In the latest jaw-dropper over the nearly 20,000-document leak deserving of the title, DNC-Gate, already-loathed Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz — shamed into resignation from decisive evidence of party collusion with corporate presstitutes against Sanders, among multiple other once-conspiracies — has been dutifully scooped up in an act of mordant hubris by none other than her teflon idol, Hillary Clinton.
"There's simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie," Clinton pontificated on her loyal lackey, "which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign's 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other states."
Yes, the former secretary of state did, in fact, say exactly what Sanders' adherents, Republicans, and responsible journalists have been screaming about for months — Wasserman Schultz will continue to serve as a Clinton campaign proxy.
At least one thing is too patently obvious to warrant Clinton-esque deception.
As the daytime drama cum reality show now masquerading as the Democratic Party kicks off its convention in Philadelphia today, complete with tens of thousands of protesters of every stripe, Bernie Sanders issued a statement praising Wasserman Schultz' scandal-tinged resignation.
"Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party," the Guardian quoted Sanders, adding party leaders must "always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race."
Such moralizing, however, glistens only with a gilded glint given Sanders' refusal to withdraw support for the establishment monarch, Hillary Clinton — in fact, the choice to remain loyal in the face of staggering coordination against his own campaign only lends credence to widely-held suspicions he'd been sheepdogging for Hillary for the duration. For Sanders to continue to plead fealty to the party whose insiders secretly denigrated his faith, derided his ardent supporters, and unscrupulously plotted his downfall either betrays his surreptitious role as longstanding Hillary shill, or denotes an ethically-void capitulation to the manufacturers of his demise.
Rendered effectively moot by both the DNC-Clinton alliance and his own lackluster lack of retort, Sanders' affirmation of Wasserman Schultz' rightful, humiliating self-removal from the helm merited little more than a footnote in the party's bizarre damage-control scramble on the eve of its quadrennial main event.
In an apparent attempt to besmirch the legitimacy of the massive document drop — and distract from the telling contents — DNC officials proffered a ridiculous Russian red herring.
"Mrs. Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, argued on ABC's 'This Week' that the emails were leaked 'by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump' citing 'experts' but offering no other evidence," the New York Times reported. "Mr. Mook also suggested that the Russians might have good reason to support Mr. Trump: The Republican nominee indicated in an interview with The New York Times last week that he might not back NATO nations if they came under attack from Russia — unless he was first convinced that the countries had made sufficient contributions to the Atlantic alliance."
Mook only slightly elaborated on this gelastic allegation for CNN, stating:
"What's disturbing to us is that experts are telling us Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, and other experts are now saying that the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually helping Donald Trump."He added, "I don't think it's coincidental that these emails are being released on the eve of our convention here" in Philadelphia.
Though Mook unsurprisingly failed to provide even a smidgen of evidence — much less names — to back up his claim, apparently the public should rest assured, because, he promised humorlessly:
"This isn't my assertion. This is what experts are telling us."In echo-chamber support of this theoretical Russian plot — which the Trump camp and others have written off to absurd musings of an unraveling party — the Clinton campaign attested in a statement cited by the Guardian:
"This is further evidence the Russian government is trying to influence the outcome of the election."
Comment: Right. "Evidence." Seems the Democrats have the same understanding of facts and evidence as the Republicans:
A similar accusation of Russian infiltration, dutifully parroted by corporate media in June, cited nameless, unverified DNC and U.S. 'officials' and anonymous 'security experts' claiming "Russian government hackers" penetrated the DNC's network and, reported the Washington Post, had "so thoroughly compromised the DNC's system that they were able to read all email and chat traffic."
Of course, Russian officials wholly denied the claim, offering a far more sound explanation for the breach:
"Usually these kinds of leaks take place not because hackers broke in, but, as any professional will tell you, because someone simply forgot the password or set the simple password 123456," mused President Putin's top Internet advisor, German Kimeko, according to RIA Novosti state news agency cited by the Post. "Well, it's always simpler to explain this away as the intrigues of enemies, rather than one's own incompetence."
Floundering under the weight of leaks revealing its slavish devotion to Clinton and inability to remain neutral while mendaciously claiming the contrary throughout the election season, the DNC might have effectively swindled a rift so broad as to be insurmountable.
As the convention gets underway, Sanders delegates and protesters might be sufficiently enraged to splinter from the Democratic Party so blatantly servile to its establishment darling against the conspicuous will of the people — with or without support from their populist hero, Bernie Sanders, himself.