From the “Please Proceed” Department — Nevada gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt still clings to the Tangerine Tantrum Tosser in the White House. [NVIndy] Meanwhile, the Tantrum Tosser is now openly calling for the end of the Mueller Investigation. [WaPo] Now, why might this be?
The walls are closing in? The first round of indictments hit the periphery of the conspiracy to defraud the US to manipulate the election. Russians, many Russians, as in 12 members of the Russian intelligence services in the cross hairs of the Mueller probe. As in the next round may very well include people like Roger Stone, or like people who worked with Roger Stone — say, Donald Trump, Jr. This would help explain the increasingly shrill tone of unpresidential tweets emanating from Pennsylvania Avenue. We might be getting up into the top part of the human hearing range, approaching, if not hitting, 28 kHz. That low rumble, 20 Hz, could be the sound of the Mueller team(s) assembling the paper-work for the next round of indictments?
The walls have already begun to slide inward? Speculation appears to center on two points (1) Mueller is much further along than what appears in published accounts; and, (2) the Trump defense team is privy to information concerning that investigation which is also ahead of the publication curve. If (and this is a major IF) we adopt both of these statements as possibly true, then the unpresidential tweet tantrums may be indicative of a felt need to “get ahead of the story,” i.e. to attempt to shape a public narrative prior to any action on the Special Counsel’s part. I’ve enjoyed the various iterations of Trumpian apologetics in regard to the subtopic of collusion. There was NO collusion. Okay, there might have been some collusion, but it was done by people who barely related to the campaign. Well, yeah, there were some campaign connected souls who indulged in some collusion, but collusion isn’t a crime. I am waiting for the “collusion is a crime, but it isn’t a really serious crime” insertion, to be followed by “a crime isn’t a crime if the President does it.” [See Nixon interview May 1977]
There’s another wall coming in on them? At the risk of redundancy, conspiracy and obstruction of justice aren’t the only two arrows in the Mueller quiver. The money questions are bubbling to the surface. There’s $$$ and the Russian + National Rifle Association element. There’s $$$ and the Russian connections to former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort. There’s $$$ and the connections from Oligarchs to the Trumps. There’s $$$ and Russian connections to Trump business operations. There’s some $$$ washing around in dubious shell corporations, off shore accounts, and small specialty accounts such as those used to pay off porn stars and Playboy models. There’s $$$ to be made by Russian aluminum and real estate tycoons, et. alia if sanctions are left unenforced or are rescinded. There’s $$$ to be made if tariffs are applied such that Russian commodities can be traded in international markets in the absence of American and other allied producers. Follow The Money.
The Numbers aren’t adding up. At no point thus far in 2018 has GOP identification registered above 28% [Gallup] and as of July 2018 the number stands at 26%, with Democrats at 30% and Independents at 41%. Republicans give Trump an 87% approval rating; Democrats a dismal 5% rating; and, Independents at 38%. The only term for this is “under water.” Just for reference, as of July 26, 2002 George W. Bush had a 69% approval rating; Trump’s July 22, 2018 rating was 41%. We might stick a pin in Richard M. Nixon’s approval rating as of June 25, 1973 when he was pulling a positive 44%. [Gallup]
Here’s the point at which DB recites the familiar mantra: When you have an increasing share of a declining market your business plan is in serious trouble.
The troubling prospect is that those “campaign style rallies” will become increasingly strident, increasingly petulant, increasingly vitriolic, and increasingly threatening to members of the press. While it might be superficially pleasurable to watch the continuing meltdown, the fact that five journalists in Annapolis, MD have already succumbed to the pent up hatred of a delusional gunman should give us all pause.
Unsolicited advice for candidate Laxalt: Be careful who you wish for (as a pillar of support) because some pillars will turn you into yet another pillar of NaCl.