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The Pyre of Jim Comey

The story about Comey’s infamous letter goes something like this:

Comey was asked during an interview on ABC News for a response to Clinton saying Comey’s letter shortly before the election announcing the FBI was going to look back into the email investigation ensured her defeat.

“I hope not,” Comey said during the interview.

He added that he hopes people will try to put themselves in his shoes. He said he was not trying to help or hurt a candidate, but was trying to do the right thing.

He was further pressed on whether his decision was influenced by his assumption that Clinton was going to win the election.

“It must have been. I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I’m sure that it was a factor,” he said.

“I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out,” he added.

My favorite author, JRR Tolkien, possibly one of the wisest of literary wizards, wrote a character named Denethor, who peering into a crystal ball, thought he could see the future. He became so despondent that he brought his dying son to a tomb and lit it on fire. Gandalf shows up in time to try to talk some sense into the mad steward of Gondor telling him that while it’s one thing for Denethor to take his own life in despair, he has no right to deprive his son of a chance to live. The father allows his son to be removed from the pyre and then he dies among his flames.

I’m reminded of this because Jim Comey essentially did the same thing to us. He thought he could see the future and fearing the worst, he brought us all down with him. He relied on his own judgement and didn’t let anyone else try to talk some sense into him.

Did it ever occur to him that because she was the first female candidate in history that we as a nation did not have a precedent to follow? Her gender was a new parameter added to the model, a model that we have never run before. Predictions about her win were based on a rational world and history that proved again and again that the most qualified, sensible, candidate would win. Yes, we had an anomaly or two but that’s how this usually works when you’re running against someone so uniquely unqualified.

But it’s worse than that. Comey compared Hillary’s stupid little email problem that had been investigated to death, differently than all of the bad news he had to have been hearing about Donald Trump. There was much more to fear from a man who was hiding his tax returns. By November 2016, Comey must have known about the Steele Dossier that had turned out to be pretty credible, regardless of how salacious it was. He saw how Trump was stirring his base into a dangerous frenzy, Trump’s pathetic performances at the debates and his history of grabbing women by the pussy. And he decided that Hillary Clinton would be a less legitimate president? Really??

Jim Comey is a case study on how implicit bias works. I get the feeling that he would never be satisfied that Hillary wasn’t guilty of something. Nothing she says, no documentation she provided, regardless of how much she cooperated, would ever convince him that she hadn’t done anything wrong and was illegitimate. He scolded her in a way that was unprecedented and shocking. He had interfered in the election long before October 2016. The gentleman protested too much. I think he was just personally uncomfortable as a conservative Republican man with the prospect of a Democratic woman running the show and being his boss. I think that was an itch in his brain he couldn’t scratch to satisfaction.

Maybe it was less that he didn’t weigh the evidence against the two candidates fairly and more that he was incapable of doing so.

But in any case, he thought the possibility of her illegitimacy outweighed the possibility that he was going to put a criminal in the White House.

Just take that in for a second. He decided to look into the future and burn us all.

He might not be a liar but he’s quite possibly the least wise among us.

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18 Responses

  1. Excellent post. I have come to believe that many of these mfers use ‘I thought she was going to win’ as an excuse to excuse themselves of their egregious act. Media does it. Even here note the lead Comey gets with the question from interviewer if he though Hillary was going to win. Even Obama and his people when asked about Russia do it. They think that their saying they thought (and acted on) she was going to win will mollify us, Hillary supporters.

  2. Philippe Reines has some of the best tweets about Comey.

  3. I don’t know what effect it will have to bring Stormy Daniels to Cohen’s hearing on Monday but…

  4. If Comey was smart and without implicit bias (like RD says), he would have actually thought about the small chance he thought trump had of winning the race and how illegitimate trump would have been knowing all that he KNEW about trump at that point. Comey’s explanation is highly unsatisfactory and unacceptable considering this other (horrible) alternative. Note that he KNEW way more than anybody else during the campaign about trump and his illegal/criminal Russia or otherwise shenanigans. He also should have foreseen how difficult it would be to dislodge trump once he got into the WH and that it would throw the country into a quagmire that we see now. He does not come across as smart or wise.

  5. As Hillary supporters we know what he did to Hillary and us is unforgivable but we still have to defend him in view of this other dangerous buffoon. We are all Jack Sullivan!

    • A Watergate convicted felon.

      • Who reformed.

        Nice try.

        And by “nice try”, I mean EPIC FAIL. 😛

      • We will be lucky if we find a John Dean in this current crowd. He redeemed himself plenty by accepting responsibility for what he did and then revealing the crook Nixon.

  6. Comey leaked classified information.

    • And your point is?

    • You don’t care about that. Trump gave classified information to the Russians and who knows what else. If you cared about that type of thing you would be attempting to run Trump out of office but instead you are constantly defending him.

  7. Welp, time for more cr@wd@d repellent. 😛

    Despite the unseasonable cold snap here in the Arkanshire, it IS spring, Madoka damn it!

    Natsumi (left) and Komari Koshigaya from Non Non Biyori.

  8. Hillary Clinton did not commit a crime by using a private email server. It wasn’t by the bumbling FBI’s graciousness that she has no criminal conviction it is because they had no case period. The probability that they could have proven intent is close to zero. Interesting that the two folks raising Comey’s back hairs forcing him into these bad but righteous (his view) judgements were powerful women neither guilty of anything.
    Ok this Syria thing has to many coincidences for me, Dumpy Deplorable Don again under fire for tabloid behavior that could end his reign (with the hateful Right) and Russia re a chemical attack just happens to change the subject! Nah not buying it.

    • That first paragraph sounds very lawyerly. Hmmmm…
      I think we need to get to the bottom of why this email server thing was investigated to death in the first place. Comey knows but we don’t. Who was he afraid was going to leak and why? What pretty little dick wanted to take her down? My best guess is Giuliani. He’s another effing narcissist with a score to settle. If we just move on from this moment and never get to the bottom of it, any woman who goes for the presidency is going to end up facing the same headwinds from any guy she passed on the way up the ladder. I’m had enough and I’m not going to take it anymore.

      • https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/02/james-comey-fbi-director-letter

        When Rudy Giuliani was the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, he brought the young Comey into the highly prestigious office, where from 1987 to 1993 he was in charge of the case against financier Marc Rich, who had fled the U.S. after being indicted for tax evasion and illegal dealings with Iran.

        NY field office is Giuliani territory…?

      • Maybe if enough people said it on twitter….

    • email related illegality is going on everyday now in the trump WH. But we have so many other bigger scandals. They will never exonerate Hillary. Media is not interested because it will show they were complicit in blowing it out of proportion. Comey will never admit to it. It is like the 100th Clinton scandal that went nowhere because there was no case.

  9. Oh, this sounds so familiar. I have made a Mormon girl or two cry who came to my house and rang the doorbell to preach to me! Not happy about it but invasion of privacy is a cardinal sin, in my view.

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