Only we can do that to our pledges

The really strange thing about the furor about Russian interference with our elections is what it implies about what the people freaking out about it.   Apparently, they believe that people can be manipulated to believe anything.   And yet the next time they themselves win, they’ll be full of fulsome bloviation about how the People Have Spoken, and This Is Democracy At Work, and other kinds of “divine molasses“.

Do they truly feel no contradiction between these two reactions?

I suspect they still privately think that people can be manipulated to believe anything, but merely now also think, “We’ve returned control of the manipulation of people’s beliefs to where it should be: in our pocket.”