The Clusterphenomenon Overtaking the US. By Holman Jenkins Jr.
That Thursday’s indictment wouldn’t have been brought against any other member of the human race can be divined almost as readily by listening to a Democratic commentator as a Republican one. …
The Trump issue blows away all else — well played, Mr Biden:
It can hardly be exaggerated how expertly Joe Biden and Democrats have navigated themselves down a funnel from which the only escape is Mr Trump being next year’s GOP nominee.
The sensible analyst Greg Valliere speculated on Bloomberg TV on Friday that the indictment would improve Mr Trump’s chance of winning the nomination while weakening his chance of winning the general election.
This is a hole-in-one for Mr Biden. Any other scenario and he would be perceived to be in a deep hole by his own party. He’s got the worst inflation in 40 years, a banking crisis and a possible recession in the offing, never mind the age issue. But even a ham sandwich might have a good chance of beating Mr Trump. Mr Biden is the Democrats’ ham sandwich. …
The ruling class concentrate all their ire on Trump, taking oxygen away from the issues he raises:
In the manner of the greatest demagogues, the compelling story for his supporters eventually stopped being anything Mr Trump said about policy or governance or the country’s interests; the compelling story became Mr Trump himself, the symbolic thumb in the establishment’s eye.
This is the gift Democrats gave America, with the Russia-collusion farce most of all. Mr Trump could not have done this himself. He could not have dreamed it would happen until it did.
The non-clubbable, honest left, which in recent months has increasingly detached itself from the Democratic Party over issues of censorship and disinformation, rightly pointed out early and often that Mr Trump’s best press agent was Adam Schiff. …
Don’t take any notice of the real criminals:
To get to the presidency, in a perverse twist of fate, Mr Biden had to become embroiled in a whole new layer of the Russia hoax, via the Hunter Biden laptop and the fog of disinformation about its provenance from the US intelligence community. And the story isn’t finished.
Democrats and their media allies are whistling frantically past the graveyard. The remarkable Philip Bump in the Washington Post recently argued that new revelations of federally flagged “suspicious” payments from a China fixer to members of the Biden family aren’t necessarily proof of anything nefarious. He also strongly militated against any official or journalistic legwork to make sure they aren’t nefarious.
Here we go again — with the FBI, intelligence agencies, prosecutors and the courts getting ready to turn the 2024 presidential election into legal-political clusterphenomenon against which even the 2016 antics of FBI Chief James Comey will pale in comparison.
What should have happened:
A God that truly loved America would find a way to intervene before the campaign gets too far along. We could instead get a race between two 40 or 50-something governors from sunny states far from Washington, D.C., who might have played baseball in college.
The Bible tells of a chosen people who were given the promised land. But they forgot their God, strayed from his path, and increasingly worshiped Baal instead. After numerous warnings their God forsook them, ramping up their punishments, allowing them to be conquered, and even hauled off to exile in Babylon. But no one reads the Bible anymore, because … it forbids gay sex.