CUB SCOUT

 

There is only one scout in the entire country: James Comey.

The singular problem with “A Higher Loyalty” is that so much of what he writes in his recently compiled recitation of his goodness, and others’ badness, is on the money.

Mr. Comey’s message is simple:  despite Donald Trump, it is possible to act honorably and honestly.  Even in Washington.

His disappointment in the machinations of government by ordinary men and women is tantamount to holding up a six week old puppy and saying, “Awww!” sympathetically.   Then someone puts the little dog back on the ground and he wanders away to do his business which won’t be discovered until sometime later, and only then by that strange but overwhelming smell of corruption.

Well before we get to the most recent revelations of what has become a battle of would-be ”truth-tellers,” we realize our hero is a pain in everyone’s ass.   Revealing his thesis about the value and depth and honor of public service makes us heartily sick of Mr. Comey’s ego which seems to rival the Donald’s.  The difference between them is motive and visibility.   Everything our Dear One does is (happily or unhappily) visible.  Almost nothing of what Mr.Comey does is.

Their motivations are –not surprisingly – what provides the tension in the tales we read.   Comey is coming at life in the DC. “fast-lane” as one of the Hardy Boys –a book series he and millions of us lesser beings inhaled in the 50s.   The Donald’s is more personal.  He comes at his new hobby from a position of revenge, greed, anger, and rapaciousness.

If young Mr. Washington hadn’t cut down that proverbial cherry tree, Mr. Comey –on his own – would still be standing beneath it protectively.   The wait for the damage to be done is interminable but devout.

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NO REASONABLE EXPLANATION

Tomorrow we’ll have some fun.  Today there are a few loose ends to be tied.

We’ve not seen this in the press, or heard it among our friends. But it’s our contention that James Comey, soon (we hope) to be “late of the FBI,” will resign. If not today or tomorrow, then Wednesday at the latest.

Apart from dynamiting Hillary Clinton’s last two weeks of her campaign, not to mention the months that came before, starting in mid-summer, Mr.Comey has put the once honored and respected Federal Bureau of Investigation back into J. Edgar Hoover’s closet.

This is no mean feat.   Since Hoover’s death, the Bureau has had to dig itself out of its sewer-like trenches year by year to achieve trust and admiration from the American people. Before Mr. Comey’s letters (One and Two), the Bureau was regarded with gratitude and something like awe for keeping the country safe from terrorism (along with other national security groups).   It had come to the fore in Boston, in Miami, in New York.  And in Paris.

Ignoring custom which worked hard to keep the Bureau from being politicized, and the advice of departmental historians and Federal agents and attorneys, Mr. Comey fell prey to the narcissism of the 2016 election battle and did more than place himself in the front rank of unreliable characters.  He o’erleapt both candidates and current office holders to dominate the front pages of tabloids and serious journals alike.

The loose end we face is why?   We sincerely doubt that Comey had partisan skull-duggery in mind during the summer when he back-handedly brought Hillary out from the undergrowth of whispers, conspiracies, and Congressional investigations to announce his operation could not find adequate evidence to either charge or indict.   (Staggering thought:  perhaps he imagined his imprimatur would help Mrs. Clinton!)

We also find it difficult to imagine Mr. Comey as a candidate in the future for a Federally elected or appointive office.

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