In an earlier life Larry Tribe was the most renowned liberal law professor in the land. Now he's more like a notorious liberal professor--notorious for his unhinged, non-reality based, tweets against Trump. So, when you read this tweet from Tribe:
Much as I hate to say it, this morning’s hearing was a disaster. Far from breathing life into his damning report, the tired Robert Mueller sucked the life out of it. The effort to save democracy and the rule of law from this lawless president has been set back, not advanced.
9:30 AM - 24 Jul 2019
that pretty much tells you all you need to know about Mueller's disastrous performance today. Liberal pundits across the land are admitting it: impeachment is dead.
Two things I don't get:
1) Why did Dems do this?
2) Why did Mueller do this?
What did the Dems think was realistically in this for them? And, for goodness sake, what did Mueller think could possibly go right for him?
And here's another thing: Mueller can't say Barr didn't offer him a way out. Barr said, I'll support you if you refuse to testify. But, no, Mueller somehow knew better--he listened to Jerry Nadler and the siren call of impeachment theater. Imagine that! Pride goeth before the fall.
It's a bit like, Trump told Theresa May how to do Brexit, but she thought she knew better--she listened to Angela Merkel, instead. Now May is out, and Merkel shakes uncontrollably in public appearances. Trump? He's still tweeting. And laughing.
This could go on and on, but this from Sean Davis says a lot:
It's amazing to watch a federal official and court officer dispute the bedrock judicial standard of "innocent until proven guilty" in this country. But it certainly explains some of his heinous misconduct in previous investigations he ran.
11:00 AM - 24 Jul 2019
Well, here we go--two more tweets:
I would feel kinda bad for Bob “Mr Magoo” Mueller today-
except he had no problem threatening, bankrupting, ruining and imprisoning people for minor crimes
in the course of what he had to know what a politically motivated investigation that was all based on a lie.
10:16 AM - 24 Jul 2019
Donald J. Trump
I would like to thank the Democrats for holding this morning’s hearing. Now, after 3 hours, Robert Mueller has to subject himself to #ShiftySchiff - an Embarrassment to our Country!
10:04 AM - 24 Jul 2019
Trump earned the right to say that--the hard way.
Why did Mueller do this?ReplyDelete
Mueller hates Trump, and Mueller thought he would be able to remove Trump from office. Mueller thought he would become a historic hero for doing so.
I disagree with the idea that Mueller was Weissman's puppet. Mueller has been in charge from the beginning to the present day.
Mueller is oblivious to the contempt that his actions in this scandal have earned from a huge portion of the politically aware population.
He has disgraced ...
* the institution of Special Counsel
* the FBI
* the US Justice Department
* the US Government.
It's clear that for some people hatred consumes them and causes them to lose all perspective.Delete
While I think that Weissmann pretty much called the shots for Team Mueller and wrote the report, nevertheless Mueller owned it. The position is defined by the regs, and nowhere in the regs does it say the SC can be a figurehead and doesn't own the report that he signs off on. He knew that going in, and he went ahead. He gets no sympathy from me.
Wow, what a performance!ReplyDelete
This shows just how far our country has fallen. We have shed discernment and subscribed to the theory of moral relevance.
I don't know Robert Mueller and I'm not going to comment on his service as a marine. But this farce that he is some great patriot, oh, please. Patriots don't railroad innocent men. Patriots don't lie to the Nation. Patriots don't hire 17 Angry Democrats to investigate a Republican. Patriots don't charge some men and let other men go for the same crime.
James Gagliano said no Republican dared to challenge this great patriot. What a crock.
A lot of virtue signalling by the Dems. The Reps were mostly pretty good. Radcliffe destroyed Bobby Boy.
Mueller's bad hearing (eh, what's that Sonny) doesn't wash. He knew what this hearing would be like. It's not so great to be the center of the Nation's attention, is it Bobby Boy?
As you said in a past column, "How does it feel?"
"how far our country has fallen"Delete
When you see supposedly eminent LE and legal people and the majority in the House perfectly willing to rubbish the principle of innocent till proven guilty, ...
Bobby Boy was doddering again. And how does he get to decide what questions that he will or won't answer? No one challenged him. I know that this was agreed to ahead of time but the Reps should've pushed.ReplyDelete
I didn't get to hear every Rep speak. Nunes was spectacular. Some Rep in the first session was great when he said that the American People need to hear the truth. He was calm and measured.
I kept thinking "How can anyone watch Mueller and not think it's insane to keep this farce up?" This was a clown show and the it blew up in the Dem's face.
It couldn't happen to a nicer group of people. Now We the People Must do our job in November of 2020.
The GOP had their act together. I really liked Turner on exoneration.Delete
I've been saying this for some time, but it bears repeating: it's Team Sport Politics. My team wins; your team loses; by any means necessary, including moving the goal posts and changing the rules. He who has the power has the power to do his own bidding. As in voting--it's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the vote that determines the outcome.ReplyDelete
Larry Tribe's observation confirms this perspective. He doesn't care about the rule of law, nor democracy--that's window dressing boilerplate--he cares about power.
Some years ago in a forum he debated Richard Epstein in NYC about the proposed Obamacare, and answered my first question with: if the people, expressing their will through their elected representatives, enact legislation (Obamacare), there's little rationale for the USSC to overturn it. Literally, the people deserve what they vote for--no (Constitutional) limiting principle involved. His response had the benefit of being simple, perhaps simplistic. Though, this way leads anarchy, democratic anarchy in Tribe's formulation...
He thinks that way because like all leftists he believes he can fool most of the people most of the time. Like that MIT prof who designed Obamacare.Delete