Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is floundering. The polls show him behind Joe Biden by double digits, Twitter is now calling out the president for his patently false postings, and he can’t even fill an arena when he needs to give the impression that he’s picking up momentum.
Former campaign manager Brad Parscale was recently given the boot, but that’s unlikely to make much difference since Parscale isn’t the person voters will be casting a ballot for in November. The names on the ballot will be Trump-Pence, not Trump-Parscale.
So what can Trump do to save his ass now that he looks vulnerable? Simple. He’s going to have his handpicked attorney general, William Barr, spring an “October surprise” to try and reshuffle the deck. Problem is, we now know that’s the plan, thanks in large part to Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast, who writes that Barr is counting on John Durham to change the narrative:
“Our attention must turn to John Durham. He’s the Connecticut prosecutor whom Barr has appointed to come up with an October Surprise to help re-elect Trump. The plan is obviously for Durham to hand down indictments before the election of John Brennan, James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Chris Orr, and anyone else involved in the so-called scandal of the FBI’s investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign.”
Imagine the headline: RUSSIA USED FBI AND INTEL AGENCIES TO ATTACK 2016 TRUMP CAMPAIGN. Or at least that’s Barr’s wet dream, his ultimate wish for what Durham might be able to provide just in time to save Trump’s bacon weeks before Election Day:
“Recently, in a big New York Times Magazine profile of Barr, Mattathias Schwartz asked Barr a number of pointed questions about what Durham is up to. Barr all but admitted that what he expects from Durham is a finding that yes, Russia did interfere in the 2016 election—but on behalf of Hillary Clinton, not Trump. Or at least, he wants something like that to muddy the picture.”
But there’s a way Democrats (and all of us) can head off whatever Durham happens to find (or manufactures to please Barr and Trump), and it involves exactly what Tomasky is doing: Expose the plot. Shout it from the rooftops and make sure people are expecting the Hail Mary pass later this year. That way you inoculate everyone from the pending bullshit:
“If you expect that X is about to happen, you start saying that X is about to happen, and X is corrupt. That way, you’ve planted the seed, so when X happens, you say, ‘See! I told you so! This is corrupt.'”
Make no mistake about Donald Trump and the goons who surround him. They will do anything to try and win him a second term. But by anticipating their future moves, they can be defeated and eventually made to pay for their crimes.
Sorry, Billy Barr, but we’re on to you and your boss. And we’re letting the world know.