Adam Schiff: Obama Made A “Very Serious Mistake” By Not Taking Action Against Russian Hacking [VIDEO]

The Hill reports:

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday the Obama administration made “a very serious mistake” for not taking action against Russia after learning of election meddling. “I think the administration needed to call out Russia earlier, needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier and that was a very serious mistake,” Schiff told host Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, reasoned that President Obama reacted slowly because he was “worried about being perceived of trying to tip the scales for Hillary Clinton” and that he didn’t want to feed then-Republican candidate Donald Trump’s narrative that the election was “rigged” against him.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Yes. But what matters is what we do NOW.

  • MaryJOGrady

    President Obama is not the messiah. I think it is okay to admit that he made mistakes.

    • Silver Badger

      Blasphemy!

    • -M-

      Yes. It was a catch-22 situation though since the Republicans cared about winning and not at all about defending the country.

    • GayOldLady

      Obama and some who served on his staff at the time have admitted this was a mistake. What we’re left with is the possibility that if this had been made public in a thoughtful way that it might have made a difference in the outcome of the election. We’ll never know for sure, but at the very least it would have decapitated the stories of Hillary running a child sex ring, and killing people in Haiti and killing a DNC employee who the fakes stories said leaked the DNC emails. It would have put those stories in the category they belong in, LIES!!!!

      • AC

        Really? The absurd premise of each of those stories was a stronger argument against them than having the Obama administration stating they were fake. I’m not saying I know what should/could have been done; I’m utterly lost. And utterly demoralized. I don’t think it would have made any difference at all. On the contrary, The motherfuckers would just have fucked fucked the “decapitation”

      • MaryJOGrady

        I agree, in the case of the voters within striking distance of rationality.
        In 1992, I remember tuning in to religious nut AM radio in Dallas. Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, had a talk show back then. Hillary was not even first lady yet, and he was already spewing the most vicious slander about her. The religious kooks hated her even more than they ever hated Bill, and they have real trouble remembering that “…Thou shalt not bear false witness…” thing.

    • JCF

      I’m thinking of the Native American proverb (or “poverb”, if you Dr Stabby) “Do not judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their moccasins”. None of us can know what it would be like to be Obama last year w THIS kind of completely unique, unforseeable situation. Responding to a terrorist attack, or act of war (w/ things blowing up)? That’s one thing. A worldwide multi-level cyber/media/criminal financial (inc probable blackmail)/multiply-compromised American agents—while playing out w/ the MADMAN that is Drumpf, and his paranoid conspiracist sycophants??? That is entirely NEW.

      We need Mueller to get to the ABSOLUTE BOTTOM—“Ground Zero”, if you will—of all this (pulling together info Obama never had), to give the next POST-DRUMPF President all the weapons to prevent it from ever happening again!

      • MaryJOGrady

        True. I hate to see the way President Obama is vilified.
        I want to see Mueller do the investigative job.

  • Happy_Housewife

    Note to Democrats: DO NOT LET THEM MAKE THIS ABOUT OBAMA!!! President Obama is out of office. Maybe he made a mistake (and maybe he didn’t), but this isn’t about him. It’s about the sociopath that is currently in the office.

    Conservatives are masters of projection and of making their supporters feel like victims (which is one of the reasons any discussion of “white privilege” is futile with them. They have been inoculated against seeing themselves as anything but put-upon) . Trump is playing this card now, but we need to focus on what got him into office. Obama may have been too timid, but Obama didn’t commit a crime. The GOP did.

    • another_steve

      I’m at a loss to explain why the Democrats are piling on Obama now. I can only think that it’s yet another example of how rudderless and nonstrategic the Democratic Party is today.

      The narrative should be, “We’re glad Donald Trump is finally admitting that the Russians tipped the scales in his direction. Now let’s find out what hand Trump and his associates had in that.”

      Sheesh.

      • Chucktech

        We’re not “piling on” on Obama, we’re saying we think his silence on this during the waning days of the campaign was a mistake.

        • another_steve

          As HH implies above, that’s just another squirrel to divert the media’s and the public’s attention away from the real story.

          The real crimes committed here.

          • FAEN

            I don’t think Dems are going to let go of the Russian meddling in our elections but we also have multiple issues we have to deal with.

          • GayOldLady

            Maybe, but it’s not a squirrel with any endurance. The truth is Obama should have laid it all out there for the American people to see. As POTUS he could declassify as much as he needed to demonstrate exactly how the Russians were working to elect Trump or to effect the outcome of the election. He could have had National Security people to speak on camera, before the Nation, to caution the public about the misinformation tactics being used by the Russians and sold to American’s via Breitbart, Facebook, Faux News and elements of the MSM. He dropped the ball, big time. If you read the story it looks as if Obama was totally intimidated by the GOP, specifically Mitch McConnell, not to release any information prior to the election. Although it wasn’t Obama’s intention, the decision to keep a lid on it served DJT well and likely elected him POTUS. As much good as Obama did over his 8 years, this was a major lapse in judgment and will negatively impact his legacy when the history of his 2 terms are written.

