Cheat Sheet Q&A: What I really think of the Comey controversy:
Today's entry: Brian, love the show and the information you provide. I've heard your depiction of the Comey firing but not really your opinion. Since everyone in the media including those who claim not to be reporting opinions are throwing them around...what about you? I'm glad to see Comey gone but it doesn't seem like it was handled well. Did Trump botch this?
Bottom Line: Yeah, probably, but my rational isn't likely what you're expecting. The biggest mistake that people, even many of Trump's supporters, will make is trying to apply the political "rules" to President Trump. If they were right there's no way in hell Trump's the President in the first place. So why do I think he probably botched this? The timing. And no, not the timing that all of the predictable "experts", have cited. The idea of Trump having been better off by having done this sooner is absurd. The Democrats were crying for impeachment before he was even inaugurated over their unfounded lunatic conspiracies. Imagine if his first act as President was to fire Comey. It's hard to imagine the media being any less responsible than they generally are right now but they would have been. It wouldn't have been any better if the AG who the Democrats demanded recuse himself from Russian investigation (and did), had been the one to do it. So it made all of the sense in the world to wait for Rubinstein, who served under Democrats previously, was overwhelmingly confirmed in a bi-partisan vote. So why do I say the timing?
The last concern on any voter's mind in three and a half years will be James Comey. For that matter no one will care in a year in a half in the mid-terms. Voters will sure as hell care if we don't have meaningful healthcare reform and tax reform. Trump was put there to get the stuff done that politicians don't. Outside of the noise my biggest concern with the timing is the distraction it might be to an already challenged agenda timeline. If healthcare and taxes don't get done by the midterms he will most likely kiss the GOP majority goodbye in Congress & then his agenda would really be toast.
Right now is the time to do whatever it takes to get the legislative agenda passed. Anything that potentially takes away from that objective isn't wise in my view. My hope is that Congressional leaders are actually doing their level best behind the scenes while this whole fiasco plays out.
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