In Romney, Alone, Charles Sykes writes of “foot-shuffling, denial, and silence”:
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst said [when asked to comment on the Mueller report], “I think we all know who the President is, he has a brash demeanor, that’s about all I can say.”
Maine’s Susan Collins thought the report offered an “unflattering portrayal of the president,” while Ohio senator Rob Portman was only able to muster enough indignation to declare that the report had revealed “ a number of actions taken by the presidents or his associates that were inappropriate.” [Emphasis added.]
Our coverage will resume following this editorial observation.
Meanwhile, a couple of early, post-Mueller polls show Trump approval slipping back to his 37 percent lower asymptote. That may or may not turn out to be real, and if it’s real, it may or may not be lasting.
If it is real and lasting, it’s also quite surprising, because the Mueller report gave us lots of cumulative facts, but it contained no surprises. So what’s up with the non-trivial number of our fellow citizens who “approved” Trump just before the Mueller report but “disapproved” him just after the report?
The most logical explanation is that these are Tax Cut People, Fetus People, and probably some Anti-Brown People People who previously held their noses for pragmatic reasons, but now sense that Trump is headed down the crapper: a formerly useful idiot who is still an idiot but won’t be useful very much longer.
But it’s also possible that the Trump base’s seemingly insatiable appetite for narcissism, mendacity, criminality, and general bullshit has been just slightly overestimated by the Republican political establishment. See, for example, this by one J.W. Verret, a professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School: The Mueller Report Was My Tipping Point: I was a Trump transition staffer, and I’ve seen enough. It’s time for impeachment.
If, in fact, the Republican pols have overestimated their voters’ craving for more shit sandwiches, their error is entirely understandable.
Meanwhile, Dear Leader has been seen in public wearing a sign on his back that says “Please Impeach Me! Please, O Please, with Whipped Cream and Sugar on Top!”
Actually, I just made that up, but it might as well be true. Trump craves a House impeachment resolution as the moon-blowing, moon-flower’s swelling heart pines for the moon.
I continue to advocate exposure over impeachment, but I do think that lots of people are misreading the Clinton impeachment fiasco. Compare and contrast the Nixon example with the Clinton example. What happened in both cases was that the facts came out—after lots of lying, lots of drama, and lots of stonewalling. But the facts came out. And when the facts came out, and when John Q. Public got a really good sense of what was going on, the public reached a consensus that Nixon had to go but that Clinton, despite his objectionable—and at times illegal—behavior, did not merit removal from office.
So let the facts come out this time, too.
A great many of my fellow Mericans are dumb. But being dumb doesn’t have to mean that you’re also stupid.