          • another_steve

            A bit harsh on Obama imo.

            Had he intervened like that, the criticism and attacks on Hillary would have been 24/7. “See how the Democrats are trying to get you to focus on other than the real issues, which are blah blah blah.”

            It would have been relentless. And because the Republicans are much better communicators than the Democrats, Trump’s support would have only grown as a result.

          • GayOldLady

            The attacks on Hillary were relentless, much of it fueled by fake news about her health, about her involvement in the murder of the DNC employee who was killed during a robbery, about her being involved in a child sex ring, about her being involved in a murder in Haiti, about her being involved in a selling uranium to Russia. About the Clinton Foundation Quid-Pro-Quo. And the list goes on an on and on all generated by Russian propaganda. All of this while being constantly pummeled over the goddam nothing burger email news story in the MSM. There would have been nothing inappropriate about Obama sending his DNI out to refute all of those stories and explain that they were generated and propagated by Russia in an effort to influence our election. As an American Citizen I believe I and every other citizen had a right to know where all the Facebook, Breitbart, FAUX News stories were coming from.

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          • Falconlights

            Well, yes. It really would have been a case of “damned if you do and damned if you don’t”.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          Thereby turning the conversation ever so slightly away from the real issue; Trump and Co’s collusion and back hand, illegal dealings throughout Bush’s and Obama’s tenure as President.

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        • Todd20036

          Some of us WANT to pile on Obama.

          Literally.

          Want in?

        • Buford

          I’m not sure Obama did anything wrong. All indications are that they were investigating and doing the right things behind the scenes, where it counts. They also apparently tried to engage Republicans on the issue so that they could raise the issue publicly in a bipartisan manner… to avoid the appearance of politicization during the election… but Mitch McConnell apparently refused to even meet to discuss it.

          Besides, the GOP was pretty clear that Obama was no longer president in 2016 since he was unable to appoint Scalia’s replacement… so their insistence now that he should have taken a harder line against Russia with 3 mos left in his term should be a non-starter.

          • Chucktech

            Oh, please. After 8 years of Republican intransigence and outrageous disrespect for Obama, especially from McConnell, he’s going to try and engage them on a scandal that’s helping the Republicans win? That would be the height of naivete.

          • Buford

            Are you suggesting that Obama, upon learning that a foreign leader personally directed an attack on our election processes, opted to not tell any Republicans and simply kept that to himself?

      • FAEN

        I don’t see it as piling on but more disappointment and confusion-It seems odd that they would let this go when so much was on the line. Was it because the GOP threatened to make it seem Obama was playing favorites or was there a combination of reasons? I’d really like to know and I don’t want this BS to happen again.

      • Gerry Fisher

        Yep. I think it’s OK for citizens to banter with some criticism about Obama. As for elected officials like Schiff, he really shouldn’t be creating a “squirrel!!!” event out of this. Your’e right. It’s about leadership or the lack thereof.

    • vorpal 😼

      I love Obama, and I don’t think fingers should be pointed at Obama for this.

      That being said, we need to reflect on what happened to prevent it from happening again.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Also, the idea that “Obama didn’t make all the right moves to counter” does not erase “Russia unleashed a massive attack on our election to tip the scales in Trump’s favor.”

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Note to Democrats: DO NOT MAKE THIS ABOUT OBAMA. Fuck Schiff, Pelosi, that hag Feinstein,… just watch them. Watch how they deftly shit the next and final election into the toilet.

    • GayOldLady

      Well, Obama isn’t POTUS so there’s no reason to make this about Obama, even though he should have gone public with this story because America deserved the truth. This story now should be about how Mitch McConnell and the GOP lobbied Obama to keep this secret. Who we should be focused on now is the GOP and their attempt to aid and abet Russia in corrupting our National Election. Russia will be back and the GOP needs to be held accountable.

      • Happy_Housewife

        The reason to make this about Obama is that it shifts the focus to the black guy, even if he had little to do with it. Ironically, Trump & Co is trying to say that Obama may have allowed the Russians to manipulate the election to elect Trump, which makes absolutely no sense, but they don’t deal in sense.

    • kaydenpat

      Thank you. Neither is this about Pelosi. We need to stop eating our own and focus on Trump and his GOP sycophants.

  • Ninja0980

    He did but sadly, what he did or didn’t do is in the past.
    What matters is what we do now.

