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Friday, October 14, 2016

Fritz Krauthammer

When Brit Hume retired, Fox News moved Krauthammer from a Wednesday-Friday rotation on Fox News All-Stars to a daily feature. I liked him until June 2015 when he became a mean-mouthed, knee-jerk anti-Trump crank. At the time I was a Scott Walker supporter, but Krauthammer's intemperate remarks were grating.

Krauthammer -- who worked for Fritz Mondale in the 1984 campaign -- now markets himself as a Reagan conservative. We learned much about Krauthammer in the last year. Far from being a wise man, Krauthammer is just another Washington grifter spooning out Washington wisdom from the same cauldron his fellow liberals ladle out their twaddle.

In July, Mondale's old speechwriter wrote:
Why did he do it? FBI director James Comey spent 14 minutes laying out an unassailable case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton for the mishandling of classified material. Then at literally the last minute, he recommended against prosecution.
This is baffling. Under the statute (18 U.S.C. section 793(f)), it's a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or "through gross negligence." The evidence, as outlined by Comey, is overwhelming.
Clinton either sent or received 110 emails in 52 chains containing material that was classified at the time. Eight of these chains contained information that was top secret. A few of the classified emails were so marked, contrary to Clinton's assertion that there were none.
So his position was she should have been prosecuted.

Now Mondale's speechwriter has deleted all memory of this. During the last debate, Trump referred to this "unassailable case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton for the mishandling of classified material," and now Krauthammer cries foul.

From Krauthammer:
After appointing a special prosecutor, of course. The niceties must be observed. First, a fair trial, then a proper hanging. The day after the debate at a rally in Pennsylvania, Trump responded to chants of “lock her up,” with “Lock her up is right.” Two days later, he told a rally in Lakeland, Fla., “She has to go to jail.”
Such incendiary talk is an affront to elementary democratic decency and a breach of the boundaries of American political discourse. In democracies, the electoral process is a subtle and elaborate substitute for combat, the age-old way of settling struggles for power. But that sublimation only works if there is mutual agreement to accept both the legitimacy of the result (which Trump keeps undermining with charges that the very process is “rigged”) and the boundaries of the contest.
Dishonest. Deceitful. The kind of stuff I sadly have grown to expect from a man whom I omnce looked up to.

Conservatives in Washington are as corrupt as liberals. They just work cheaper.


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  1. If Krauthammer wants to talk about people saying the election is rigged how about all the media stories about how the Ruskies are planning to hack the election systems of 20 some states and steal the election for their boy Trump? Does that qualify as undermining mutual trust in the election process?

    BTW once Trump wins I'm betting that Krauthammer jumps on the band wagon to overturn the election in the Elector College.

    1. I thought the Ruskies were stealing it for her. Why would they steal it for him?

    2. Every eligible person should have their vote count. Once.

      If the Russians are in it for The Donald, it would be a laugh to see the Demos finally get some of their own medicine because we all know they would scream bloody murder.

  2. Putin fears the Harpy, since the Harpy seems to want to start WWIII over supporting her ISIS pals in Syria.

    Steve in Greensboro

  3. K is definitely anti Trump although after T went to Mexico he threw him a bone by saying he could imagine him as president.
    He supported lil'Marco in the primaries and I think like most of the intellectuals in the pundit class realized the rabble who made up the voters in the party he was supposedly a part of were now a very sweaty stinky bunch. Somehow since St Ronaldo had ascended to his reward they had become the Faex populi and no longer responded to the lyre being plucked by the self proclaimed Descendant Rulers of Ronaldo's Republic. They preferred the brutish vocabulary of a barbarian chieftain from Queens, a conservative wasteland where hocky is considered an intellectual occupation. K could not support such a coalition, especially the Barbarian. He said and did crude things, wolfed tacoes in public, was obscenely rich and lived in palaces gauchly logoed with his name in gold, had an entourage of beautiful women, and worst of all reeked of testosterone. Then of course there is the question of postion. When you sit upon a throne of kindling only at the behest of an emperor far more powerful than you, prudence requires an alignment of interest. K has always seemed prudent to me.

    1. thanks Sam L. some of it thieved from a letter of Cicero to his friend Atticus. I lived in Queens though, probably too long

  4. From Australian Aboriginal origin: cooee is a high-pitched call [or vocalization] (pronounced /kʉː.iː/) which travels long distances and is used to attract attention. Cooee has also become a notional distance: "if (s)he's within cooee, we'll spot him (them)."

    Rupert Murdoch has versed his Sheilas well in this practice.

  5. Until the last year or so, I had NO idea we had so many squishy punks -- who refuse to fight for anything important, and are far more interested in their image than their legacy -- masquerading as "conservatives". We will soldier on without them, and better for it.

  6. We need a special prosecutor to look into Hillary's situation, if only to salvage the FBI's reputation.

  7. "Such incendiary talk is an affront to elementary democratic decency and a breach of the boundaries of American political discourse."

    Such incendiary talk wouldn't be necessary if the Democrats weren't running a criminal for office and obstructing justice to do so. They have put their party before country. When such a dire crisis stage is reached, and the People have lost confidence in their government, armed revolution is justifiable. Trump's "incendiary discourse" hasn't gone that far, yet, to call for armed revolution, but the Founding Fathers would be on his side if he were to do so.

  8. (((Krauthammer))) has one loyalty - to the Tribe.