JackRiddler » 25 Oct 2019 09:34 wrote:a comment from chuck mcclenon» Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:49 pm wrote:What we lack is the specific individual Dr. Evil who is pulling the strings. But isn't a multi-header Dr. Evil both more plausible and more evil? But, as you say, even option #2 is far more corrupt and awesome than anything Donald Trump is capable of.
Radically untrue. Laughably so. But it illustrates the insanity of thinking #Russiagate is a #Resistance to Trump. By attacking a criminal and liar with a big criminal slander against him that he can refute, it has predictably functioned as though it were his reelection campaign. #Russiagate has thrown a blanket of "liberal" confusionism over the ongoing Trump-GOP push toward open fascism. It enables the regime's efforts to void any remaining rule of law, remove the nominal limits on executive power, and render the hope of democratic elections impossible. It has commandeered attention away from the awakening of social resistance and labor movements. The latter is a tacit point of consensus between the GOP and the neoliberal Democratic Party establishment.
As for the question on the origins of #Russiagate, the favorite option is obviously #2: It was improvised from existing material and ideas in development by multiple parties. Like most, they did not expect Trump to win the election. They were caught by surprise when the already justifiably hated Clinton machine rewrote the textbook on how not to run a "professional" election marketing campaign, and Comey came out with a last-minute hatchet job invoking the Weiner "findings." This opened a path for the Mercer/Bannon-directed Trump campaign to capture just enough votes, and for the GOP state machines to suppress just enough votes, so that the Dead Hand of 1787 (a.k.a. Electoral College) worked on their behalf.* It was in the wake of this shock that the full #Russiagate complex was put together by a bunch of spook-fools on their way to their cable news gigs, where they joined the promotional campaign. Taibbi captures the significance of the January 17 meeting.
* Sorry this stuff needs daily review, because so many false narratives have been crafted about the election: that it was a populist working class revolt; that it had nothing to do with racism or the Christianist right-wing base the GOP cultivated for decades;** and that "Take Their Oil" Trump, the servant of Saudi and Israeli interests who has escalated the wars on all fronts, was really an isolationist candidate because sometimes he contradicts his own ultraviolent daily-psycho rhetoric with protestations that he loves peace and beautiful babies, etc.
** - Which has largely morphed into a kind of Leader Death Cult. Oh we are so fucked.
Whatever its genesis, Russiagate (together with the trauma of Trump's "unthinkable" election, of course) has had the effect of turning millions of previously cursorily politically engaged "centrist" Democrats into political news addicts wholly convinced that any deviation from the Russiagate corporate media orthodoxy is yet further proof of Russia's omnipotent nefarious agency.
For example, one of their newest lines of attack against Bernie Sanders is that "he never acknowledged and publicly condemned all the 'help' the 'Russians' gave him in the 2016 election!"
It's hard for my brain to even unravel this accusation, but it has been leveled at me in good faith by several MSDNC addicts I know. And after responding by noting the absurdity of this accusation, I have been accused of being a Russian agent myself, just as anyone who questions this orthodoxy must be Q.E.D.
Sufficient hatred of Russians has thus become a purity test for Democrats.