  • Chucktech

    I love Obama but he was far from perfect. This is a glaring example of a serious, IMO, lapse.

    • Ninja0980

      This and the judicial branch, as well as the appointment of Comey.

      • Blake Jordan

        Pres. Obama did not appoint Comey, he was a hold over from the Bush Jr administration…

        • johncAtl

          Actually Obama did appoint him as Director in 2013. Comey did serve in the Justice Department during Bush’s administration, but he was not in the FBI.

      • -M-

        He made the mistake of assuming the Republicans had some degree of integrity & that the public would be able to hold them accountable for their actions.

  • It illustrates nicely the difference between Republicans and Democrats:

    Obama keeps quiet on the Russian hacking, so it doesn’t influence the elections.

    Trump publicly invites the Russians to hack the Democrats, in order to influence the elections.

    Call it Democracy versus Autocracy or simply Good versus Evil.

    Trump: It’s all Obama’s fault for not stopping me from being a Russian spy.

    • JCF

      Effing THIS!!!! As I said in an earlier thread, Drumpf’s like the Serial Killer who taunts “Stop me before I kill again!” [Only it’s “Stop me before I treasonously collude w/ Russia again!”]

  • chris james

    Sure, let’s talk about what Obama could have done last year while this year we have an administration that has done nothing about the issue except deny any collusion. This is another Trump propaganda moment.

    • AC

      Leave collusion out of it for now. It is still being investigated. There is no certainty yet.

      What is disgusting is that they denied for months that Russia was doing anything, and to this day are begrudging (at best) in admitting it; treasonous in their refusal to address it.

  • Once again we ask: If Trump is so furious at Obama for ‘allowing’ the Russian election meddling to occur under his watch, and did so little to retaliate, perhaps the current president can tell us why he has been entirely adamant about shutting down all investigations of Russian interference in the election and has not once chosen to be briefed on any of the intelligence communities findings.

    Instead, Trump has pushed to relieve the Russians from what little retaliatory action was taken against them by the Obama admin. You can’t have it both ways, Mr. Trump. Your complete lack of action and total unwillingness to pursue any sort of justice in this blatant attack on our western democratic principles speaks volumes about who you’ve been in bed with all along: Vladimir Putin.

  • Blake Jordan

    This angle helps no one…but Donnie, et. al.

    What is relevant now, is how involved Donnie, his team and the gop was in the Russian election interefnce…
    And why the current federal government is not doing anything to stop anymore Russian interference…

    • -M-

      And more immediately why the Republican regime is aiding Putin’s agenda to weaken the West generally and the U.S. especially.

  • TimCA

    If Obama had said anything publicly about this back last Fall would it have been believed, especially by our Republican leaning citizens?

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I think the GOP would have demanded a smoking gun. Also, they would have revved up their Obama dictator meme. And it’s been shown Trumpeteers don’t believe now even with tons of intelligence people saying straight out that Russia has been meddling. And don’t underestimate the bitchy nastiness of MItch McConnell.

      On the other hand, if you’re going to be shat on no matter what you do, I’d rather be shat on because I did something than not.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Damn it, why don’t Dems say “You’re in control now so why don’t you show how you can do this freaking investigation BETTER? As long as you don’t, you’re the one who suck, not us.”

    • Chucktech

      Because they don’t want to investigate this egregious breach AT ALL. Add their blisteringly stoopid sheep who bleat “Theirs no evadence of colusun!!1!!1” and they’d be just fine with doing absolutely nothing.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I’m talking more in terms of PR and the general public. They need to fight back harder against the GOP gaslighting.

  • DaddyRay

    Hindsight is 20/20

    • Treant

      Foresight for 2020.

      Unfortunately, the Republicans have little to no impetus to do anything about it. Russian influence will disproportionately favor the more damaging party–theirs.

      • DaddyRay

        Now that other countries has a blueprint, if Republicans do nothing then there is nothing to stop let’s say the Chinese from doing the same only for Democrats

        • Treant

          Since China benefited when we dumped the TPP, I can’t see that they’d be interested in a party that realizes we have to compete everywhere.

          Europe might do this for Democrats. Canada, certainly, and Mexico.

  • Mr. M

    Say what you will about Mitt Romney, but he said at the 2012 debate, Russia is a threat. Obamas response was “Its not the 1960s anymore!” – all the dems were laughing at him. He was right.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Unfortunately, now the GOP is actively working with Russia so he was only half right. His party is half the problem.

      • Mr. M

        Let’s be clear, and I’m certainly no Republican, but there is absolutely no evidence that “the GOP is actively working with Russia”.

        • Silver Badger

          VOTE GOP! Make Satan proud! Lucifer loves the GOP.

