The Barr Effect



In politics, it’s usually what you’re never going to hear about that’s truly important. Governments have an incentive to not tell the public the whole truth.  However, sometimes you will hear the truth because governments are currying favor with one another. So, too, an event might provide a psychological reason for governments to disclose the truth when they would otherwise would not.  Such an event was the naming of Bill Barr as Attorney General.

When the dirty laundry is inevitably going to be aired publicly, governments and government officials try to get out in front of the disclosure.  With Bill Barr publicly saying that he is going to investigate the origins of the Russian collusion narrative, it’s become a mad scramble for people to come clean or to try and throw someone else under the proverbial bus. Here’s a few examples:

  • Both James Comey and John Brennan are accusing each other of being the major culprit in having the Obama Administration embrace the phony Steele Dossier which eventually resulted in Robert Mueller being named Special Prosecutor of a Russia collusion investigation. Keep in mind, though, that the Steele dossier was funded by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton election campaign and was the work product of the British government. Meanwhile, Jame Baker who was then the FBI’s top lawyer said that he didn’t believe that the Steele dossier was legit even back then. Comment: Just a bunch of rats deserting a sinking ship.
  • Both the Italian and Ukrainian governments have previously opened investigations into their governments’ role in the Steele dossier. Recently, the Italian Prime Minister fired six top officials of Italy’s various intel agencies because of their roles in the entrapment of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos (which immediately preceded and led to the Russia collusion investigation).

As Robert Mueller’s report states, there was no collusion with Russia. However, there appears to have been collusion with respect to Britain, Italy, the Ukraine and possibly Australia as well. Politics does make strange bedfellows so don’t count on ever hearing the real story. When you go down this rabbit hole, it leads to places you’d never expect.



Of course, then there’s the collusion between Joe Biden and China, Bill Clinton and Russia, Diane Feinstein and John Kerry with Iran. Seems like everybody is colluding with someone.


William Barr is currently being questioned before the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of the confirmation process of his becoming the new Attorney General.  The Democrats on the committee, like Kamala Harris, are all playing nice nice with him. That’s due to the aftereffect of the Judge Kavanaugh SCOTUS confirmation hearing, or more simply the Kavanaugh effect.  Therefore, expect that Barr’s confirmation is already a foregone conclusion.

Now, earthquakes have aftershocks but the Barr confirmation hearing has resulted in what I call a pre-shock. A big pre-shock is what happened today when Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller blinked.  By that, I mean that the Special Counsel did something totally out of character – he refuted a report from BuzzFeed that Trump instructed his personal attorney (Michael Cohen) to lie to Congress.

Here’s the backstory behind the BuzzFeed article:

  • BuzzFeed stands by their story which came from an admittedly unverified intelligence dossier.
  • One of the two BuzzFeed reporters who published the story hasn’t even seen the evidence that the BuzzFeed story is supposedly based on.
  • The other BuzzFeed reporter has been criticized in the past for claiming sources that he didn’t really have.
  • It was BuzzFeed that also released the now totally discredited “Steele Dossier,” the Russian collusion narrative.

So, why did Mueller make such a rare public statement when he never comments on ongoing investigations? Why, indeed? It’s what I call the Barr-effect.  His soon-to-be new boss is none other than William Barr.  Yes, that William Barr.  How would you explain to your new boss that you allowed a fake news narrative to remain publically unchallenged where it could be used as fodder for the impeachment of the President?

And that’s what I refer to as the Kavannaugh-Barr effect. It’s Beltway politics at its finest.


“In politics… never retreat, never retract… never admit a mistake.” –  Napoleon Bonaparte

         P.S. Or when you do retract, you bury it on the back page.