Tuesday, December 10, 2019


Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times is right: This is how it works.
President Trump and his allies spent months promising that a report on the origins of the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation would be a kind of Rosetta Stone for Trump-era conspiracy enthusiasts — the key to unlocking the secrets of a government plot to keep Mr. Trump from being elected in 2016.

On that point, the report by the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, did not deliver, even as it found serious problems with how F.B.I. officials justified the surveillance of a Trump campaign aide to a federal court.

But by the time it was released, the president, his attorney general, his supporters in Congress and the conservative news media had already declared victory and decamped for the next battle in the wider war to convince Americans of the enemies at home and abroad arrayed against the Trump presidency.

They followed a script they have used for nearly three years: Engage in a choreographed campaign of presidential tweets, Fox News appearances and fiery congressional testimony to create expectations about finding proof of a “deep state” campaign against Mr. Trump. And then, when the proof does not emerge, skew the results and prepare for the next opportunity to execute the playbook.
It's a Ponzi scheme. It's different from other Ponzi schemes because its promised returns aren't financial -- the promise is exposure of the evil Democratic/Deep State/liberal media conspiracy, leading to the conspirators' downfall. Investors never get what they're expecting; statements showing nice returns are based on forthcoming (phony) exposures of the evil liberal conspirators.

Investors remain invested. Every time a new exposure of the liberal conspiracy is promised, they increase their investments. And the scheme goes on.

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