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Buster Gammons

Monday, July 25, 2016

Democrats Vow To Avoid Email Entirely

New DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile's first order of business was to promise that Democrats would never, ever use email again.  "Our track record on this is not good.  The internet is forever, and stupid email comments come back to bite us in the ass.  All future Party communication will be by carrier pigeon and written in lemon juice.  Whispering in the hallways will also work."

Reality:  Ousted DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz didn't even pretend to be impartial, but even without her help, it was always going to be Hillary in 2016.  No one is surprised by the inevitability of it, not even Bernie.  And although some of his supporters are freaking out, to his credit Bernie remains the grown-up in the room, focused on defeating Humpty Trumpty.


Questions about Russia's possible involvement are more intriguing and more important.

We know that DNC computers were recently hacked by Russian intelligence agencies, and that the emails released by Wikileaks had passed through Russian computers.

Trump has had business dealings in Russia for decades and is heavily reliant on Russian investment for many of his real estate developments.  He owes them.

Trump has openly expressed his admiration for Vladimir Putin.  (They are both grandiose birds of a feather -- both have an eponymous cologne.  Seriously.)

Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort spent seven years working with Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych to move that country into Putin's gravitational pull.

Trump's foreign policy advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn sat with Putin at a Russian news media gala held last year.

Trump has repeatedly stated his displeasure with NATO.  Putin would love nothing more than to see NATO go away.  An isolationist America would be Putin's wet dream.

So, would Putin and Russia really release stolen emails in an attempt to influence the American presidential election?  Sure.  Why not?

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