          • Mr. M

            Settle down.

          • Silver Badger

            No. Republicans are evil. Satan may be a myth. Evil is not.

          • Mr. M

            They say the same thing about Democrats. Calling people “evil” because you disagree with their politics is, in my opinion, detrimental to the countries stability.

          • Silver Badger

            Tell it to your mother when you bury her because she lost her health care. We are going to have to disagree on this one. Republicans are EVIL and should be dealt with accordingly. LIBERTY, EQUALITY, Fraternity!

          • -M-

            Name calling, which has been a mainstay of the so-called conservatives for a long time now, may not be conducive to respectful debate of issues or policies, which is of course why they used it so heavily, but it’s worth noting that names like evil, fascist, collectivist, criminal, etc are far more accurate & grounded when applied to the Republicans and conswervatives than when they were throwing them at ‘libruls’.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          Despite the intelligence community warning them and Jeff Sessions lying repeatedly about meeting with Russians, the GOP has zippo interest in really investigating it and has provided cover by trying to muddy the waters. Mitch knew something was up and threatened to fuck over Obama so I consider that active participation.

        • BobSF_94117

          You’ve got to be kidding. You’ve got GOP senators and congresscritters denying that Russia did anything. That is working with Russia. It is also working with Trump. Trump himself is trying to take away Russian sanctions.

          • -M-

            Yes. Whether, why, and how Trump or his campaign and supporters colluded with Putin’s assault on the election is actually less important in many ways (though more so in terms of totally delegitimizing the democratic political process) than the fact that the policies he and the Republicans are pushing aid and abet the agendas of Putin, ISIL and other enemies.

    • BobSF_94117

      We have puerile discussions in politics in this country. Obama did not disagree that Russia is a threat. He was taking advantage of Romney not mentioning AL-Qaeda. By 2012, Obama was already quite aware that Russia posed a threat.

    • -M-

      The difference is Obama’s attitude wasn’t one of capitulation to Putin like Trump and the GOP. He just said we don’t have to assume Russia is always the enemy, that if they would respect international norms and act in good faith the U.S. could work with them on matters where our interests aligned. Mitt was ‘right’ by accident.

  • thrunch

    Yes, in hindsight President Obama made a serious mistake in the handling of this. However, I can also see why – Hillary looked like she would win regardless and wanted to avoid the appearance of interference. BUT BECAUSE WE LOVED OBAMA AND WE STILL RECOGNIZE HIS ERRORS … it means we are not a cult and remain objective. As opposed to these crazed trumpeters who are becoming nothing less than a dictatorship-like cult (similar to Hugo Chavez’s or Stalin’s). With half the GOP willing to be vichy and simply go along for partisan reasons … it is a very dangerous time for our democracy.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Sure. Blame the one who is not selling out the country. Meanwhile the entire administration and many of the GOP are continue to carry out Putin’s mission. The house is on fire!! We can’t do nothing! If only we have a fire alarm installed. Boo hoo…..

  • safari

    Obama’s job was to preserve a peaceful transition of power to whoever that might be. I think he did a good job of it. Unfortunately, it was Donald who we transitioned to.

    • Chucktech

      Obama didn’t see a peaceful transition of power coming, he saw the Russians grabbing power and bestowing it on the Republicans.

    • BobSF_94117

      No, Obama’s job was to protect the United States and defend the Constitution. This emphasis on the peaceful transfer of power is nonsense. Going public and taking precautions — like paper ballots — might have done one thing to “disrupt” the election: it might have driven millions more voters to the polls.

      • safari

        You make a good point, but do keep in mind any intervention could have ignited quite a bit of violence and destroyed the electoral process.

        • BobSF_94117

          Why would taking precautions against hacking and vote manipulation have led to violence? The issue could have and should have been presented as what it was. The Russians are disrupting our election and we need to respond. There was no need for the President to even talk about their goals. And he should have found some GOP senators to back him, no matter what McConnell said.

    • FAEN

      But her emails 🙄!

  • Jerry Kott

    Damned if he does, Damned if he doesn’t. You can only imagine, since T45 was bracing for a loss and this would have fallen into T45’s lap. T45 thrives on chaos if you haven’t noticed.

    Doing what is safe and what is right are often far apart.

  • Silver Badger

    My only complaint against President Obama was that he didn’t bring the hammer down when he had the chance. Playing nice against Republicans is a total waste of time. I voted for him both times and would do so again. He was probably the best president since Roosevelt.

    • bambinoitaliano

      He over estimated his opponents patriotism and their dignity. They got none. I doubt he knew the extent of the treason being committed by the GOP. He thought the shit gibbon and his con job express can be contained.

