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THE BUZZ: Whataboutism stalks the nation's capital

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Saturday, July 15, 2017 12:01 am

Oh, Lord! Donald Trump Jr. asked to meet with a Russian attorney!

And he actually talked with her!

Believe it or not, he wanted dirt on Hillary Clinton!

This was collusion! Or maybe attempted collusion or collusive intent or something. Anyway, we're pretty sure it might be treason!

Oh, stop the presses and bring out the smelling salts, somebody in politics might have been playing dirty. This is hysterical. In more ways than one.

As Democrats got ever closer to the edge of insanity with their Russia obsession, Republicans suddenly discovered “Whataboutism” as an excuse for bad behavior on their side's part.

What about when James Comey found that Hillary Clinton had broken laws related to the handling of classified information, then attempted to conceal the evidence from investigators?

What about Hillary's foundation engaging in favor-trading with a number of hostile foreign governments, including Russian oligarchs?

What about leaked emails that showed the Clinton campaign working with Ukrainians to find information damaging to Trump?

No, no, no, insist the Democrats. That was then and this is now. You can't use somebody else's past bad behavior to justify your own shoddy actions today. That is an unacceptable “So's your old man” logic fault from way back.

But we're not pointing out your flaws to justify ours, say Republicans, but only to demonstrate your hypocrisy. It's OK when you do it but a sin when we do.

And on and on, while the American people shout in vain, “What about us? If it weren't for double standards, you clowns would have no standards at all.”

What about just working on our issues for a change?

Good luck with that.

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