We can’t make this stuff up.
Watching the TV news this morning a vision from long ago popped into my head. I have never been the one to make sense out of poetic symbolism, so my interpretations are reflections of my own mental workings. To me, it does appear as though somebody left the cake out in the rain.
Yesterday, in a post, I unloaded, not on Donald Trump, President of the United States, but on the people who supported him in his candidacy, voted for him, and still support him. I castigated the entire American conservative community for its mendacity, its shameful disdain for the truth, its sordid and phony moral basis. I pinned American conservatism to the current president, and bathed them in his stench. I could have waited one more day.
Since yesterday the mire has deepened, as it does without pause. A story that broke late in the day on Tuesday has crystallized the issue for many: From The New York Times:
WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.
The documentation of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. Late Tuesday, Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, demanded that the F.B.I. turn over all “memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings” of discussions between Mr. Trump and Mr. Comey.
Contemporaneous notes and memoranda by FBI agents have been ruled to be admissible evidence in court, so the story distills down to whom we believe. The President denies this happened, so it’s going to be President Trump’s word against that of the FBI Director, whom he subsequently fired while issuing a fraudulent explanation for that action. It’s a game the President should avoid. In a string of falsifications, beginning two years ago when he launched his campaign and continuing without letup since inauguration day, this President has flogged us with a litany of lies and various other untruths. His veracity would find difficulty stacking up against one of those illegal Mexicans he so disdains.
One thing I’m seeing on the TV news I find easy to believe is that members of the President’s own party will start to make some distance from him only when the scandal begins to touch their electorate. Recent town hall meetings with congressional Republicans have seen scathing backlash from voters, but this has mainly been with regard to the Party’s movement on health care insurance. The President lies, the President doesn’t lie; the President is a fool, the President is not a fool; the President is inept, the President is not inept (sort of a double negative)—these are the kinds ot things that do not hit voters right in the gut. The question is whether President Trump’s base of conservative voters will start to come out of a deep slumber and realize this is not the person they thought they had voted for. Don’t count on it. This is the candidate who boasted, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” That’s an astounding grade of Teflon.
Meanwhile we may be watching the actualization of a meme from days gone by. It could be that MacArthur Park is melting in the dark.