      • Silver Badger

        Yep.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Their racism and sexism are so deep they are willing to surrender the country rather than stay loyal to their own motherland. Trade mark of traitors. A weakness Putin saw and seize upon.

      • FAEN

        I don’t know why he would. He dealt with them for 8 years and should have known better. I love Obama and wish he were still POTUS but he always had a blind spot thinking the GOP would put the country first. They didn’t when he was POTUS and they won’t now.

        • MichaelJ

          Amen, except to the part about loving Obama. That fact that he didn’t learn better after all the years was a major fault of his, and I have a certain amount of disrespect for him and other elected Democrat who don’t fight as aggressively as possible for what they say they believe in.

          Sure, his being President now would be far more preferable to Trump or any Republican, but that’s not saying much,

    • Daveed_WOW

      Lesson learned, I hope. Dems have to learn to play mean and rough. I hope they do. Screw over every Republican that you can as often as possible and with as much pain an suffering as you can inflict. They’ve got it coming.

  • bambinoitaliano

    They want guns. They shoot themselves in the foot and they blame the Dem. Now they are screaming to have more guns. Because having more guns will prevent shooting themselves in the foot. And the cycle of stupidity continues.

  • Andymac3

    From Washington Post, why Obama’s response was muted, because Mitch McConnell and GOP reps present argued against it.

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    • safari

      As if I needed another reason to dislike Mitch.

      • Waarki

        Whatever happened to 90 lbs of ‘Elaine’ cocaine?

    • Acronym Jim

      That is more proof that Obama was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. The Republicans tried to turn his whole Presidential term into a catch 22.

      • Chucktech

        If he’s damned either way, he should have spoken up.

        • GayOldLady

          Definitely. He should have erred on the side of truth and justice.

          • JCF

            That’s so easy to say NOW! Obama was looking at the same polls in September/October we were: Hillary had this thing. “If it ain’t broke…” yada yada.

      • Jerry Kott

        The same person who promised to make Obamas presidency a challenge from the beginning was there in the end to muddy the waters. The Repub have been acting like they are untouchable.

        • JCF

          “to make Obamas presidency a challenge”

          By “a challenge”, I trust you mean “an impossibility”.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Any action from him will tilt the election which at the time was in favor of Hillary to win. What he cant foresee is how deep the Russian hackers had exploited the election computer systems to alter the votes in favor of the shit gibbon. The biggest con job ever carry out in the history of the United States.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Aided and abetted by putins plutocrat pals here on our soil
          Make no mistake a plutocrat is a plutocrat is a plutocrat. They owe NO allegiance to any country. Their patriotism is to their money

        • AC

          What no one foresaw, was the monumental stupidity and/or craven natures of so many voters.

    • BearEyes

      looks like turtle was already in the loop with Russia

      • Bj Lincoln

        I think the Russians and Drumpf bought several GOP members as well as several key Electoral College Members.

    • GayOldLady

      There’s no doubt that McConnell was the driving force behind the voices who cautioned Obama not to tell the American people what the Russian were doing to interfere in our election. Still, the decision was Obama’s and that decision reinforces my long held belief that Obama worked too hard for consensus instead of going with his gut instinct. When they go low, we go high is a ridiculous mantra. It’s the equivalent of saying when they use a nuke we’ll use a .38 handgun. The Dems have long been guilty of trying to play patty cake with a den of vipers. Obama’s overarching fault, if that’s what you want to call it, is that he is really to decent of a person. Sometimes, particularly as POTUS, you have to be ruthless.

      • David Walker

        Like going after and killing Osama bin Laden.

        • GayOldLady

          I give him great credit for that, but there were a lot of Dems who thought he shouldn’t have done it. In fact I spent a lot of time defending Obama for going for the jugular on that call. Many Dems thought he shouldn’t have launched the strike in Pakistan. Or that he should have tried to capture instead of kill him. I believe Obama did exactly what he should have done. If I would have had proximity to Osama Bin Laden, I would have taken him out myself. I’m not a dove when it comes to National Security, although I didn’t support the Iraq War, nor the Gulf War or most of the senseless military actions of the last 50 years. Still, I think Obama is the kind of person who is always seeking bipartisan agreement. As if that’s even possible anymore in the USofA.

      • CottonBlimp

        Obama’s overarching fault, if that’s what you want to call it, is that he is really to decent of a person.

        No, Obama’s overarching fault, shared by the majority of people in the wealthy politically-connected bubble, is that he thinks better of the evil people with wealth and power than he does of us plebs. It’s not a mark of decency that he’s always been more willing to punch down than up.

    • David Walker

      As was sung in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”:
      “But there’s nothin’ dirty goin’ on.”

