I am genuinely puzzled by something. Let me explain. I have a number times written about Trump’s links to Russia, as well as the links to Russia of many in his campaign. Just yesterday I described the FBI investigation as dealing with treason, no less. In response to my remarks, a number of commentators on this blog have written long rebuttals emphasizing the lack of the sort of hard, irrefutable evidence one would need in order to get a conviction in court. At least one commentator has described me as having been taken in by anti-Russia hysteria being pushed by centrist Clintonite Democrats. I was counseled to recall that one must be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Okay. I freely acknowledge that I have no direct knowledge of the sort one could present in court. All of my opinions are based on circumstantial evidence and hearsay twice removed, as it were.
But these same people seem not to have adopted this evidentiary stance when discussing the alleged corruptions and other evils of the Clintons. Why not? I don’t know.
Now, let me be clear. I hold the Clintons to the same standard to which I hold Trump. Do I think it is significant that Hillary Clinton gave richly compensated speeches to Wall Street firms? You bet. Do I believe she was in the tank, as they say, for Wall Street? Yup. Do I also think Trump is in the tank for Putin? I do, on the basis of roughly the same sort of public information. Do I hope that Trump is revealed to have been literally paid off by Putin? I certainly do. Is there a difference? I think so. The Clintons are, as it were, ideologically aligned with Wall Street. They were not simply bought off. Absent those fat honoraria, they still would have parroted Wall Street’s line. But Trump, I believe, has no ideological alignment at all. He really is just bought and paid for. Is one worse than the other? Not necessarily.
So maybe someone will explain to me why the difference. How come the exquisite jurisprudential nicety when talking about Trump and the easy rush to judgment when talking about Clinton?