Do Vaccines Work In Politics?

On POLITICO.COM today, Cory Bennett tries to give good political cover to the Democrats against the shoe that hasn’t dropped from the DNC email hack. He doesn’t try to hide his intention.

Democrats’ new warning: Leaks could include Russian lies

The headline couldn’t be more clear. Just in case you didn’t get it, the subhead pounds it home:

The move could help inoculate Hillary Clinton against an October cyber surprise.

It’s crisis management as vaccine. The Clintons aren’t satisfied with getting in front of a crisis after it has happened. They are doing whatever is needed to kill it before it ever draws breath. While it’s still just a fantasy of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

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Back to the Future

I forgot how amazingly insane the Radical Right was during the Clinton Administration. I must say this: The Republican Party really didn’t go completely insane until Nixon’s successful Southern Strategy coupled with President Johnson’s embrace of Civil Rights led Southern Democrats to switch parties and drive Black Southern Republicans out of the Republican Party. It was as if Southerners were reaping vengeance on President Lincoln by destroying his party from the inside and to fulfill their oft-spoken threat that “the South would rise again”.  But only in the ranks of the Republican Party.