Streetwise Professor

August 8, 2018

Trumpophobes Live Out Proverbs 26:11

Filed under: Politics — cpirrong @ 7:35 pm

When I was growing up, network TV was pretty much all there was, and summer was the time of re-runs.  The Trump-Russia collusion obsessives remind me of those old days, because currently they are re-running–and re-running–the Trump Tower meeting. This is in essence a re-run of a re-run, because this was a story about a year ago, when it was recounting events of a year before that–July, 2016.

So why do the Trumpophobes keep returning to this story, like a dog returning to its vomit?  Well, for one thing, the fact that they have to keep flogging this is proof positive that there have been absolutely no material developments on the collusion front, so they have to go back to this subject, presumably to barf it back up again so they have something to tide them through future lean times on the collusion beat.

That is, the necessity of recycling old news is proof positive that there is no new news.

It’s also incredibly amusing that they don’t recognize that the Trump Tower story not only does nothing to move the impeachment or indictment needle–it actually contradicts the collusion meme, and for a bonus implicates their beloved Hillary in a far more nefarious plot.

As I said from the time the story first broke: if the Trump campaign was hot to pursue over-the-transom offers of dirt on Hillary from marginal Russian figures, it could not have previously been a  party to a quid pro quo arrangement with Putin et al whereby the Russians hacked the Dems in exchange for some future benefit in the remote chance (as believed by everyone–including the Russians at the time) Trump won.  So if you believe the Trump Tower meeting matters, as a matter of logic you must acknowledge that allegations of a pre-existing agreement are false.  (Yes, I know–expecting logic from this lot is delusional!)

Moreover, the Trump team got nothing.  The promises of dirt were just bait to get a meeting for the Russians to yammer on about the Magnitsky Act and Bill Browder.  So at most the Trump team was guilty of bad intent.  But if getting dirt on the opposition from Russians is bad–or  even illegal–then Hillary and the Democrats are far more guilty than Trump.  They spent a large sum of money to hire Steele to gather dirt on Trump from Russian sources (still undisclosed–assuming they even exist).  Further, they actually received information, and shopped it around, with Steele eventually leaking to friendly journalists before the election.  And even worse, the Steele dossier was vectored to the FBI in an attempt to spark a counterintelligence operation, and perhaps criminal action, against Trump.  And even worse than that, in the spirit of reruns, the dossier was the centerpiece of an effort to kneecap the incoming president.

(Given the connections between the Russian in the meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Fusion GPS–and hence Steele–there is also the possibility that the meeting was a setup.  I could speculate on who would have an interest in such a setup,  and the ability to set it in motion.  I leave that as an assignment for the class.)

Compare all that to a meeting that came to naught, and you must conclude that if the Trump Tower meeting was beyond the pale, the actions of the Hillary campaign were beyond the bounds of the Milky Way.  There was bad intent (by the Trumpophobe standards implicit in the hyperventilating about the Trump Tower meeting), and the intentions were realized (whereas that was not the case in the Trump Tower meeting).

Proverbs 26:11 reads: “As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” I’m not a Bible quoter, as a rule, but in this case the proverb fits too well to pass up.  By repeatedly returning to the subject of the Trump Tower meeting, the Trumpohobe fools repeat their folly.  Over and over again.


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  1. Good summation, thank you.

    ‘It’s also incredibly amusing that they don’t recognize that the Trump Tower story not only does nothing to move the impeachment or indictment needle–it actually contradicts the collusion meme, and for a bonus implicates their beloved Hillary in a far more nefarious plot.’

    As we are told repeatedly by someone who we are told repeatedly isn’t real: ‘These people are stupid’.

    I’m having trouble believing that this could possibly be still going on. Trump’s election has thrown both the left and the establishment (overlapping Venn circles there, I know) into a state of excitable derangement, and their condition, rather than improving in time, just keeps deteriorating. My middle class, cold-war-bred mind-set has trouble accepting that the society around me, once so sober and stable, is cracking up.

    Meanwhile, elsewhere in neo-Weimar:

    And Professor Eric ‘Bike Chains for Peace’ Clanton got let off with probation.

    It’s actually more terrifying when you realise that the adults on the left actually want this to happen and are openly encouraging it.

    Comment by Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — August 9, 2018 @ 2:15 am

  2. For the non-Bible quoter there’s always Kipling.

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

    Comment by dearieme — August 9, 2018 @ 7:27 am

  3. I never really thought the whole Trump-Russia thing would ever really fly – if anything it smacks of his and his associates’ inexperience in the political and national security arena. I think what is *really* worrying Trump is the other stuff Mueller may have found out about his business affairs and financing. Manafort could just be the petit fours before the entree (Don Jr + Jared) before the main course.

    Awaiting your take on the latest round of sanctions…

    Comment by David Mercer — August 9, 2018 @ 10:27 am

  4. I’m no good at making up conspiracy theories (as may become obvious) but suppose the conversation went like this:

    Rus: You’ve got no chance
    Tr: Well…
    R: but we’ve got a bucket of dirt on Hilary so you can get your revenge, impeachment later
    T: we want it now!
    R. No, not until after the election
    T: Aww

    It’s not clear which side the Russians preferred. Any US president is obliged to take a firm line so it may not matter. OTOH, government paralysis in DC is very much in Russia’s interest and it was the aim all along.

    Now they are hinting about dirt on Trump but must be dismayed that Trump doesn’t care and nor does his base.

    Comment by bloke in france — August 9, 2018 @ 4:36 pm

  5. @Global–Yes, it is amazing that it is still going on. But the left’s derangement will not let them let it go, and they have such power in establishment institutions, especially the media and the deep state, that they can perpetuate this. They are like Terminator.

    Insofar as Antifa is concerned. It is horrible. What is worse is the complicity of local governments in places like Berkeley and Portland. Weimar is the perfect analogy.

    A friend was telling me how she overheard to 60-ish college professors in California discussing Antifa in a benign, and indeed largely favorable, tone. Utterly appalling. Any decent person should want them extirpated.

    Comment by cpirrong — August 10, 2018 @ 7:18 pm

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