As long as the power vacuum resulting from the absence of leadership persists, the winds of change will blow the political initiative in Washington from one spot to another as the result of chaotic efforts from all corners to seize control.
Senate Democrats were in charge of Washington in January until Schumer caved, giving away all their bargaining chips for absolutely nothing: a stunning concession that in any other political context would reek of collusion. Then the wind shifted, and the right sensed an unearned shot at power (holding the majority is not “power,” a concept that implies the ability actually to do something). Would the GOP try for some introductory form of ethnic cleansing, provoke an unnecessary war with North Korea, or focus like a laser on using their brand new tax Christmas gift to themselves to accelerate the transfer of American wealth into their own pockets? Many possibilities appeared to be emerging from the dense political fog of the Lost Year 2017. Then, as is their nature, the winds shifted again, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted the Russians, smoothly brushing aside all the old debate, leaving the following clear albeit by no means mutually exclusive choices: 1) colluding, 2) being unwitting, 3) covering up.
Political systems are designed to take action. Political systems that are collapsing from their own dead weight inflate like an old star, ejecting a ball-shaped tidal wave of chaotic energy and leaving behind in the center a vacuum. If that vacuum happens to contain a Loose Cannon, then that Loose Cannon will continue doing what Loose Cannons do. Regardless, some force will naturally, inevitably attempt to displace that vacuum to reestablish order.
As of February 16, 2018, that force was Robert Mueller.
Three Hypotheses on Alleged GOP Ties to Russian Interference in the 2016 Election
A. The Collusion Hypothesis – Some GOP Individuals Colluded with Russians to Undermine U.S. Democracy
B. The Non-Witting Hypothesis – Some GOP Individuals Were Dupes of the Russians
C. The Cover-Up Hypothesis – Some GOP Individuals Tried to Cover It Up
GOP Cover-Up: In a pathetically clueless reaction that supports the Cover-Up Hypothesis, GOP Senator Rubio intoned that the indictments demonstrate that the problem is “not partisan.” In reality, as long as the White House insists on the “no collusion” claim plus the line that the whole thing is essentially “fake news,” then “partisan” is precisely what it is. The absolute minimum requirement to make this issue “not partisan” at this point would be vigorous, sincere, no-holds-barred bipartisan investigation of the issue of connections between Russia and the White House.