- October 25, 2017
Nothing succeeds like success, so the conventional wisdom goes, but in politics, as a skeptic (of nearly everything) of my acquaintance is fond of reminding me, nothing recedes like success.
The Democratic critics of Donald Trump thought Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and lurid suggestions that Russia colluded with the Republicans in nefarious wrecking schemes, would finally do what Hillary Clinton couldn’t. Donald Trump’s days in the White House were numbered, and not a day too soon. It would be a slam dunk. Everybody who was anybody on the left thought so, and said so, early and often.
It’s not quite working out that way. Mr. Mueller is apparently not finding what he thought he would find and is looking into matters that don’t seem to be much about Russians, elections or even Donald Trump. He has moved into the high weeds in search of something credible to hang his very expensive investigation on. He has hired a lot of highly paid Washington lawyers, some of whom were donors to Hillary’s campaign, and Washington is suddenly rife with speculation and gossip that they haven’t found much that sounds very jail-y