Sunday, October 30, 2016

KD vs. WB

In the comment thread, WB writes:

... in his latest piece he basically writes that he and we know nothing and will not get to know the truth, just as I told you above.

This after pretending in his previous two pieces that he actually knows something.

I don't agree with his second sentence, and I quote from all three pieces:

Kevin Drum Number One:

In other words, nobody has even looked at these emails yet. The FBI has to get a court order first. So: are these emails that have already been turned over? Maybe. Are they routine emails about schedules and so forth? Maybe. Nobody, including the FBI, has the slightest idea.

Kevin Drum Number Two:

We have a bunch of emails from Huma Abedin to other people. The FBI has not read them yet and has no idea what they're about.

Kevin also quotes an LA Times story which attributes to an unidentified official:

Investigators came across the emails while investigating whether Weiner violated federal law when exchanging sexually explicit texts with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, one official said....The emails were not to or from Clinton, and contained information that appeared to be more of what agents had already uncovered, the official said, but in an abundance of caution, they felt they needed to further scrutinize them.

KD Number Three:

Have you heard? There are some emails. They are pertinent to something or other. But nobody has actually read them, so, actually, maybe they aren't.

They are from Hillary Clinton to Huma Abedin. No, wait, they aren't. Or maybe they are. No they're not.

They are duplicates of emails we've already seen. No they aren't. But maybe some of them are. Or most of them.

So do these really show that Kevin is a "pompous fool" as at least a couple of my readers seem to believe? I don't think so. Yes, he is partisan and sarcastic, but it looks to me like he is both careful and consistent in identifying both what is known and speculated (see KD's last two sentences.

Now in the pompous fools department, how about that guy proclaiming on TV and rallies everywhere that "this is bigger than Watergate?"