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What’s Comey Up To? How Much Capital Is Getting Spent For Clinton(s)?

When the news broke Friday before last, like 9 days ago, I was sitting in an auto-shop in Stockton, CA. Since I’m still standing-in-the-corner on Facebook, I tweeted this, 1246 PST, October 28, 2016:

https://twitter.com/rnikoley/status/792090149907681280

And so it has come to pass, now 2 days before election day. Just in time.

Whew! They did it! They pulled out all the stops in 9 days to make sure there were no crimes in 650,000 emails that haven’t already been excused; that needed, once again, to be excused. Comey’s original excuse for Hillary was, in retrospect, broad enough to also cover her divulging of the toppest of secretz not only to Anthony Wiener, but to her maid.

…That Comey has hugely bungled this is difficult to deny from looks and appearances, no matter who he wants to be President. If the narrative from the right is correct, he has doubled down in pissing off his own agents and has now pissed off the investigative arm of the NYPD.

That’s one fuck of a lot of capital to spend, even for the sake of the Clintons. After all, it’s not like he’s a Saudi oil prince.

So, what gives?

Three generalized possibilities stream past my consciousness: 1) the narrative of the right is correct, and he’s dumb enough to piss off a lot of people even more, 2) he’s trying to please too many people too much of the time—tightrope and fence-walking style—and is just running for the light at the end of the November 8-tunnel, or 3) he’s cleverly throwing Hillary, the DNC, and the Obama administration a bone—that’s, in my opinion, a “be careful what you wish for” bone, which they fully understand as such, but can’t criticize him for.

I lean towards number three. I was never super enamored of the convenience of the right’s narrative, even though it appears to have been “substantiated” by “sources close to X.”

The irrevocable damage was done 9 days ago, and for those former Hillary supporters who were pissed or tired or fatigued or had enough or saw this is never going to end ever! chez Clinton—and switched (plenty of anecdotes if you care to look)—this just affirms what’s in play that’s part of why they switched. In this context, it could actually be an impressive maneuver or ploy by Comey, and you don’t even need to understand any motivations.

The very bottom line, to me, is that this newest revelation:

  1. Does not get anyone to embrace Hillary or switch to Hillary
  2. Does not get anyone to give up on Trump
  3. Does little to nothing to energize existing Hillary voters who’ve been struggling with the tradeoff between going to vote on Tuesday, or doing almost anything else

In other words, it maybe helps Trump, and may actually hurt Hillary even more—though you will see the polling organizations do their duty and show you what a “great value” they are in the “reporting” of “results” you expect to hear, such that you continue to trust their “expertise.”

I’ve never thought any of this scandal stuff has been the main meat of the contest, on either side, and to the extent scandals plague, they plague Hillary—and not necessarily on the facts, but on the fatigue of the Clinton’s forever being embroiled in scandal.

Do you know what the meat is?

The meat is that’s it’s not Hillary running for president at all. Never has been. It’s the Democrat establishment, the incumbent administration, the intelligentsia, the left, the do-gooders, social justice warriors, transvestites, the elite, Hollywood, esteemed figures in literature, academia, entertainers, the legal profession, those with institutional tenure and pensions…and the list goes on.

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34 Comments

  1. John on November 6, 2016 at 19:02

    Yep, without a doubt the best Presidential campaign I’ve seen, although I’m too young to really remember anything Reagan did in 1980. It’s funny, Trump almost has his opponents making his point for him, or playing right into his narrative, like Hillary’s response to the Obamacare question in the second debate. Seriously, what else could look more “rigged” than Comey’s actions today?

    By the way, did you happen to see the 2 minute Trump ad, or the 6 minute “Trump The Establishment” speech that it was based on? I thought it was an excellent closing argument.

    • Richard Nikoley on November 6, 2016 at 22:46

      Yea, have seen various cuts and mashups of various cuts and takes on Trump speeches set to imagery. All pretty damn decent.



    • Steve on November 8, 2016 at 11:34

      The problem with Trump is that he doesn’t know how to play the game. He fell for the conspiracy angle ruse – I am not sure if it was started by the Demos, but it made him look a bit unstable and prone to believing everything. Furthermore, his most ardent supporters didn’t do him any favors by pushing him more into the conspiracy realm, which the extreme left and right enjoy. Unfortunately, the mainstream populace doesn’t really give a crap about conspiracies. If he would have just stuck to policy, general government corruption (like pay for access which he admitted to), keeping us out of war, and the economy, it wouldn’t have been a contest.



  2. John on November 6, 2016 at 19:06

    Oh yeah, and if you wanna laugh, go check out the Amazon reviews for Hillary’s latest book, Stronger Together. 87% 1 star reviews! Be sure to check out the 5 star ones as well!

