The recounts failed, so now it’s on to the Russians. Unsourced speculation from “sources” inside the CIA says Russian agents hacked John Podesta’s e-mails from the Democratic National Committee, according to “bombshell” reports in The Washington Post and New York Times.
Except that was the same “bombshell” that Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security, and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said on the record in October. The same “bombshell” that had Joe Biden acting like John Wayne, saying the US was going to retaliate. “We’re sending a message. We have the capacity to do it. And the message — he’ll know it,” Biden said about Vladimir Putin on “Meet the Press.”
No proof was offered then, or now, that Russia was involved. But it’s not as though voters weren’t aware of the speculation before the election, as some Democrats and columnists claim.
So what’s changed? Now Democrats and their media allies are in panic mode, looking for something, anything, to try to change the results. Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid even said in an interview with The Huffington Post that Trump was in cahoots with the Russians. His proof? He doesn’t have any; just like when he lied about Mitt Romney paying no taxes. He says he’s not sorry for that, after all he got what he wanted — Mitt lost.
The Times and Washington Post started the “conversation,” Democrat leaders amplify it, and suddenly it’s all cable news is talking about.
It gets richer. A supposedly “bipartisan” letter from various electors asking for a “security briefing” before the vote on Dec. 19 includes a grand total of one Republican, publicity-seeking elector; the rest are all Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi’s daughter. But now left-leaning Web sites can talk about faithless electors and other long-shot hopes.
Remember, the DNC e-mails, released by WikiLeaks, were mostly a disappointment to those who expected the deep dark secrets of the Clintons. It wasn’t Hillary who came out looking bad, it was the media — people like Politico’s Glenn Thrush, who just got hired by the Times, e-mailing large portions of an article he was working on to party officials for review. Or Donna Brazile, the CNN commentator who leaked debate questions. Could it be the media is a little embarrassed about the hacks exposing the hacks they are?