She’s obsessed with Russia, collusion, and interference in the 2016 election. Which must be the only reason the rigging of a presidential race on such a magnificent scale did not work in Hillary Clinton’s favor. How can it not? She battled a “basket of deplorables,” Russians throwing their sinister weight behind disruptive Green Party candidates, and bots pushing Bernie bros into a frenzy.
But it was over – or so it should have been – when special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his “I got nothin’” report, in the paraphrasing spirit of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
But Clinton’s back with a new boatload of Russian President Vladimir Putin propaganda and aiming her conspiracy theories at Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). Yes, according to Clinton, Russia is grooming Tulsi to throw a serious monkey wrench in Democratic plans for winning in 2020.
On a recent podcast interview, Mama Clinton darkly stated, “She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.” When queried for clarification, a spokesperson for Clinton blithely responded, “If the nesting doll fits …” Who are these yahoos?
We’ve come full circle with third-party-candidate conspiracies. Is anyone else exhausted?
Bitter, Party of One
This isn’t Clinton’s first Russian rodeo. Green Party candidate Jill Stein also felt the wrath of the sorest loser on the planet for not stepping aside in 2016 to promote Hillary instead. Labeled a Russian asset in 2016, Stein garnered 1.5 million votes, but, of course, zero electors. She had no impact one way or another.
But Clinton apparently holds a grudge longer than a raccoon can grip a shiny object: Stein was again dragged through the Swamp muck on the same podcast. And it appears Hillary didn’t get the latest DNC memo – probably a simple email glitch – advising the peace-love-and-harmony party to forgo nasty swipes against any politician except the conservative types. Hillary climbed in the way-back machine and raised alarm that Stein is “also a Russian asset”:
“Yes, she’s a Russian asset, I mean, totally. They know they can’t win without a third-party candidate.”
Gabbard must be reeling from the ridiculousness of recent accusations made without an iota of evidence from the cable news talking heads and now Clinton. A tweeting reply to the nonsense was a stinging slap to the New York-by-way-of-Arkansas matron:
“Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.”
Dang, Hillary. See what you have done?
Gabbard took the accusation and did what any fast-thinking political operative – American or Russian – would find simply too irresistible to pass up: raise money. The attack may have been a cathartic release of sorts for Hillary, but if her intent was to breathe life into the Russia narrative, it backfired spectacularly. Tulsi, whose campaign was barely registering with anyone, is now gaining ground in key early primary states, and money is beginning to trickle back in. She logged 50,000 new Twitter followers, is the talk of the news media, and has the rest of the field of contenders coming to her defense. Who’s the asset now, Hillary?
Gabbard should enjoy her time in the spotlight as her flame will surely be doused as time marches on toward 2020. She’s simply — dare I say it – much too normal to stay competitive for much longer with the nearly insane coterie of Democratic challengers. Can you imagine if the woodsy Chappaqua doyenne accepts Gabbard’s challenge to run? Lord, almighty, it might very well become a two-women race, leaving the free-stuff people in the dust. Whatever Hillary does next, well, I’m sure Trump, Gabbard, Stein, and Putin wish her well. Or as they like to say over a bit of vodka as they brainstorm world domination, Za zda-ró-vye, Mrs. Clinton.