I’ll bet you don’t know a hell of a lot more about this report than I do, or I did last night, which, for me, is right now. Can we predict future history based upon past history? George Santayana be damned! Have a little patience!
Then again, one person’s patience is another person’s deadline.
It is my belief that the Barr Report isn’t going to do squat aside from raising the volume of our already ostentatious national discourse. It’s not the Mueller Report; it’s a gaily colored, heavily-censored phone book marked up by our nation’s most talented obfuscator, William Barr.
Barr’s been using the truth to tell lies at least since October 1989, when Barr refused to release the report on how the U.S. government could forcibly abduct people in other countries and drag them to our shores at will. Instead, he offered to provide a summary of its conclusions stating reports from his Office of Legal Counsel were “confidential.” This was a boldfaced lie and Congress subpoenaed the report anyway. But his action established Barr as the Republicans’ go-to guy when they need to play hide the sausage – and that he’s willing to lie to Congress to do just that. In 1991 Michael Isikoff obtained a copy and reported its contents in the Washington Post, and in 1993 the Clinton administration (that’s Bill Clinton) released it to the public.
However, it’s easy to predict the response to today’s Barr Report release. Let’s see how close I come to nailing it.
- Trump and his puerile sycophants will say it exonerates him – again. This will not be true, but these idiots do know exactly to whom they are lying.
- Republican bootlickers will demand Robert Mueller and his people be investigated for spending so much time and money lying to the American public in order to further lend credibility to the Barr Report in the minds of the fools and ass-coverers who constitute Trump’s base.
- The Democrats in the House of Representatives will double down on their efforts to reveal the truth about our Megalomaniac-In-Chief and his evil cabal. Among their moves: subpoenaing Robert Mueller.
- Several people from Mueller’s team will lose their shit and go public, if they don’t get to testify before Congress rather soon.
- Fox News’ talking toads will demand all sorts of people be prosecuted for no crimes whatsoever and demand an end to anybody ever saying anything about how Trump’s election was, indeed, a fake election. If any of them knew the word “sedition,” they’d use it.
- Those Democrats who hope to replace the Orange Skull will use the redactions as GOP-bait.
- Rachel Maddow will do a dramatic reading of parts of the report, possibly over several consecutive days. It will be very entertaining.
- Still another baker’s dozen of Democrats will use the report as a reason for joining the run for the presidential nomination, and the June debate will be re-venued to Yankee Stadium.
In other words, we will continue with our tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Hey, it worked for Macbeth.
The bad news: Trump will run out the clock. It doesn’t matter if his tax filings get released: the people who believe they should be out there already have a good idea what’s in them, and the rest are completely unwilling to look at the financial equivalent of 8 x 10 glossies as any sign of the Third-Rate Grifter’s guilt.
The good news: 60 beats 40 every time. The 2020 election is the Democrats’ to screw up, and while they’ve been truly amazing at doing that in the past, this time they’ve got a great field. All they must do is sell it.
The better news: Just as President Clinton released the 1989 Barr Report when he took office, the next president will release the actual Mueller Report in 2021, assuming it hadn’t been released by then.
Trump and his pre-fab tools Barr and O’Connell and Sarah Sanders, the most evil liar in the world, have worked very, very hard at digging his grave. In all fairness, we should honor their work by getting out the vote in November 2020.