Here’s what should be happening right about now: With the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report to the public and to Congress, Democrats and the media should admit that they got the story wrong, restrain themselves from poring over every little detail in the report to make mountains out of molehills, and get down to the business of governing and/or reporting the news.
Assuming that’s too much to ask, we’ll accept a situation where the left grumbles for a few days about some of the more damaging items in the report, calls a witness or two to testify in front of Congress, and then slowly allows this wretched moment in American history to fade away.
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely we’re going to get either scenario.
Instead, we have Democrats acting as though Mueller’s conclusions – that Trump did not collude with the Russians to interfere in the 2016 election – are more or less immaterial. The important thing is that we have all of these juicy stories (most of which had already been reported on extensively) with which to insist that regardless of what the stupid “law” says, Trump is guilty, we all knew it, and now we’re going to impeach him, William Barr, Brett Kavanaugh, and anyone else we don’t like.
When Barr’s summary wasn’t sufficient to satisfy the Democrats, they began demanding access to the full report. Now that they have the full report, they are demanding that the DOJ release the full report without redactions. What will they call for once they get their hands on that? Will they have Robert Mueller empty his pockets on the floor of the House? Oh, sorry, that’s right, they’re going after Trump’s tax returns. One thing after another until they find something – anything – that they can use to justify an impeachment. Are the American people really not seeing through this?
To our way of thinking, the left’s desperation on these matters shows they have a weak hand going into the next election. They know that their lurch towards socialism has not done them any favors in the Electoral College. They may win more votes than ever out in California (which is why they want to switch to the popular vote, by the way), but that’s like hitting the ball straight to the shortstop more than anyone else. Yeah, it’s something, but it’s not the game.
So it’s not that they’re obsessed with Trump and Russia, it’s that they don’t have anything else in the armory. The economy is booming, unemployment is at record lows, and we’re moving past the dark, dreary days of the Obama administration without looking back. Why would voters risk that with Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders?