TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022
Also, will the nation survive: Years ago, we made an announcement:
"It's all anthropology now," we memorably said.
By that, we meant that our nation's systems (such as they were) had fallen apart to such an extent that there was little hope for recovery. All that was left was an intellectual challenge—the challenge of understanding how our all-too-human behavior had brought us to this place.
In part, we weren't being fully honest with readers at that time. We still hadn't revealed the source of our various award-winning insights.
Those insights were coming to us from spokespersons for Future Anthropologists Huddled in Caves, a group of deeply disconsolate, award-winning scholars who report to us from the years which follow the global conflagration they refer to, without explanation, only as "Mister Trump's War."
As we later acknowledged, they communicate through the nocturnal submissions the haters refer to as dreams.
We channel the work of those experts. We're waiting to see what they'll have to say about the letters which appear in today's New York Times under this eye-catching heading:
Will the Jan. 6 Hearings Lead to a Trump Indictment?
Should Donald J. Trump be indicted for some sort of crime? Our personal view tends to tilt toward this gloomy thought:
The day that Donald J. Trump is indicted is the day the war begins.
Speaking more broadly, we're constantly amazed by the warren of upscale commentators whose coven meets under the auspices of Nicolle Wallace's daily two-hour show, Deadline: White House.
(We agree. The title of the two-hour show has never exactly made sense.)
Wallace's group of "favorite reporters and friends" operate under this somewhat startling rubric: The criminalization of everything.
They look for ways to get rival elites thrown in jail, successfully sued, forced to testify under oath, forced to recuse themselves from something, and perhaps given parking tickets.
They seem to care about nothing else. They seem to care about no one except The Others—those found in the rival elite.
We're often amazed by how parochial their field of vision seems to be. They show no sign of caring about the various problems which beset average people not of their high social class and income group.
Alas! "This is the way the human brain is wired," we're told by those disconsolate experts in those nocturnal seminars. According to those despondent scholars, we humans are wired for tribal conflict and for little else.
Our view? Our failing blue tribe is deeply involved in the attempt to solve a very large political problem by an array of legal means. We're disinclined to think that it can be done. Also, we don't like sending people to jail.
Who invented Donald J. Trump? Many of the people our tribe loves best played leading roles in the development of that deeply disordered being.
We did this too, President Lincoln once said. We think our blue team tends to be deeply unwise, and has been so for quite a long time.
Today, we liberals love George Conway. Back when we were starting this site, Conway was one of the elves.
He was hard at work with Coulter and Drudge, chasing Bill Clinton around and finally achieving impeachment. You won't be told a word of that as you watch Morning Joe.
More on Conway to follow. For the record, we aren't in favor of locking him up. Not even Willie and Joe!
Laurence Tribe's doom and gloom: On Saturday night, Professor Tribe appeared on MSNBC. Near the end of his interview segment, he offered this:
TRIBE (6/11/22): What [Merrick Garland] has to do is make a very difficult choice. A lot of people who think it's easy underestimate the existential significance of indicting a former president.
Still speaking of Garland, Professor Tribe said this:
TRIBE: Many people are telling him that it would cause deep unrest, violent reaction, maybe even civil war, for the popular former president to be indicted. What he'll have to do is ask whether the costs to the country, in terms of having this repeat itself, and in terms of having us absolutely go down the tubes as a democracy, whether those outweigh the undoubted complicated costs of indicting a former president. That's the balance that I think he will be struggling with.
It's unlikely that you'll see this viewpoint debated on Deadline: White House. In our view, Professor Tribe may know what we need, but Wallace knows what we want.
Tribe says it's clear that Trump has committed "serious federal crimes." We have no idea, but we think this is a major political problem, one our vastly self-impressed tribe has helped created over the past sixty years.
Also, we don't like sending people to jail. For Professor Tribe's fuller remarks, you can just click here.