Fitzy wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:37 pm
I'm out of basketball analogies.
Oh! At a high school basketball game my high school lost when the scoreboard operator (at the other team's home), failed to start the time and the other team was able to get the winning shot off. I remember my dad, who was athletic director at the time, had to literally restrain the head coach(but that guy had the most amazingly volatile temper).
Was it the scoreboard operators fault? Sure, from a certain point of view. Had he not failed to press the button, time would have run out, we win! That ignores the two missed free throws the replacement player the coach sent in missed just seconds before. It ignores poor play by the core of the team. It ignores the coach's responsibility for failing to recognize when things went bad and make necessary changes. At the time, my dad tried to explain to me why the coach was wrong and it wasn't the operators fault, but my own anger and the fact that I liked the coach as a person kept me from understanding for years. It was simple logic, too much time, other team wins. Operators fault.
Now let's switch to a nerd analogy, that triggered due to my use of a Star War quote.
From a certain point of view. Darth Vader did not kill Anakin Skywalker from any point of view. Obi Wan needed the point of view to help assuage his guilt. I suspect deep down Obi Wan knew better. He knew he'd failed in his training and admits as much. Much like Clinton admits some fault, but has to reduce that fault by blaming others too.
For fans of Clinton (or haters of Trump) it makes sense to zero in on Comey. It's an easy single event to place the blame on, while reducing guilt associated with wondering if they backed the wrong candidate. If maybe they should have paid more attention, given more money, knocked on more doors, called more relatives, challenged people's views instead of backing away smug in the knowledge of that Clinton was going to win anyway.
Not that I'm blaming anyone here of that, I don't know your internal thought processes.
Ultimately, I see it as scapegoating. Obi Wan took considerable responsibility, but he needed to place some on Darth Vader in order to carry on with his mission. The coach dumped it on the operator because otherwise he'd have to look at his own behavior. I initially blamed Comey along with a lot of others.
I just can't keep seeing it that way. The blame falls on Clinton's choices. And even mine. I thought Clinton was going to win. I laughed at Trump. I didn't confront my relatives who were Trump supporters. I didn't knock on doors. I gave to smaller campaigns, thinking the national one was a cakewalk.
Finally, I suspect LordMortis is correct. At the moment, under the circumstances that existed, sure Comey influenced the election. He should never have been there and I can no longer place any blame on him. He did what he thought was best. It didn't cost her the election except by a very narrow definition of "cost".