death of a silly story

Now that DC hack Mueller says he has nothing on the supposed Russian collusion that supposedly lost Clinton the election, am waiting for those emails from friends and former friends saying, "Damn, Tom, you called it right two years ago." Meanwhile, I-told-you-sos from other shot callers have been mounting up:

Rob Urie (probably the best and most heartfelt):

The Clinton campaign’s decision to blame her electoral loss on Russian interference demonstrates why she was, and still is, unqualified to hold elected office. In the first, the U.S. – Russian rivalry is backed-up by hair-trigger nuclear arsenals that could end the world in a matter of minutes. Inciting tensions based on self-serving lies is stunningly reckless. In the second, the claim demonstrates utter contempt for her most loyal followers by feeding them purposely misleading explanations of the loss. And most damagingly for political opponents of Donald Trump, these actions give credence to the insurgent status of his retro-Republicanism against liberal and left defenders of the political establishment.

Most damaging to the burgeoning left in the U.S. is the deeply ugly character assassination of poor and working-class voters carried out by the urban bourgeois, many from the self-described radical left. People I know and like, but with whom I disagree politically but am working hard to convert, have spent the last three years being derided as traitorous, marginally literate hicks too stupid to know they are pawns of the Kremlin. The irony, if you care to call it that, is that they knew the Russian interference story was cynical bullshit all along while the graduate degree crowd was following every twist and turn as if it were true knowledge.

Matt Taibbi

Aaron Maté (video)

C.J. Hopkins


Caitlin Johnstone

Jimmy Dore videos (humorous gloating) 1 / 2 (Rachel Maddow) / 3 (laughing at Keith Olbermann rants)