir Putin’s request, in an effort to get back at Clinton for her criticism of Russia’s involvement in the Crimean Peninsula. The idea is apparently to paint Clinton as the humble good guy – sorry, gal – standing up to the schoolyard bully and getting knocked back on her pantsuit. Or is it hir pantsuit? It’s getting impossible to keep up.
Putin’s inexcusable aggressions aside, it is beyond ironic that the modern icon of political retribution might finally be getting a taste of her own medicine.
But even aside from that irony, the simple truth is that foreign governments do exert some level of influence over the election process. And to paraphrase President Trump, our nation does a lot of interfering too, Joe. **Please note that paraphrasing a quote for effect does not imply agreement with the original.**
In fact, it was just over two years ago that our previous President attempted to use the Israeli election process to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Further, some quick math along with a story from the Clinton-friendly folks at NPR indicates that the US may have interfered in foreign elections as many 100 times in the past 70 years.
Again, the simple truth is that most governments attempt to influence elections in nations where they have a vested political interest. Most people understand that truth, which is why the left’s attempts to delegitimize the results of last November have fallen on largely deaf ears in mainstream America. Governments are corrupt? Well, tell us something we don’t know, Einstein.
Now if it could be shown that the Russians – or anyone else, for that matter – had actually managed change the vote count by tampering with voting machines or having dead people cast votes, that might be enough to garner some attention. But then again, maybe not.
It’s beyond time for the left to face a harsh reality. Regardless of the reason, the iron maiden upon whom they had cast their hopes for 2016 fell short. The longer they wallow in self-pity over that result, the more they empower their adversary, and the more likely it becomes that he will serve two terms.
Suck it up, buttercups – this round is over.