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Comey’s Comet

He just keeps coming around. 

Or does the News orbit around him?  

Any time there’s a major investigation, he’s somehow personally involved.  Why is that?  He’s gotten a lot more than his 15 minutes of fame. Now he’s just bogarting the microphone. 

Remember when Ashcroft was laid up with appendicitis or pancreatitis or whatever the hell it was and Comey sped to the hospital to head off Alberto Gonzales?  Those Bush guys were masters of sophistication compared to the Trump gang. 

Comey says he’s been defamed. You mean like he defamed Hillary Clinton last year and saddled us with Trump and the granny starvers for four years? (Sounds like the name of a band, doesn’t it? Anyone want to take a stab at what kind of music they play?)

I saw Paul Ryan a few minutes ago trying to spin Comey’s testimony by saying that Trump is not a politician and didn’t know better. 

Is that the best he could do?  That the sotto voce request was unintentional?  Really? The guy is a billionaire, allegedly. He knows what he’s doing. 

And in any case, government officials are not supposed to swear loyalty to a person. They’re supposed to swear fealty to the constitution and the laws of the land. Capisce? 

Then there was the rambling thing that John McCain did about why was it ok to drop the Clinton campaign’s ties to Russia but not Trump’s. I think he deliberately messed that up. His masters may have told him to get in line but instead he just sounds incoherent. There aren’t any useful sound bites for Fox News to work with. It’s doesn’t track logically. 

Wait, lack of logic has never made a difference to the emotional reasoners of the Fox News audience. So, have at it Senator. Toss that word salad. 

Speaking of Fox, the Washington Post has been following the chyrons at all of the network news channels. The tribalism is distinct. There’s a Fox News tribe of the perpetually mislead and willfully ignorant, and then there are the rest of us. 

The Intelligence Committee has gone behind closed doors. We won’t know what is being said. But keep your eyes peeled on the faces of the committee members as they come out. Especially the respective parties. Should be interesting.