    • bzrd

      My hope is the investigation finds crimes committed by Mcweasel and he’s taken away in handcuffs with the rest of the republikunt horde

  • FAEN

    I have to agree. They should have done something IMHO.

  • Who would you rather be?

    A past President with a 60% approval rating, who reads books, listens to great music, is physically active, has a beautiful wife who lives with him, has two beautiful intelligent children, has served 2 full terms as President with majority popular vote in both elections, is admired around the world, has loads of friends to socialize with, will go down in history as one of the best Presidents in USA history!

    Or

    A current president with a 60% disapproval rating, who tweets like an immature teeny-bopper, has no friends, has a wife who refuses to live with him, has kids he rarely sees with several wives, is ridiculed every day in the media and around the world, receives no respect from other world leaders, has corruption attached to him with all dealings, refuses to release his tax returns, has a well documented history of ripping off American contractors, declared bankruptcy 6 times (including a Casino), ran a fraudulent University, has over 3,500 law suits attached to him, can’t tell the truth if he tried, etc.

    President Obama is a jewel compared to 45!

    Even George W. shines compared to 45, and he was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans and creating a crippling economy!

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    • Silver Badger

      A hunk of shit shines more than the asshole in chief. BRING BACK OBAMA!

    • bambinoitaliano

      A pile of shit in one hand and a chocolate chip cookie on the other. That’s the contrast.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Republican voters chose the person in the mirror. You just described stupid white men. (At least in their fantasy lives.) These are my people. They’d all screw over as many people as they could if they had the money to do so. They’d all ignore their wives and their kids if they could. The only part of the fantasy they are living now is blaming somebody else for their own hostility.

  • Kirk Linn

    Who said he did nothing? Adam Shiff? Who is this tool?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Schiff is a Democratic Rep who is the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee. He is correct that the Obama WH could have, and probably should have, done much more to counter Russian interference in the election.

      • Karl Dubhe

        Although had he done so, the Right Wing Scream Machine would have gone totally apoplectic. Well, more apoplectic than usual.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          True, but that’s just their normal average day ever since 2008.

          • Karl Dubhe

            There’s been a version of that machine running since the 1640s.

            Long before either of our nations came to be. 🙂

  • worstcultever

    The pukes have so thoroughly worked the refs (via their media scream machine) that Obama taking action on Russia would somehow be fatally partisan, while McConnell quashing any action on Russia and threatening Obama is somehow not partisan at all.

    • Silver Badger

      McConnell is a bigger traitor to America than the Asshole in Chief. There will be just retribution.

      • JCF

        Certainly McConnell had more “malice aforethought” (because I don’t believe Drumpf is truly capable of “thought”).

    • GayOldLady

      The real dirt should be thrown at Mitch McConnell and his GOP cohorts in crime.

  • safari

    Right now, in Virginia I believe, Donald is golfing. I wonder what he’s thinking.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    “Did Obama fail in his duty to this nation?”

    Fuck you, Dana Bash. What a ridiculously grandiose way to pose that question. I thought Rep. Schiff handled that assholey question deftly, admitting there had been a mistake, but immediately pivoting to Trump. His characterizing Trump’s criticism of Obama’s handling of the hacking as, “Someone receiving stolen property while blaming the police for not stopping the theft” is just perfect.

    • Silver Badger

      ^^YES!^^

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I would’t even call it a mistake. More of an under-sized response to the Russian activities.

    • bambinoitaliano

      The way this kind of speculation sounds like throwing in the towel and just place the blame on someone. If this submission of surrender and defeat tone does not horrify the nation, there is zero hope the US as a country can ever recover. Those of you with Peter Thiel wealth ought to start jumping off the sinking nation.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      That was not deft. He was considering his own, coming election, not the truth.

    • Tomcat

      The same question could be asked of Trump and the unanimous answer would be YES he DID and still DOES.

    • Joe in PA
  • Gerry Fisher

    …and he was also concerned that an aggressive response from him would elicit an aggressive attack on the voting machines by the Russians. This WaPo article is long but very much worth your time. (Full of interesting tidbits. One is that Comey wouldn’t sign off on a letter from the intelligence community in early fall whose purpose was to provide a public statement about Russian interference, because he said it was too close to the election. Didn’t stop him from releasing that damaging letter to Congress 10 days before the election, though. He really, *really* had a bug up his butt about Hillary, didn’t he?) https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/national-security/obama-putin-election-hacking/?utm_term=.d8536f1e9c71

    • Max_1

      Comey holds the answer… Why did he fall for the fake intel from Russia about Hillary and NOT the real intel from US about Russia???

      • Tomcat

        Because his ambitions tilt to the right.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    If (hopefully not but you know) Trump finishes his first term, do you think the GOP will run him again or will say “Here’s some $$$, go the fuck away.”

