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Am I the only one who senses something downright Maoist in Mueller’s innovative “not exonerated” standard? Can one be indicted for non-exoneration? Whatever happened to guilty/not guilty? Or prosecutable/not prosecutable?
I guess that’s what Joe Biden would dismiss as “white man’s jurisprudence.” “Too binary,” as the kids would say.
I can hear Mueller’s defenders read directly from his hagiography: “But he’s a Republican!” Spare me. At the highest echelons of Washington’s political class, the difference between Republican and Democrat is about as meaningful as the Yankees’ pinstripes and road grays: the entire dugout is still on the same team. (That is to say: lawyers.) Mueller’s well-practiced mien of excruciating probity notwithstanding, his impeach-signaling to Democrats is about as subtle as when my tax guy kicks me in the shin beneath the table when I go on too long in answering questions from the IRS.
Speaking of the IRS, it’s increasingly clear that the FBI is just another federal agency dominated by careerists. It’s fitting that its reputation describes an arc parallel to that of the man who once led it, as well as that of his successor, James Comey.
In the public imagination, the FBI was one of those rarest of federal agencies, sort of like the Veterans Administration – before the veil was removed from it. No more. No longer is the FBI perceived as populated in the main by apolitical Joe Fridays who are interested only in the facts, wherever they may lead.
Frankly, its tattered reputation is a happy development and one that is long overdue – just ask Martin Luther King.
I know, I know: spying is such an ugly word. I’d love to see Representative Adam Schiff similarly condescend to an audience of African Americans regarding the FBI’s behavior toward Dr. King. It’s no coincidence that Schiff – the face of the National Security Left – also possesses the most punchable face in Washington. Which is really saying something.
The unraveling of the Collusion Hoax has had its predictable effects on the Democratic primary, most amusingly the accelerated pace that noted failure and presidential hopeful Beto Don’t-Call-Me-Francis O’Rourke waffles on the impeachment issue. You know somebody has a problem flip-flopping on an issue that even Joe Biden has remained consistent on. But then again, is it really a flip-flop if Beto ends up where he started? Better kiss the wife, hug the kids, and hit the lonely highway in search of an answer…
But I should give Beto a break. About the only good news for his campaign of late is that he still has a stranglehold on the coveted Lilith Fair vote.
But what about the man in the middle of it all? I refer, of course, to President Trump, who clearly relishes his exoneration, standing there like Robert Conrad with an EverReady battery on his shoulder, daring Nancy Pelosi to knock the battery off: “Go ahead – I dare ya.”
Pelosi, for her part, is trapped between a rock and a hard place: to impeach Trump or to not impeach Trump. That is the question.
What will she do? What should she do? Answer: impeach Trump in effigy and hope that it’s enough to appease her party’s wild-eyed base.