William Barr and the Deplorables

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.

Well.

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.

CTH links to the IG’s Report on the Clinton Investigation

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/06/14/here-it-is-inspector-general-report-on-fbi-and-doj-conduct-during-clinton-investigation-full-568-page-pdf/

Sundance ends the post with this Caution “Important note.  Read, but don’t focus on, the “executive summary” or “conclusions”; those two sections were written by political administrators in FBI and DOJ leadership.  Focus on the substance of the documented facts within the IG report.  You’ll note the specific facts don’t support the “summary/conclusion”.  Analysis will follow.”

I hope he’s right.  The conclusion is unbelievably weak.  The corrective actions sound like Fred counseling Genghis Khan after the Sack of Samarkand to wipe his boots before tracking blood and entrails into Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood.  If I were President Trump I’d demand that the DOJ prosecute Strzok, McCabe and Comey to start and fire any and all of these losers up to and including Sessions if they drag their feet getting this done.

Of course, I’m interested in Sundance’s analysis but I was hoping for something a lot more scathing than this.

Trump Takes the Next Step to Clean Out the Justice Department. More Chicken or the End Game?

The Conservative Treehouse has a pretty thorough treatment of what President Trump’s order to investigate political motivations in the DOJ’s Trump campaign spying effort means.  I have to say I thought Trump and Mueller were playing chicken with each other.  Maybe we’ve moved past that.  Maybe this now has to be resolved by someone going to prison.  Or several somebodies.  Unless Mueller has a smoking gun (which seems very unlikely) it looks like McCabe, Comey and company are about to be charged with criminal charges.  The thing that occurs to me is that at some point somebody is going to sing to save his own neck.  None of these guys wants to go to prison.  My guess is McCabe but I am only looking in from the dark outside.  Maybe it’ll be Comey or Bruce Ohr or Peter Strzok.  But whoever sings first will get the best deal.  We live in interesting times.  Let’s hope they don’t get much more interesting than they already are.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/05/20/former-cia-director-john-brennan-quotes-cicero-while-doj-expands-ig-fisa-abuse-investigation/

 

 

Trump vs. The State of the Union – Part 1

Scene1: White House West Wing, 8am, President Trump (PT) calling for Vice President Pence (VPP)

PT – Mike.  Mike.  Mike!!!  Where the hell are you Pence.

VPP –  Right here Mr. President.  I was on the phone with Ryan and McConnell.  They wanted a copy of your speech to help coordinate the standing ovations.

PT – Tell’em to forget about that bull.  I don’t want them cheering.  Tell them to keep their seats and keep quiet.

VPP – Oh no.  What are you planning Mr. President?

PT – I plan on using the speech to wake some people up and put some rats on notice.

VPP – Sir, the State of the Union speech is intended to report to the people on where we are as a nation.

PT – Well Mike, despite the fact that the economy is starting to come to life do you really think there is any reason for standing ovations?  I’m going to tell them the truth.  I’m going to talk about the FBI and the Justice Department and how they’re being run like the KGB with crooked operations targeting Americans because of who they are and not what they’ve done.  I’m gonna talk about Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.  America will love what the FBI is up to on their dime.  I’m gonna talk about McCabe and Mueller and Comey and the “Secret Society” they cooked up against me.  I’m gonna make their hair curl.

VPP – Oh good grief.  Mr. President, I’m asking you to reconsider.  You’re going to scare the American people.  We have the midterms coming up and we can’t have the electorate thinking of us as the crazy party.

PT – Look Pence, you’re gonna have to man up or I’ll have to say you have the flu and couldn’t come.  Besides this is gonna be great.  The people are gonna get this 100%.  You’ve gotta remember they’re used to seeing bureaucrats shake down citizens.  They’ll rally to me when I give them the details of the plot.

VPP – Sorry Mr. President.  I’ll do my best to keep on my game face.

PT – That’s the stuff.  Besides once Cryin’ Chuck begins weeping you won’t be able to stop laughing.  It’s that funny.  Anyway, get Sessions down here.  I was thinking that it might be fun to have the Secret Society rounded up and perp walked right during the middle of the State of the Union address.  I want to see if he can arrange that on queue from me at the podium.  Do you think it would be undignified if I had the Marine Corp Band play “Nananana Hey Hey Hey Goodbye” by Steam during their exit?

VPP – No sir, not for you.  In fact, now that I’ve heard about it, I guess even I’d be disappointed if you didn’t play it.  But to tell you the truth, now that I think about it, what about that Linda Rondstadt song that goes “You’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good, baby you’re no good, I’m gonna say it again!”

PT – No you’re not gonna say it again.  No I prefer Steam.  It’s a classic.

VPP – As you wish sir.

PT – Exactly.

Trump vs. The State of the Union – Part 2