Some very positive events are occurring. I’m posting below the intro and conclusion from Robert Hubbell’s Today’s Edition newsletter, published September 22–an issue he titled: “A Good Day.”
A half-dozen major stories broke on Wednesday. Together, they reinforce the rule of law and confirm the renewed strength and righteousness of American foreign policy under Joe Biden’s leadership. It was a good day for those who have kept faith in the belief that despots and fraudsters ultimately face a reckoning. Today, that reckoning grew perceptibly closer. All Americans should take hope from the rapid-fire developments.
Each story is worthy of extended analysis on its own, something beyond the scope of today’s newsletter. But let’s get started with a list of stories that will remain with us for the long term.
1. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stinging repudiation of Judge Cannon’s nonsense order prohibiting the DOJ from using classified documents that belong to the United States to investigate Trump’s espionage.
2. New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a devastating civil lawsuit against the Trump family and Organization that threatens to end the ability of the Trump family to conduct business in New York.
3. The House passed legislation reforming the outdated Electoral Count Act; if passed, the reform will make it more difficult for MAGA extremists to manipulate the constitutional process for selecting and counting presidential electors.
4. The January 6th Committee announced another public hearing on September 28, 2022; Bennie Thompson said the Committee will present “a lot of information that we have collected over the last year that we’ve not shown the public.” The Committee will interview Ginni Thomas (spouse of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas).
5. President Joe Biden addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations and delivered a speech condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine, a speech that the Secretary General of the UN could have—and should have—given.
6. Russian President Vladimir Putin took to the airwaves to announce a “partial mobilization” (read: conscription) that signaled his increasing sense of desperation and dwindling options.
Hubbell goes into some detail about all the above, and then closes on this note:
I have covered a lot of ground (and did not mention two important stories), but in the interest of relative brevity, I will defer some discussion to later newsletters. The legal developments are coming at us at a dizzying pace. But a careful observer will note that on average, Trump is losing ground and becoming increasingly desperate. In an interview with Sean Hannity on Wednesday he claimed he could declassify documents in his mind just by “thinking about it.” He also said the FBI might have been looking for “Hillary’s emails” at Mar-a-Lago!
Trump’s lurch to the ugliest extremes of his base is a sign of desperation, not strength. Juliette Kayyem makes this point in her essay in The Atlantic, Trump Endorsed QAnon Because He’s Stuck. Kayyem writes of Trump’s outreach to QAnon,
He’s grasping at straws, not solidifying his political base. . . . By throwing in his lot with a bizarre cult, he is also inadvertently showing the limits of his appeal.
It feels like we have been saying forever that “This is the thing that will bring down Trump.” But it is undeniable that he is weakened, on the defensive, and flailing in a way that is embarrassing for him and damaging to the GOP. That may be enough. We may not need to see Trump behind bars in order to relegate him to political obscurity.
We should find these developments encouraging and motivating. They are encouraging because they increase the “Trump fatigue” among some of his supporters—which may be enough to make a difference in close races. They should be motivating because they remind us of the breadth and depth of Trump’s criminality. The good news is that we now have competent prosecutors and honest judges rising to defend the rule of law. We cannot ask for more.
These developments are also encouraging because campaigning in this environment is hard. Doing so when Trump is evading justice would be demoralizing. Doing so as Trump is finally being held accountable allows us to look forward with hope and optimism. Trump’s legal problems guarantee us nothing in the 2022 midterms, but they certainly make it easier for us to give our all for the next forty-three days!
I hope the above provides a bit of a balm for the spirit.