Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Ship Be Sinking?

With less than a week to go until election day, what was once trending as a Hillary victory as little as a week ago now appears to be trending towards Trump this week.  So what happened within the week to change the tides?  A couple things.  First, a report came out showing that health care premiums under ObamaCare will be going up.  Bad news for Democrats.  Then, as if that wasn't bad enough, the infamous e-mail scandal has once again come back from the grave like some sort of special Halloween surprise.  In a story that is truly stranger than fiction, it turns out that the FBI was investigating Anthony Weiner -- yes that Anthony Weiner -- for sending sex pics to underaged girls when they came across metadata on his laptop suggesting that e-mails were sent to and from that laptop by his wife and Hillary Clinton aid, Huma Abedin, that may have been classified.  Key words being "may have."  As in maybe they were and maybe they weren't.  The fact is, we don't know.  But FBI Director James Comey is not one to let a little thing like uncertainty get in the way of making a public announcement that could impact the presidential election a week out:

Four days after James Comey, the F.B.I. director, sent Congress a brief, inscrutable, election-shaking letter about emails that may or may not be new or relevant to the previously concluded investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, his logic makes even less sense than it did on Friday.
He said then that he was obligated to update Congress because he had testified in July that the investigation was complete. It now turns out that he knew nothing about the substance of the emails, which were found during a separate investigation of a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, one of Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides. And he clearly failed to consider the impact of the innuendo he unleashed just days before the election, seemingly more concerned with protecting himself from recrimination by critics in Congress and the F.B.I. In fact, the investigators had not even obtained a warrant to examine the emails when he fired off the letter; they got the warrant over the weekend.
Now, thanks to Mr. Comey’s breathtakingly rash and irresponsible decision, the Justice Department and F.B.I. are scrambling to process hundreds of thousands of emails to determine whether there is anything relevant in them before Nov. 8 — all as the country stands by in suspense. This is not how federal investigations are conducted. In claiming to stand outside politics, Mr. Comey has instead created the hottest political football of the 2016 election.
Comey basically pulled the equivalent of your best man or your maid of honor coming up to you on your wedding day saying "your fiance might be having an affair...but I don't know.  I'm looking into it and will have more information after your wedding."

Thanks a lot, man.  Good luck at the Bad Timing Awards.  I'm sure you'll do well. 

Meanwhile, we're looking at the following map, folks:

Were Comey's actions here prudent?  Will Hillary still be able to pull this off or has she been irreparably damaged?

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