Among the valuable revelations to follow the publication of Robert Mueller’s report is how divorced partisan political culture has become from anything resembling rationality.

The pro-Trump side of the ledger has unreservedly wrapped its arms around the report’s conclusions, though that must come as a bit of a surprise to its authors. The special counsel’s investigation painted a portrait of a mendacious cabal of incompetents, most of whom were perfectly willing to accept the aid and support of hostile state and non-state intelligence apparatuses even if they weren’t actively conspiring with them. The president would have actively subverted the investigation into his conduct, too, if he wasn’t surrounded by subordinates who either ignored the nominal chief executive’s orders or declined to execute them outright. It’s a testament to the Democratic Party’s failure to manage expectations around this investigation that the president’s allies are celebrating its conclusions.

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