If you read the special counsel’s report (and being Current readers you’re likely the sort who did), the exchange between Robert Mueller and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff at the start of the committee’s hearing Wednesday, like much of Mueller’s testimony, was nothing you didn’t already know.
Perhaps you weren’t shocked, or even taken aback.
The press certainly wasn’t. The mainstream media’s narrative of the day’s hearings, presented by people who already knew what was in Mueller’s report, was largely “move along, nothing to see here,” accompanied by a fair amount of color commentary over “the optics.” Mueller, poor fellow, committed the 21st century’s most unforgivable sin — bad video.
But here, let’s do a thought experiment…
Imagine you’ve been stranded on a desert island, like Tom Hanks and the
soccer volleyball in that one movie, for a few years — say, since January 2015. You don’t even know who the president is (lucky you!).
And upon being rescued, for circumstances and conditions that are inexplicable (jeesh just hush and go along with the experiment), your first brush with current events is the video clip at the bottom of Schiff’s tweet:
Here’s what Mueller said:
➡️ Russia interfered in our election to help Trump.
➡️ Russians made numerous contacts with the campaign.
➡️ Campaign welcomed their help.
➡️ No one reported these contacts or interference to FBI.
➡️ They lied to cover it up. pic.twitter.com/ePAjUkfMlo
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 24, 2019
Would you be a little freaked out?
Would you assume that steps were being taken, urgently, at that very moment, not only to remove this “Trump” (surely not that Trump?) person from office but to arrest him and put him in a maximum security prison, like, maybe forever?
If a former FBI director who had been named special counsel had given the testimony Mueller gave to a House Intelligence Committee at any time other than the perversely upside down one we live in now, the subject of that testimony — Trump — would be facing bipartisan demands to either resign or be impeached, but quick.
But we don’t live in some other time. We live in a time when virtually every Republican in Congress has surrendered unconditionally, serving as willing sycophants to and knee-jerk defenders of demonstrably the worst, most corrupt, most vulgar, most vile, least trustworthy and least emotionally fit person to hold the office of president since Andrew Johnson. And that’s probably unfair to Andrew Johnson. (At least Johnson had to work his way up, instead of being born into wealth, privilege and power.)
In other words, just another proud day for Republicans in Congress.
And as for the Democrats … well they mustn’t impeach, lest they offend some white voters in Wisconsin.