Managing Expectations in Political Warfare
Last year, Donald Trump promised to "Make America Great Again," to repeal Obamacare, and to build a "big, beautiful wall" — and make Mexico pay for it. Last week, Democrats in the House of Representatives actually held a vote to impeach him, after many liberal news outlets and politicians had promised his end was nigh.
Also last week, mainstream media outlets botched not one, not two, but three massive stories about the Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Each story promised a twist in the investigation that could spell Trump's doom, and each turned out to be a dud.
Meanwhile, the economy remains solid, some form of tax reform seems likely to become law, some Trump associates face serious charges, and everyone is really really angry — and doesn't want to admit they're disappointed. The New York Times suggested Trump had an unrealistic expectation of the presidency's powers, and it seems liberals have an unrealistic expectation of Mueller's impact.
Liberals see Trump as the abomination of desolation. They scream "Not My President!" They protest and protest and protest. They knock over hundred-year-old statues that have nothing to do with Trump, just because he champions American greatness.
While only 40 percent of Americans sayd they think Trump should be impeached and removed from office, a whopping 72 percent of black Americans say so, along with 52 percent of Hispanic Americans. More than two-thirds of Democrats (69 percent) say he should be impeached and removed. A full 91 percent of Republicans disagree.
Conservatives see a hostile media, jumping on Trump's every move. They see media outlets obsessing over a koi pond. They see The New York Times — the country's newspaper of record — working to rehabilitate Communism, an ideology that killed more people than any other force in history. At least the Times noted that Trump isn't Hitler. Thanks, I guess.
Some conservatives see more than a hostile media, however. National Review's Andrew McCarthy suggests that the entire Mueller investigation is a salvo in political warfare — a tactic to discredit President Trump and undermine his 2020 candidacy, more than a search for truth or an investigation into one particular crime.
Meanwhile, conservatives also see bombshells about Hillary Clinton's corruption. New revelations underscored corruption in the Uranium One deal, and suggested Mueller might have been complicit. Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer notorious for meeting with Donald Trump Jr. during the campaign, also met with Fusion GPS — the firm the DNC and the Clinton campaign paid to compile the Trump dossier — before and after the Trump Jr. meeting. Oh, and the FBI arrested Russian spies trying to get close to Clinton, right around the time of Uranium One.