My first thought in watching this anti-Trump ad was “Well, that explains some of the odd questions and answers during the hearing.”
ROBERT MUELLER was panned last week for being short in his testimony before Congress, giving little ammo to Democrats who wanted to capitalize politically from his appearance.
… BUT DEMOCRATIC AD-MAKER MARK PUTNAM has cut the first paid ad from the hearings, funded by TOM STEYER’S Need to Impeach, a spot that’s going to grab many eyeballs in the coming days. The group is spending in the mid-six figures to air the ad on CNN and MSNBC before and after the second presidential debate (which airs tonight and Wednesday night on CNN live from Detroit). Needless to say, this is prime time for millions of politically active TV viewers.
THE AD IS 30 SECONDS LONG. It starts out with a frame of the committee room and “WHAT MUELLER SAID” across the screen. “Did you actually totally exonerate the president?” House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) asks Mueller. “No,” Mueller says. Did the president’s written answers show that he was not always being truthful, Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) asks. “Generally,” Mueller replies. You believe you could charge the president with obstruction after he leaves office? “Yes,” Mueller says.
I’m not sure how many hours of testifying and how many hours of speechifying took place that day, but I know the hearings lasted at least six hours. So out of 6 hours, they extracted 30 seconds. I have never heard of the guy who made this ad, but I’ve heard of the guy who paid for it. His name is Tom Steyer.
Steyer is a liberal Democrat and a billionaire. He made a buttload of money in the 80’s and 90’s then he decided he had enough money so he quit the rat race and took up a new hobby – politics. In 2017, shortly after Trump took office, Steyer started a campaign to impeach him.
Now he wants to be president.
Trump was not the first billionaire to run for POTUS and he won’t be the last. But the skillsets needed to make lots of money are not identical to the ones needed to win an election or to govern a nation. Trump spent years getting ready, developing and honing his skills.
I’m already feeling a little burned out on the 2020 election. Part of me can’t wait for the primaries to start and part of me is dreading it. This one is gonna be ugly. It’s gonna be so ugly it would make Joy Behar look like a playboy centerfold by comparison.
And I’m already sick of it.