I still stick with Speaker Polosi’s insistence on a slow go to impeach Trump believing, like her, that first more Americans need to be persuaded of Trump’s unfitness for the presidency before they will favor impeachment.
Ari Melber, one of the sharper analysts at MSNBC, got to the heart of the awareness problem: He has said: “Mueller brought a book to a twitter fight.” The four-word tweet has won the battle of narratives over the painstaking 448 pages of the book. In a world of mind numbing information, we gravitate towards the simplest “truths”.
To combat Trump’s distorted mantra of “no collusion, no obstruction” it is essential for Special Counsel Mueller to testify before Congress. Even if he just reads from his report. Seeing him actually saying those words is a big step beyond hearing others restate them. Fairly or not, Mueller’s integrity it rated much higher than the media who cover him.
A book cannot beat a twitter mantra, but TV, or a movie, can at least give the Dems a chance to square the narrative. Americans want to see the movie rather than read the book. That’s pretty much what we are as a nation now. So many distractions, work wise or pleasure wise, that hardly anyone reads serious books anymore. Including me (except for works of history that read like fiction.)
A TV show still can get our attention, thus the necessity for Mueller to testify on TV. It would be best if he did so voluntarily, but he has been so adamant about staying clear of politics that he has yet to show that willingness. He believes the report says everything needed. He doesn’t seem to see that pointing to a book is no longer the right way to present the report.
The Democratically controlled House Judicial Committee seems hopeful he will see the necessity for him to reiterate the message publicly, but he might need to be subpoenaed to do so. I have no doubt he would comply with a subpoena, given his allegiance to law and order, just the opposite of the president.
It would help a lot if McGahn, Trump’s former White House attorney would testify, too. He is quoted often in the Mueller report describing Trump’s attempts at obstruction and I’d like to hear his voice at least repeating some of it on TV, but so far he has fought a subpoena at Trump’s behest. Odd, in that Trump has called his quoted statements lies.
Hope Hicks, Trump’s former long time personal assistant is actually supposed to testify to Congress tomorrow, Wednesday, in a closed door session. But I think she will dodge questions where she can given her closeness to Trump.
Mueller, McGahn and Hicks would make a nice trifecta if they all fully testify, but Mueller is the most important. Fortunately, he is also the one who can be most counted upon to testify.
I just hope it is sooner rather than later.