From the beginning of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling, there has been a wide gap between the expectations of President Trump’s critics and the scope of Mueller’s probe. He was never charged with taking down a President and thus far nothing he’s uncovered has come close to doing that, but that’s the only acceptable outcome in the minds of most Democrats.
There are two dynamics in play from the left that drive their hopes regarding the Mueller investigation. Both seem similar but the separation between them becomes more apparent upon closer examination. The first dynamic is their hope that the election itself was rigged. They want to feel vindicated for never accepting the President even after the final votes were counted. They were sure Hillary Clinton had actually won the election even when it was clear that she had lost and Mueller’s probe represents a potential for them to scream about the election being stolen from them.
The second dynamic surrounds ongoing collusion. They believe the President and his campaign worked with the Russians and/or Wikileaks, but more importantly they believe the President is currently “owned” by the Russians. They cite unsubstantiated reports and fictional dossiers to demonstrate their righteousness in an ongoing fight against the corruption of the White House from within and by outside forces. It’s the justification they seek for remaining incessantly unhinged.
In short, they want Mueller to prove to the world they were right to object initially and they were right to perpetually oppose everything and anything attached to President Trump.
This is the part of the story where I must point out my own opposition to the President. Unlike leftists, I don’t go with the standard NPC ideology of “Orange man bad.” I am critical of the President’s tone and how he presents himself in his role. I object to his support for criminal justice reform, ban on bump stocks, use of tariffs, and failures regarding the budget, Planned Parenthood, and Obamacare. But I support most of his other policies, including border security, tax cuts, and bureaucracy cuts. My opposition or support is based on the individual actions he takes, words that he speaks, and policies he endorses. Some may say I’m playing in the middle, but that’s far from the case. I am playing on the side of conservatism and limited-government federalism. When he’s right, he’s right. When he’s wrong, he’s wrong.
It’s important to understand how I see the President to lend credit to what I’m about to say:
The Mueller report is going to disappoint leftists greatly, but they’ll still try to spin it as a win regardless of what it says.
Very few revelations from Mueller’s investigation have entered the realm of conspiracy or collusion. His team has uncovered wrongdoings by multiple people for a variety of reasons, but so far nothing has even resembled the smoking gun the left has sought that ties the President directly or indirectly to efforts by the Russians to influence the results of the 2016 election.
It is all but certain that Russia tried to influence the election itself. That part is not in question. We can draw certain conclusions from this and wonder if it had any actual impact on the results, but the real question we all should be asking is why they did it. Do they have “dirt” on Trump, as many have speculated? Did they feel Clinton’s history of intervention was not preferable to President Trump’s campaign policies of limited engagement outside of America’s direct interests? Were they playing the chaos factor as they have been shown to be doing now?
This last one seems to be the most likely scenario. While leftists want to say the Russians helped get President Trump elected while his supporters say the Russians weren’t involved at all, the most compelling theory is that Russia has been trying to seed discontent in any way possible regardless of the political ramifications. In other words, they didn’t care who won as long as Americans were as polarized as possible.
As they said in their little song on SNL, if the report doesn’t say what they WANT it to say, they don’t even want to hear it. For, if they hear that there WAS no collusion or illegal activity they might be conflicted about continuing to believe the lies they love to believe.
That would be the most likely scenario since, thanks to Democrats, that is what is was resoundingly successful at doing.
Oh, that is absolutely guaranteed. When the report shows what we all knew two years ago, the left won’t be satisfied with admitting they’ve been wrong all along and suffer the crescendo of “I told you so’s” happily. They will, as they have been, count and count again the number of indictments (half of which went to people Mueller is not really interested in ever seeing in court) and the “guilty pleas”, all extorted by a mistaken date or misremembered incident. In the end, a pornographic waste of taxpayer money.
If you enjoy, as I do, seeing all the liberal excitement upon each subsequent “bombshell” (more than were dropped over all of Europe and Japan during World War II) that is going to be the one that finally runs Trump out of office, only to watch it mysteriously disappear in a cloud of obscured “corrections” or simply fading away, you will enjoy the report. Yet, they never get the fact that they are being played for fools.
The worst part for the Dimocrats is that the investigation was supposed to be about how the Trump campaign won over Hillary, but so far, all they have found are related to events that occurred ‘after’ the election. No event concerning the election itself has had any crimes found about it. In fact, most of the collusion with Russia was found to be between Dimocrats and Russians, no Trumpites found. The Dims are not going to give up because they are convinced the Americans can not vote Dimocratic. What an awful realization for them.
