How did we find ourselves at this comic pass with the Democratic Party warning us of the Russian menace — the Democratic Party whose members have included Alger Hiss and, more lately, Bill Ayers? Well, turn to the recently released bestseller written by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign. All the pundits are talking about it, and there are things to admire in it. For instance, turn to page 395. There, you will find this revelation: “Hillary declined to take responsibility for her own loss…. Hillary kept pointing her finger at Comey and Russia…. That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech…. For a couple of hours… they [Hillary and her aides] went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.” Now it is the “centerpiece” of the mainstream media and the Democratic Party’s campaign against Donald Trump.
But let us recall that for months both the mainstream media and the party that is looking more and more like the John Birch Society have been trying to link this hacked information to Donald Trump. What will happen, if there is no corpus delicti? If people, like acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, continue to say they have found no collusion between the president and the Russian government?
Will this controversy just fade away, even as Trump’s harassers move onto ever more fanciful charges? I am betting that will be the case.