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Some Initial Thoughts about Robert Mueller’s Congressional Testimony

As many of you know, earlier today, Robert Mueller finally testified for a few hours in front of two congressional committees about the findings in his eponymous report. While I was occupied with work during most of that disappointing spectacle, checking Twitter and YT later in the day allowed me to catch up with the sad farce.. I mean.. congressional testimony. So here are some of my initial thoughts about the failed spectacle and its immediate aftermath.

1] Robert Mueller’s physical appearance, general demeanor and style of answering questions did him no favors. Unless you are a partisan democrat or mainstream journalist, his performance before the committees was insipid- at best. Maybe the guy did not have a good night’s sleep or perhaps he did not eat breakfast or drink enough coffee. It is hard to deny that he looked like a university student attending an early morning lecture. But why is this even relevant?

Well.. because, for over two years he was widely portrayed in the MSM as some energetic, super-competent and zealous prosecutor who was chosen by destiny to gather enough evidence to finally impeaching Trump. Today he looked and behaved like just another tired 74-year-old guy who wasn’t there willingly or had anything new or interesting to say. It may have been sad to watch for all of his ex-worshipers, but it was also very predictable.

2] Despite what the hacks at CNN and MSNBC are spinning right now, nothing Mueller said today was new or even surprising. His answers to questions from democrats and republicans actually contained less information than the redacted version of his report. Some of them, such as those about his apparent lack of knowledge about previous close ties between some members of his investigative team and Hillary Clinton, made him look less honest than before.

But most importantly, Mueller never said or explicitly implied those magic words which democrats have been yearning to hear for the past two years. He never said (or explicitly implied) that Trump was guilty or should impeached. And it was not for lack of effort by democrats who tried pretty hard to coax those words out of him or somehow get him to go along with their talking points implying the same. Whichever way you look at it, it was a public failure for democrats.

3] As you might have seen on most cable news channels today (and in newspapers tomorrow) attempts to spin his testimony as some sort of “win” for democrats are looking even more hollow than before. Which is especially comic given that the object of their hate is a highly unpopular lecherous orange troll whose sole claim to fame lies in his proclivity to say or tweet increasingly outrageous stuff. The fact that a stupid dumbfuck such as Trump seems less dishonest than the MSM says far more about the later than the former.

To make matters worse (if that was possible) talking heads on cable news and “respectable” pressitutes in print media are acting as if Mueller’s testimony was another big step towards gathering more public support for impeaching Trump. This is distinct from pretending that his testimony was some sort of “win” for democrats. They actually want to pretend as if Mueller’s pathetic performance during those two congressional testimonies was either stellar or pretty good. Someone has to tell them that wrapping a turd in a nice cover doesn’t make it an eclair.

4] It is even more obvious that establishment democrats lack a viable strategy to remove Trump from office or defeat him in 2020. Their anti-Trump strategy is based on endlessly repeating “Trump is a bad bad man” (2016 redux) or praying for a Mueller miracle. Given that the second option is now closed, I expect them to double down on the first. It is as if they learned nothing from 2016. Then again, I have been saying that for some time now.

I do however agree with Michael Tracey that the internal pressure on house democrats to start impeachment investigations against Trump is now going to increase even further. Furthermore, I would not be surprised if Pelosi and company finally gave the wishes of an increasing number of members in their caucus and started such an investigation. In other words, 2019 and 2020 will be even bigger shitshows than 2015 and 2016.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. MikeCA
    July 26, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Mueller is in his mid-seventies. He clearly has difficulty hearing, as do many people at that age. He is not as sharp as he was 10 years ago. He did not want to testify to Congress and only agreed after he was subpoenaed. Mueller asked the DOJ to issue a letter instructing him not to discuss material other than what was in his report and he pretty much stuck to that.

    The only time I saw Mueller get worked up over any of the questions was when one of the Republican representatives suggested that his team was politically biased. Mueller has prided himself on being a straight shooter. He was brought into head this investigation as someone both Democrats and Republicans would respect. Trump has force Republicans to join him in attacking Mueller as biased. Mueller clearly did not want to say anything at this hearing that would damage his reputation for political neutrality.

    Mueller feels his team made their report and it is up to Congress to do something or ignore Trump’s behavior.

    • plus d'un cafard
      July 29, 2019 at 1:28 am

      “Straight shooters” do not have cases like Bre Payton in their vicinity.

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