The American Political Melodrama, episode CCCIX: New Democrats vs Comey. Publius comments

After Mr. Schama’s praise of Mrs. Clinton in the pages of the Financial Times :

…will managerial omnicompetence be enough to see her and the US through what is shaping up to be the ugliest crisis of political legitimacy to afflict the republic since the civil war?

What might Mr Schama mean by ‘managerial omnicompetence’? Should the reader put Maureen Dowd’s extemporizing in the same class as Mr. Schama’s? Ms. Dowd’s expressed a similar thought in the Neo-Liberal patois of ‘purest brands’ about Obama, Comey and Lynch, as the ultimate expression of ‘Free Market Virtue’ and guardians of The Law. No matter that this ‘argument’ is awash in the incommensurables made famous by ‘Liberal Chatterbox’ Isaiah Berlin.

In a mere 11 days, arrogant, selfish actions by the Clintons contaminated three of the purest brands in Washington — Barack Obama, James Comey and Loretta Lynch — and jeopardized the futures of Hillary’s most loyal aides.

Schama’s rhetoric  is closely linked to an apologetic rhetoric, while David J. Lynch and Catherine Belton frame it in terms of Political Melodrama, starring  Trump as ally of the Russians, Putin, who have given Wikileaks, in the person of Julian Assange, the Hillary Clinton e mails, as a act of the subversion of an American election. One might just observe at this point, that even if true, the American National Security State has an established record for doing the same, and worse, in terms of interference in the domestic affairs of other nations for well over a century (viz. The Monroe Doctrine of 1823). This being irrelevant to New Democrat Reid’s manufactured political hysterics i.e. ‘explosive evidence'(compare this assertion to McCarty’s List of Names?) in defense of an utterly corrupt Party Machine and its candidate: from Latin candidatus ‘white-robed’.

Note too the comments of Eric Holder on the matter, and recall that he and President Obama gave de facto pardons to Wall Street Bankers and Investment Houses, as part of the project of political healing.  The egregious record of FBI mendacity and subversion of the Constitution remains in the territory of politically motivated erasure

The Financial Times and their reporters David J Lynch and Catherine Belton do a workman like job in reporting and providing relevant statistical data, yet the central theme of that reportage highlights Reid’s hysterical claims of Russian meddling as having centrality.

The allegations by Mr Reid that Mr Trump has inappropriate ties to Russian leaders has been pursued by Democrats for months, with several calling on the FBI to disclose whether they are investigating the Republican nominee for being in the Kremlin’s sway.

Mr Reid, who is retiring from Congress, wrote: “I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public … and yet, you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information.”

What I am presenting is not conclusive, but consider the arguments and the speculation of the reportage of David J Lynch and Catherine Belton, not to speak of the political toxic hysterics of desperate political actors: Clinton, Holder, Reid and Comey as part of a continuing loss of political legitimacy of our two Party state. In which both of these Party’s are mired in corruption, wedded to nihilism, and where the tradition of the cultivation of civic republican virtue is consigned to the cynical derision of Party hacks.



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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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