Robert Mueller has released his long-awaited report and for those of us who have not spent our days poring over this story in the national media outlets this denouement feels both foregone and entirely meaningless.
That this thing was treated as a somehow mystical event from the start would obviously lead to a let-down—in that the only way it wouldn’t would be if it provided some sort of insane smoking-gun conclusion that reset the political situation in the country back two years. That (for a time) a seeming majority of the liberal political and media class allowed themselves to believe that such a thing could and often would happen was a feat of collective delusion that is frankly astonishing taken as a whole, obviously indicative of mass systemic breakdown, and something that ultimately became ridiculous for most of us long ago.
That ‘smoking-gun’ evidence was ever needed or warranted is also absurd, as it is obvious on the face that DT, his administration, and his family are tremendously corrupt. This suggests the darker and more menacing truth that providing or denying traditional ‘legal’ legitimacy was never really the point—the regime is obviously unjust, and so it is largely a question of power, and the somewhat delusional hope of liberals that the rule of law would seriously constrain a movement like Trumpism.
And so in total the ‘Mueller period’ feels something like a fantasy period, whose conclusion was obviously predestined, and frankly largely irrelevant to the situation as a whole.
There doesn’t seem much to say here. The nature of the regime continues; it is not absolved by this report any more than it could have been convicted; the serious problems remain undiscussed. I suppose the best we can hope is that a select few in the media and the political system who devoted so much time and energy to this over the last two years and gave credence to the process as an important or serious part of our current situation will focus on something real.