No Democrats, it wasn’t Russia: You did it to Yourself

No Democrats, it wasn’t Russia: You did it to Yourself, by Juan Cole, who is openly leftist.

The headlines scream, “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House” and “Obama orders review of Russian Hacking during Presidential campaign.”

I don’t doubt that the Russian Federation employs hackers and PR people to influence public opinion and even election outcomes in other countries. So does the United States of America. But I am skeptical that anything the Russians did caused Donald Trump to be president. …

Nor did any Russian hacking related to Wikileaks, if that is what happened, prove decisive. … (can anyone name even one newsworthy email?) …

Clinton’s own polling people found the big turning point was when she called Trump voters a “basket of deplorables.”

Americans don’t like being talked down to, and had already gotten rid of Romney for the same sin. The spectacle of Clinton taking hundreds of thousands of dollars to give a speech to the people who put them out of their homes in 2008-9 also turned many of them off so that they stayed home, while another section of them decided to take a chance on Trump.