    • The Natural on November 6, 2016 at 19:21

      While you are at it, check out the reviews for Trump’s Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America

      for kicks and giggles.
      How I hope Richard’s prediction becomes true on Tuesday so that I can watch all these shameless and disgusting MSM “political analysts” burn…it would be so epic!


      T-Nat



    • Mark J on November 7, 2016 at 00:07

      Amen. It’d worth it just for that.



    • Bret on November 7, 2016 at 01:45

      +1 for me. If Trump wins it, I’m not going to stop reading, watching, and laughing hysterically at the “news” people for days.



  3. dave clark on November 6, 2016 at 19:07

    mr comey I sure hope you know what the hell you are doing,if that nasty women wins all this stuff you just let go isn’t just going away every thing is in your hands and the whole world wants justice and you cant seam to handle that job. its 100% sure that she is a bad security risk and vary carless with our lives you should be seeing to it that she don’t get in there.or you will go down as the biggest joke in history its about you now so what are you going to do.are you going to let us all down I would not want to be you its a hard decision.only if you are a bought and paid crook your self.

  4. Shayne on November 6, 2016 at 19:17

    I really hope Trump wins. I have to admit, I am getting a bit worried. Still think he’ll crush it, Richard?

    • Richard Nikoley on November 6, 2016 at 23:11

      Moreso than ever.

      You think you’re worried. Get out of your comfort zone and observe the full-on press of the left.

      Relax. This too plays into the hands of Trump.

      Way he engineered it from the start when he took down the Republican party.



    • The Natural on November 7, 2016 at 04:54

      Thanks for the reassurance, Richard 😉
      I agree, the panicked scrambling of MSM tells a lot. On the other hand, Trump continues to draw YUGE enthusiastic crowds even at mid-night rallies in toss-up states like VA and PA. Some of these rallies were not planned and announced at the last minute (VA for example). Check out his FB page for videos of his rallies from last night.



    • Bret on November 7, 2016 at 05:40

      Panicked is absolutely correct, T Nat. The MSM’s anxiety could not be more transparent if they tried.



    • Bret on November 7, 2016 at 05:58

      I know I’m getting spammy, but this is too good not to share.

      Vox editorial declaring the absence of climate change among the debate topics to be “batshit crazy.”

      The stakes involved are almost unthinkably large. We can say, without hyperbole, that the effects of this election will be felt centuries from now. The potential suffering of millions of people is on the line.

      And a woman who has promised to see half a billion rooftop solar panels installed by the end of her first term is running against a man who believes climate change is a Chinese hoax.

      I can’t even get irritated at this nonsense anymore. It’s just hilarious.



  5. Jen W. on November 6, 2016 at 19:36

    The fact that this whole race has been The Establishment Vs. Trump was clear the moment Trump won the Republican nomination.

  6. thhq on November 7, 2016 at 05:38

    Hillary was the Chosen One in 2008, until a better Chosen One came along. THEY need a willing tool that is electable. Whoever THEY are. I don’t think it’s a cabal or conspiracy as much as common interests that stand to get a lot of stuff. Entitlements, special rights, quantitative easings.

    I sort of figured that whatever was on this laptop was threads of e-mails. This doesn’t help Abedin and Weiner….they’re covered with skidmarks….but doesn’t do anything for Clinton either way IMO. Comey’s judgement on her as inept still stands, this only reinforces it.

    • thhq on November 7, 2016 at 05:43

      And jobs. Lots of new community organizers and abortion clinic receptionists need to be hired….and Comey wants to keep his current job too…



    • MordWa on November 8, 2016 at 00:47

      You may disagree with George Carlin’s political beliefs- but as an observer of the human condition…
      “You don’t need a formal conspiracy when interest converge…”
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAFd4FdbJxs



    • MordWa on November 8, 2016 at 00:49

      *”interests”



  7. Joe on November 7, 2016 at 06:14

    Richard, have you explained somewhere in another post why it is that you’re apparently so wrapped up in this election, after years of laughing at anyone dumb enough to think that voting or elections matter?

    Before you jump down my throat, I myself haven’t voted for years because my one vote was never going to decide anything anyway and voting only legitimizes progressive government that has brought in 100 million Third World ringers to vote for socialism and thus made elections illegitimate anyway.

    But this time I am going to vote, likely for the last time. I’m going to vote because even though it is true that my one vote is not going to decide anything, nevertheless someone WILL win the election tomorrow, and they will win it because enough of their supporters went out and voted even though individually none of their votes mattered. As an aggregate, their votes did matter. Sort of a paradox, in a way.

