By BERRY CRAIG
AFT Local 1360
Some in the media think—and the Donald Trump campaign hopes–that the latest email controversy might depress Hillary Clinton’s vote next Tuesday.
Piling on, reactionary radio commentator Hugh Hewitt bloviated on MSNBC that Democratic enthusiasm for Clinton is “hemorrhaging” and that even “hard core Democrats are shaking their heads.”
Supposedly, the poor Clintonites are so shattered, dispirited and ashamed that they’ll stay home next Tuesday.
Baloney. FBI Director James Comey’s “October surprise” is more likely to boost Democratic turnout.
Waving a red flag in front of a bull? Too trite.
Comey’s revelation is like sporting orange at a Big Apple St. Patrick’s Day parade, singing “Rocky Top” at Rupp Arena, or trash talking Springsteen in Jersey. (For non-Kentuckians, Rupp Arena is the University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team’s home court.)
Fellow Democrats I know are anything but bummed. They’re ballistic and plan to prove it in seven days. I’m with them all the way to the voting booth.
Bernie Sanders was my first choice for president, but I’m Ready for Hillary. I was already in a climb-every-mountain, ford-every-stream mode about voting for her.
Comey has made me willing to crawl through broken glass, too.
I don’t know what motivated Comey, a Republican. If he aimed to boost Trump, I’d bet the farm he blew it.
A lot of Democrats believe he deliberately put his thumb on the scales. They say their suspicions are confirmed with news that Comey failed to mention a reported preliminary FBI probe into Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, and his foreign business dealings, notably with Russia. Supposedly, Comey feared bringing it up might influence the election.
Comey also allegedly refused to add the FBI’s name to U.S. intelligence agency reports that Russia was involved with the WikiLeaks email hacking. He allegedly said—you guessed it—it was too close to the election.
Comey’s apparent double standard has my Kentucky Democratic buddies doubly determined to put Clinton in the White House. (Me, too.) I emailed some of them—-a lawyer, union members, college students, teachers, health care professionals and others. They replied:
“I vote my conviction. I vote working families. HRC and the rest of the Democratic candidates.”
“I’ve already voted for Clinton, and I’m proud of my vote. Comey’s behavior is so bizarre that it becomes suspicious for breaking every FBI and DOJ rule with this premature announcement before the facts are gathered.” (This came from a lawyer.)
“I’m excited that the most qualified person ever is our nominee for president! She’s been vilified for years and has come through with her head held high. She’s fought for the weak and underprivileged and is an example to all young women—when you’re in the right, keep fighting, even when it seems the world is against you!!”
“Really, Kellyanne Conway, you think I am too discouraged to vote? I have voted in every election since I was 18 and voted for Jimmy Carter by absentee from my dorm room in Lexington. You think anything which includes the words ‘Anthony Weiner’ is going to tempt me into letting a racist a**hole represent me on the world stage? Kellyanne, you underestimate my resolve.”
“I can tell you how I feel. I will vote for HRC no matter what.”
“This is an easy call. HRC all the way. I will always take pretty standard cronyism over looming fascism. Every time.”
“We have no choice! For the future of our democracy, we must defeat Donald Trump and elect HRC.”