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October 18, 2017

Longtime Hillary Pollster Mark Penn: You Know, It's Not Really Credible That Russia Could, or Would Even Think It Could, Swing an Election In Which $2.5 Billion Was Spent With $100,000 in FaceBook Ads (Which Themselves Had Mixed Messages)

Salon's Hot 25 hardest hit.

In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal:

[C]onsider the scale of American presidential elections. Hillary Clinton’s total campaign budget, including associated committees, was $1.4 billion. Mr. Trump and his allies had about $1 billion. Even a full $100,000 of Russian ads would have erased just 0.025% of Hillary’s financial advantage. In the last week of the campaign alone, Mrs. Clinton’s super PAC dumped $6 million in ads into Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

I have 40 years of experience in politics, and this Russian ad buy, mostly after the election anyway, simply does not add up to a carefully targeted campaign to move voters.

But the Salon Hot 25 who worship Jake Tapper think this is a plausible reason why their constant attacks on conservatives who thought had just a chance to win were actually justified. A conspiracy theory created to salve their bloated but bruised egos.

It's always amusing when those who fulminate the hottest against conspiracy theories dabble in (or dive right into) them themselves.


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