Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Anti-Russian story is falling apart, or should be


John Bonifield: "Could be bullshit. I mean, it's mostly bullshit right now. Like, we don't have any big giant proof."

A CNN producer admitted that the anti-Russian stories on CNN are unproven "bullshit" done strictly for ratings.

Sadly, it was obnoxious asshole James O'Keefe who got him to say this on video.


In other news, polls are showing that the anti-Russian stuff is a losing issue for Democrats. They've put all their eggs in that basket. Normon Solomon wrote in Counterpunch:
The results of a reliable new nationwide poll — and what members of Congress keep hearing when they actually listen to constituents back home — cry out for a drastic reorientation of Democratic Party passions. And a growing number of Democrats in Congress are getting the message.

“Frustrated Democrats hoping to elevate their election fortunes have a resounding message for party leaders: Stop talking so much about Russia,” The Hill reported over the weekend. In sharp contrast to their party’s top spokespeople, “rank-and-file Democrats say the Russia-Trump narrative is simply a non-issue with district voters, who are much more worried about bread-and-butter economic concerns like jobs, wages and the cost of education and healthcare.”

The Hill coverage added: “In the wake of a string of special-election defeats, an increasing number of Democrats are calling for an adjustment in party messaging, one that swings the focus from Russia to the economy. The outcome of the 2018 elections, they say, hinges on how well the Democrats manage that shift.”

Such assessments aren’t just impressionistic or anecdotal. A major poll has just reached conclusions that indicate party leaders have been operating under political illusions.

Conducted last week, the Harvard-Harris national poll found a big disconnect between the Russia obsession of Democratic Party elites in Washington and voters around the country.

The poll “reveals the risks inherent for the Democrats, who are hoping to make big gains — or even win back the House — in 2018,” The Hill reported. “The survey found that while 58 percent of voters said they’re concerned that Trump may have business dealings with Moscow, 73 percent said they’re worried that the ongoing investigations are preventing Congress from tackling issues more vital to them.”

For years, Democrats have been running as conservatives and thinking they'll steal votes from the Republicans. Remember when Rahm Emanuel was in charge of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and would only support pro-war candidates and they pretty much all lost? They lose every time they try it, then they shake their heads sadly and say, We were still too liberal.

Now they'll lose even worse to the Republicans and will moan that We should have talked even more about Russia.

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