Media has been abuzz for the last day and overnight about a meeting between Donald Trump, Jr, Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and a Russian lawyer. The admission by Trump that the meeting occurred is said to belie months of denials that anyone in the campaign met with Russian operatives.
At this point, if you’re like me, you just stifled a yawn. It’s not that I don’t care about foreign influence on our elections. I do. It’s that I don’t believe there was any substantive effect on our election by Russia. We own this one, boys and girls, and can’t blame it on a foreign bogeyman.
Suppose, for the sake of argument, that the worst imaginings of anti-Trump Democrats and their Russia Narrative are all true:
- Suppose that President Trump is a Russian spy
- Suppose that he’s employed by Russia to damage America because he’s broke
- Suppose that the Russian mob has dirt on him that he wants kept secret
- Suppose that the Russians secretly managed his campaign
- Suppose that the Russians hacked the DNC to feed Trump information
- Suppose that the Russians hacked the election*, but still allowed Hillary to win the popular vote
What all of that would mean, collectively, is that Democrats, with the news organizations of the Associated Press, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and even ESPN carrying their water were bested by a foreign propaganda mill feeding stories to Facebook.
It would mean that there was dirt in the Democrat campaign bad enough for Russia to use.
Republicans are certainly not off the hook, here. Rather than worry that Russia called the shots in 2016, Republicans should be worried that there was enough dissatisfaction with their party to allow Donald Trump to win its nomination.
I don’t know if any of the Russia Narrative bullet points above are actually true. I do know that the president appears to be preoccupied with it.
It should be noted that the very fact that Trump, Jr. had to reach out to a Russian lawyer to discuss dirt on the Clinton campaign means that the campaign had no ongoing connection to Russia.
Many in the party are too busy defending Trump from the relentless swarm of the leftist Russia narrative to get a handle on their real predicament.
* I’m not really sure how that last point works, but it’s a tenet of faith among the left.