Rudy Giuliani exploded on the Washington scene last week, supposedly coming on board the Trump legal team, but acting independently in what seemed like a loose cannon being shot at them. He blabbed all sorts of contradictory statements and misstatements on various political talk shows, beginning with Hannity last Wednesday.
Giuliani seemed to be making Trump’s legal status worse off. Turns out he hadn’t gone rogue, as he’d cleared much of what he would say with Trump, therefore surprising the legal team but not the president, who later seemed pleased with his work and kept him out there babbling. I suspect the two bluster boys are working in tandem and let the legal team be damned.
I am guessing this reflects a decision by Trump that Mueller has the goods on him and he can’t escape this legally, so best to put all his money on winning the political game in the fall and afterwards. Don’t agree to an interview or accept a subpoena and take it all the way to the Supreme Court next year. Who knows? There might be a new Trump friendly Supreme by then.
Meanwhile, just make the investigators look bad, so you have an excuse for not complying with their demands. Trump has been driving his “witch hunt, no collusion” mantras into our brains for months in preparation for this shift in emphasis and the ongoing Giuliani show tells me Trump hopes his political narrative will save him where the law will not.
And part of that thinking is the Stormy Daniels case is a loss, but the kind of thing that Trump can use as an ongoing distraction because the media loves to cover it. In the end, assuming Trump doesn’t perjure himself, what will the government do, fine him? Convict him of some minor lie? The guy that has rattled off about 3000 of them so far in office according to the Washington Post?
I think this kind of disproportionate coverage contributes to a sense of investigation fatigue as captured by this guy who tweeted to a cable host this Saturday: “….. the length of the probe is making most of us numb to the issues that are lead stories in liberal media. Wrap it up and let Potus do his job.”
Of course, his base buys the whole witch hunt argument already, but even for non fanatics, if you are numb to the issues and want Trump free to do his job you just might be swayed by the great salesman’s relentless credit taking for everything deemed good in 2018, while ignoring the positive trends already well established during the Obama years.
I’m worried about numbed voters and I get nervous when I hear someone talking about an expectant “blue wave” in the fall elections. Although I’d like to see one, so much seems a matter of how events smile or frown on the Trump presidency in the intervening months and how well Trump can sell his “witch hunt” narrative to those who feel numb to the issues and wonder why so much media time was being spent on such things as a porn star and her lawyer over a hush money payment that may have broken campaign financing laws.
What does that have to do with our major problems? Hate to say it, but it seems kind of witch hunty to me. Not the actions per se, but the way the liberal media dwells on them.