It’s easy to make fun of Devin Nunes et al. — and I don’t plan to stop! — but it’s also worth stepping back and clarifying how absurd the idea that the FBI was conspiring against Trump in 2016 is:
You can mount a plausible defense of each of the Bureau’s choices in isolation.
You can mount a less plausible defense of the consistency between them.
But there’s no plane of reality in which they were out to stop Trump. If they had been, he’d have been stopped!
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 4, 2018
And the point about McConnell’s complicity is also important. McConnell knew what Trump was, and he went all-in to protect him, even when he looked like a massive longshot, because any chance of getting to protect the median vote of the Supreme Court and attack the federal regulatory and welfare states was worth any price to the integrity of American democracy. The Republican Party was Trump’s party the second his nomination was inevitable, and no-anti Trump pivot is coming as long as he’s in office.