What's the best thing about the "Mueller Report?"
Two words -- "no collusion."
I'm honestly not a huge fan of President Donald Trump. It's not his policy that bothers me. It's his biting, divisive rhetoric.
That being said, it's a comfort to know we don't have a Russian operative as a sitting president. That would be alarming, to say the least.
That's why it's a little disconcerting that many Democrats fell into a morose game of hand-wringing when the words "no collusion" were uttered.
Our president is not a traitor. And whether you sit on the right or the left, that's honestly a good thing.
Obviously, Trump's vindication is great comfort for Republicans who had hoped the new face of the party was not guilty of any wrongdoing.
But looking beyond Trump, we also discovered this two-year long probe was no witch hunt.
So when Trump and his Republican cohorts blasted Mueller and our intelligence agencies during the entire process, they were dead wrong.
Mueller unearthed plenty of evidence indicating the Russians were indeed meddling in our election process.
Who's to blame? U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell put it on the Barack Obama administration.
"The Attorney General reports that Russia carried out online disinformation campaigns and computer hacking efforts designed to sow discord in our nation and interfere in American politics," McConnell said on the Senate Floor earlier this week. "It is deeply disturbing that the Obama Administration was apparently insufficiently prepared to anticipate and counter these Russian threats. It was hardly a secret prior to November 2016 that Putin's Russia was not and is not our friend. And yet, for years, the previous administration ignored, excused, and failed to confront Putin's malign activities at home and abroad."
Like 9/11 before it, the reality is that the ball was dropped and America was attacked. No, it wasn't as stark, violent or deadly as the bin-Laden's insane venture, but the subtle Russian tampering tinkered with our democratic process. And that's what sets us apart from other nations. At this point, we need to make sure we're never again ill-prepared for this type of invasion.
I would think a bipartisan effort would take place now, using the Mueller Report as a road map to repair the damage that has been done. This is something that goes beyond party politics. It's something that should bring us together.
As for the political fallout from the report, it appears the slew of Democrats lining up to take a crack at Trump in 2020 will have to stick to the issues. The REAL issues.
The dark veil of Russian collusion has been lifted.
So the surviving Democrat will have to beat Trump at the polls next year based on his record -- not innuendo and supposition.
Based on the unwavering support from Trump's base, that could be a very tall order.
JEFF NEAL is the Editor of the Commonwealth Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @jnealCJ.