Well, not really bottom lines. I don't want to get carried away here. But important lines, and distressingly, I find that blank looks sometimes happen when I bring them up.
Jonathan Gruber. Ben Rhodes. If you have forgotten who they are, this provides evidence for my point.
Update: Add this story about Rhodes's assistants, one day later.
As I have stated in the past, I completely get someone holding their nose and voting for a candidate they are unhappy with, or sticking with a party they feel is unworthy of their vote. Negative voting is a fine American tradition, and may be why we actually don't get violent in the streets after elections. We may hate the other guy, but we are not so sold on our own that we are willing to get violent about it. So anyone who tells me that they didn't like Hillary but there were just too many things about Trump that were beyond the pale, I have no quarrel with that. I just deleted two paragraphs of how I agree with that, because it is beside the point here.
But Jonathan Gruber (game), Ben Rhodes (set), plus the administration's followup falsehoods about their statements (match), provide me with reasons why my choice not to vote for Democrats is entirely defensible. Beyond that point, we can go only into the territory of "well, Trump is worse." These are huge, and should have dominated discussion for weeks after they came out. The fevered, paranoid accusations of conservatives turned out to be largely true. Once those have been absorbed, all discussions of Benghazi, or the IRS, or private servers and Obama's knowledge of them should have been brought back up and re-examined in that light. Once people have been caught in big lies, the slack we have previously cut them can be retrospectively withdrawn.
Yet they weren't. They vanished beneath the waves. Those scandals didn't have "legs," as they say.
I am pretty confident my guess about why they were denied, dismissed, under-reported and even UNreported is correct, and I'm not planning on changing it unless significant evidence shows me otherwise.
You may have similar incidents about the GOPe, or Trump, or Tea Party candidates or whatever, and I will not say you nay. I will never vote for them because... works for me. I would ask only that you make sure your signal events are solidly true, rather then impressions about hate crime increasing or quotes out-of-context or even false.