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The Irrelevance of our Ambivalence about Jim Comey: Comey’s Book and the Battle to Save America from Trump


We are coming to another Jim Comey moment: his book is being released — and it is scathing in its portrayal of Trump and his presidency — and Trump and the RNC and Fox News are mounting an assault of discreditation upon him.

Democrats are understandably less than fully enthusiastic about Jim Comey, since his inappropriate handling of the Hillary email affair was almost certainly the difference between a President Clinton and a President Trump.

We can hate him for that, or simply see the flaws in the man that contributed to his making such a serious misjudgment. But regardless, all that is irrelevant.

In the context of the current battle — the testimony of Jim Comey versus the dishonest smear job waged in behalf of this lying and lawless President — all that matters is whether or not James Comey is truthful.

And none of those faults we might find in Comey regarding his misjudgment in the Clinton matter has any bearing whatever on the credibility of Comey when he gives serious testimony. As in this book.

Everything in the man’s history — and his fastidious habits of contemporaneous note-taking, combined with immediate briefing of his core team– says that James Comey is a straight-arrow, whose dependability for truthfulness is likely way at the top of the spectrum.

Some of these law enforcement guys have a thing about truthful testimony, and Comey is one of them.

Meanwhile, on the other side, everything we’ve seen of Donald Trump says that he can be counted on to lie, and to hurl false accusations, against those who tell the truth about him, or threaten him in any way.

It is on that point — that contrast — that the focus should be placed, as the Comey book plays its part in the current battle over whether this corrupt President will be held to account:

The issue of straight-arrow truth-teller versus continual-liar should be kept brought back continually to the center of the conflict.

The case for believing Comey and rejecting the Trumpites’ smear of Comey is so clear, that the contrast can strike a significant blow if kept in the foreground for the American people to see.

This isn’t a matter of our supporting Comey, whom we can feel whatever we want to feel about. No, it is Comey who has invited us to wield his testimony for our common cause.

Comey has weaponized himself, to convey the truth about Trump. He has made himself an instrument in the battle for the hearts and minds of the American people, and for upholding the rule of law.

And while we’re at it, there should be a loud denunciation of the Republican Party apparatus for the indefensible role they are playing in trying to convince people that Comey cannot be believed.

So while Comey uses his truthful testimony to administer to Trump the flogging he deserves, other voices should be raised to flog the Republican Party with the truth about the sordid and corrupt role it is playing in all this. The GOP’s most recent disgrace is the the RNC’s wholly dishonest smear campaign to obstruct the rule of law.

Such conduct of the GOP should be exposed in order to evoke the disgust and wrath of the American people against a Party that has betrayed the nation.

This Comey moment is but one skirmish in that larger battle we are compelled to fight: a battle for the soul of America.

Comey has put a weapon in our hands–  the searing testimony of a highly creditable witness.

We should make the most of it.

  • Andy Schmookler

    Where this piece appears on Daily Kos, a commenter has said:

    “I completely agree with you.

    “What we say and do in response to the message campaign they are waging will in one sense be a visible tell for how fragmented we may still be in our skill set in setting priorities for immediate response. This is not about whether we do or do not march. It is about communication…”

    To which I have responded:

    “Some of the communication of which you speak can be done by us, individually. But the main work of that communication will have to be done by our leaders, those who command a big public platform.

    “Comey will be part of that effort, of course. But I’d like to see Democratic leaders — especially those Democrats who want us to nominate them for President in 2020 — to step up and say what needs to be said to the nation.

    “Doing well at that will show a candidate to have one of the abilities that we need in our future standard bearer.”

  • DCStrangler

    Clinton and her surrogates (notably Phillipe Reines) are still whining about Comey? Need I remind anyone “servergate” would have never been an issue had not paranoia caused them to blatantly ignore Department of State’s IT department telling them not to use that setup. Nor when it came to public light they repeatedly backtracked and stalled the investigation instead of just ripping off the bandaid.

    Comey is right that if Clinton had won and had the Weiner issue had not been made public this would have caused a tremendous uproar that would have dogged her administration for years (not that her opponents wouldn’t find other reasons to whine). She lost because she was a poor candidate and ran a poor campaign. I voted for her only because there was a no other viable alternative. IMO she would have made a fine President, but trying to pin the blame on Comey is just more Clinton hubris.