@Redteam: Can’t vote Democratic?—2018 Dems 54% Repubs 46%–RECORD TURNOUT
Four days now—not a single FA’ER positive comment about GHWB
plus your negative comment RT
That’s it?? Did I miss something? What does that say?
Mueller report—we’ll soon know
How bout The Irish 12-0 ? Got them upsetting Clemson 27-24
Even bigger upset Oklahoma 38-34 over Alabama.
@Richard Wheeler: You should go on the NYT Facebook page and see what some of your fellow liberals are saying about 41.
@Deplorable Me: YEAH THEY’RE LIBS–Can’t you people find ANYTHING good to say about him—you got no problem praising Trump–why is that?
@Richard Wheeler: What makes you think none of us have said anything good about him? Do we need to run it by you first? Why does the left have to turn EVERYTHING in the world into a pitifully jealous Trump-hate-a-thon? Like McCain, the left hated HW and eviscerated him everywhere and as much as they possibly could. When he dies, they all pretend they have some dignity and humanity. If YOU actually cared, you would renounce your entire party for the trash they make it a point to prove they are day in and day out.
@Richard Wheeler: He told the truth one time,there isnt that nice? “George Herbert Walker Bush: ‘Sarah, if the American people ever find out what we have done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us.’ That is a famous 1992 quote by George Herbert Walker Bush to Sarah McLendon, a Texas journalist who Bush had known for years and who was the grand dame of the White House press corps at the time.
So do you think the Mueller report will get to the subject of Russia, will you or drag this tread into a rabbit hole ?
DEP Seriously–not a single positive comment or post here at FA about your own Republican Prez.—seems strange. Isn’t this a Repub blog?
I’m a Dem who has always thought highly of Vets Mac and GHWB.
Kitt– I think the report will have much to say about Russia.—do you?
What is your point re McClendon comment?
Wait, are you saying he wasn’t your own president, as well?
And what would you have us say about him that hasn’t been said by those that actually knew him?
Why? Must we blather endlessly about how great the man was? His personal life is a testimony to that fact.
Who cares. You voted against both of them. So much for your high thoughts.
@Richard Wheeler: I think the report will have much to say about Russia.—do you?
Sure It will say we would have got the Russians but they all lied, see they admitted to lying.
The McClendon comment speaks for itself. He knew what he deserved.
@Richard Wheeler: But it’s OK for General Flynn to get railroaded, ruined and his family threatened for the goal of trying to find something to get Trump on, isn’t it?
@Deplorable Me: I disagree with your comment about Flynn—let’s wait and see what he had to say to investigators. Do you think he would make up lies against Trump whereas Corsi and Manafort claim they would not?
Because I respect Mac and GHWB doesn’t mean I gotta respect Flynn.
Kitt—Are you in the Red Team camp re GHWB– involved in JFK assassination?
OK 05 steps in and praises GHWB–that’s one
BTW 05 didn’t you claim there would be rising Repub support from WOMEN in 2018 midterms?
Just suspicious that he was in Dallas the day of and cant remember what he was doing that day. Nothing more than that perhaps the full file on JFK can be declassified its been a long time who are they protecting what are they hiding?
Flynn was set up, and his name illegally unmasked and then leaked to the press the leak was a federal crime much worse than a non photographic memory. As the original interview showed no sign of deception.
@Richard Wheeler: Gen. Flynn has been persecuted for the crime of being associated with Trump. He should never have even been questioned for talking with the Russian ambassador; it was fully legal and within his authority. Likewise, the agents that interviewed him say he never lied. Only after 70 hours of questioning did he finally trip up and Mueller used that against him. It’s disgusting. If he wasn’t military it would be vile, but him being a dedicated service man it is worse. But, that’s how the left regards human rights.
@kitt: You got me reading about possible GHWB involvement in JFK assassination–interesting—loved Stone’s JFK.
DP–Did you mean persecuted ,prosecuted or both— thought he was exceedingly pro-Trump at the rallies with his “lock her up” sing along.
@Richard Wheeler: Persecuted.
Yes he was, redacted in the sentencing addendum but perhaps it wasnt Mueller he was helping maybe it could have been Huber. (that would make Gregs head explode)
Delayed for a funeral until Dec 13th, should be interesting.