Posted October 31, 2016on:
This was a conversation overheard last Friday at the corner of Pennsylvania and 10th outside the Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. One guy was an old fellow and the other was James Comey.
Comey: Hey old feller – you okay?
Old Guy: Why yes young man.
Comey: That’s a mighty fine-looking lantern you have there.
Old Guy: I’ve had it for years.
Comey: What are you doing this fine day?
Old Guy: I’m looking for an honest man.
Comey: Look no further. I am the honest man you have been seeking. In fact, I am the most honest of all men.
Old Guy: How do you measure your honesty?
Comey: On occasion, everyone has said I am a man of integrity and a servant of the people. Being the most honest of all men, I believe I can declare I’m above all others.
Old Guy: I must continue my journey since any honest man would not declare their honesty above all others since self-exultation is living in dishonesty.
Of course, the old guy was Diogenes searching the world for an honest man. Sadly, James Comey is not the first man and won’t be the last to confuse his high self-regard with self-righteousness. And once that level of self-righteousness is reached, it is but a short hike to where the rules no longer apply.
Comey has firmly taken up residence in the world of “the rules apply to thee, but not to me.” His failure to follow established Department of Justice guidelines is what the law calls res ipsa loquitur – the thing speaks for itself.
It has just been reported a couple of hours ago, when Comey was faced with a decision on whether or not to release definitive proof of Russian hacking and thereby meddling in the U.S. election, Comey unbelievably said, “It is too close to the election.”
Too close to the election weeks ago to associate the FBI with a report on Russian hacking, but just eleven days from the election, the violation of DOJ protocol was justified when some emails were discovered that “might or might not be pertinent” to the Clinton private server investigation.
In Comey’s self-righteous mind, he, or someone, was justified to sit on these emails for a month and announce their existence before even a warrant was sought to examine them.
Comey’s delusional hubris is excused by a couple of logical leaps that wouldn’t even work on a schoolyard playground. The first is to say, “Hillary brought this on herself.” This type of sophistry is based in some preordained orchestration of life meaning Hillary is responsible for the misjudgment, malfeasance, and misfeasance of everyone who might cross her life’s path. Hillary is not responsible for Comey’s failure to follow DOJ procedures.
The other line of Republican defense is, “Democrats have said Comey is a good public servant with integrity.” Just because someone has integrity and a fine record as a public servant does not mean they are immune from making bad mistakes and exhibiting abysmal judgment. Both things are not mutually exclusive.
It will most likely be impossible to ever prove Comey’s real intent in releasing that vacuous letter last Friday, but there are a few things we do know:
- Comey knew his letter was so vapid and meaningless; he did an internal memo to the FBI to assuage various warring internal factions.
- Comey violated FBI procedures last July by his press conference, his release of investigation notes, and investigation materials. Bending to Republican pressure was proof he is vulnerable to “working the ref” psychology.
- Anonymous sources say that Comey fears leaks from disgruntled conservative FBI agents who wanted to indict Hillary this summer. If Comey can’t stop leaks from inside his own house, he needs to move on. If there are factions of disgruntled FBI agents who want someone indicted for political motivations, they need to be unearthed, shamed, and banned.
- The lament that “Comey was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t,” is unmitigated horse crap. Here’s what Comey did do, he decided between his own self-congratulatory reputation and the national election. Comey chose his deluded self-interest at the cost of the national election. He chose the coward’s course. He should be treated accordingly.
- The pattern of outrageous Republican behavior is paying dividends. To drag civil servants before the Congress and excoriate them in the public eye is to chasten all civil servants. The fear of impeachment and investigation chills a civil servant – even a civil servant with a ten-year term like Comey. This episode has whetted the appetite for more of this behavior.
- Comey knows if Hillary is elected she can’t fire him. Comey has made peace with congressional Republicans who now love him for giving Trump a shot. It is a win/win for him and he’s gambling with the house’s money since it is our election that is at stake. Whatever reputation Comey had should now be indexed to Joe McCarthy in the history books.
It was never going to be easy for Hillary to win the presidency. First, she’s a woman. Second, her last name is Clinton. Third, well, there is no third. The hatred and vehemence directed toward Hillary would have silenced any normal human. Hillary’s perseverance, courage, strength, and stick-withedness are truly super-human. She will weather this. She expected this or something like it. She’s better than all those who are trying to stop her.
One last thought – permission to “hate on Hillary” was made socially acceptable in 1993 when it became almost mandatory for good Republicans to despise her. And what was her great sin of transgression? Wanting to make sure poor people and children could see a doctor when they were sick. It is from that act of benevolent kindness she has suffered a lifetime of animosity and antagonism. I don’t know if the Methodist Church has saints, but Hillary surely qualifies.
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