One of the New York Times’ never-Trump, conservative columnists smells a rat. Ross Douthat recalls that LBJ spied on Barry Goldwater’s campaign in 1964, emboldened because “the entire political establishment treated Goldwater as a unique threat to the norms of postwar politics, a dangerous man likely to bring fascism to America or to lead the United States into thermonuclear war.”
Fifty-two years later, the political establishment (Andrew McCabe, James Comey, James Clapper, William Brennan, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page et al.) felt it their patriotic duty to prevent another “dangerous man.”
Having the law-enforcement arm of the executive branch surveil a presidential nominee from the opposing party is still the kind of case where, in a non-Trump context,anyone suspicious of our security state would smell a rat. …
Now that the Mueller investigation has concluded that whatever the F.B.I. thought they saw happening was probably not, in fact, the kind of complex conspiracy suggested by Christopher Steele’s infamous dossier and other maximally alarmist theories, it’s reasonable to ask some more questions …
If, as seems possible, some of those pungent parts were actually invented in Moscow, then the F.B.I. took unprecedented steps with uncertain constitutional implications while under the influence of bogus information.
Blaska’s bottom Line: Douthat won’t say it so we will: if the “pungent parts” were “invented in Moscow,” then who REALLY is guilty of collusion?