"Just in case you were wondering: Yes, you are living a Don DeLillo novel," confirms Politico's Timothy Noah, reacting to Donald Trump's call for Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails (nearing 10,000 shares right now). And he wasn't the only one provoked by the news:
- "If this doesn't lull Philip Roth out of retirement, nothing will," similarly concludes Adam Chandler at The Atlantic.
- "At first, I was reading my Twitter and I thought I was hallucinating from lack of sleep, but no, I wasn't," reacts Politico's Julia Ioffe.
- "So guess it's OK now for Mexico to release its hack into DT's tax returns?" muses CNN's Bill Carter.
- "Does @realDonaldTrump have some vodka brand he's starting? Because he doesn't seem interested in brand U.S.A.," points out columnist Emil Guillermo.
- "Has anyone been bold enough yet to ask if Putin was vetted for VP?" WCPO's Amanda Seitz takes it a step farther.
- "Trump is clearly not a Manchurian candidate," tweets Jeremy Shapiro with the European Council on Foreign Relations, before following up with "Manchurian candidates pretend they're not working with foreign powers."
- At KPCC, Kyle Stokes quips, "Then they came for those with private email servers, and I said nothing, for I did not have a private email server…"
- But Virginia Postrel with Bloomberg View offers a cooler response: "Trump is awful & his Russia ties are worrisome but this is completely overwrought. It was a joke to make a point."
When asked about these comments by NBC's Katy Tur, Trump told her to be quiet. Better hope the Washington Post is wrong about the possibility that Russian hackers could target voting machines.
While we're on the topic of The Donald, though, it appears he may have confused Tim Kaine with Tom Kean, the former governor of New Jersey. In his defense, their names are annoyingly similar. He also took to Reddit earlier to join an AMA thread -- we're not sure if there's just something wrong with our wifi or not, but as of now, it looks like he's only answered two questions. Anyone see anything different?
But back to Day 3 of the DNC. Here are some things that became things:
- Publications that took the first nomination of a woman by a major party and still made it about men.
- News that the DNC and Clinton campaign operations started merging before Sanders dropped out.
- Julian Assange timing the WikiLeaks release of Democratic emails to harm Hillary Clinton the most, which brings us to our next point ...
- The DNC was warned last fall they were vulnerable to a hack, but they didn't listen.
- Michael Bloomberg saying, "Trump says he wants to run the nation like he runs his business? God help us."
- VP Biden asking, "How can there be pleasure in saying you're fired?"
- Also, malarkey is back!
- Gabrielle Gifford, who survived a gunshot to the head, tugging extra hard on our heartstrings by saying, "Speaking is difficult for me. But come January, I want to say these two words: Madam President."
- Dems loudly cheering 2008 nominee John McCain and 2012 nominee Mitt Romney. "This election is weird," concludes Amy Walter at Cook Political Report.
- Tim Kaine's eyebrow.
- Analysis of a pantsuit worn by a Clinton who isn't Hillary.
In other political news you should know, Ronald Reagan's would-be-but-fortunately-wasn't assassin John W. Hinckley, Jr. will be freed after 35 years of confinement. "I have no doubt there was a process to releasing John Hinckley but it seems a bad idea to let an assassin go free," admits Ray Hennessey, while the Secret Service agent shot by Hinckley commented, "They better be right about what they are doing."
One more item: Barack Obama reportedly chose Chicago's Jackson Park as the site for his presidential library, in case that's the sort of thing that intrigues you.