This morning, the Des Moines Register officially called on Democratic party bigwigs to order a recount of Democratic ballots cast in Monday’s Iowa Caucus. Apparently, the “quirky process” that they said led to the neck-and-neck result (which, apparently, came out in favor of Hillary Clinton, though no one seems to be able to say that with any clarity), was just a little too quirky for their taste – votes settled by coin flips, delegates seemingly assigned at random, a candidate who took credit for a win hours before anyone declared any official end to the process, and a sneaky suspicion that votes simply “went missing” in various urban precincts, all of whom, strangely, favored Bernie Sanders.
Meanwhile, the Clinton train rolls on into New Hampshire, self-obsessed as ever. And while the Sanders campaign mulls what it’s like to fall victim to the Clinton machine (after, even, being temporarily shut out of its own data by the DNC, apparently shilling for Hillary’s campaign, which couldn’t even keep its own data safe), Hillary is happily announcing to audiences that the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is still alive and well – and she’s still in its crosshairs.
Hillary Clinton agrees there is still a “vast right-wing conspiracy” — and if anything it has only become more richly financed.
During the New Hampshire town hall debate on Wednesday night, CNN host Anderson Cooper asked the presidential hopeful if she still believes there is a “vast right-wing conspiracy,” as she said there was during the late 90s to initially explain the Monica Lewinksy scandal involing her husband.
“Don’t you?” Clinton replied, as the audience laughed. “Yeah. It’s gotten even better funded.”
“They brought in some new multibillionaires to pump the money in. Look, these guys play for keeps.
“They want to control our country.”
I assume she’s referring to those dastardly Sith Lords, the Koch brothers, who are planning to spend around $900 million this election cycle, but she’d be surprised to know that they haven’t spent very much at all this cycle. In fact, they’re way down on the list in terms of PAC spending, far behind a boatload of unions and special interests, most of whom are – shockingly – Democratic donors. Hillary Clinton herself has made a mount of cash, lots from Wall Street, large law firms, major unions and corporations. You have to scroll halfway down the page just to run into Koch Industries, passing tens of Clinton donors along the way.
It’s also rather interesting to hear a woman who may have stolen a primary just this week, complain about being an underdog, especially when you consider how dramatic her involvement with DNC officials has been. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is deep into Clinton’s pocket. The media can easily be considered to favor Clinton, as most Bernie Sanders voters point out, and despite a wealth of resources poured into several investigations, Hillary Clinton seems to snake her way straight through allegations of criminal malfeasance, from the sands of Libya to the Chappaqua bathroom email server. The woman, a multi-millionaire herself, literally wields the most corrput team of individuals in American political history, but she’s worried about two brothers with some cash to spare?
Of course, maybe things are starting to get to the former Senator. Polling shows that the less people know about the Clintons, the more weirded out they are by her antics. Kids born in the 1990s, who don’t remember the first, miraculous Clinton Presidency, demonstrate the barest level of commitment to Clinton’s campaign. Without the distant memory of a better time when budgets were balanced and White House interns held court in Oval Office broom closets, and with fresh eyes to view Hillary Clinton’s dishonesty, young voters are falling away from her campaign in droves, driven either to the comforting arms of their crazy uncle Bernie, or awash in a sea of political confusion as they struggle with what it means to be – gasp! – a possible Republican.