If you are actively engaged in political discourse you have to know what is being said by the opposition opinion makers in the media. So even though it hurts, that requires some consumption of right-wing talk radio. And don’t get caught up in the hype around Sean Hannity’s influence; there is no more powerful voice in conservative media than Rush Limbaugh. Hannity and Trump can spend every night together in a heart-shaped hot-tub and he’ll NEVER wield the influence over conservative politics that Rush Limbaugh does.
Limbaugh is the Jim Jones of American politics: whatever flavor of Kool-Aid he is serving, he has millions of faithful sheep in his flock ready to guzzle it down until they choke. Keep in mind that these people proudly call themselves “ditto-heads” because anything Rush says, their singular and unified response is “ditto!” So these people have made a commitment to stupidity and therefore cannot be redeemed.
But it is worth taking a minute to send a message for those who listen to Limbaugh but may not be ready to move to Jonestown just yet. In recent news cycles his daily narrative about Bob Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 general election has spread from a.m. radio to other media outlets and has contaminated their coverage. With Mueller primed to take center stage before Congress that is a bad thing. For months Rush has spent at least an hour a day raving about how Bob Mueller has to “save face” because he “has nothing on Trump” and how he’s trying to “come up with something that people will buy.” For those who are still conscious and can process basic truths keep this in mind: Bob Mueller doesn’t give a damn what you think, what I think, what Donald Trump thinks, and he most certainly doesn’t give a damn what Rush Limbaugh thinks.
There is only a handful of people in America who were qualified to conduct this investigation and he was universally regarded as the best of them all before Trump directed his minions on Fox News and the GOP to attack and discredit him. So Bob Mueller does not need advice, feed-back, push-back or second-guessing from some bitter and bloated college drop-out who happened to hit it big as a political entertainer. Since Mueller can’t say it in public himself without compromising his mission, I volunteer to step in for for him and on his behalf tell Rush Limbaugh to go fuck himself.
Bob Mueller investigated a case of corruption. A highly complex case of political corruption at that. He was never out to build a case against Donald Trump, nor was he out to get Trump. Provided of course, that Trump had not actually committed a crime. In which case, Mueller’s job was to compile his findings in a formal report and submit it to the appropriate authorities – that would be the Department of Justice, the United States Congress and the United States Senate. After that, was job is done. Nobody has to “buy” a damned thing from Mueller because he is not selling anything. He does not have to “save face” in front of anybody because this is not HIS case. Bob Mueller was doing swell before all of this started and he is going to be just swell when its over regardless of what happens during his testimony. The onus is on those asking the questions now.
Problem for Rush and all of his “ditto heads” is that Mueller has already put the screws to several people both in Trump’s inner circle and his outer circle. These guys have been charged, made plea deals and provided evidence and testimony for Mueller to mull over as he follows the money trail and the over-powering smell of Big Macs and KFC.
I do not know what the final score is going to be on this sprawling investigation and the public airing on Capitol Hill and I would not trust anybody who says they do. That is why Trump is so terrified: he knows this is far from over and there are a million ways he can be exposed as a criminal facing prosecution the second he is out of office if not before then. But he also knows that he has all the weapons he needs to escape full accountability for his actions even if he failed to shut down the investigation and keep the report from coming out. Smart money says that he can escape prosecution and even rescue some of his closest allies. But those who rode with his gang will still be left to answer for their complicity- if not by a court of law, then most definitely by the court of public opinion. So the GOP is going to get stuck with the bill when it comes due. Only then will the sickening Trump worship wear thin and his record run of sold out shows will finally come to an end.
But while the Trump Praise Team still has their heads firmly planted up their asses about the case being a “witch hunt” I need my anti-Trump people to just keep cool. Stop tweeting and talking about how desperately you wish Mueller had just pronounced Trump a criminal so we could get to the part where Trump does the 5 a.m. perp-walk in his tighty-whiteys from the White House residence to the Capitol Rotunda. That’s not going to happen and Bob Mueller was never going to bring that dream into reality.
Regardless of the testimony that Muller provides we are certainly stuck with the reprobate in the White House until at least January of 2021. It was never his job to bail us out because 47% of voters were too lazy, disconnected or disaffected to come out and vote last time. This investigation was an examination of the last election, not an opportunity for a do-over as the most unhinged of Trumpists have claimed. It should bother any sane person to find themselves saying anything validating the certifiably nut-balls Rudy Giuliani has said. So any sane citizens that survive this carnage will let that one fly over the Cuckoo’s Nest by himself and focus on what lies ahead in 2020.
But you can be sure that Rudy will have the “ditto heads” to keep him company. And that’s ok- so long as the rest of us don’t get caught up helping those clowns push whatever crazy narrative they’ll pull out of the testimony on Mueller’s Report.
I’ll close with a shout out to the newly crowned and beautifully brown American Princess of the U.K. : Let’s all keep calm and carry on. It’s not a crime to be a disloyal and unprincipled douchebag so Trump may wind up never being indicted on anything. And the Democratic leadership looks so toothless that we probably will never get to see him impeached in The House, exonerated in The Senate, and convicted in the court of public opinion. But despite all of that, he will still have to face us in November of 2020. There is no avoiding that. We can punish his ass at the polls and leave no doubt about how America feels about presidents that bow down to Vladimir Putin. And until we get that chance I am going to channel my inner Mueller and not give a damn what anybody thinks either.