Some thinking you might find useful. It might sound wild and remote, but we are in a wild and out of control year. ANYTHING can happen.
A treasure trove of e-mail and voicemail messages from the Democratic National Committee has been leaked. Here's what happened.
- The first installment of the leaked e-mails was released by Wikileaks at the start of the DNC convention. More leaks have and will follow.
- The contents of the leak show a brazen attempt by the DNC to help Hillary win the primary. It also shows Dem campaign staffers to have acted inappropriately and in a prejudiced manner.
- Based on forensic analysis of the leak, it appears that the Russian government is involved
The effects of the leak have been immediate and intense.
- The leak provided the confirmation to Sanders supporters that the primary was rigged against them. This has led to intense protests both within and outside the convention. This suggests that the Clinton campaign lost a large number of Bernie supporters forever.
- The media and the US government reaction to the leak has been aggressive. They claim that the release is a brazen attempt by Putin to influence the US election by helping Trump win. There have been attempts by the media to tie Trump to Putin but those lack evidence of any connection.
- Further, now that the Russian have interfered in our election, it's possible that they will do again. This could be done through more leaks or as Bruce Schneier has pointed out: a hack of poorly secured voting machines on election day.
Where could this end up? This is the interesting part. This election isn't a normal election. It is also a good demonstration of something the great scholar of warfare, Martin van Creveld said ~ if you fight barbarians long enough, you become a barbarian too.
- The Trumpification of the Establishment >> Trump isn't running a campaign, he's running an open source insurgency (see my earlier article on this) that makes him nearly immune to personal attack, and it is working. He has secured a whopping 7 points (47 to 40) lead over Clinton in a recent national poll by the LA Times/USC -- despite the fact that nearly EVERYONE in the media, academic, government, and political establishment is working against him. This loss of control has infuriated the establishment, leading to increasing levels of paranoia, hyperbole, and anger (particularly in the media). In short, the establishment is starting to act increasingly like Trump does -- exaggerating and amplifying everything.
- Intentional Electoral Disruption. The potential threat of Russian hacking (voting machines, etc.) fits the scenario I outlined in my freakishly popular US Civil War article from earlier this year. With the tension between the divisions in the country increasing rapidly as both sides amplify and exaggerate every event, any overt attempt to rig (through disruption or hacking) the outcome of the election could result in widespread violence and/or a national fracture.
The Administrative 'Coup'. Here's something that I didn't think possible until this week. The Trumpified establishment might have found an avenue for disqualifying Trump as President: Trump's rhetorical suggestion that Russian hackers should find Hillary's deleted e-mails. This has led many people in the establishment to contend that Trump committed 'treason and is now a clear and present danger to the security of the US.' This national security angle -- the overt interference by Russia in US governance -- could make it possible to block Trump as a candidate on national security grounds.