Anyone still think that Comey and, separately, the NYC FBI ‘indictment’ fabricator DIDN’T violate the Hatch Act?* [UPDATED BY EDWARD SNOWDEN. SERIOUSLY.]
How many of those spiking early votes by Republicans last week in Colorado, especially, but also in Nevada and Arizona, can be attributed to Comey and the NYC FBI leaker? Apparently, Conway has a pretty damn good idea.
So do I. There’s an extremely close contest for Colorado’s 6th District House seat between uber-winger Mike Coffman and uber-progressive Morgan Carroll that I’ve been watching pretty closely. How much did Republican voting spike in that district between Oct. 28 and, well, yesterday?
One thing I’ve noticed in all this talk about whether Obama can, as a matter of practical politics, fire Comey, and if he does not, whether Clinton can—as a matter of practical politics—is how starkly ingrained it is in American political culture to consider only the right’s political grievances.
But, guess what? That’s now changed. BIGLY.
And if the Dems do gain control of the Senate, the Judiciary Committee should hold hearings into this. Comey should be accompanied by a lawyer.
And the questions should not be limited to matters directly related to Clinton. This guy has some really strange views of the law itself. And not just the law concerning the actual legal mandate of the Director of the FBI, although he truly does. He also seems confused about the very concept of evidence.
And then there’s that problem that, accepting him at his word, he doesn’t know what the meaning and the purpose of testimony “under oath” are. (Which will be a convenient defense against Hatch Act violation allegations.) I mean … good grace.
*I inserted the word “separately” into the title after initial posting, because Comey’s acts are distinct from that NYC agent’s. By last Wednesday, when that agent leaked that fabrication, Comey already was in the middle of the hurricane he had started the Friday before, and surely played no role in that leak. Added 11/7 at 11:56 a.m.
The FBI took its sweet time in updating Comey, or Comey took his time in updating Congress. Seems like a fielder’s choice.
This while early voting was underway in most states.
Updated 11/7 at 12:07 p.m.
Here’s a more comprehensive update, by William Oremus at Slate, posted about an hour ago.
Updated 11/7 at 3:18 p.m.