All the president's men, Obama style
Added 08-13-19 10:31:02am EST - “Today is the official publication date of my friend Andrew McCarthy's Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. Courtesy of Encounter Books I read an advance copy last week and want to recommend it enthusiastically…” - Powerlineblog.com
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Today is the official publication date of my friend Andrew McCarthy’s Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. Courtesy of Encounter Books I read an advance copy last week and want to recommend it enthusiastically to Power Line readers. Even though I have closely followed the “collusion” story as it has come into public view since January 2017, I was reminded of pieces I had forgotten and learned details I had overlooked on every page of this riveting book.
My comments here are intended to be in the nature of an appreciation rather than a review. Reading the book, I was impressed with how much I didn’t know that was necessary to understand the case, so to speak. I offer these comments in the hope that readers will take up the book on their own.
In his weekly National Review column, McCarthy has covered the story as it emerged. He now steps back and turns it into a narrative that incorporates his professional experience and legal analysis as it bears on the story. I think this is the best book of its kind since Woodward and Bernstein’s All the President’s Men, but without that book’s fictional elements and fictional devices. Drawing on congressional testimony, reports, daily journalism and the like, McCarthy’s story nevertheless puts Watergate in the dust. What we have here is the biggest political scandal in American political history.
McCarthy himself refrains from such a judgment. He marshals the facts and applies the relevant analysis. He expressly withholds imputation of ill motives from key players such as James Comey and perhaps (I’m not entirely clear) even John Brennan, but he provides the reader with the information necessary to draw his own conclusions (and I diverge from McCarthy in my judgment on these players). He is fair to a fault.
McCarthy mostly lets the facts speak for themselves and allows the reader draw his own conclusions, although he states up front: “[I]n 2016, the incumbent Democratic administration of President Barack Obama put the awesome powers of the United States government’s law enforcement and intelligence apparatus in the service of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, the Democratic Party, and the progressive Beltway establishment.”
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