Now the fun begins
First off, let's never forget where the Russiagate disaster came from.
New book by 'Shattered' by Clinton insiders reveals that "blame Russia" plan was hatched "within twenty-four hours" of election loss. pic.twitter.com/NDUk90Jp5q
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 11, 2017
This wasn't a "progressive" or "leftist" konspiracy theory.
This ridiculous theory came straight from the centrist, "pragmatic" Clinton-wing of the mainstream Democratic Party establishment.
It's important to make that distinction. Remember all of the times the MSM almost begged the real left to get on-board with this garbage.
NYMag: "It is very strange that the self-styled populist wing of the left is so indifferent to this project."
Atlantic: "If Blumenthal and Greenwald are indignant about Kris Kobach’s efforts to limit Americans’ ability to choose their leaders, they should be indignant about Vladimir Putin’s too."
NYTimes: "But as the investigation led by Robert Mueller closes in on more Trump associates like Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, it seems clear that the Russia story is only going to get bigger. Rather than downplay or deny it, the left should embrace it."
Week: "But the Russiagate story matters, and the left should be paying attention."
The fallout from this catastrophe will reach well into the 2020 election, and the Hillary Dead-Enders deserve all the blame.
Congratulations to Russia-obsessed Democrats for being the single-most valuable contributors to the Donald J. Trump 2020 re-election campaign!
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 24, 2019
And in the U.S., the Democrats have clearly shot themselves in the foot. Instead of wasting their time on Russiagate, they could have focused more clearly on issues such as inequality, health care, the opioid epidemic, climate change. They have a chance to run a more meaningful campaign now that Mueller’s done – but the mistake will hang over them just as the Iraq war still hangs over the Republicans.
...On the other hand, it distracted many Americans from the real causes of Hillary Clinton’s defeat and Trump’s victory. Those causes, at the forefront of media attention for a short while after the election, were about the Democrats’ failure to engage certain poor and middle class voters. Russiagate, however, made Putin’s evil trickery the issue. It worked in the short term, but failed in the longer-run – also in both countries.
Russiagate/Hillary Dead-Enders may have bought some time, but now the chickens have come home to roost. Their epic failure in 2016 (after their epic failures in 2010 and 2014), is now free to be examined again, but in the light of the epic failure of Russiagate.
After defending the special counsel’s integrity for more than a year, Dems have little room to challenge his conclusion there was no conspiracy.
The Russiagate/Hillary Dead-Enders are already moving goal posts.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 23, 2019
You’ve got MSNBC analyst and “Saint Mueller Preserve Us” t-shirt salesman Malcolm Nance starting up a whole new conspiracy theory that Barr has committed the “greatest scandal in history to coverup the greatest scandal in history,” I guess implying that Barr is lying about the contents of a report that will with absolute certainty be viewed and verified by other people. You’ve got some trying to pretend that Russiagaters never cared about Russiagate at all anyway.
Trump is clearly a short-term loser, long-term winner of Russiagate.
However, the biggest winners were the MIC/Intelligence Complex. They used Russiagate to build the tools to control dissenting opinions on social media.
They also managed to rehabilitate neocon warmongers.
On the losing side is the centrist, "pragmatic" Clinton-wing of the mainstream Democratic Party establishment. They blew it yet again, and the progressive grassroots were already unhappy with them. Discredited is a word people should use often.
However, the biggest losers is the MSM. Trust in the news media was mostly gone already.
As Matt Taibbi put it: Russiagate is this generation's WMD.
For the MSM credibility, Russiagate was it's Waterloo.