William Barr has lived his whole life as part of the elite. From the day he was born his family has ensured that he went to the best schools and was considered for career opportunities in government and corporate circles that no one but the rich and highly connected are ever considered for.
Probably the only things I’ll say about William Barr that strike me as promising are that he worked in the Reagan White House and he considered Roe v Wade as an unconstitutional decision. And if you happen to hate music you may be cheered by the fact that he is an avid bagpiper.
My only point to this description is that William Barr doesn’t scream deplorable to me. In recent posts I’ve stated that only time will tell whether he is an honest public servant or a firewall meant to close out the Mueller investigation without any chance for payback.
His recent statements to Congress describing the Russia-gate strategy as the Obama administration “spying” on the Trump campaign have touched off a firestorm among Democrats. But reviewing his statements they are actually pretty bland in their sizing up of the FBI’s behavior. They in no way inspire me to think that Barr is out for blood from the conspirators.
So, when a friend of mine came up to me on Wednesday and started smiling and asking me whether I had seen Barr’s testimony I was truly surprised. This friend of mine is, to say the least, a pessimist when it comes to the Trump Administration in general and who specifically is convinced that in the DOJ, the fix is always in. But that day he was bubbling with enthusiasm and pretty convinced that Barr is getting ready to nail some FBI hides to the barn door. Now, why would this be? Does he know something I don’t? It doesn’t seem so.
Thinking about this encounter afterwards, I couldn’t decide whether he was over enthusiastic or I was too cautious. But even if all this means nothing in terms of the substance of what Barr will do, I think it says something important about the bigger picture among the Deplorables. I think they are starting to believe they can win. I think they are starting to realize that President Trump can win re-election and the Right may get another shot at cleaning up the mess we are in. But mostly I think they are thinking that some of the Swamp Dwellers may be going to prison. They really, really like the sound of that. That was the single most important result that my friend took out of Barr’s statement. He thought that Barr was telegraphing his intention to punish the Comeys and the Clappers of the world. And he always returned at the end to his greatest hope that somehow it would go back all the way up the line to Obama. It almost sounded like a prayer.
So now I’m the pessimist. I don’t think for a minute that Obama will ever even have to talk to a prosecutor or even a Congressional Panel on this sort of thing. If Barr ever demonstrates that he’s serious about punishing the Russia-gate crew I would hope that he’d go after the low hanging fruit first and scoop up McCabe, Comey and Clapper. They’ve been so careless in their statements and actions that a blind man could follow that trail of bread crumbs back to their feet. And squeezing them would be the surest way to go after the bigger fish like Mueller and Loretta Lynch.
And I have no proof that Barr will ever do anything. I wouldn’t bet a dollar on anything ever coming out of the AG’s investigations. I have a total wait and see attitude.
But I will say that the fact that the Deplorables are getting enthusiastic, in and of itself, is a positive development. And that development leads me to predict that better days are definitely here and that as these things usually go, we can expect even more good news in the short to medium range. Why, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear that some piece of bad news will be popping up about one or the other of the Left’s favorites. Something like the Joe Biden comedy last week, only bigger and more hilarious.
So, there’s my reading of the entrails or the tea leaves or whatever your favorite fortune telling substrate happens to be. Happy days are here again. Go forth and rejoice. I so decree.
Oh, on a side note I did read that Barr’s father did write a couple of science fiction books. I’ll add a teaspoon of weight in his son’s favor just because that does indicate a tiny possibility of common humanity in there somewhere. Maybe I’ll even read them to see if he’s any good.