Friday, March 17, 2017

Dear Dems,

When you're in a hole, stop digging.

[T]he demand on the US left right now isn’t so much for the damning big picture, or the details of what investigators are looking into. It’s for the proverbial smoking gun.

That demand is so clear and intense in the global information market that it was visible to an alleged Italian con man, who went about filling it with a detailed forgery. Progressive activists fell for a hoax that told them exactly what they wanted to hear, paid thousands of dollars for a forgery, and passed it on to journalists.


Meanwhile the actual frontline detectives — congressional investigators — aren’t so sure. “I don’t think the conclusions are going to meet people’s expectations,” one warned BuzzFeed News’ Ali Watkins.


[T]ake seriously Russia’s role in the 2016 election, a major historical fact and a blight on Trump’s legitimacy. But it is also a simple fact that while news of Russian actions on Trump’s behalf is clear, hard details of coordination between his aides and Putin’s haven’t emerged.


And those of us covering the story and the stew of real information, fantasy, and — now — forgery around it need to continue to report and think clearly about what we know and what we don’t, and to resist the sugar high that comes with telling people exactly what they want to hear.

And, Maxine dear, there are plenty of real, provable, incidents such as Trump's plays to gut America's already thin safety net for its citizens, foreigner-phobia and militarism that ought to be of concern to Dems.  You people are destroying your own legitimacy.

What the Hell happened to Maxine?  She used to seem like one of the few sane people in Congress.

Putin is advancing into Korea??

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

UPDATE 3/18:

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on Thursday said Congress needs to consider whether Russia's cyber campaign during the U.S. presidential election was an act of war.

  The Hill
Does she want it to be?

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