    • Republicans are intensely loyal to their Presidents, Nixon being an exception. Sitting Republican Presidents have not been dumped by their own party in modern times, You would have to go back to William Howard Taft’s 1912 campaign for the last time a sitting Republican President was seriously challenged for renomination — Taft was challenged by Teddy Roosevelt’s progressives who thought he betrayed them and became too allied with corrupt big business trusts during his administration. Roosevelt would walk out of the Republican convention and form the progressive Bull Moose Party, ensuring that Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson would be elected President.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    About this, Business Insider did a really great article yesterday summarizing all the Russian interference in the election, citing the mounting evidence, and breaking it down into four broad categories.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/evidence-russia-meddled-in-us-election-2017-6

  • Daveed_WOW

    I think Obama was correct that this would have been used against Hillary.

    • Tomcat

      EVERYTHING is used against Hillary. It is media policy.

    • JT

      The wingnuts had already been going on for years with their insane fantasies that Obama was not going to leave office, so it would definitely have kicked up an uproar which would have been seized upon by Drumpf. Still …

  • JWC

    I think it was a mistake especiaslly in hindsight One has to wonder tho how much would have changed in the next4-5 months I believe the plan was fully operational

  • unclemike

    Hindsight is 20/20

  • Max_1

    Still doesn’t explain why Trump wants to reward Russia…

    • Tomcat

      For ALL their help.

      • Max_1

        AIding and abetting…

    • -M-

      Take your pick: Bribes. Blackmail. Useful idiot.

      • Max_1

        I’m beyond playing the cynic… We need to be calling out the crime and following it up with: SO DO YOUR JOB!

        I’m going w/ D) Greedy Megalomaniac

  • Tomcat

    Get use to it people, EVERYTHING ends up being the fault of Democrats once the media starts stumbling all over themselves trying to improve ratings.

  • Max_1

    Dear Mr Schiff,
    Trump has been in Office for 160 days… In that 160 days he’s been briefed on what Russia has done. What has Trump done besides denial? What has he done besides give back the embassy vacation spots? Do your job Mr. Schiff…

  • JT

    Adam Schiff: Obama Made A “Very Serious Mistake” By Not Taking Action Against Russian Hacking

    Drumpf invited the Russians to interfere with the election for him. That’s treason! Get off you ass and say something about that, you idiot.

  • Tomcat

    America says: Trump is committing treason by Not Taking Action Against Russian Hacking.

  • OdieDenCO

    hindsight can be 20/20 but it can also be myopic in the extreme. live in the now and plan for the future. pointing fingers at the past proves nothing and changes nothing.

    what are you doing now to fix the problem?

    • Tomcat

      I for one am trying to convince Democrats that it is a BIG mistake to
      dis-include MODERATE Democrats. Trying to take the party further to the left is going to lose even more elections. I know that is not appreciated by those that believe the party should be strictly progressive with no middle ground. We cannot win every battle, so we need to unite and pick our battles or splinter the party even more.

    • JWC

      At this point the DNC seem to be involved in advanced thumb twidelling

  • JWC

    Just because Oama did not react that is not Trump’s excuse When has he ever followed Obamas lead Hell no if its Obama kill it

  • joe ho

    Unforgivable mistake by Obama.

    Horrible irony that his lack of courage here will result in the erasure of almost all of his achievements as president. It will also seriously set back all of the progressive causes he cares about for a generation.

    The federal judiciary will now be packed with far right wing justices who will rule for the religious right and for corporations. Even if the Dems manage to retake power, the courts will now strike down any progressive legislation as unconstitutional. Kiss any dreams of single-payer health care goodbye.

    November 8, 2016 was a pivotal moment in American history which will have negative effects for at least a generation. Minorities like the LGBT community are screwed.

    But that’s what comes from an undisciplined party such as the Democrats. If people’s feelings are hurt or they feel they’ve been slighted they storm off and, worse, sabotage their own tribe.

    Don’t forget that it was only 70,000 votes spread over WI, MI, and PA that brought this catastrophe about. How many liberals there stayed home or voted third party simply because they felt slighted?

    • Tiger Quinn

      Unforgiveable? Bye, troll, blocked.

  • stevenj

    Intelligence brought Obama the news in a sealed envelope. I have a feeling there is much much more going on here than just an election hijacking.

  • MichaelJ

    What the Trump administration is going to do about Russian interference and whether Republicans in Congress are going to enable him to do nothing and the most important issues right now. But I don’t think Obama and other Democrats should be let off the hook for what they failed to do when they had the chance.

