James B. Comey, the former FBI director and a registered Republican who is largely in his adult life, is trying out a new role: Armchair Strategist for the Democratic Party
Days after Comey urged voters to turn the country blue in the midterm elections this fall and participated on Twitter on Sunday to warn Democrats not to move too far to the left. His message was an obvious response to the growing group of Democratic candidates who defined themselves as "democratic socialists," a label that seeks to distance themselves from the authoritarian forms of government that link many Americans to socialism.
"Democrats, please, please do not lose your mind and rush to the socialist left," tweeted Comey. "This President and his Republican Party are counting on you to do just that – America's great middle wants a sensible, balanced, ethical leadership."
His advice was quickly criticized by Democrats who accused Comey of tipping Trump off balance. They accuse the former FBI chief of applying different standards of public disclosure of information when investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server and investigating Russian interference in the election.
"The last time you ran politics in a fiasco of historic proportions," wrote Ronald Klain, former Chief of Staff of Vice President Joe Biden and Vice President Al Gore. Tommy Vietor, former National Security Council spokesman for President Obama, said, "We've covered that, nobody is asking for your advice, as we've seen during the campaign, your judgment is not great! All the best, everyone."
Mit Comey's tweet he delved into a debating debate over the identity of the Democratic Party, as long-held assumptions about health care and border controls, including hot topics, come into question. Not just Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old former organizer of Senator Bernie Sanders, who recently ousted a New York Democratic strategist, but candidates from Nebraska to Pennsylvania, Idaho to Oregon, have support in remote reservoirs. Zak Ringelstein, a Maine Senate Democratic candidate, became the first Senate candidate to call himself a Democratic Socialist at the weekend.
This phenomenon has troubled those who see themselves as guardians of the political center.  Comey appealed to the proposal recently offered by Joseph I. Lieberman, a former Democrat and Vice Presidential candidate, in a popular editorial in the Wall Street Journal. Lieberman, who is now an independent, called on voters in New York's 14th congressional district to contest the results of the Democratic primary and to vote for Joe Crowley in the series of working-class families. (Crowley, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, has accepted the defeat and is not fighting anymore.) Lieberman said Democrats will only be successful this fall with "reasonable mainstream candidates." Many are inspired by a defector of the party direction.
But Comey may have been an even less welcome messenger, given his controversial role in the 2016 elections. The users found a colorful language to describe their disinterest in Comeys political views and his personal aversion to him.
Some questioned his use of the term "socialist left" as a concept of derision.
Mostly they found a new opportunity to complain about Comey's role in the 2016 elections.
Hillary Clinton herself has stated that she would have "won only for Jim Comey's letter on Oct. 10. 28," Referring to the letter that addresses Comey 11 days before the election to Congress, the FBI further e -Mails on the Clinton case investigated. Trump fired Comey in the spring of 2017 and said the FBI chief, who was conducting an investigation into Russia's involvement in the election, mistreated the email case. The president has since called Comey an "unlikely slime ball" in response to the crushing characterization of the Trump presidency in Comey's memoir.
In addition to his 304-page report, Comey has vented his frustrations on Twitter over American politics. He kept his identity secret on the social media platform and published photos of nature and other misplaced messages under the name of Reinhold Niebuhr, the Protestant theologian and political philosopher on whom Comey wrote his graduation thesis as a student at William & Mary. But the former FBI director withdrew the curtain last fall. At first, he devoted himself mainly to piety and pop philosophy, shared quotes from the Bible and from personalities such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Winston Churchill.
He joined the political ring late last year, defending his former colleagues at the FBI and sometimes directing his messages directly at the president.
Comey has read everything out of the meaning of the facts – "Dangerous time, when our country is led by those who lie about everything", he. Www.germnews.de/archive/gn/1998/02/30.html. html Before the spectacle of the last summit in Helsinki, he warned: "This was the day an American president stood next to a murderous liar on foreign soil and refused to defend his own country," he wrote. He stoked rumors of potential political ambitions when he took a picture of himself missing an Iowa field. "It's great to see new growth in Iowa and across the country," he wrote.
And occasionally he still tweets photos of nature and takes a break from politics in February to make a recording of the Potomac.