Vladimir Putin thinks he can decide who is the next President of the United States.
(The Decider, from CBS News)
That's my takeaway from the release of the Democratic National Committee emails via Wikileaks (which is an affiliate of Russian intelligence, which hacked into the DNC servers). In the short term it's created chaos and friction in the Democratic ranks as their convention grows near, as well as forcing the resignation of the incredibly irritating DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
But this was really just a message, and it must have the Clinton camp quaking. It's long been suspected by American intelligence experts that the Russians have Hillary Clinton's emails as her result of her criminal negligence while Secretary of State. This email dump by the Russians must be heightening their anxiety that Putin really does have the Hillary emails and is preparing an October Surprise, in which they are released, including the deleted emails and the redacted portions of the emails publicly released by the State Department.
Just another day in the debacle of the 2016 elections. It's what you get when:
The Democrats nominate a felonious grifter who, faced with deciding whether, as a high-ranking government official privy to critical security information, to comply with the law and run the risk that the American public might one day see her emails or avoid complying and run the risk that America's enemy would see them, concludes "that's easy, I'll take our enemies any day over my fellow citizens!"
And the Republicans nominate an ignorant blowhard who appears entranced the Russian leader has said "nice things" about him, whose campaign manager worked for a Putin stooge in the Ukraine, and whose advisor on Russian policy is a Putin supporter who loves doing deals with Gazprom, the state-owned Russian gas company.
And this is only going to get worse as election day draws closer.