Former DNC chair Howard Dean just reinforced his prominent position among the ten most loathsome figures in modern politics with this tweet regarding James Comey’s revelation that the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of her official communications via e-mail was being re-opened:
Dean’s meaning: since Russian hacks of various e-mail accounts have provided ugly and often sinister evidence of the corrupt attitudes and practices of Hillary Clinton and her campaign, Comey’s required notification of Congress—required, mind you, by basic ethical principles and the rules of the legal profession—makes him a wrongdoer on par with those fueling Wikileaks. After all, without them, Hillary and her minions—including the outrageously complicit news media—would have succeeded in fooling all of the people all of the time. Yes, Comey, damn him, is now “on the same side” as Putin, because he is stripping away Clinton’s facade of trustworthiness.
Even before yesterday’s surprise announcement, the Democratic defense was in place that because Russia was attempting to influence the US election by revealing the filthy underside of Clinton, Inc., including, among other things…
….the inappropriate melding of Sate Department business, pay-to-play incentives, Clinton foundation fundraising and family enrichment
….discussions among aides on how to cover-up Hillary’s e-mail misadventures
….private speeches to Wall Street contradicting her public, anti-Wall street rhetoric, and most disturbing of all,
….collusion by journalists to assist the campaign
….such enlightening evidence should be ignored. This, those well-versed in the Ethics Alarms Rationalizations list will recognize, is Rationalization #55, The Scooby Doo Deflection, or “I should have gotten away with it!,” in practice. Continue reading