Did Julian Assange, the Russians or the WWE hack the presidential election?
Not according to a social media friend, who has come forward to claim full responsibility. “I did it,” he says. “I elected Donald Trump. I voted for him.”
Glad that is cleared up. The point is, not a single voting booth in America was hacked.
To think that “Wisconsin’s highly decentralized and secure elections infrastructure [could be] vulnerable to the kind of meddling that might overturn the will of the voters … is a fantasy,” says the Dane County Clerk, a Democrat. He was aiming his ire at Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s pyrrhic request for a statewide recount when the results were never in doubt. But his point is ecumenical.
The county clerk explicates: “Any attempt to hack or rig a statewide Wisconsin election would, at best, end in failure. At no time is our election equipment connected to the internet.”
Which is, of course, another argument against a national popular vote election and in favor of our 50-state federal system. Nonetheless, our acquaintances are in high dudgeon; Congress will (and should) investigate. Some perspective, folks: what hacking there was, if any, exposed:
• Hillary Clinton’s attempts to monetize her cabinet position via an insecure, home brew e-mail system;
• The Democratic National Committee putting its hand on the scale to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination.
This is the kind of stuff that wins enterprising news sniffers the Pulitzer Prize, if only the information had targeted a Republican. Indeed, Madison’s Progressive Voice argues that whoever leaked the sealed John Doe II findings to the Guardian USA news monger should be given a medal.
“In our view, the leaker should be given a commendation for doing what our equally partisan Supreme Court and Schimel’s office should have done in the first place.”
Critically, John Doe II was helmed by a Democrat(ic) district attorney and aimed solely at Republicans. The computers, thumb drives, and smart phones it scooped up were obtained at the business end of battering rams aimed at the front doors of private citizens in pre-dawn police raids. Illegally, according to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Their crime? These private citizens were engaged in political speech; allegedly, some of them were coordinating with others of like mind. The horror! What makes the whole thing actionable to the state’s establishment news media is these citizens were engaged in conservative political speech that benefitted Republicans.
By contrast, Liberals, progressives, and socialists who made common cause to recall the Republican governor were lauded for their enterprise. Who’s the partisan?
So State Rep. Chris Taylor, who wants very badly to succeed Scott Walker in the East Wing of the Capitol, has been calling out “the absurd double-standard” of state Attorney General Brad Schimel for investigating who leaked the prosecutors’ ill-gotten gain to the Guardian USA but not putting raid victims Deb Jordahl, Cindy Archer, Eric O’Keefe and the others into the dock.
Credit to Capital Times reporter Jesse Opoien (who impresses the white lab coats here at the Werkes more and more). She quotes Schimel’s response at length:
“I’ve got to tell you, I’m really puzzled by the criticism that I wouldn’t go after the leak to the Wall Street Journal. There’s a very significant difference between the people we’re looking at (in the Guardian USA leak) and the individual who leaked to the Wall Street Journal, because that’s a private citizen. The courts have no authority to order a private citizen to have a gag order on them.
“How can you possibly tell a private citizen who feels they’ve been wronged by government, that has invaded their home, taken their property and more concerning, taken property that contains their thoughts and ideas, and they can’t cry out and say, ‘I was wronged’?
That’s incredible to me, that anyone who has respect for our constitutional republic and the First Amendment in particular wouldn’t get. That’s as bad as telling a reporter that you can’t report on something. You can’t do that.”
Which is not a viewpoint that any mainstream news media in Wisconsin — the self-appointed guardians of the First Amendment — has managed to print on its editorial pages.
“Conservatives, after all, get what they deserve.” — concludes David French in The National Review. They, the Wall Street Journal, Media Trackers, MacIver, Vicki McKenna and Charlie Sykes were the lonely and brave voices exposing the frightening extremes to which the speech monitors will go, given the immense police powers of the state to intimidate individual speech.