The Straight Arrow and the Con

Tom McCarthy, writing for the London Guardian, thinks Trump won the messaging war over the Mueller investigation.

“For when the pursuit of justice took Mueller into unprecedented terrain – as the special counsel’s investigation came under sustained public attack by the president and the attorney general, William Barr – Mueller failed, his critics say, both to stand up for his investigation and to get the word out to the American people about what he had found.

“To my mind, this is a Shakespearean-level tragedy,” said Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor who was part of the team that convicted the Gambino family boss John Gotti. “It is the tragedy of the principled person, who is constrained by principle, being opposed by the completely unprincipled – Barr, and the president, and their lackeys.

“The principled are chained, and the unprincipled romp free. And in a debate over reality, the unprincipled will always win, because they will just lie, and they will make reality whatever they want it to be.”

Americans by and large don’t read long, dense, intellectually challenging material any more.

Did Mueller think people were going to read his report and reflect on it? Perhaps he did. In that, he was totally outfoxed by Trump’s bluster and active Twitter finger.

One of things I found out reading the report is that Mueller defined collusion as the presence of a formal agreement between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. No, there wasn’t that. But what were all those contacts about? Forty percent of the country doesn’t seem to care.

Who, or what, will finally take down Trump?

In the 1940’s and 1950’s, Robert Moses was a New York public official and the subject of Robert Caro’s book The Power Broker. Moses wielded an unusual degree of influence in New York city, and no one could take him on through any legitimate channels. He was eventually double-crossed by an even bigger shark, David Rockefeller — a political dynasty figure in his own right and head of Chase Manhattan Bank. The bad guy wasn’t undone through the democratic process or anything related to it, but by underhanded behavior by a man society deemed a figure of rectitude.

Bob Mueller didn’t want to be that in our time, more’s the pity. History awaits today’s version of the bigger shark.


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