July 25, 2019

NOTHING PERPLEXES lEFT/rIGHT MORE...:

On Wednesday, We Got the Robert Mueller We Needed (ANDREW EGGER,  JULY 24, 2019, The Bulwark)

Why did Mueller testify at all? Plainly not because he felt it was necessary to his work--as he made clear time and again Wednesday, Mueller considers his report to be his first and last word on the findings of his investigation. Certainly not too out of desire to seek publicity or grandstand, as was so transparently the case with many of his questioners on both sides of the aisle. Rather, it seems Mueller came only because he was asked, and considered it part of his duty to answer for his work if called to do so. To partisans incapable of judging a public figure's actions except through the lens of whose tribe it helps and whose tribe it harms, it may have seemed a foolish endeavor. Perhaps Mueller privately felt so too. But it is to his credit that he came and slogged through the whole silly spectacle regardless.

If this is the last we see of Mueller--as it very likely is--it was a fitting sendoff. The Robert Mueller who showed up Wednesday was neither party's caricature of him: Not the duplicitous, Trump-deranged witch-hunter bedeviled by much of the right, not the messianic, giant-slaying #Resistance hero adored by much of the left. Rather, he was just the dowdy old lawyer and public servant who was called on to do a crazily difficult and controversial task, and did it as best he could with the least possible amount of drama or fuss. That was the Robert Mueller we needed, and the Robert Mueller we got. Don't blame him if we can't handle the rest.


...than adults.

Posted by at July 25, 2019 10:50 AM

  

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