Democrats Are Suddenly Very Concerned That The Election Is Being Rigged

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I'm old enough to remember last week, when Democrats were ridiculing the notion that supposedly neutral American institutions might possibly be using their power to influence the election.

But then James Comey disclosed on Friday that previously unaccounted for evidence in the Clinton email investigation warrants further examination, prompting cries of shock from Clinton supporters that the FBI director is trying to...influence the election?

Senator Harry Reid went so far as to warn Comey that his announcement might have violated the Hatch Act, a law which prohibits government officials from using their power to influence the election. Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings argued on CNN that Comey had essentially become a Republican puppet. Multiple pundits have called on Comey to resign in the past couple days, as did a top Democrat (Rep. Steve Cohen) on the House Judiciary Committee.

His reasoning:

“The fairness of our electoral system is like the fairness of a trial, and no justice official should act in such a way to potentially influence an election whether intended to or not.”

At least there's a bipartisan consensus now that public officials, in the Justice Department or elsewhere, may be using their power to influence elections, and should be held accountable whether intentional or not. It's not so far-fetched and paranoid anymore, is it?

Not exactly. It's only dismissed as conspiratorial paranoia when officials “act in such a way” that might benefit Democrats, such as when Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly met with President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac in the middle of his wife's criminal investigation. Harry Reid's response to that scandal?

“All I can say is Loretta Lynch is one of the most outstanding human beings I've ever known. Her ethics is above reproach.”

In contrast, here's what Reid said about Comey over the weekend:

“Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law...I led the fight to get you confirmed because I believed you to be a principled public servant. With the deepest regret, I now see that I was wrong.”

(By the way, just a few months ago, Harry Reid said that “no one can question” his “integrity” and “competence.”)

Is the Attorney General working out some sort of deal to free Hillary Clinton from any charges? Crazy for even thinking it! Is the FBI Director dropping news about Hillary Clinton to influence the outcome of the election? Unethical and improper, and he should resign even if its not true.

James Comey made a factual statement to Congress that the FBI found and is looking into more emails, determining that superfluously sharing information is more prudent than meticulously withholding it. Democrats, for obvious reasons, don't like this latest revelation - because any news that reminds voters that Hillary Clinton was (and still apparently is) the subject of an FBI investigation a week from the election is damaging to her chance of victory.

Call me skeptical, but when it comes to the sudden pearl-clutching we're seeing from the left, that's about as deep as this goes.