Timing is Everything – Or So They Say

Previously I have alluded to the theory that President Trump was playing a very high stakes game of chicken with Robert Mueller.  Extending that theory to all the latest news on all the various swamp creatures being heard from in the last few days, I now think that the November Election is the crucial event around which all these machinations revolve.  And I think there are only a few scenarios that are likely.

 

  • President Trump and Robert Mueller reach the election day with nothing but more of the same type of low level revelations and rhetoric. Immediately following the election President Trump will terminate the Special Counsel mandate.  This will be followed by one of two actions:
    1. Mueller does nothing and slinks back into the shadows
    2. Mueller leaks some bombshell revelation and gives a press conference. A firestorm ensues.
  • President Trump doesn’t wait for the mid-terms but terminates Mueller and goes public with a series of allegations against the swamp and begins a series of indictments against them. This scenario would need to happen fairly soon to allow the public time to absorb the information he wants to get out before the November elections.
  • Mueller doesn’t wait but goes for an October surprise. He subpoenas President Trump in October and leaks damaging information to the press.  President Trump fires him and a fire storm ensues.
  • Mueller ends his investigation in early September as the President wants. No follow up action from either side.

These are my guesses as the most likely scenarios for where we are heading.  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Trump vs the Silly Season

Dramatis Personae: President Trump – (PT); Vice President Pence

Scene 1- 8am White House West Wing; Oval Office

 

PT – Mike.  Mike.  PENCE!!!!  Where the hell are you?

VPP – Right here Mr. President.

PT – Mike, I can’t take it anymore.  That rat Cohen talking to Mueller is the end.  I’ve got to pull the plug on that stiff.

VPP – Mr. President, that could be a disaster for the mid-terms.

PT – I don’t care.  I’ve had it with this nonsense.  Once I fire Mueller I’ll have him indicted six ways to Sunday for all kinds of crap we’ve already got on him and then I’ll be able to get going on important stuff like that bill to move the UN from New York to Newark.  It’s such a subtle difference in pronunciation that no one will notice until the carjackings start piling up.

VPP – But Jeff Sessions said he’d resign if you fire Mueller.

PT -Who cares?  He’s utterly useless.  I had to order him to discontinue Comey’s phone plan four times before he finally got around to it.  Besides I’ve got a great new Attorney General lined up already.  And he’s between gigs so we’ll get him cheap.  Steven Seagal.

VPP – But Mr. President, isn’t Steven Seagal under investigation for rape?

PT – He’s assured me that it’s fake news.  Besides he was a sheriff down in Texas so he knows about the law.  With him as the AG we’ll finally start cleaning out the swamp.  We’ve discussed what kind of prosecutions we can get against CNN reporters who try to ask questions without being picked by me to speak.  He figures that a ten-year sentence would be fair.

VPP – Wait, no!  You can’t do that.  Freedom of the Press is in the Bill of Rights.

PT – This has nothing to do with Freedom of the Press.  It’s about jumping ahead in a line.  No one likes a line jumper.  The American people hate a line jumper and they will applaud the punishing of line jumpers.  I’m hoping I can get that worm Jim Acosta to talk out of turn.  Seagal says he’ll personally make the arrest by body slamming Acosta to the ground and tossing him out of the ring, I mean the Press Briefing Room.

VPP – Mr. President, please trust me, there is no court in the country that would even consider prosecuting reporters for shouting out a question out of turn at a press conference.

PT – Mike that’s just the kind of defeatist thing that JEB! or Romney would say.  Now Seagal is due here in a couple of hours so be ready to brainstorm with us.

VPP – But I’m sure he’s about to be indicted.

PT – Fine.  I’ll just pardon him and we can move on.  Now we’re gonna want to decide whether to just fire the whole FBI or also terminate all those alphabet soup agencies, you know, the CIA, the NSA, blah, blah, blah.  You know clear out all those losers.

VPP – Mr. President, that’s impossible.  Those agencies are critical parts of the law enforcement and security apparatus.

PT – Mike, you sound a little hysterical.  I think you should take a few weeks off and see if this job is for you.  If you’re not up to the challenge I hear that Chuck Norris is between gigs, except for that infomercial for the exercise machine with Christy Brinkley and those other old losers.  We could probably get him cheap and he could help Seagal drag Acosta down to the lock-up.  I figure they could even rough him up a good bit before handing him over to the police.  Acosta has said some pretty mean things about me in the past.  It would serve him right if they tuned him up a little bit.

