As much as I love Seth Meyers’ “Closer Looks”, the one problem with them is that they take time. This is usually a good thing because it means the pieces are thoroughly researched and well written, but in cases like yesterday, it means they’re behind the news cycle. What do you do then? You look to Colbert.
Colbert’s been steadily gaining ground on
Caeser Flickerman Jimmy Fallon for months, and the recent FCC dust-up doesn’t actually seem to be hurting him. And if you were still a little unsure as to how to feel about Comey’s firing, don’t worry. Colbert’s audience is right there with you.
Here’s what I’m 100-percent sure of: Trump fired Comey because he’s hoping to make the Russia investigation go away, and that’s not going to happen. Here’s what I’m less sure of: how to feel about Comey himself being fired. Luckily, Jon Stewart stepped in to give the most appropriate analogy for that. Along with some nice stories about hanging out with his kids.
Ah, yes, Trump’s America. Where everyone is an unsurefooted surfer mere seconds from being hit with a wave.
When all facts have been boiled down, I think Comey deserved to be fired. Not because release of his letter probably cost Clinton the election, but because of Comey’s motivation for releasing. I don’t think he was trying to sway the election. He, like most of us, assumed that Clinton would win the election, and if the emails on Weiner’s laptop did contain something big, he didn’t want to have to justify to a Republican Congress why he withheld that vital information from the public. I can see how, in Comey’s estimation, releasing the letter was the best hedge against accusations of impartiality. Which means he fucked with a national election to cover his own ass. And that’s why he deserved to be fired.
Except, of course, the only three people who could have fired him for covering his own ass would never do it since it would be political suicide. Obama could have, but that would have meant he’d look vindictive and partisan. Had Clinton won, she couldn’t have fired him for the same reasons. And since Trump is being investigated, he clearly can’t fire Comey because of any one of the horrible implications that would mean about the ongoing investigation, and not even Trump is that stupid, right?
So maybe this is actually a good thing. Comey is rightfully fired, the investigation into Trump’s collusion with Russia is seen as more important than ever, and Trump looks like a desperately guilty man at worst, and politically incompetent at best. I hope that’s how this is all going to shake out, but I’m still bracing for that wave.