David Brooks isn't a fan of Donald Trump, but the president might be thrilled to read his column in the New York Times on Tuesday. Brooks makes the case that the Trump-Russia investigations are overblown. "There may be a giant revelation still to come," he writes, but "it is striking how little evidence there is that any underlying crime occurred—that there was any actual collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russians." Brooks even gives the president himself the final say in the column, by resurrecting a Trump tweet that said, "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story." Barring a revelation yet to surface, Brooks suspects Trump will have nailed it with this assessment.
Brooks draws a comparison to the Clinton Whitewater scandal, noting that he was the op-ed editor of the Wall Street Journal at the time, and complains about how the "politics of scandal" can so easily overwhelm the "politics of democracy." He points out that Trump has long reveled in the "politics of scandal" (remember his Obama birther push?) and so there might be some kind of poetic justice at play here. "But frankly, on my list of reasons Trump is unfit for the presidency, the Russia-collusion story ranks number 971, well below, for example, the perfectly legal ways he kowtows to thugs and undermines the norms of democratic behavior." Click for his full column.