Wednesday, July 24, 2019

What To Expect

So today is the day Robert Mueller is going to testify before Congress.  The way the cable channels — one in particular — are playing it up, it’s the Super Bowl and the Nixon Tapes Revelation Day at the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973 all rolled into one.

I hate to burst their bubble, and I know they’re doing it to hike the ratings so they can up their rate card for selling prescription meds with side effects that are worse than the disease, but I’m pretty sure it’s not going to measure up to the hype.  And if anyone out there thinks that once Mr. Mueller is done, any Republicans will say “Holy shit, Trump’s a criminal!”, you might as well flip over to We TV and watch “Law & Order” re-runs; there’s more courtroom drama there.

Of course the Republicans are lying in wait for him, sharpening their claws with pointed “gotcha” questions, which, if history is any guide (see Clinton, Hillary; Benghazi hearings) will resonate like a popcorn fart yet still get the wormtongues at Fox News all twitterpated.  And of course if the Mueller investigation had been scrutinizing a Democrat, they’d have voted out articles of impeachment the day the report hit the press.  So don’t expect any moving of any needles from them, and we’ll be back to where we started.

The only way today’s testimony is going to change the game is if it inspires further investigation into what happened in 2016.  But that’s what Mr. Mueller was doing all these years, and if there were further leads, I’m pretty sure he’s not been sitting on them just so he can do a big reveal on live cable TV.

So watch it if you want, but save the popcorn for when you’ll really need it.