Shallow State – The Progressive Pussyhat Unravels

Evidently knitted together with weak yarn, a grab was not necessary for this hat to disintegrate.  A gentle pull on one of its many loose strands was enough to have it fall apart and reveal the heads of the many loose screws who wore it.

Although the controversy that sparked this unraveling – a suggested investigation into the wiretapping of the Trump campaign – is still unfolding, there is already more than enough damage done to Progressive objectives that we feel obligated to take stock of what the Left did wrong.

There are two lessons to take from this fiasco.  One lesson is particular to its immediate circumstances, the other general.

First, the Progressive story about a Trump-Russia connection has backfired and is now checked.

Second, Progressive FedGov machinery has devolved into an incompetent Shallow State less and less able to defend Liberal interests.

The flimsy allegations Russia somehow coordinated with the Trump campaign have trapped the accusers in a catch-22 they have no obvious way to escape from:

  • If the Obama administration did have the Trump campaign wiretapped, numerous Obama officials are at risk of becoming targets of criminal investigations.
  • If the Obama administration did not have the Trump campaign wiretapped, no actual evidence of collusion with Russia was found because if it was it would have surely been leaked during the campaign.

In either case the Progressives can do little more with their allegations.  If they insist on their investigation going forward the Left risks Trump retaliating with his own investigation into the legality of the wiretaps.  Based on the non-denial denials coming from Obama officials it is doubtful they believe they will come out of an investigation looking better than Trump.

If the Progressives back off their story they are admitting they knew their reported accusations were based on little to no evidence.

Trump, for his part, is in an envious position.

He has good justification to remove the thoroughly untrustworthy James Comey as FBI Director and replace him with a Trump loyalist (Rudy?  Christie?) because, if there were questionable wiretaps, Comey stands to be liable since his approval would have been involved in the investigative process.

Trump also has the option of pursuing a full scale investigation into the wiretaps, or, instead, holding out the threat of an investigation to keep the Progressives off balance.

Meanwhile, the Progressives are left anxious wondering what his intentions are about other potentially illegal actions of the Obama administration such as the former administration’s very close connections with Islamic terrorism, the Fast and Furious scandal, or the response to the Benghazi siege.

But the most worrying item for the Left is the feeble state of its vaunted “Deep State” which in reality looks to be a toothless Shallow State staffed with bumbling Civil Servants.

Judged by the standards  intelligence operations the Shallow State has proven a total failure and it leaves the observer with no reason to believe it will be more successful in the future.

One of the first rules of counter-intelligence is to not alert enemies too soon about monitoring efforts.  When Germany’s enigma code was cracked by the Allies Churchill did not warn British citizens about the timing of planned German airstrikes he had learned about through deciphered intercepts.  Churchill chose not to act on that information early so the Germans would not know to change their encryption codes.

The Shallow State is beginning to pay heavily for ignoring this iron rule.

Instead of telling Obama personnel to lie low for a few years and slowly gather information about the Trump administration, the impatient former administration has stupidly let Trump in on their game before Trump had enough time to get involved in a major Presidential scandal, even if he had planned on getting into one.

The early leaks to the media (and the exceptionally stupid bragging about their incompetent “coup” on Twitter) has given Trump reason to clear out former Obama personnel, tighten internal communications, knock the Russia-Trump hysteria off course with a single tweet, discredit a questionable FBI Director whose days may well be numbered, crackdown on disobedient agencies, and either investigate or threaten to investigate Obama era officials.

In exchange for handing Trump these serious long term advantages the Left can only count as victories the resignation of Mike Flynn (whose resignation will prove advantageous to Trump since it disposed of a problem case before Flynn had time to become entangled in a worse scandal), temporary social media euphoria, and a “Russia stole the election” narrative too weak and broken to hang a pussyhat on.

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