Nobody Seems to Like Bob Mueller
The left hates him because they wanted him to run the President through a wood chipper and save them from taking the blame.
The right hates him because they didn’t want any investigation at all or, failing that, a conclusion that would propel Donald Trump directly to a pedestal.
Guess what did not happen? Either of those things.
In the land of immediate political gratification, which most Americans now believe is a “right,” not getting your way is grounds for outrage.
So most Americans are outraged and they are blaming the messenger for not giving them their way.
On the right, much is made of the “two-year, $30 million, 448-page report.” If those are the “wrong” amounts, what are the correct ones?
Seems to me we learned some useful things for that expenditure of time and effort. More importantly, the things we learned are generally accepted as facts. Agreement as to what happened in any political situation today is a rarity so facts have a value.
Here are several things we either learned or determined to be the case after suspecting they were.
Russia has a strong interest in mucking up our elections either to thumb the scale toward a preferred outcome or to make us distrust the process and pretty much everything else. Even if Donald Trump did not collude with Russia (which is not even a legal concept), it seems like a good thing to know.
Opposition research ordered up by Hillary Clinton’s campaign was the basis for government wiretapping and for the initial investigation itself. Again, it seems like a good thing to know just in case you might not want it done to you. Has “oppo” gotten out of hand?
The President is an asshole but that is not impeachable. Electing (or better yet not electing) assholes is the responsibility of the voters and they will get a do over in about a year and a half.
Nominating assholes, which both parties did in 2016, is another area ripe for further inquiry. In 2016, each political party had one job. They both failed. Yet, they get the same assignment again in 2020.
Truth has been a useful idea for several millennia and might well deserve a dusting off and revival. Is there any amount of lying in politics that becomes unacceptable?
Our political process seems to have achieved new levels of disgustingness even though, in this case, only one side’s disgustingness was under scrutiny. Maybe an overall reduction of political disgustingness would be salutary?
Whether or not the President obstructed justice, there might be some value to knowing if there is a line to be drawn and, if so, where it should be.
On the left, much is made of Mueller punting on indicting the President for obstruction of justice. If the left would like to impeach him, it seems like they need only follow the trail laid out in the report.
Mueller’s findings are like rolling a snowball down a hill. They are likely to gain size and momentum along the way. The Democrats control the House of Representatives and can vote to impeach if they like. Blaming Mueller for leaving political decisions up to politicians seems a bit cowardly.
I think he did his job. He was tasked with determining what happened and it appears he did exactly that. He was not tasked with making everyone happy with the outcome.
What about a permanent Mueller – better still squadrons of them – to investigate and publicize all disgraceful political behavior? Preferably on both sides.
Don’t hold your breath. A decision to clean up our elections and politics in general would be in the hands of those who would suffer the consequences.
We probably shouldn’t hold our breath hoping voters will avoid electing assholes either. That, of course, is good news for much of the House and Senate, whose members are among the most outraged by the Mueller report.