The big political news this week was an "October surprise" by James Comey, the Director of the FBI. Comey revealed to select members of Congress as well as to the world in general, that the FBI had seized private computers belonging to former congressman and sleazeball Anthony Weiner, and Weiner's estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a top aid to Hillary Clinton. Comey further revealed that the computers apparently contained thousands of emails related to the FBI's previous investigation of Hillary's use of a private email server to handle classified State Department materials.
Hillary self-righteously called "foul" after Comey's very ill-timed announcement, and Donald Trump gloated in his own brilliance and shouted various forms of "I told you so!"
Yesterday the FBI, under Comey's leadership, released the FBI file on Bill Clinton's very controversial last-minute pardon of international commodities trader, Marc Rich. Apparently there is nothing new in the file and the release represents no more that meeting the demands of a public request for information through FOIA, but the timing is still suspect - leaving some to speculate that this sudden reminder of the controversial pardon is Comey's "November surprise."
Some wags are even going so far as to openly speculate that Director Comey is trying to influence the presidential election in much the same way as did the FBI's first director, J. Edgar Hoover.
President Hillary Clinton and her Justice Department will take care of Jim Comey in due course - you can bet the farm on that. And don't be too surprised if sometime during the early days of the third Clinton term the administration begins paying extra close attention to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London - for it is there where the real thorn in Hillary's side resides. Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks has been holed up in that embassy as a virtual prisoner for years now, and one suspects that he is in for at least four more years of captivity in that well-appointed political prison.
Assange and Wikileaks seem to be in possession of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committe purportedly by Russia. Those emails helped to bring down former DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, during the week of the Democratic National Convention last July, after showing a sustained pattern on the part of the Chair in providing institutional favoritism to Candidate Clinton over her rival, Senator Bernie Sanders.
This week Assange and his group released some emails showing that the current interim Chair of the DNC, Donna Brazile, was behaving in an actively prejudicial manner toward Clinton back during the primaries. Brazile, then Vice-Chair of the DNC, was also a contributor to CNN. She somehow got advance information on some of the questions which would be asked at the debate between Clinton and Sanders that CNN sponsored, and she forwarded those questions to the Clinton camp prior to the debate. Then, instead of being slapped down for trying to rig the debates, Brazile received a warm "thank-you" from the campaign.
Hillary Clinton had friends in high places, friends like two leaders of the Democratic National Committee, a group that was charged with being impartial until the convention. Her selection as the party's nominee was, to some extent at least, rigged.
Donna Brazile's meddling in the nominee selection process was the most important political story of the week, but it was buried under the shit storm that Comey and the FBI stirred up. Brazile needs to go the way of Wasserman-Schultz - and the sooner the better.
And Julian Assange needs to be thanked for showing the world how the rich, and powerful, and official actually operate. A Presidential Medal of Freedom ought to be in his future, but he is more likely to suffer a midnight visit from an angry drone.