Union By Subtraction

Investigatory Rhymes

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“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation.”

Some Democrats snickered at that line. The more deranged coochie cappers took it as Trump threatening to launch a foreign war if Democrats don’t back off. If they were students of history, however, they’d see a president taking yesterday’s lessons and applying them to a contemporary problem. The strategy became clear with the first quote:

“Our country is vibrant, and our economy is thriving like never before. On Friday, it was announced that we added another 304,000 jobs last month alone — almost double the number what was expected. An economic miracle is taking place in the United States — and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations,” Trump warned.

This is very simple. The Clinton years gave us a template for how to handle situations such as this. If you’ll recall, Republicans probed Clinton’s life and ultimately got their prize in the form of a stained blue dress. But while it made great fodder for right wing circles, the public at large became weary of the whole project and ultimately rejected the attempt to take him down, as evidenced by the conviction push in Congress that never stood a chance.

Slick Willy knew he had a winning hand with his good economy, albeit one that fell into his lap thanks to a Republican Congress and a tech boom that revolutionized industry. But this is the public at large, and groups in large numbers rarely entertain nuance. Clinton was the president and things were going well. The people harassing him threatened to upset that success.

It was just that simple, and it worked like a charm.

Similarly, PDT has a lot going for him. The economy is booming, the US and North Korea are at the negotiating table as opposed to engaging in nuclear pissing contests, NATO members are forking over cash, ISIS has been decimated and countries are buying energy from us for a change.

PDT is betting that the public will choose results over a transparently political witch hunt. History tends to agree with his hypothesis.

As for the “threat of war,” this is just a desperately stupid misinterpretation of his statement. In context, he’s saying that no one else would be getting us out of Afghanistan, Syria, etc. and thus if he goes, so do plans for peace. He’s essentially correct, but Democrats mustn’t ever recognize the neocons who run their foreign policy.

If Trump goes, the neocons are back. That’s a reason to rally behind the president, and that’s exactly how it was meant.

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