The newest disclosures from Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation have politicos and press pundits in a spin making an attempt to craft a compelling narrative that can absolve previous and future Democrats of any wrongdoing. In distinction to the media and political hand-wringing that befell throughout Robert Mueller’s inquiry into the completely debunked Russian Collusion scandal, there isn’t any such lack of decisiveness in this newest chapter.
Should Durham’s claims that the Hillary Clinton presidential marketing campaign conspired to spy on its opponent show true, former President Donald Trump could be vindicated. The Fourth Estate must admit that its protection of Russiagate went hand-in-hand with the unfair vilification of a sitting president. Perhaps much more damaging is that the Democrat machine could be compelled to acknowledge that it was not less than partially complicit in a plan to safe the very best workplace by dishonest means. And for these in the D.C. Swamp, that may by no means be allowed to occur.
Narrative? What Narrative?
The White House is steering away from any affiliation with the Durham matter. When pressed on the problem by Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused flat out to reply a single query. On every of the three questions proffered, Ms. Jean-Pierre demurred and directed additional queries to the Department of Justice. The Biden administration is decided to maintain its palms clear and its choices open for potential fallout – or in politispeak: Ask me no questions, I’ll inform you no lies.
Instead, the White House is leaving this explicit job to its associates in the Fourth Estate, who’ve determined that derision and mockery are the most effective remedies for a narrative which will show to be a much bigger scandal than Watergate. The query is: Why not simply play it straight and let Hillary Clinton take the hit?
The reply maybe is twofold.
First, with Joe Biden’s dismal polling numbers, the thought of him working for a second time period is beginning to look much less and fewer doubtless. As such, a brand new candidate have to be discovered to contest the 2024 election. Vice President Kamala Harris is much more unpopular than her boss, so who does that go away? It appears no coincidence that Clinton is about to be the keynote speaker at Thursday’s New York State Democratic Convention, an influence transfer that shall be seen by many as a toe in the water for a political comeback.
Second, it seems that the present White House occupant may himself be tarnished by the investigation. Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe lately urged that each former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden had been conscious of Clinton’s plans to create a Russian Collusion narrative. Speaking to Fox News, he outlined that former CIA Director John Brennan had:
“… briefed President Obama and Vice President Biden and other members of the national security team about this specific intelligence that John Durham now has about a Hillary Clinton plan to falsely accuse and vilify Donald Trump with a scandal, and the discussion around that and whether or not it was good intelligence.”
If Ratcliffe’s assertion is confirmed true, there may be little doubt a political earthquake would ensue.
No Such Story – Please Try Again Later
John Durham used to have a very good fame throughout political traces. Significant gamers in the Obama administration went on document lauding his impartiality and diligence. But not anymore. The media has launched a sustained marketing campaign of debunking and pooh-poohing as many parts as attainable of his investigation. Despite not mentioning a single phrase of the Durham revelations for three days after the information broke, the legacy media is now engaged in a near-constant diatribe towards each the character and the content material of the particular counsel’s work.
Snide remarks, advert hominem assaults, and derisive snorts at any who counsel the investigation could have benefit is the order of the day. The Fourth Estate has turn into an assault canine on this situation in a lot the identical means because it was towards the Trump presidency.
The Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky as soon as mentioned, “A poet is someone who can use a single image to send a universal message.” Here we’ve got a phrase quite than a picture: Durham. This single identify has turn into a lightning rod that encompasses greater than only a political narrative but additionally a worldview beneath which all protestations and ideas of the previous have to be jettisoned.
This investigation is the most recent line separating folks into opposing camps. And maybe that is the entire goal of such a crafted and supercilious division. Joe Biden promised unity, however he can not govern a united folks; to implement a radical agenda that may essentially alter the United States requires a reactionary and angered public.
If the usual playbook is in operation, how lengthy will or not it’s earlier than those that give credence to the Durham investigation are labeled far-right conspiracists who’re pushing a white supremacist narrative?
~ Read extra from Mark Angelides.