Anybody waiting for me to feel sorry for FBI Director Comey’s fate can wait long. He. Did. This. To Himself. when he flouted FBI/DOJ protocols to spank Hillary Clinton in public for a non-crime while keeping his powder dry on the exponentially more serious situation with #TrumpRussia. And while I, and other Democrats, are appalled by Trump’s firing of Comey for getting too close, the now former FBI Director allowed his ego to make him think he could lie down with a rabid dog and not be covered in fleas and mange at the end of the exchange.
No, I will not let go of this. We are at a constitutional crisis that did not have to happen. We are here because of the #EgotisticalWhiteMale. (A subset of men, white or otherwise, obviously). Those on both sides of the aisle and in the Press who used a woman as a punching bag had an obligation to their country and to all of us to tell the truth about the authoritarian, crooked Trump when it counted. And not to subject Hillary Clinton to a standard no man ever had to meet. They did no such thing. They promoted Trump and humored him, allowing the cancer of his xenophobic campaign to grow unfettered.
Perhaps those who were attracted to Trump’s faux strong man bluster would have voted for him anyway, and in equal number. But it’s a sure bet Comey and the Press eroded the numbers of his opponent. And now the Press has the gall to act fearful of what they hath – knowingly and consciously – wrought. I don’t care if I get crap for pointing this out. I’ve watched too many elections where those lacking self-awareness don’t get their noses rubbed in it only to push revisionist history with a straight face, and four years later, commit the same sins again.
That stated, I never have and never will bet against my country. I believe in my heart we will eventually right the ship. However, the scandal, pain, suffering and loss it will take to do so is going to cost many in a way that would not be necessary if power hungry, #EgotisticalWhiteMales like Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Jeff Sessions, NBC’s Chuck Todd, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer , Bernie Sanders (to name a few) and enabling women like NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and NYT’s Maggie Haberman hadn’t shown a willingness to burn this country to the ground rather than see a capable woman run it. Sadly, I have to include Jim Comey in this cabal. His imagining he could flagellate Hillary and still be able to conquer the erratic, enabled Trump was hubris and he gets no sympathy from me.
Now we have to trust that the (many) honorable apples in the Intelligence Community are so outraged by Trump’s behavior toward Mr. Comey (and Sally Yates and Preet Bhahara), that they will accelerate the exposure of his suspected misdeeds. I wish Godspeed to those brave men and women. They will face more obstruction from a GOP Congress, which means one thing – the case will have to be so big, the scandal so bad that Trump’s enablers finally realize they are “suiciding” themselves to keep up the charade.
Whatever the outcome of the investigation, James Comey damaged his venerated position. I can’t imagine how he thought he’d ever pull this off. He can only hope that his staff has less ego while doing their jobs and accomplishes what he couldn’t.