VPP – Sir, this is insane.

PT – Look Mike I’m bored.  Something’s got to give.  Either you figure out how to end this Mueller thing right away or I’m bringing in Seagal.

VPP – Very well, Mr. President.  Fire Mueller and accept Jeff Sessions’ resignation.  I guess we can trust to your luck to get us through the ensuing Impeachment Trial.

PT – That’s the spirit Mike.  After all Bill Clinton was impeached and it didn’t stop him did it?

VPP – Wow.  That’s a stunning sentiment.

PT – Cheer up Mike.  If worst comes to worst you’ll be President.  That won’t be so bad will it?

VPP – Actually Mr. President, after serving with you for the last year or so, I’m not sure I want to be President anymore.

PT – Suit yourself.  If Norris isn’t available there’s always Dolph Lundgren.  I hear he’s between gigs and we could probably get him cheap.  Oh wait he’s a russky that wouldn’t look good.

VPP – Actually he’s Swedish.  He just played a Russian in Rocky IV.

PT – Whatever.  Now get me Sly Stallone on the phone.  I hear he’s between gigs and we could get him to be FBI Director for almost nothing.

VPP – Oy vey.

Trump’s Version of the Drum Beat

If you think back to the days of the Iraq War you remember a daily media campaign of discouragement and delegitimization that was accurately described at the time as a drum beat.  Newscasters at CBS, CNN and other outlets kept up a daily count of casualties, atrocities and protests.  Any bad news, no matter how random was heaped on top of the war news and spun as further proof of the Bush incompetence.  When a hurricane hit New Orleans and flooding and loss of life occurred due to the incompetence of the Democrat mayor it was hammered at continuously as the racist agenda of George Bush.  Completely fabricated stories of bodies floating along main streets and violent acts of desperation were sprinkled in the daily news and pointed to as proof of the apocalypse engulfing America.

This drum beat was not the primary cause of the Democrat electoral success in 2006 and 2008 but it was the intensifier that made the victory so complete.  And it shows you that the media has a basic strategy for intensifying the effect of a news story.  And that it is effective.  At the time this was a source of great frustration for me.  The ploy was so obviously false and artificial that it offended my sense of logic.  After all, people weren’t that stupid and gullible.  They must have been able to see they were being manipulated.  Apparently, I was not the target for these messages and so I couldn’t understand their effect.  But grudgingly I learned their potency.

Donald Trump is a creature of the media.  He moves through it and thrives in it like a fish in water.  It’s his natural element.  And that is a good thing for our side.  He recognizes how media works.  He knows that the MSM will do the same thing to him that they did to Bush.  They will conflate the Mueller probe with school shootings with rises in gasoline prices with rain on the weekend.  They don’t care if there is any logic or connection.  They are looking to aggravate the population any way they can.

So, what will Donald trump do?  He’ll fight fire with fire.  He is doing a little bit of drum beating of his own.  Every day he has a tweet or two showing the dishonesty of the media and the effectiveness of his administration.  And every day there are several stories coming out of the Inspector General’s investigation of the Justice Department and the House investigation into the Russia probe.  And this goes on day after day after day.  And every few months an FBI bigwig is fired and then there is a flurry of news about the details of how that ties into the other investigations and how this will spawn other investigations, and on and on and on.  And for me this is annoying and boring and obviously, transparently contrived.  And it’s effective.

So that’s why I am both aggravated and satisfied with the current state of affairs.  The annoying nature of the Kabuki theater drives me insane.  But the knowledge that this is exactly what is needed to both stymie the MSM methodology and also build public opinion for the eventual killing stroke allows me to agree with the strategy.  But I wish I had a time machine.  I’d love to wake up tomorrow and see footage of Mueller getting the bum’s rush out the back door of the Justice Department and  James Comey giving testimony against Loretta Lynch to save his own hide.  But my flux capacitor is in the shop so I guess I’ll just enjoy the warm weather and read a few more tweets about Robert Mueller being very unfair.

