Quote of the Day:
“Sometimes the book actually is better than the movie. #MuellerReport”
— Susan Glasser, The New Yorker. She added, “It’s 9:19 am and I am wondering how we are all going to make it for five more hours.”
Mood: “brb. blowing out my Robert Mueller prayer candle for good.” — Vince Coglianese, the Daily Caller editorial director, morning host, WMAL.
NBC’s Chuck Todd: ‘This was a disaster’
“On substance, Democrats got what they wanted: that Mueller didn’t charge Pres. Trump because of the OLC guidance, that he could be indicted after he leaves office, among other things. But on optics, this was a disaster. #MuellerHearings.” — NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd.
Congressman offers Mueller emotional support just after 2 p.m.
“This too shall pass.” — Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.).
Dan Rather is feelin’ groovy
“With so much of what we are seeing on the national stage: ‘Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest…’ Simon and Garfunkel had it right.” — longtime TV newsman Dan Rather.
Avenatti and Trump Jr. are still fighting
Donald Trump Jr.: “Serious question: Has Mueller even heard of Mueller?”
Michael Avenatti: “Serious question – did you invoke the 5th or not? Answer the question you coward.”
“Another great day to be a self-appointed expert in the field of ‘optics.'” — Max Tani, media writer, The Daily Beast.
The number of tweets ex-White House Press Sec. Joe Lockhart is already up to on Wednesday: 61. (Eye Roll. Can he go take a nap?)
The Optics Decider
“Hard to see any winners here. Dems didn’t get what they wanted. Media didn’t get what they hyped. Trump doesn’t get a good foil to attack. Mueller takes a big reputational hit. Obsessives on left and right do get new strings to pull, but public will care even less after this.” — Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online.
Larry Sabato gives the networks a big kiss
“A salute to CBS, NBC, and ABC for clearing their daytime schedules to cover every minute of the #MuellerHearings. You expect CSPAN and cable news channels to go gavel to gavel but major networks almost never do.” — Larry Sabato, director, UVA Center for Politics, a staple quoter for Washington journos.
Slate‘s Ashley Feinberg rightfully rags on CNN’s Chris Cillizza
“He makes so much money.” — Ashley Feinberg.
She posted the following:
BREAKING: Mueller just appeared to sort of, kind of smile.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) July 24, 2019
The other brilliant Cillizza quote was this: “‘Trimp’ — Robert Mueller.”
Brian Stelter’s daughter is sick of the Mueller hearings at 9:28 a.m.
“Sunny is tired of the Mueller hearing. She just turned on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse instead. So I’m relying on you, Twitter, for updates!” — Brian Stelter, CNN. (RELATED: Tucker Carlson Gives Brian Stelter A Dozen Jelly Donuts)
Mueller Hearing Reviews
“People who have long admired and known Robert Mueller, are concerned about his visible struggle this morning to answer detailed, rapid-fire questions.” — Carol Leonnig, Washington Post.
That Nutty Harvard Prof Story in New York Mag That You Must Read… “This is one of those stories that so damningly reaffirms basic common sense over education. My 14-year-old self could have schooled this man and saved him beaucoup problems: If you never even climaxed, you can bet your life that kid isn’t yours.” — Thomas Chatterton Williams, contributing writer, NYT Magazine.
Read the story by Kera Bolonik here.
And this… “A man intelligent enough to become a Harvard law professor was so blinded by the need to be politically correct that he ignored basic biology (I didn’t ejaculate so I didn’t impregnate) in favor of a woke mantra (I am a heterosexual cisgender man so I can’t question a lesbian).” — Michael David Smith, managing editor, Pro Football Talk.
“Imagine a female politician who gets to be a slob.” — New York Mag on the election of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Here.
RBG takes a beautiful dig at a dead senator who mocked her health… It happened in an interview with NPR. Here.
Miami Beach says it’s J-Lo Day
— South Florida Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) July 24, 2019