One of the most memorable quotes from the classic TV series The Simpsons is when Principal Skinner informs the students that there has been a crime at the school and they are looking for the perpetrator, and then the known miscreant Bart Simpson blurts out: “I didn’t do it! Nobody saw me do it! You can’t prove anything!”
We all laugh heartily at this because it is so transparently evident that Bart is guilty and clumsily trying to preempt the charges by attacking and deflecting. It’s funny when the little brat Bart does it, but ominous when it is done by top Democrats and parroted by their acolytes in the mainstream media.
When Attorney General Bill Barr accused the FBI of spying and announced that he would be investigating the way the Mueller inquiry came about, the Democrats threw a hissy fit that turned Congress into a circus. They accused Barr of lying and being partisan, demanded his resignation, and some even talked about putting him in jail.
To the casual observer, it looks like President Donald Trump has driven them insane. That’s certainly possible. Trump Derangement Syndrome appears to be a real phenomenon. However, there is another explanation. The fight-or-flight response is a crucial part of the human psyche. In the face of imminent danger, our emotional reaction splits into two possibilities. If we judge the threat to be overwhelming, we respond with fear, which motivates us to cower or flee. But if we evaluate the danger to be manageable, we respond with anger, motivating us to fight and attack.
If the latter option has been the one chosen in this scenario, the Democrats know that Barr will uncover dubious facts about how spying on Trump was initiated by and intimately connected to the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration. But they still believe they can get away with it, and therefore go into fight mode. Barr must be preemptively discredited before he has the chance to tell the American people the truth about what indeed may be “bigger than Watergate!” as Trump said in a tweet.
To those of the American people who have not succumbed to Trump Derangement Syndrome, the hounding of Barr seems bizarre. If anything, it should give them an inkling that something is not right in the Democratic Party. The attempt to undermine his credibility will therefore likely not work. In fact, it may backfire.
For the fight mode to work, the Democrats must have a shot at winning. With traditional Republicans, they are used to getting away with everything from lying to the voters to engaging in highly dubious and incompetent vote counting.
Trump is not an ordinary Republican. He fights. Surprisingly often he wins. The Democrats’ track record against him is abysmal. If the Department of Justice releases a damning report about Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration, chances are good that he will win once again.
Don’t be surprised, however, if the Democrats respond in outrage to this evidence by saying “We didn’t do it! Nobody saw us do it! You can’t prove anything!”
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