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Die-Hard Dems on "Russia's Meddling"

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On Thursday I witnessed some imaginative bear hunting by PTSD-afflicted, Hillary-Should-Have-Won (HSHW) Democrats at the "progressive" Clinton/Podesta Center for American Progress Fund.

A panel was assembled to discuss the "serious challenge to U.S. national security by Russia's interference in our democracy," and the event began with introductory remarks by loaded-for-bear House Intelligence Committee member Jim Himes (D-CT) and ended with a question from me in my customary role among HSHW "progressives" as skunk at the picnic.

April 6, 2017 (1 hour 13:45 minutes)

(See below for a list of the dramatis personae.)

All in all, it was a telling performance, and watching some of it would be instructive. At minute 1:05:40, I was recognized to ask a question. I had to survive an attempt by the HSHW moderator to cut off my mic before asking whether Democratic representatives like Jim Himes and intelligence committee ranking member, Adam Schiff, had noting better to do than hunt witches, as Trump prepared to usurp the exclusive House prerogative to authorize war -- this time on Syria. (The handwriting was already on the wall that Trump was about to lash out Thursday evening -- without so much of a nod to Congress.)

For my penance I had to sit respectfully through a lengthy "rebuttal" by former special envoy to Libya Jonathan Winer, who availed himself of the few non-sequiturs left unused by Congressman Himes and the other panelists. (How Winer could still be a HSHW whiner, after seeing the chaos created in Libya by Hillary Clinton, is difficult to understand.)

I confess to beginning my question with a tad of sarcasm in complimenting Jennifer Palmieri (Hillary Clinton's campaign communications director) for her candid revelations about how hard -- and how successfully -- she worked at the Democratic National Convention to get the media to focus on the manufactured issue of "Russian hacking" of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails. So successful was Palmieri that the media ignored what the emails actually revealed -- namely, how Mrs. Clinton and the DNC stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders. (Reminder: the WikiLeaks exposure came just two days before the Democratic convention got started.)

Palmieri explained proudly how she managed to accomplish all that in a feature article in the Washington Post two weeks ago, titled The Clinton campaign warned you about Russia. But nobody listened to us.


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Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He was an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then a CIA analyst for 27 years, and is now on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). His (more...)
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