There was the hot mess that is Trump's three-pronged (NATO, May, Putin) European visit and Peter Stzrok's appearance at a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees.
LITD has already posted amply concerning the former. The latter bears noting as well.
Trey Gowdy was in rare form. He seared the FBI agent with the essence of why he was the focus of these committees' interest:
Then Nadler and Goodlatte got into it and ratcheted up the chaos level.
More fireworks ensued as things proceeded.
Strzrok is a lightning rod, but let's remember why.
Pare this down to a local-level hypothetical. What if you found out that elements in your city's police department were actively working to sway a mayoral election a particular way? That's what's going on here.. . . a guy who’s been slammed by the Justice Department inspector general for his highly unprofessional conduct while serving on the investigations of Hillary Clinton and the Trump campaign.His worst breach of ethics was to conduct an affair with another member of the team. That relationship couldn’t help but compromise his judgment, and hers.Add to that the bias evidenced by all the lovers’ Trump-bashing text messages — and by the fact that they couldn’t even resist sending them on a system that they had to know their superiors could access.Strzok and his inamorata, Lisa Page, can insist forever that their bias didn’t impact either probe, but their lack of restraint is proof that they’d lost all objectivity.And the fact that their colleagues either saw no sign of the romance, or didn’t care, speaks poorly of their professionalism, too.
Now, this brings up an interesting fault line in contemporary American politics. The Left, as exemplified by Stzrok, obviously can't stand Donald Trump. It would have been enraged by the election of any other Republican, and certainly so if an actual conservative had been elected. But we all know Trump is different from anybody who has ever entered the fray of presidential politics, much less been elected to the office. That has us all disoriented, and the Left in a particularly ugly way.
But here's where it gets interesting. There are at least two points on the right side of the spectrum that can't stand Donald Trump (LITD can be found at one of them.) You'll recall that among the recommended readings in my roundup from yesterday was Jonah Goldberg's piece on his recent tussle with Michael Doran. It's typical of a few of Goldberg's recent columns in which he's had to disentangle the mess made by Trump-Humpers (an Erick Erickson term, and one I think quite apt), who lump all those on the Right who find Trump objectionable together.
This is sloppy at best, but more likely disingenuous.
Goldberg, Erickson, Ben Shapiro, Mona Charen, Susan Wright, Steve Hayes (and LITD) are fundamentally different from, say, a George Will or Jennifer Rubin, who have some kind of warped notion that the time has come to vote Democrat.
And those in our camp have tried, believe me, to accommodate the apparent satisfaction of the Republican Party with Trump.
Speaking of Erick Erickson, I came across a tweet of his yesterday that spoke exactly for where I stand these days:
Every time I get comfortable with the idea of Trump 2020, the President goes off the rails and I take a step back. Then the left goes off the rails and reminds me how much they hate my values, free markets, and common sense and I step a bit closer again. The cycle repeats.Now, one more point to make about Trump-Humpers in this context is their inclination to, at some point in their arguments, trot out the "would-you-rather-have-Hillary-Clinton-making-judicial-appointments" line.
Of course we wouldn't.
But the main thing to say about that is this: Our choice of presidential candidates in 2016 was the grimmest in our lifetimes.
And who do we have to blame for that?
Would we have faced such a grim choice if we had a healthy culture?
And even if we, as individuals, were not overtly acting as agents of rot, we clearly acquiesced to it. Before you get defensive about that statement, consider that the proof is before us in myriad ways - most to the point, in the above-cited grim choice in 2016.
This does not get better until we cultivate God-inclined hearts. More layers of cacophony will get heaped upon those already beleaguering us. We'll be subjected to more of Trump's boorishness and more Leftist madness.
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