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— Paul Bronks (@BoringEnormous) March 29, 2018
After all, he has a book to sell…
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 13, 2018
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) April 16, 2018
Ed Kilgore, at NYMag:
… The belief that Clinton couldn’t lose is the only way to make sense of what a lot of people said and did in October 2016. But most of them did not have as much power to derail her campaign as Comey.
Polls are usually blamed for the illusion of Clinton’s invulnerability. But for the most part, they weren’t that far off track, particularly if you recall that she won the popular vote by more than 2 percent, and prescient observers noted before the election that Trump was in striking distance based on the polls.…
Perhaps all the pollsters and prognosticators who guessed wrong about 2016 are complicit in fostering the overconfidence of the Clinton campaign, Democratic voters — and yes — even James Comey. Certainly the big national news organizations whose coverage decisions reflected an apparent belief that the victorious Clinton could safely be taken down a few pegs over the email “story” have a lot to answer for. But in the end it was probably the difficulty of envisioning a President Trump that fed the overconfidence about Clinton most of all. It couldn’t happen here, until it did. And Comey is just one of the players in the political game who must now regret their lack of imagination. His mistake, however, had far bigger consequences than most.
James Comey writes that partisans will misconstrue what the FBI does no matter what, but then he says he made decisions out of concern about what partisans would say about the FBI. This book is damning in ways he may not even realize.
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) April 15, 2018
Comey truly does not seem to get that his job was to go by the book and then be willing to absorb the heat from the partisans, not to conduct his own assessment of the political landscape and then try to transcend the partisans.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) April 15, 2018
Let it not be forgotten — Comey is *still* a Republican:
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) April 16, 2018
Look, just give us till 2020, okay? By then I personally, and the people I care about, will have had time to consolidate our gains and gotten out, after which we can sadly shake our heads over the destruction of ‘bipartisanship’ from our gated compounds.
If Comey's decision to release the letter on Oct. 28 was influenced by his interpretation of the polls, that really ought to cut against his image as an honorable, principled decision-maker. Instead, he was just being expedient and trying to save his own hide.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 13, 2018
I'm going to keep reminding you of this, until you pay attention to it.
Trump and Republicans repeatedly and extensively used Comey's July 2016 presser about Clinton as ammunition during the campaign, in RNC ads and even in Trump's stump speeches. https://t.co/RNTlewkJWO https://t.co/hHm45NpxuP
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) April 13, 2018
Meanwhile, blurb for the next printing…
I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty. I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies. His “memos” are self serving and FAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
I think the answer is this is where the rubber really hits the road on the FBI Director reading the polls—even more than the Oct. 28 letter. If Comey thought the Russians stood a chance of actually installing Trump, wouldn’t he have dealt with it more urgently?
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) April 16, 2018
There are a lot of reasons why Comey matters, politically, but one is that he might give people who largely share his identity and worldview a permission slip — if they needed another one — to vote in ways they haven’t in the past
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) April 16, 2018