So the dust has settled a little bit on the recently, yet ill-timed (well, for the Democrats) wikileaks.
– Hillary did a good job of basically ignoring them and deflecting the issue. Honestly, what she did was probably the smartest way to handle it, given all the factors. They were able to give it a little bit of a spin so that people were talking about the Russians (possibly) behind it. Trump took the bait and the press was able to turn it into “Trump is a traitor” for inviting another country to commit espionage.
– But that other country already committed espionage and to quote R. Lee Ermy in Full Metal Jacket “it’s because of assholes like you leaving their footlockers unlocked that we have thieves” ok, maybe that’s paraphrased a bit. Still, acknowledging that Russia (or whoever) would’ve gotten some juicy details is admitting that the unsecure emails are a national security issue. Trump won that one by getting them to walk into that one.
-On the subject of “traitors”, I’m blown away by the use of that word from the left. Something just doesn’t seem right. I thought this when the Confederate flag was a big issue a year ago and a portion of the “outraged” folks were foaming at the mouth over being traitors the US. Something just seems bizarre about it. Accusing DJT of treason for suggesting that those emails should be leaked is laughable. I’m pretty sure everyone who really wasn’t supposed to have seen them has already had a chance to look at them. Some of the traitor-calling is honestly probably another shred of hope from the left that something will finally stick on this guy and bring him tumbling down. Not going to happen this time.
-As far as the DNC emails go, honestly they were kind of mundane and I’m sure the GOP would have some similar dirt if you dig deep enough, although I’d imagine the condescending tone towards the constituents would be down a couple notches. I think there really is a tone of “thank God we’re here for all these poor, little people” from the DNC. On the flip side, I’m sure the GOP talks in similar tones towards Southern evangelicals and probably really believed some of their bullshit about Trump supporters being basically idiots that only backed him because he was on TV.
-Bernie Sanders. Wow. He could’ve been the big winner out of this but he turned into probably the biggest loser in all of this. It was made clear that the DNC stacked the cards against him, as it’s been assumed all along. We have concrete evidence of the DNC rigging the press and conspiring with Hillary’s campaign on ways to make Bernie seem less appealing. Although he put out a statement saying he was disappointed and this coming to light confirmed everyone’s suspicions about Hillary and the DNC, it wasn’t enough. Many of his supporters felt left down and to me he honestly seemed pretty pathetic up there pandering for Hillary after all that transpired and his endorsement fell about as flat as possible. Granted, some of the “Bernie bros” will gravitate towards Hillary whether they like it or not but the whole thing adds to the “system is rigged” theme of his campaign.
-Let’s talk “taco bowls”. Some people have made a big deal out of the DNC referring to their Hispanic outreach as “taco bowl outreach”. While it’s probably not the language you’d want getting out, I completely get what they were trying to say. I think they were just trying to poke fun at Trump’s notorious taco bowl picture believed to be a poor attempt to pander to Hispanics instead of referring to Mexicans by a food they potentially eat. I get it. No big deal.
-Was Russia behind it? I don’t know. If they were, I see why. One candidate basically promised WWIII with Russia and the other is calling for increased cooperation and dialogue with Russia. If I were Vlad, I wouldn’t be opposed to meddling in American affairs for this one.
-Even if Russia was behind it, it doesn’t change the fact that what was said was said. It’s been compared to someone getting caught cheating by their spouse when he/she goes through their phone and then blaming them for getting into your phone.
-I’ve noticed that Hillary’s campaign hasn’t spit too much venom towards Russia for (allegedly) being behind the hack, but rather just brought it up for domestic consumption. They’re starting to get smart. They know that when/if she brings up meddling in other countries’ affairs, Trump will be there to bring up all the color coded revolutions with Hillary’s fingerprints. I think they know Hillary’s foreign policy failures will be a big sticking point and as long as they can keep the voting public on their toes about Trump’s temperament, they’re doing fine.
-I would like to think that Vladimir Putin IS behind it. I really believed that he saved us from the Obama admin’s um, indiscretions in Syria and prevented WWIII by standing firm against them and outfoxing them on Assad’s chemical weapons program. Is Vladimir Putin a benevolent force as the savior of the Western world? Probably not, but he’s as close as we’re probably going to get. He’s acting solely in Russia’s interest but it goes to show that the interests of our two countries could be aligned. A lot of people (myself included) don’t get why Russia has to be our enemy in this day of age. I mean, I *get* it, I think but think it could and should be different. What happens to the neoliberal order when/if Trump and Putin change the alignment? That’s a whole book into itself that I won’t go too far into right now. At any rate, I like and respect Putin more than I do any contemporary US politician.
-I think this will hurt Hillary in the polls, regardless of how she deflects it now. I think it was just kind of assumed in popular culture that she was corrupt and conniving but accepted, now there’s actual tangible substance in our era to back up those sentiments. A lot of “independents” that lean to the left were behind Bernie without any real loyalty to the democrats. Some people will feel obligated to vote for Hillary, but quite a few won’t. I think Gary Johnson will really clean house in this demographic. Trump will have the support of most Republicans and enough people like me that aren’t loyal to the GOP but tend to lean that way. Hillary gets the democratic core and then the swath of independents that believe that Trump is “literally Hitler”. As much as they like to drag out people like Jeb!, Mitt Romney, etc. that say they can’t back Trump, this only exists at the higher levels. He’ll get huge (or uh, ‘yuuuge’) support from rank and file Republicans with maybe only a token level of “I held my nose and voted for Trump” to it.
At any rate, I’m curious to see what else comes out of these leaks. The other question is whether or not anything from the GOP is going to be leaked. I’m sure there’s some dirty laundry there, such as Jeb! basically being coronated at the outset, collusion against Trump and probably Cruz too and I’m sure you can find some insensitive language and “stupid rednecks will believe…” peppered throughout the correspondence. What an election year!