Do Republicans really want to go there? Do they really want to go down the Repwikidonputinrush (pronounced, Rep wiki don pootin rush) road? I do not expect you to know what Repwikidonputinrush means because it is a word that I just coined for this article and so is not in the dictionary yet. As a disclaimer I want to say DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH UNTIL IT GETS THERE BECAUSE THAT COULD BE FATAL. Anyway, what it – the word Repwikidonputinrush means, is ‘Republican, WikiLeaks, Donald (Trump), Putin, Russia. So – now that you know what this newly coined word means, I ask again, do the Republicans really want to go down this road?
The Trump campaign and the Republicans have been regularly invoking revelations from WikiLeaks that are selectively and slowly being dribbled to the press to indict Secretary Hillary Clinton for her alleged dishonesty and poor judgment and solidify their assertion that she should not be President of the United States. By the way, it is worth noting that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have said the information in these revelations was stolen via hacks into the DNC’s and Hillary Clinton’s emails by Russia.
Despite what these intelligence agencies have said, Mr. Trump and these Republicans are still using WikiLeaks’ information to bolster Mr. Trump’s assertions that Secretary Clinton is not fit to be president and that the election is rigged to help her win. What is just as interesting is that Donald Trump has always adamantly defended Vladimir Putin and Russia against the United States claims that Russia is responsible for these hacks and he continues to do so. It is no secret that he has heaped praise on Mr. Putin while at the same time belittling American leaders including President Barack Obama.
On October 26, 2016 I posted an article to this blog which stated that Mr. Trump and the Republicans believed that they had received a golden egg from the mythical golden goose that would help them not only to hold on to their majority in the Senate and House, but it would help them and America to get rid of Obamacare once and for all. Well, it appears that the mythical golden goose has presented them with a second golden egg. This egg is in the form of FBI Director James B. Comey. This time, however, the egg might not be so mythical and it might be much easier for Republicans to turn it into a political windfall.
Just 11 days before the election and against the advice of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director Comey decided to send a vague letter to a number of Republicans stating that he might have found more Hillary Clinton emails that might be relevant to the Hillary Clinton closed investigation that, if actually relevant might cause him to reopen the Clinton email investigation. Say What! What does his statement really mean?
Well, Mr. Trump and the Republicans knew exactly what they wanted it to mean so they took it and ran directly to the media. As a result, the polls that were widening in Secretary Clinton’s favor have taken a dramatic turn and things are starting to tighten up. Amazingly, Republicans still want to put Donald Trump in the White House! Those Republicans who at one time or another said that Mr. Trump is a con man who is unqualified and unfit to be President of the United States should be held accountable for what they are doing and at best for them, should suffer some form of severe political punishment short of not being reelected and at worst that punishment should result in the election of someone to replace them.
I don’t know why Director Comey chose to do what he did. I want to believe that it has everything to do with his desire to preserve his integrity and nothing to do with his loyalty to the Republican Party or desire for political gain. However, with someone who is for all intents and purposes his boss telling him not to do what he ultimately decided to do of his own volition, it is hard for me to accept that belief. I have to also wonder what he would do if he instructed one of his agents to not do a certain thing and that agent, for whatever reason, did it anyway. Apples and oranges because the relationship between Attorney General Lynch and Director Comey is not exactly the same as that between Director Comey and his employees? Maybe; but it is certainly still food for thought.
Further, I don’t know if what Director Comey did will help to catapult Donald Trump to a win or simply help more down ballot Republicans to be successful. Even if it only helps Republicans to retain control of the House and Senate it will still be bad because that will only mean continued Washington gridlock. But whatever the case might be no voter should let this deter them from casting their ballot on or before November 8. Why? Because your vote is the most important one of all…unless you don’t use it!
As regards FBI Director Comey, there are a lot of things that I don’t know about his actions but what I do know is that he, not the voters that he said he was so concerned about in his letter to his employees explaining why he did what he did, single-handedly likely changed how America will be governed for at least the next four to eight years and possibly even decades to come. Director Comey is the only person who truly knows the answer to why he did what he did. And based on the kind of man that his track record says that he is, I hope that he did it for all of, at least in his mind, the right reasons.
When the new president takes office, whoever that might be, I do not know if they could replace him with someone else simply because of how he handled the above mentioned situation even if they wanted to. If Secretary Clinton wins, with the way that the Senate has handled President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, even if she had that option available to her and decided to replace Director Comey, I’m not sure that she could get a replacement in place before she is term-limited even if she manages to stay in office for eight years.
Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line