Will Democratic voters still trust Democratic leadership after the Russian Collusion fiasco?
No Russian Collusion
Robert Mueller has turned in his Russian collusion report to U.S. attorney general Willam Barr. The official word has come down; it’s over.
It is not good news for U.S. Democrats, many of whom have pinned their political futures on hopes of impeachment.
“Once we get the principal conclusions of the report, I think it’s entirely possible that that will be a good day for the president and his core supporters.” — Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Sen. Coons was right: Mueller found nothing definitively implicating Trump. Not that it really matters, as House Democrats have already indicated that investigations will continue. No doubt until the proper outcome is reached.
But is that really a good idea?
That 500 witnesses and 2800 subpoenas failed to provide credible evidence for wrongdoing doesn’t bode well for smaller-scale investigations that continue into various aspects of Trump’s businesses.
“The Mueller investigation is complete and this is a simple fact that will never go away: not one single American was charged, indicted or convicted for conspiring with Russia to influence the 2016 election — not even a low-level volunteer. The number is zero.” — Glenn Greenwald, Twitter
As legislators and voters on both sides of the aisle wait for the inevitable stream of leaks, rumors, and opinions thinly veiled as facts, a few facts are becoming increasingly clear. And they don’t do much for Democrats.
Neither U.S. President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner nor any other close associates of the President will be facing charges from the Mueller investigation.
Donald Trump was never even subpoenaed.
In spite of intense media speculation that Trump would fire Mueller or interfere with the Mueller investigation, he never did so. AG Barr was required to notify lawmakers at any attempt by executive branch officials to hinder the investigation in any way.
Barr wrote that there were “No such instances.” in his report to Congress.
How Will Voters React?
Trump’s approval rating was already improving in certain demographics in ways that have the DNC scrambling to retain key sections of the vote.
The complete failure of the Russia probe is perhaps leaving Democratic voters a bit more disenchanted with their party than usual. Trump, however, is begging for the report to be made public. Democrats have been preparing for bad news for some time, especially after House Speaker and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi stated for a second time last week there will be no impeachment.
Have Democrats abused the trust of their voters and campaign contributors with a wild goose chase?
If Trump really is as bad as they have been saying, an agent for a foreign government guilty of treason, many Democratic voters wondered how it could suddenly be “not worth it,” to remove him from office. Voting Democrats, especially those who helped the party take back the House majority in 2018, expected much more than two unfettered years of constant promises.
On the other hand, if Trump is not guilty of the collusion charges, Democrats have indeed led the public on a merry chase of partisan politics against a member of an opposing political party they don’t agree with and don’t seem to like very much.
At the expense of doing anything else
675 Days of Investigations
In Democrat Party reality, Trump shouldn’t exist. For Democrats, the fact that President Trump does exist means something must be wrong with the system that elected him.
The Russians helped him, the electoral college needs to be abolished.
Except the system didn’t elect him; over 60 million American voters did. That is the reality Democrats must now certainly face. That is the investigation House Democrats should have been carrying on for the past two years.
Their chances of removing Trump from office via the legal nullification of the 2016 Presidential election results are dwindling by the day and have, in fact, just been dealt a mortal death blow.
If Mueller didn’t find anything after two years, state-level New York investigators looking into Trump business insurance policies almost certainly aren’t going to.
Did House Democrats ever really think there was something there? If there was anything actionable against Trump, the Hilary Clinton campaign machine undoubtably would have found it. They aren’t exactly amateurs.
Russian collusion or not, Democrats still just don’t like Trump. Only a truly desperate person would depend on the word of Michael Cohen, and even then only if Cohen was holding out a straw you were desperate to cling to.
Democrats believed the press when it reported so often that Bush lied about WMD; in spite of Bush being later vindicated by no less authority that the seminal investigative journalist Bob Woodward, Democrats still believe George W. Bush was a racist war mongering criminal who deserves to be behind bars.
If true, why isn’t he?
Perhaps it is easier to believe in debunked conspiracy theories than it is to admit you were lied to and manipulated by your own political party.
(contributing writer, Brooke Bell)