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Maureen Dowd made another boo-boo:

But by the end of his second term, he had lost the narrative about lifting up people, about buoying them on economic issues and soothing their jitters about globalization. They needed to know, what’s in it for them?

He pushed aside his loyal vice president, who was considered an unguided missile

Barack Obama didn’t understand the revolutionary mood in the public. He should have responded to it by strongly backing someone who could send a real anti-status quo message, like [checks notes] the incumbent vice president, whose two previous presidential runs were embarrassing trainwrecks, and whose relationship with the financial industry makes Hillary Clinton look like a disaffected anarcho-syndaclist.

Leaving aside the strange idea that Barack Obama controlled the Democratic nominating process, what does it tell you that Obama wasn’t enthusiastic about Biden running for president, although he had worked with him closely for 8 years and by all accounts liked him much more personally than Clinton?

and backed a woman who had no economic message

This is just bullshit.

and who almost used the slogan, “Because It’s Her Turn.”

Haha, what a wit! This is a lame cliche in any case, but it becomes farcical coming from somebody pining for fucking Joe Biden, round 3.

Then he put his own reputation for rectitude at risk by pre-emptively exonerating Hillary Clinton on the email issue, infuriating federal agents who were still investigating the case.

1)Obama’s comments were completely accurate and justified. 2)Does anyone think that Dowd could explain what the Clinton “email issue” even is? It’s just pure villager mad libs, as is particularly obvious when someone like Dowd throws it into the rote Clinton narrative gruel.

Speaking of which:

A federal study found signs that surveillance devices for intercepting cellphone calls and texts were operating near the White House and other sensitive locations in the Washington area last year.

A Department of Homeland Security program discovered evidence of the surveillance devices, called IMSI catchers, as part of federal testing last year, according to a letter from DHS to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on May 22. The letter didn’t specify what entity operated the devices and left open the possibility that there could be alternative explanations for the suspicious cellular signals collected by the federal testing program last year.

I'm sure Dowd, like every other pundit and reporter who pretended that compliance with information security best practices was the most important characteristic in a presidential candidate, will now be giving saturation coverage to Trump's unsecured iPhones.

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