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Comey's cloud

I was not inter­ested in watch­ing yesterday’s Comey pub­lic the­ater. There are sev­eral rea­sons why, and they all add up to we are being played.

Here are four rea­sons why I did not watch:

  1. Two cable news chan­nels were so hell-​bent on hyp­ing it that they had a count­down clock on the bot­tom cor­ner of their screens.
  2. Each polit­i­cal side had already made up its mind.

  3. The guy got fired. Peo­ple who have been fired have an axe to grind.

  4. Comey was going to have hours on tele­vi­sion on which to cause the most dam­age in the most sub­tle way. Comey has decades of expe­ri­ence as a mas­ter oper­a­tor in D.C. As such, he was not going to dis­play Pres. Trump’s head on a pike à la Kathy Grif­fin; instead he was going to gather a dark cloud big enough that he could leave it there so it could cause a storm.

Face it, we’re being played.

And Comey is a player.

This would not be the first time Comey aimed to con­trol the Wash­ing­ton weather: Last year he famously listed the case against Hillary Clin­ton and aimed to dis­perse the incom­ing storm that would have caused by essen­tially say­ing, “no mat­ter” since no judge would indict her.

Scott John­son looks at Comey’s lat­est dark cloud:

We learned yes­ter­day that once he was fired by Pres­i­dent Trump Comey him­self sought to engi­neer the appoint­ment of a spe­cial coun­sel. Mis­sion accomplished.

Comey has met with Mueller and turned over his memos of con­ver­sa­tions that he had with Trump while serv­ing as FBI Direc­tor. Comey con­veyed the impres­sion that Trump is a cur­rent sub­ject of Mueller’s inves­ti­ga­tion for obstruc­tion of jus­tice based on Comey’s fir­ing and Trump’s sub­se­quent remarks. John Pod­horetz reads the tea leaves here. There are com­pli­ca­tions with this line of thought.

I am trou­bled by Comey’s con­fi­dence that the obstruc­tion train is going down the tracks. Alan Der­showitz con­sid­ers the issue here and here, Andrew McCarthy here.

In that sense, Comey’s per­for­mance was a success.

Hosea 8:7 has some­thing to say about the weather,

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirl­wind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swal­low it up.

Time will tell.

UPDATE

Linked to by The Other McCain. Thank you!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog.

I was not interested in watching yesterday’s Comey public theater. There are several reasons why, and they all add up to we are being played.

Here are four reasons why I did not watch:

  1. Two cable news channels were so hell-bent on hyping it that they had a countdown clock on the bottom corner of their screens.
  2. Each political side had already made up its mind.

  3. The guy got fired. People who have been fired have an axe to grind.

  4. Comey was going to have hours on television on which to cause the most damage in the most subtle way. Comey has decades of experience as a master operator in D.C. As such, he was not going to display Pres. Trump’s head on a pike a la Kathy Griffin; instead he was going to gather a dark cloud big enough that he could leave it there so it could cause a storm.

Face it, we’re being played.

And Comey is a player.

This would not be the first time Comey aimed to control the Washington weather: Last year he famously listed the case against Hillary Clinton and aimed to disperse the incoming storm that would have caused by essentially saying, “no matter” since no judge would indict her.

Scott Johnson looks at Comey’s latest dark cloud:

We learned yesterday that once he was fired by President Trump Comey himself sought to engineer the appointment of a special counsel. Mission accomplished.

Comey has met with Mueller and turned over his memos of conversations that he had with Trump while serving as FBI Director. Comey conveyed the impression that Trump is a current subject of Mueller’s investigation for obstruction of justice based on Comey’s firing and Trump’s subsequent remarks. John Podhoretz reads the tea leaves here. There are complications with this line of thought.

I am troubled by Comey’s confidence that the obstruction train is going down the tracks. Alan Dershowitz considers the issue here and here, Andrew McCarthy here.

In that sense, Comey’s performance was a success.

Hosea 8:7 has something to say about the weather,

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

Time will tell.

UPDATE

Linked to by The Other McCain. Thank you!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.