    After all his years of dealing with Republicans’ intractable obstruction and disrespect, Obama should have known better. Blaming McConnell for putting pressure on Obama to do what is in the interest of his party and right-wing agenda is like blaming an untamed animal attaching its prey–that’s what untamed animals do and that’s what McConnell does. Obama is responsible for what he decided to do and not do.

    And blaming the right-wing media and wingnuts for the choice Obama made is bullshit. The right-wing is in attack mode no matter what Democrats or anyone not on the right do. Yes, they have a lot of power, but it doesn’t do any good to be afraid of confronting that power. Democrats would be in a better position today if they let the public know that Russia was interfering..

    I’ve never been a fan of either Clinton, but HRC has every right to be mad as hell at Obama and so do we.

  • kaydenpat

    Secretary Clinton plainly called Trump “Putin’s Puppet” and it made no difference.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Mr. Schiff, it was ALL spelled out for the American people and they did not care.

  • Nax

    Woulda Coulda Shoulda … now what?

    • Also “nice guys finish last”. Democrats need to remember this, and “it’s like Deja vu all over again!” when it comes to Yogi Berra-isms and party politics in the USA.

  • I think a critical mistake was made the week before the election when Comey announced that the email investigation against Hillary Clinton was “reopened” (or whatever phrasing he used) because of some newly found emails on Huma Abedin’s laptop (or whatever the story was). It turned out to not be an issue, and Comey’s damage had been done. It easily influenced the outcome in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania – as research confirmed. Someone should have also brought up the issue of the Russian investigation then “to balance out the playing field” at the same time. I also think Comey was being disingenuous at the time, and released this information to hurt Hillary’s campaign. I do not trust Comey, and think he is trying to cover his ass because he realizes that the mess we are now in with Russia is due in large part to his poor judgement. He is no hero. It is ironic that Trump’s Presidency may very well terminate because of his firing at an inappropriate time.

    • JT

      One report claimed that the Comey announcement came because he expected Clinton to win and he did not want to face criticism from Rethugs afterwards that he hadn’t really done an investigation.

  • netxtown

    Jesus Kriste. What a dumbass! Why doesn’t he just go ahead and write the negative ads for the GOP for the next election! And while he’s at it – go ahead and write the media narrative on how fucking wonderful donnie is going to be for us fools who think Schiffty-Shit should have kept his trap shut.

    We don’t need the GOP to pull the rug out from under us – we got DEMS who do it on a whim – and daily to boot!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Well, this is interesting. It would appear that a Democrat is doing everything he can to help the GOP in 2018 and 2020 by blaming Obama for something 45 actually did. Way to go Dems and liberals, still finding new and exciting ways to fuck yourselves silly while not at all going after the real problem. This is why you lost 2016 and, sadly, it appears nothing’s change. Infighting is fun, isn’t it? Not for those who will lose more and more because of it. Smarten up, get a fucking grip on reality and stop being such puritanical fuckwads. Either collectively learn to deal with the real world or forever remain a bunch of balkanized crybabies who can’t get along. Seriously. W…T…F!

  • sword

    Democrats never want to upset anyone. KKKlanners have feelings too…you know!

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • bzrd

      Thanks for posting this, Rebecca
      I hope Mcweasal is handcuffed and we see the perp walk that takes him to jail for a very long time

  • andrew

    I think that Schiff’s analysis is correct. I would not be surprised if President Obama agrees with it.

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  • JCF

    Obama was in an IMPOSSIBLE situation—something I wish 20/20 hindsighters would recognize [Completely ignoring Big Orange Brother’s “Fake, It Didn’t Happen”/”How Could You Let It Happen {Despite Me Screaming Accusations of You ‘Rigging the Election’ the Entire Time}?” HYPOCRISY]

  • jeremyrain98

    When Sally Yates got fired because she refused to defense Trump’s Muslim Ban and she was asked during her testimony about why she “didn’t do her job” as an active AG, she said she has the duty to protect the America’s Constitution. That’s the distinction between “doing your job” vs. “doing what is right”. I’m sorry but I have to agree with Schiff here: Obama DID make the mistake of not doing more drastic measure to prevent the Russian interference on our election. He may have his reason for not getting involve with the election. But this is not about the GOP vs. Democrats anymore. The reality is: there is a hostile, aggressive operation to hack an election and one party was willing to overlook it in order to win back the WH and Capitol Hill. If that’s not the attack on the Constitution, then I don’t know what else is. The hesitation of Obama’s Administration to go beyond the “smear tactic” of McConnell in order to preserve the democracy process of the nation is a failure. After 8 years of being obstructed by these people, has he learnt anything: if he be damned by the GOP for no matter what he does, then why should he care about what these people think about him. Have a conviction and protect what is right for the country.