As Election Day looms and polling indicates that it may bring a good old-fashioned beat-down, the malignant narcissist in the White House is desperate to pull another Comey out of a hat. But approximately four centuries have passed since Comey decided the FBI director role was too small for such a big man.
The schemes and political constraints that existed in 2016 seem as outlandish and quaint as the machinations around the Second Treaty of Ulm. Rather than Comey trampling over dithering Justice Department lawyers at the eleventh hour to take center stage and play Last Honest Man to disastrous effect, we’ve seen an open, years-long effort by Trump and his toadies to tip the scales.
But they keep coming up short. Trump got himself impeached for his personal efforts to rig the election. The henchmen he deployed to dig up dirt on the Obama administration found precisely jack and shit.
The pseudo-scandal hype-cycle on Fox News keeps raising and dashing the hopes of the network’s most avid viewer. The Barr boondoggle to investigate the origins of the Mueller probe, the “unmasking” wild goose chase, the Durham snipe hunt — all came to a sad trombone conclusion.
It’s driving the man with the remote buggy. From The Post:
President Trump and his advisers have repeatedly discussed whether to fire FBI Director Christopher A. Wray after Election Day — a scenario that also could imperil the tenure of Attorney General William P. Barr as the president grows increasingly frustrated that federal law enforcement has not delivered his campaign the kind of last-minute boost that the FBI provided in 2016, according to people familiar with the matter.
The conversations among the president and senior aides stem in part from their disappointment that Wray in particular but Barr as well have not done what Trump had hoped — indicate that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden or other Biden associates are under investigation, these people say. Like others, they spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose internal discussions.
Rudy unzipped the latest deus ex machina and promptly fell down his own open fly. With the possible exception of Wray, there isn’t a shred of integrity among the players, so I don’t rule out an official attempt to make allegations too hinky to be taken seriously outside the Murdoch-Breitbart ecosystem a thing.
But Trump’s seething frustration as described above might be a tell that he thinks official wingnut DC has forsaken him. With all that rattling around in his tiny pea-brain, it would not be surprising if Trump is even more feral during tonight’s debate. “Fuck it, I’ll do it live,” he’s probably thinking.
Are y’all going to watch the Trash-Spill in Nashville? I’m not sure I have the fortitude, so I’m a maybe.