As an octogenarian I have witnessed the political craziness that has arisen during a number of elections, especially as contests tightened in the waning days of a campaign. Although there have been shenanigans perpetrated by both Republican and Democratic parties, over the past 20 years or so the Democrats have developed a pattern of unsupported, last-minute fabrications about their opponents or issues that have gone beyond the pale in their efforts to win.

This pattern is exemplified by the words of former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” What he should have added is “and if you can’t find a crisis, create one.” A perfect example of this is a recent article in The Atlantic, a left-wing magazine owned by Laurene Powell Jobs who, according to the Conservative Freedom Network, “donated a substantial amount of money to Democratic presidential candidate