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The report by the special counsel concerning the Donald Trump presidential campaign and Russian interference is a kind of Rorschach test for political crackpots and cranks, including us. And what a day Thursday was, if you consider yourself among them.

The report by Robert Mueller's team showed a vulgar and upset president who only got away with not colluding because his people didn't follow orders. Or, if you watched another channel, the president was completely vindicated, and no other commander-in-chief should ever be put through an ordeal like this again.

Bombshell or dud. Take your pick.

The Mueller report is like Confederate statues or the Electoral College that way. Depending on your point of view, it's either a grand affair or evil business.

Trumpologists are studying every paragraph in the horse-choker of a report, every sentence, every punctuation mark. Did that jot mean something? Did that title mean nothing? Is the attorney general hiding something? Should Robert Mueller be fired retroactive to last summer?

Here's what we learned by watching CNN's coverage of the report's release:

• The president can't be charged with obstruction because his staffers defied his orders.

• Investigators thought the president's written responses to questions were inadequate.

• The president's outside legal team reviewed the report at the Justice Department.

• There's not enough stuff in the report about the president's personal finances.

• The president has a foul mouth.

Here's what we learned by watching Fox News:

• Trump could have exercised executive privilege to delete parts of the report, but didn't.

• Congress is calling Robert Mueller to the hill.

• Democrats are scrambling.

• The White House fully cooperated with the investigation.

• Trump declares victory.

• Celebrities react to the news!

• The president has a foul mouth.

How you might feel about this whole episode might depend on your political bent, and how far bent that is. Here's what we know. On second thought, let's just say here's what we think:

• The Russians are going to try to interfere. That's what they do. We remember how Barack Obama scoffed when Mitt Romney called Russia our "No. 1 geopolitical foe," even going so far as to mock him in a debate: "The 1980s are now calling, to ask for their foreign policy back." The Russians will try to interfere in 2020, too. And, if American spooks are doing their jobs, we're trying to interfere in Iran's elections, Russian's elections, and mainland China's elections. Once upon a time, an American diplomat of note suggested spying was uncouth: "Gentlemen don't read each other's mail." Nowadays, gentlemen try to fix each other's elections.

• The president's supporters might never again be able to say with a straight face that character matters, the way they did throughout the 1990s. But they'll forever be able to say that Donald Trump was duly investigated by one of the white knights of Washington, D.C.--Robert Mueller--and the investigation found no criminal activity. So take that.

• This president's opponents are driven to distraction by his every move. Just as with George W. Bush, they see him as an illegitimate president, put there by a corrupt system that invalidated the wish of the majority of voters. They see him as a liar and a vulgarian, an unrefined interloper put in high office by the Electoral College. They had none of these hang-ups during the Bill Clinton presidency.

• And we'd bet the house on this one: Come Nov. 3, 2020, this Mueller Report will matter not a whit. The American species, politicalus obsessious, will have moved on. Let's hope it's moved on to more edifying things.

Editorial on 04/19/2019

Print Headline: Report card

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  • larbecca03301125
    April 19, 2019 at 6:42 a.m.

    Deciphered with style. Now, let us move on. That is unless you work for CNN, MSNBC, or your name has a (D) behind it.

  • WhododueDiligence
    April 19, 2019 at 7:44 a.m.

    "Or, if you watched another channel, the president was completely vindicated, and no other commander-in-chief should ever be put through an ordeal like this again."
    *

    Yes, our president has his own channel of prickly parrots perfectly parroting our president's prickly proclamations just like Putin's Russia channel where Putin's prickly parrots parrot prickly Putin.

  • WhododueDiligence
    April 19, 2019 at 7:59 a.m.

    At least everyone now agrees the president has a foul mouth. It doesn't take a prickly parrot to pick up on that.

  • mozarky2
    April 19, 2019 at 7:59 a.m.

    Whodo, you're sounding downright prick-ly today...as usual.

  • Skeptic1
    April 19, 2019 at 8:32 a.m.

    The truth of this national nightmare will come to light when the perpetrators of the Russia Hoax are brought to justice. Regardless of how one feels about Trump, he is absolutely correct this should never happen to another president.

  • WhododueDiligence
    April 19, 2019 at 8:43 a.m.

    Mo, you're much less prickly today than usual. Did you prudently pull the plug on your Putinesque programmed party play of prickly parrots and prattling puppets?

  • ARMNAR
    April 19, 2019 at 10:03 a.m.

    Probably.

  • GeneralMac
    April 19, 2019 at 10:26 a.m.

    Barack HUSSEIN Obama is still alive today.

    Reporters should ask him WHY he mocked Mitt Romney's concern over Russian interference.

    Barack HUSSEIN Obama ( like a 6 year old kid on the playground ) liked to mock others.

  • WhododueDiligence
    April 19, 2019 at 12:46 p.m.

    General HOWSANE? Mac, Barack Hussein Obama didn't mock Romney about Russian interference. That debate question was about the biggest geopolitical threat to the US. There are other major geopolitical threats to the US, for example China. Face it Mac, it was your favorite politician Trump who mocked major US intelligence agencies by publicly praising Putin's "strong and powerful" denial that there was Russian interference.

  • mrcharles
    April 19, 2019 at 12:50 p.m.

    like country and western music, the ADG with its knowledge most of its readers like the red state version of Alice in Wonderland of the Trump presidency, this piece states
    1..... Not so bad
    2............yeah but
    3............... though not relevant lets remember others
    4....... Look a car chase
    5.............................lets move on and ignore Sarah violating injunctions from a system that the ADG is getting ready to place high on a pedestal for the belief of belief ILKS

    Not quite as bad as fox, but the ADG knows which side of their bread is buttered here in la la land of DT supporters.

    Does the proffer of this piece believe putin's statement that DT believes?

    Where is the guest piece in the ADG from sarah, the it was a joke, or is it the slip of the tongue... yes jesus is white and santa claus is white and the sabbath is on the day chick a fil is closed.

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