07MAY2018 – American Greatness Post of the Day – Judge’s Warning in Manafort Case Could Spell Doom for Mueller By Julie Kelly

 

Federal Justice T S Ellis III is throwing serious sand into the gears of Mueller’s Manafort prosecution.  According to him Mueller is basically abusing his authority in a transparent ploy to leverage Trump’s associates as witnesses against him for basically any criminal activity regardless of relevancy to the Russian Collusion investigation.  Julie Kelly discusses how this could be the beginning of the end for Mueller’s “trumped up investigation.”  No pun intended?

https://amgreatness.com/2018/05/04/judges-warning-in-manafort-case-could-spell-doom-for-mueller/

 

Help Me Out Here

Over the course of the last year, the whole Mueller thing has been such a mystery to me that I confess (much to my shame as a pundit) that I have no clue how this whole thing ends.  I would appreciate anyone’s honest opinion on this crucial topic.  Pick as many as seem appropriate and if I’ve left out your favorite feel free to write it in.  The voice of the people is the voice of God.  Have your say.

 

What is He Waiting For?

There are articles in both the MSM (here and here) and the blogs (here and here) about the various nefarious activities by the FBI and Justice Department now coming to light.  Those by the bad guys (e.g., CNN) assure us that this is a tempest in a teacup and Mueller will continue his crusade to rid Washington of Trump and his people.  Those by the good guys assure us that Trump and Sessions are merely marshalling the resources needed to perform a clean sweep of the whole swamp at one fell swoop.  Well, you know who I’d like to believe.  But who do I believe?

I think I believe our guys more.  Now, I’m not saying I think they have it all correct, far from it.  But I do think the Trump Administration is coordinating efforts to mesh with certain other calendar considerations.  And I won’t claim I actually know which of the outside factors are the most important factors.  But I can take a guess at which factors are in the running.

  • The Midterms

Trump knows it is vital that the Republicans not lose the Congress, especially the Senate, if he is to have a strong hand in reshaping the Government.  To that end he probably knows that he must time any move against Mueller and the Deep State so that it does not give the MSM a chance to panic the voting public.  Whether that means acting earlier this year or closer to November is a very difficult question to answer.  But it seems to me to be a big part of the puzzle.

  • The Supreme Court

When the Supreme Court has decided the major cases in June I suspect that Justice Kennedy will announce his retirement.  Will this allow a replacement before the mid-terms?  If so, maybe this is what is delaying other major actions.  Perhaps getting this done before attacking the Deep State is a tactical decision.

  • John McCain

Could it be that John McCain’s imminent retirement from the Senate is a factor?  If McCain is replaced with a more Trump-friendly vote would it aid in dealing with a paper thin majority in the senate?  Possibly.

  • Mueller

Could Mueller actually be on our side?  I know, this is an incredible longshot.  But there are some very strange things going on.  Even if he’s not on our side possibly pressure is being brought to bear to force his hand on some of this Clinton stuff.

So, these are some of the things I’ve been wondering about.  Because, to be totally honest I’m getting mighty tired of Mueller.  I think Trump should fire him tonight and tell the country tomorrow morning why it had to be done.  And then he should fire almost the whole Justice Department starting with the senior leadership of the FBI, CIA and NSA.  I don’t think it would hurt him at all.

He should probably take some of those military men that the Obama administration forced out and put them in the Justice Department.  And then he should fire the whole IRS and declare a one-year moratorium on taxes and send all of our withholdings back to us and really amp up the economy.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Mr. President drain that swamp and make it snappy.  I need some more winning.

Lance the Boil Now

Now that the Resistance seems to have run out of steam and Trump needs to get the Congress in gear on healthcare and tax cuts, it seems to me the time has come to think about firing the Special Counsel Mueller.  The reason for this is the fact that he is assembling a republican  killing machine.  And once it’s been assembled it’s inevitably going to get to work killing republicans.  Now, democrats and timid republicans are going to say you can’t fire a special counsel.  But, which is more dangerous and destructive, firing him or keeping him?  Unless Mueller is actually secretly a friend of Trump’s I don’t see his present actions (hiring Clinton operatives) as anything but inimical to Trump’s administration.  And with respect to timing, getting negative press now is much better than getting bad press in a year.  We want the mid-term elections to occur when the biggest news stories will be successful republican initiatives (e.g., tax breaks showing up in refund checks and healthcare reform becoming lowered healthcare premiums).  So to my mind, the time to lance this boil is now.  After all, firing Comey was actually a non-event after all was said and done.  Firing Mueller will be basically the same thing.  And the fact that Trump hasn’t done it yet may just mean he’s taking a wait and see attitude.  That is to my mind a mistake.  If you wait until Mueller starts to leak damaging results to the press means people will be reminded of all the nonsense the press dredged up in the first half of the year.  And that will scare the cowardly republican congress and that will delay the agenda.  Obviously that’s a self-defeating strategy.  Lance the boil now, not when it’s too late.