Open thread July 27, 2018 Dan Crawford | July 27, 2018 7:33 am Tags: open thread Comments (5) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
Russian Hackers’ New Target: a Vulnerable Democratic Senator
07.26.18 5:22 PM ET
Sen. Claire McCaskill is a top target for Republicans looking to grow their slim Senate majority in 2018. Turns out, Russia’s “Fancy Bear” hackers are going after her staff, too.
This is getting to look like an open and shut case. The on;u problem is how many cases there are.
“Because this particular pack o’bastids are probably the dumbest bunch of villains since Cain slew Abel, the Michael Cohen tape released on Tuesday has pointed at somebody who might know where even more of the bodies are buried. (Are these guys going to have to go door-to-door telling people what crooks they are before somebody actually does something about it?) On the tape, while Cohen and the president* are discussing setting up a sham corporation to pay off one of the president*’s alleged mistresses a few week before the 2016 presidential election…
Wait, I need to catch my breath for a moment. This is the knowledge with which we now are living and pretending to govern ourselves.
OK, anyway…they mention someone who, I strongly suspect, is soon to play a very big role in whatever insane events come next. From Bloomberg:
“I’ve spoken to Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up,” Cohen tells Trump. “So, I’m all over that. And, I spoke to Allen about it.”
Weisselberg isn’t a bit player in Trumplandia and his emergence on the Cohen-Trump recording – as someone possibly facilitating a scheme apparently meant to disguise a payoff – should worry the president. Weisselberg has detailed information about the Trump Organization’s operations, business deals and finances. If he winds up in investigators’ crosshairs for secreting payoffs, he could potentially provide much more damaging information to prosecutors than Cohen ever could about the president’s dealmaking.”
Pierce has to catch his breath after writing the first paragraph, and justifiably so. Meanwhile, half the country sees nothing wrong here. Only appropriate word I can think that best describes them and the people they elect is deplorables.
And us boomers let this happen. Basically, we were politically lazy. We were born on third base and thought we hit a triple. So no attention to what is important was practiced.
Meanwhile, the GOP’s political strategy was born with the Civil Rights Act. And it hasn’t changed one single bit except for the acceleration in the 90s led by the likes of Gingrich. And still the boomers remained at home.
Let me know how many people you know that actually were engaged in politics at any level. I have a lot of friends that have been so for decades at the local and federal level. I doubt all of them would amount to 1% of the people I have had any relationships with in my lifetime.
Right now that is changing, and I think mainly because of the internet and the younger generations getting more involved.
Too late for us boomers though. Voter suppression; gerrymandering; the right wing media power; and a Supreme Court containing some of the most despicable people on the planet will insure nothing changes in our lifetimes. And now we are going to end up with another despicable judge is going to make them even worse, even to the point he will certainly not allow trump and the rest of his criminal gang to pay the actual price for their actions.
And it is all the fault of the lazy boomers who did nothing for decades and decades, other than the shouting at one gathering or another about how horrible all pols were. That behavior is copied by the boomers on the net, who can now shout the same message from the comfort of their own homes and think they are doing something.
To paraphrase Woody Allen, a democracy is like a shark, it has to keep moving to stay alive. What we have here is a dead shark. Cause the boomers stayed on third base and yelled at the coaches.
Much could and can be laid at our feet after our activist years in the sixties and seventies.
Yep, the end of the vietnam war combined with boomers wanting a house with a white picket fence was the death knell for progressive boomers.