The days are ticking down now with just one more week to go until the election between the two worst candidates in the history of the nation, in my opinion. I want it over with because I just cannot take seeing either one of them campaigning any more, the charges flying back and forth against each other by people who are equally corrupt. Our nation is going to take a hit no matter who wins, though even with the “October Surprise” of FBI Director Comey opening his mouth, it still looks like it will be Clinton.
And speaking of Comey, Larry Sabato of the Center for Politics at UVA, made some interesting comments in his recent “Crystal Ball” piece:
There are very legitimate questions about whether Director Comey was right or wrong to do what he did. It’s indisputable that Comey broke normal FBI practice in order to comment publicly on an incomplete, ongoing investigation. Moreover, Comey violated longstanding FBI standards that prohibit announcements within 60 days of an election that would influence the public’s choice. Just 11 days before Nov. 8, Comey took an unprecedented step that could affect the outcome of an election for president and Congress. The vagueness and ambiguity of his letter to some senior members of Congress guaranteed a leak to the press within five nanoseconds, and invited the rankest speculation from Clinton’s opponents.
To the extent that Clinton loses ground this week, and falls behind in battleground states where she had been leading, we will call this “the Comey Effect.” Similarly, if Comey’s decision results in Republicans holding onto the Senate and losing fewer House seats because he has invigorated their “checks and balances” argument, we will also attribute this to the Comey Effect.
The all-emails-all-the-time media coverage has already had an impact on the presidential race. Polls were tightening a bit before this, mainly due to some reluctant Republican partisans returning home at the end to their party’s ticket. We also need to remember something that has defined this race: The candidate in the spotlight, except for the convention period, has generally suffered in the polls. After the conclusion of the third debate, the focus seemed to move back to Clinton, as negative headlines about the Affordable Care Act and the daily trickle of sometimes embarrassing emails from WikiLeaks’ John Podesta treasure trove accumulated. This took the focus off of Donald Trump and put it on Clinton — and the Comey Effect has kept the spotlight on her. That the Democrats have struck back so hard against Comey, with some even calling for his resignation, indicates the seriousness with which they are treating this new development in the race.
Republicans will thrill to the Comey Effect. Democrats will heatedly denounce it. Yet it is real and impossible to ignore, and the FBI director’s extremely controversial move must be noted in the Crystal Ball, and maybe even in the history books. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Sabato is of the opinion that Clinton will still win this “Battle Of Deplorables,” but his point about Comey is clear: at the very least, Comey took actions that violated the standards of his own department, and which may very well impact an election.
No one person should have that kind of power over an election. No one, especially someone charged with investigating the behavior of OTHERS that might have violated standards. There is a reason those standards are in place, to prevent this very kind of thing. It was unethical and wrong. He knew what he was doing, and decided to do it anyway. And now, he has tainted the election, his reputation, and the FBI.
To what end, is the question that is begged to be asked. Republicans are definitely using this “Surprise” to their benefit. Telling, that. I suppose we will know more about how that plays out next week, and as time goes on, but it is clear that Comey’s actions have rocked this election, for worse or worser, if you will. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse.
But maybe all is not lost. Recently, I heard the following video on Steve Deace’s podcast:
In essence, the premise put forth by “Faith Trumps Fear” is that one vote one’s conscience, but rather than write in a vote, or not vote at all, that one vote for someone actually on the ballot so that vote is counted, and thus counts toward a statistical impact that makes our voices heard.
Let me say that I know not everyone is a Christian, but I think the premise presented above still holds regardless of one’s faith conviction, or even none at all. If one considers oneself to be a moral, ethical person who generally supports the Ten Commandments, or at least the Golden Rule, whose conscience precludes them from voting for either of the major party candidates.
I mean, really: one is a sexual predator corrupt as the day is long, whose internet server apparently may have ties to a Russian bank, and whose former campaign manager, Manafort, is now under FBI investigation his own self for – wait for it – ties to Russia, or a politician who seems to have engaged in “pay for play” politics at State, the whole Benghazi fiasco (though Obama as Commander is the one who failed to call in the cavalry), and is as corrupt as the day is long. Holy CRAP.
By choosing to vote FOR someone as opposed to AGAINST someone; by not trying to discern the lesser of two evils when evil is evil and the two major players are both unfit for the office they seek; and being able to look at oneself in the mirror as well as stand before one’s Maker with a clear conscience is no small thing. It is no small thing at all.
That is the route I am choosing, to vote for someone I know is on the ballot here in SC who by all appearances is a good and decent human being. And that vote will be counted. It will be noted. I may be a voice crying out in the wilderness here in SC, but so be it. I have to live with myself and be true to my conscience.
Finally, I want to note that today is All Saints’ Day. It is the reason Halloween exists. It is a day to remember those whom we have lost, even those we do not know, as well as remembering those saints and martyrs whose lives were lived in service to others and to God.
And in honor of that day, I leave you with this beautiful hymn:
That’s it for me, friends. Feel free to talk about any of the above, Comey, FBI, the two candidates, the “Faith Trumps Fear” video, or whatever else is on your minds today.
This is an Open Thread.