The Evening Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
So, the fake news media spent most of the past two days focusing on the fact that President Donald Trump, for the first time, issued a series of tweets criticizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller by name over the weekend. The fake media’s take on this is that the President is nuts, that he just gets upset and for no reason at all blurts stuff like this out on his Twitter feed while drinking Diet Cokes and eating Big Mac’s at 2:00 in the morning.
To understand why that assessment – the conventional wisdom in Washington, DC – is completely, totally, 100% wrong, let’s go back to February 28, and the piece I posted that day explaining why the President had called out both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz in a tweet earlier that same day.
In that piece, I discussed the fact that Mr. Trump really doesn’t just toss inflammatory stuff out onto Twitter for no reason, that there is a long history of there being a method to the seeming (in the media’s eyes) madness. And I pointed out the likelihood that that particular seeming attack on Sessions and Horowitz’s integrity was in fact designed to elicit the exact response that he ended up getting from the fake news media, which was day after day of defense of both men’s integrity.
Why? My assumption was that it was because Trump was expecting something big from both men in the coming days. Specifically, I posited that we were probably going to see the issuance of the IG’s report from his 14 month-long investigation of wrongdoing within the FBI and DOJ during the first week or two of March. That obviously didn’t happen, but think about what has happened since February 28:
- First, the Attorney General went to the outlaw state of California and announced that his Justice Department would be withholding funds from and filing suit against the state challenging its clearly unconstitutional “sanctuary state” law;
- Next, the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) sends Sessions a report recommending the termination of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a recommendation based on – guess what? – a finding from IG Michael Horowitz;
- Finally, Sessions makes the decision to fire McCabe, as he should have done.
The media’s instinctive reaction was to go on full attack against Sessions, but then, at some point on Sunday, reality began to set in that they were going after the same guy they were all defending just two weeks ago, and the feeding frenzy began to fall away.
Now, the President goes after Mueller on Saturday, and all the Democrats with press passes leap to defend the Special Counsel in glowing terms normally reserved for anyone with the last name of Obama. And by the way, that all takes place right after they also all leapt to the defense of McCabe as being the second coming of Mother Teresa, which will come back to haunt them should McCabe keep his word and start tossing other media favorites – like James Comey – under the bus.
So what do you all think is probably about to happen next?
Well, what is NOT going to happen is Trump firing Mueller. All the fake reporters would love that, but that has never been in the President’s plans.
What IS likely going to happen is some move by Mueller that is broadly positive for the President. No idea what that might be, but here are some possibilities:
- Announcement of indictments of Tony Podesta and others involved in his now-defunct lobbying firm;
- Announcement of the vacation of the guilty plea by General Mike Flynn;
- Announcement that the “setting aside” of Mueller’s investigation into potential obstruction of justice made public a few days ago is actually a permanent dropping of that line of inquiry;
- Announcement that Mueller no longer feels the need to conduct an interview with the President.
Could be one of those things, could be something entirely different. In any event, this feels like President Trump preparing the playing field for some significant event involving Mueller. And when it feels that way, that’s what generally happens.