You boomers should get that reference right away. The rest of you? Try to keep up, kids.
“Is this the end?” a friend asked me this afternoon. I knew he meant the reports that Donald Trump had ordered the firing of Robert Mueller several months ago, but that his counsel had refused, causing Trump to back down (probably in great confusion, since he has yet to show he has a clue how people behave in a nation of laws and not of men).
Well… some think it’s at least the beginning of the end. For instance, the Post‘s conservative blogger/columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote a piece headlined, “In trying to fire Mueller, Trump digs his own legal grave.”
Second, “Attempted obstruction is obstruction even when the perpetrator backs down after failing to get his consigliere to do the deed for him,” constitutional lawyer Larry Tribe emails me. “In addition, it’s part of a persistent pattern of obstruction. And it’s also strong evidence of consciousness of guilt.” As the Times report notes, Trump has “long demonstrated a preoccupation with those who have overseen the Russia investigation.” He threw a fit when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe, and he fired Comey after he failed to extract an oath of loyalty. The attempt to decapitate the probe again goes to Trump’s intent to stymie an independent investigation and his seeming cluelessness that these actions would be potentially illegal, an abuse of his power….
She later elaborated on Twitter:
Why isn’t attempting to fire Mueller already and in and of itself grounds for impeachment?
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) January 26, 2018
Yeah, maybe it is.
But as I keep saying… You may bring the man down using the law (if Republicans in Congress are ever sufficiently moved by a sense of duty to act), but the fundamental problem remains, and it is political, not legal: There’s little reason to think the people who voted for him understand the legal underpinnings of this nation any more than Trump himself does. People gullible enough to believe Trump when he dismisses truth by crying “Fake news!” are highly unlikely to go, “Oh, obstruction of justice! Then I’ve had it with him.”
For the nation to heal, for the normalcy this nation enjoyed for 240 years to return, the 30 percent or so who still support this guy have to realize how wrong they are. Otherwise, we’ll be torn apart. And honestly, I don’t see that happening. For one thing, they think half his idiocy is wisdom. And since they are immune to facts, they easily dismiss the other half as, once again, “Fake news.”
I don’t know when the end will come. And I don’t know what madness and trauma we’ll have to wade through before we get there….