BOTH SIDES OF THE POND

1. It’s Thursday, June 8, 2017.

2. It’s Jerry Stiller’s 90th birthday and Barbara Bush’s 92nd.

Two big stories – that we know of – on both sides of the Atlantic today. Real quick thoughts on both.

3. James Comey isn’t going to make anyone happy today.

I suspect my fellow Trump haters are a little disappointed with the prepared testimony. The fired FBI director says Trump wasn’t a subject of the investigation into whether members of his campaign and administration colluded with Russia to hack the 2016 election.

There was the hope that Comey’s testimony would be so ringingly condemning of Trump that all the members of the committee and anyone else in Washington would march to the White House with pitchforks. Get the tar and feathers.

That’s not gonna happen.

Trump and the Republicans are already pointing to the parts of the testimony that give Trump what he wanted all along – a public statement that he wasn’t under investigation.

But if they’re OK with that, they’ve also lost the opportunity to malign the other things to which Comey will testify. It’s a little silly to say he’s right about Trump not being investigated and wrong about Trump trying to get his crony Michael Flynn off the hook.

Trump obstructed justice. That’s a crime.

And that’s what the Democrats will pounce on all day. But, as long as the apparatus to pursue that is run by craven Republicans, it doesn’t mean a whole lot.

It will be interesting but, in the end, completely dispiriting. In other words, just another day in the Trump administration.

4. Across the Atlantic, Britain goes to the polls to elect a new Parliament.

You have to think Prime Minister Theresa May is kicking herself for calling this election three years early. She thought she might have a chance to boost the Conservative margin in the House of Commons and make it easier to get her agenda passed.

But polls show the race is close. Labor, which couldn’t get out of its own way a couple of months ago, could conceivably gain a plurality. Jeremy Corbyn, who seems to be the most unpopular party leader imaginable, could be asked to form a government.

There are a lot of complications in this election. The implementation of Brexit. The recent terror attacks in Manchester and London. The fate of the National Health Service, beloved by many Britons, particularly in light of the wrenching battle over the less-comprehensive Obamacare in the United States.

And last, but not least, Trump. May has a less contentious relationship with him than such leaders as Germany’s Angela Merkel, France’s Emmanuel Macron and Canada’s Justin Trudeau.

So, when people talk about what nations will lead the West in light of America’s apparent abdication, Britain doesn’t get mentioned.

The results might not be known until dawn tomorrow in the UK. It could be an interesting night.

 

 

 

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