Bagel Dems

Many years ago I read about a handful of competent, but older, married women tennis players who could afford to travel around and enter developmental tournaments – only to lose 6-0, 6-0 in the first round (unless they played each other). One might assume that after a certain number of losses they would be denied entry, but it didn’t seem to work that way. As I recall they often got some few ranking points just for competing. They were known as the Bagel Ladies. I understand in other countries there are Bagel Girls from wealthy families that do much the same thing.

Which brings us to the Democrats. And the Russians.

Dagblog founder Michael Wolraich, a published author and very bright guy, took the trouble to publish a timeline of all the alleged connections between Russia and the Trump administration in, TRUMP-PUTIN QUID PRO QUO?. He’s not alone in being concerned about some sort of a deal between Trump and Putin. You can find insinuations of Russian connections from CNN and the Washington Post to The Young Turks. Rachel Maddow is arching eyebrows like Rona Barrett and SNL’s Beck Bennett may never wear a shirt onstage again.

It isn’t hard to imagine Trump engaging in a deal, and his cronies are certainly acting guilty, but a lot former BernieCrats and other progressives just roll their eyes when Democrats mention Russia. Caitlin Johnstone advises, Tell Your Liberal Friends They Can Give Up On Their Russia Conspiracy Theories Now:

The still completely unproven conspiracy theory that Russian hackers stole emails from Democratic insiders with the specific goal of handing Donald Trump the election was initiated by the CIA in December of last year when it anonymously leaked those allegations to the Washington Post, whose owner has received hundreds of millions of dollars directly from the CIA. Later that month this same CIA-funded mainstream publication would then publish an article by a recently-retired CIA operative arguing strongly that the CIA shouldn’t have to provide the American people with any proof of these allegations. This consistent refusal to show the public one shred of proof of the allegations of Russian hacking or Trump’s ties to the Russian government already had the intelligence community in “Saddam has WMDs” territory due to the obvious political implications and the alarming way the corporate media instantly and unquestioningly jumped on board with the unproven allegations in the exact same way as they did in the buildup toward the unforgivable Iraq invasion.

Matt Taibbi urges caution in, Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media:

There is a lot of smoke in the Russia story. The most damning item is General Michael Flynn having improper discussions with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak prior to taking office. There is the much-discussed Republican platform change with regard to American assistance to Ukranian rebels, and the unreported contacts between officials like Jeff Sessions (and even Trump himself now) with Kislyak.

Moreover, the case that the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee now appears fairly solid. Even Donald Trump thinks so. This of course makes it harder to dismiss stories like the one in which former Trump adviser Roger Stone appeared to know that Wikileaks was about to release the hacked emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta.

But the manner in which these stories are being reported is becoming a story in its own right. Russia has become an obsession, cultural shorthand for a vast range of suspicions about Donald Trump. …

If there’s any truth to the notion that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian state to disrupt the electoral process, then yes, what we’re seeing now are the early outlines of a Watergate-style scandal that could topple a presidency.

But it could also be true that both the Democratic Party and many leading media outlets are making a dangerous gamble, betting their professional and political capital on the promise of future disclosures that may not come.

Let’s face facts. Democratic officeholders are dangerously uninspiring. They make fine speeches about social issues and the resistance, but quietly vote against lower priced drugs and for Trump’s toxic cabinet picks. The DNC’s recent election of Tom Perez was rife with hastily-contrived irregularities. They have co-opted Bernie Sanders for outreach, but refuse to listen to his message. They are doubling down on forcing us to choose between Trump or the establishment.


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One response to “Bagel Dems”

  1. trkingmomoe says :

    I saw that. I am glad he is keeping notes. I told him a year ago to keep a journal of all of this because he might someday want to write a book about it.

    I don’t go over there only to lurk a little since Mike Smith died. I was over there looking at Smith’s posts. He left behind a large archive of Haku’s on WordPress, He wrote them through his adulthood mostly as a warm up for his writing. It took him over a month to get them all loaded up here. He numbered them starting as Archive 1. He wrote his column for Dag using the draft file tools at WordPress. Then copied that each week to Dag. He may of used that archive to fill in with the new ones he wrote. He started that column just before he loaded the Archive. It looks like his computer was like mine at the time was incompatible with Dag when it came to copy and paste. At that time he had a photographer friend that was giving him photos so he could find a publisher for a haku book this was before he loaded the archive. No book deal. All his Hakulodions are also here. There is 5 years worth plus the Archive. A life dream unfinished.

    I didn’t mean to change the subject. I think Taibbi has a real point. The reason I think that is because people like me are more worried about bread and butter issues. We are the biggest group. People want the government to think about domestic issues. It is life and death for us. Our government has become mean and inhumane. There is 13 million kids now that go to school hungry from home. Do you think these people care about Trump’s relationship with Russia or who rigged the election? I read Johnstone and Taibbi yesterday. Johnstone makes me laugh because i think a lot of what she says but I am to careful to say them. I always look forward to her opinion pieces. I need all the humor that I can get right now.

    I read the comments on Dag and they better take a second look at the same old same old Democrat leadership that drove the ship into the iceberg. People are still jumping ship. I am not so sure that the Democrats will take back the Congress in 2018, Resisting Trump is not enough to bring back the voters on the left.

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