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Josh Marshall

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One more reader email for this morning, this one from TPM Reader JZ. I should remind everyone that this thread of conversation is from this weekend and a lot of the emails are themselves held over from the weekend. But among other reasons for passing on JZ’s note is this. One common thread of a lot of the non-despairing emails is they talk about continuing to be involved in the Indivisible groups they were plugged into during the election.

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TPM Reader PB chimes in on the despair thread …

I think a lot of people are feeling a certain sense of despair right now because they expected it to be easier than this. I think many thought the Mueller Report would serve as some kind of “magic bullet” that would defeat Trump and Trumpism once and for all in one fell swoop. It was never going to be that easy.

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So we have a date: Thursday, April 18th. This is probably obvious to many of you. But it’s important enough to restate. We shouldn’t see this as the actual release of the report or anything that will give us a full picture of what the investigation found.

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I’m going to share more of the letters I’ve been sharing over the last couple days. But, before doing so, I wanted to clarify one point that has come up in some of the responses. I don’t share this pessimism – either characterologically or as a matter of prognostication. But it’s out there. So I want to engage it. It’s a fact of the political terrain at this moment whether it is accurate as an appraisal or helpful in the effect. In any case, I wanted to clarify that I do not mean to channel my own take by sharing what many readers are expressing.

Along those lines, here’s a note from longtime TPM Reader AF

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I pass this on not because I agree or disagree with it but because I think it captures where a lot of people, a lot of our readers, are at the moment. From TPM Reader DW

I have lost all faith in people. The Democratic voters are determined to screw this up. If Bernie doesn’t win the nomination, they will pout and say it’s rigged. If he is the nominee, he will probably lose because he will be attacked as being a socialist or whatever. I’m just gonna make my money, take care of the people I care about and pray I can survive six more years of this madness. I don’t know what else to do. I feel like caring too much will make me go insane.

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TPM Reader PJ responds to yesterday’s post (“In the Dark Times“) …

I agreed with an awful lot of this post, but what is your warrant for the optimism that positive, political resistance will happen? I mean, I want to believe that, but what we’re facing here is a problem that is, at its base, about two things that are difficult to separate: racism and capitalism. Trump’s racism is well documented and there’s no need to rehash it here, but we both know he’s different from a lot of post-war conservative racist arguers as a matter of degree, rather than kind. Quiet part loud and all that. The Adam Serwer “the cruelty is the point” type arguments get at this dynamic well, but I think we’re kidding ourselves if we don’t think there’s a significant coalition of Americans who either buy into the hard (deport the Mexicans, imprison the Blacks) and soft (people should respect the law, people should know better than to do crimes) versions of this argument.

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Over the last three weeks a series of events have taken place which may seem individual but need to be viewed in a joined context. Together they’ve put us in a much different, darker place as a country. I think many of us sense this intuitively. I see it in public reactions. I see it in your emails but more as an attitude. But what it is needs to be sketched out explicitly and seen for what it is.

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Though we are fundamentally in the dark, like everyone else, we think there’s a real chance the redacted Mueller Report will be released sometime today. This is really just a process of elimination. Bill Barr said he’d have it out by or before “mid-April” (Monday is April 15th). Then in Tuesday’s testimony he said it would be within the week, which should be no later than next Tuesday. Basic media management – which is obviously playing a very big role here – dictates you don’t kick off a week by tossing out a big piece of red meat. So Friday going into a weekend makes a lot of sense.

Here’s the actual progression of Barr’s quotes.

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