    And even though it is likely that even if Trump wins, the Wall doesn’t get built and the Third World isn’t sent back home and progressivism is not even really set back much, this is, as far as I can tell, the last election where it is just possible that electing someone could save the West peacefully and without civil war, and I think that in a sense I have a moral obligation to put my one mostly meaningless, mostly symbolic vote out there on the scales in favor of that.

    • Richard Nikoley on November 7, 2016 at 08:21

      Fair question.

      While I’m not going to bother to vote, I can’t not care, anymore.

      It’s not just a dime’s worth of difference this time. Not even close. The left, globallly, is intent on using the massive productivity of America to lift up the entire rest of the globe and bring down all that is great about America in the process.

      I’m only not voting because I literally don’t know how I could, anymore, though I suppose I could go in, pretend I don’t speaka d’ engrish and get a pass.

      But I’m with all who care and the blog posts over the year are my part.

      I gave Trump a hundred bucks last week….



    • Onlooker on November 7, 2016 at 11:05

      Yep, there are a whole lotta people who haven’t cared about voting and elections in a loooong time who have been pulled back into it this year due to Trump’s mission to take down the establishment and try to save what’s left of our tattered republic (OK, I know, that’s long dead already). If he pulls it off the tears of the left and the traitorous conservatives will be sweet indeed. God I hope this comes to pass.



    • Bret on November 7, 2016 at 11:20

      “But I’m with all who care and the blog posts over the year are my part.

      I gave Trump a hundred bucks last week…”

      I have been arguing this point with people for over a year, thanks largely to Richard’s blog posts.

      Logically, you exact way more influence, talking orders of magnitude, when you sway the herd (even in relatively small numbers–even if it’s only 100 people, or 10) than when you stay tight-lipped (i.e. polite) and just contribute your one vote.

      The latter is like living in poverty because some outspoken wing of society has guilt-tripped you into it. You’re much better off starting a business and providing value for people. That way everybody wins.



  8. Gregg Wolf on November 7, 2016 at 10:34

    It is the meat that may, and that is a big may, actually get my ass out to vote, though I seriously doubt Meredith and I will do so. If we do it only be to give a symbolic fuck you to the Progressive establishment you so accureately named.

  9. Doug on November 7, 2016 at 13:21

    I think Wall Street thinks Hillary is going to win. Huge movement today. They like known risks.

    • Richard Nikoley on November 7, 2016 at 14:00

      The opposite.

      They are pricing in Trump for the first time. If Trump wins, the market is going to readjust. This is the beginning of that.



    • The Natural on November 7, 2016 at 15:01

      Richard, You don’t think a Trump win will cause panic selling in the market? At least temporarily?
      With all the doom and gloom forecasting by the MSM if Trump wins, I feel like it will wipe out today’s gains and then some!



    • Hap on November 7, 2016 at 15:41

      Uncertainty can rattle markets……but not for long. They will get the hang of Trump in short order. I don’t see that the issue of “easy money” or deficits will change…although certain things would change including the chance of seeing a bunch of Marxists appointed to the Supreme Court….for starters.



    • The Natural on November 7, 2016 at 17:09

      “can rattle markets……but not for long”.
      Yes, they will eventually recover and settle down but I am wondering if there will be a panic reaction and therefore a mini crash similar to post Brexit sell-off.



    • Richard Nikoley on November 7, 2016 at 18:47

      Always remember that most “panic” trading is in anticipation of or pricing in panic.

      Institutions are trying to make money, not make political or moral judgments.



  10. The Natural on November 7, 2016 at 16:24

    Ohia is gone for HIllary even after Beyonce, Jay Z and Lebron campaigned for her.
    POTUS and Hillary campaigning in Michigan hours before the polls open? Michigan of all the states!
    POTUS, FLOTUS, BOSS and Hillary in PA hours before the polls open?
    Clear indication that the dems are a worried lot…Trump is giving them a run for their money. FUN FUN FUN!!!

  11. The Natural on November 7, 2016 at 17:35

    Don’t look now but right now on Youtube live (8:35PM Eastern Nov 7):

    Boss live performance at Hillary rally: 893 watching
    Pence speaking at Trump rally: 11,053 watching

    • thhq on November 7, 2016 at 18:27

      For the Dems to get curb stomped at populism….everything is upside down.

      Abe Lincoln had his Wide Awakes….can’t recall anything similar for the GOP.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide_Awakes



  12. Jared on November 7, 2016 at 23:29

    That’s some tasty meatiness. You’re absolutely right. Trump must feel like Michael Bay after he made transformers and the establishment didn’t nominate it for the best picture Oscar. And anybody with any sense said it was a turd of a movie but then idiots went and saw it in droves and they made 3 more…
    It must suck to be loud, simple, obnoxious, and stupid and not get the respect you deserve… Oscar’s are rigged… Just like the Emmys…

  13. Bob on November 8, 2016 at 05:54

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