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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats’ insane Russia boomerang will return to squelch them

What goes up must come down… For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction … This will “boomerang” on you…

These statements all indicate that what may seem apparent at the present time to a lay observer may not be the way things end up when the rubber actually hits the road… or the (material) hits the fan.

BoomerangFor months people supposedly in-the-know have predicted Donald Trump would eventually destroy not only himself but also those Republicans who supported his unlikely presidential candidacy and now his administration.

These Trump-hating doomsayers have cited incident after incident suggesting the New York businessman was on his way out. Perhaps first was Trump’s “blood from her whatever” statement about Megyn Kelly; then there were his tasteless comments about Heidi Cruz during the primary campaign; his insensitive reaction to Khizr Khan, the media darling of the Democrat convention; the blow-up over Alicia Machado after the first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton last September; the infamous “locker room talk” audio tape and more recently his accusing Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower, to name a few memorable occurrences that come immediately to mind.

None of the negative hype served to sway public opinion; Trump not only survived, he won the election and arguably came back stronger. His resilience is admirable if not surprising (to some). It almost lends him an aura of invincibility.

At any rate some commentators are beginning to take notice of Trump’s remarkable political ability to survive and prosper through otherwise lethal circumstances and are predicting all of the negativity towards him could backfire on those who can’t seem to stop nitpicking at the president.

Michael Barone wrote in the Washington Examiner, “This overeagerness to find a smoking gun ignores the fact that the Constitution's standard for impeachment and removal from office is not the criminal code but ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ — breaches of the public trust serious enough that two-thirds of senators feel justified in overriding the results of a presidential election...

“There's no bipartisan consensus now that Trump should go, and an obvious political peril, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has recognized, in Democrats' campaigning not just for a check on the president — the usual off-year opposition theme — but for a futile 1999-style impeachment trial. Overreach is not usually good politics.”

Nancy Pelosi may see impeachment as untimely at present but that’s not preventing some members of her caucus from going off the proverbial deep-end. Just last week ultra-liberal California Democrat Rep. Brad Sherman introduced an article of impeachment (with one co-sponsor, Texas’s Rep. Al Green) against President Trump claiming he obstructed the Russian collusion investigation by firing James Comey. And then there’s the always-good-for-a-laugh Rep. Maxine Waters who was in histrionics again over the president’s meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit a couple weeks ago.

A spokeswoman for Pelosi said of Sherman’s impeachment push, “Recent revelations, coupled with [the] president’s unprecedented campaign of dishonesty and secrecy, give greater urgency to the need for House Republicans [to] bring a vote to the floor immediately to establish an outside, independent commission”…but not to impeach Trump.

Still, the Democrats are nattering about a “campaign of dishonesty and secrecy”…? Whatever happened to all the goodwill and “family” talk that ensued after leftist freak James T. Hodgkinson shot-up a baseball field full of Republicans last month, seriously wounding Congressman Steve Scalise (who is still experiencing problems)?

Won’t such rhetoric incite more unhinged leftists to head over the edge and seek out conservative and Republican targets?

No one can answer that question but it seems likely the Democrats’ continued pursuit of the Russian collusion narrative isn’t going to win them many additional converts to the anti-Trump cause. While the president’s overall approval ratings remain anchored in the low 40’s, once congressional Republicans get their act together and pass some agenda items it seems obvious his popularity will rise – some, at least.

Perhaps for that reason, Republican lawmakers are sticking with Trump. Caitlin Huey-Burns of Real Clear Politics reports, “Republicans fought Trump's eventual nomination, and he ran against the party in many ways. Unlike President Obama's relationship with Democrats or George W. Bush's relationship with Republicans, there isn't much built-up goodwill or ideological alignment between this president and lawmakers from his party.

“But Republicans have done little, except rhetorically, to truly defy the president. Most senators have voted with the president at least 90 percent of the time, according to analysis of voting records by the site FiveThirtyEight.com. Only Sens. Rand Paul and Susan Collins haven't matched that number, but still register around 86 percent. Senators including Lindsey Graham and Ben Sasse have become top critics of the president and administration, but have voted in support of him 94 to 96 percent of the time.”

I disagree with Huey-Burns’ assertion that there isn’t much goodwill or ideological alignment between Trump and his Republican congressional delegation. It may be true of Trump vs. the GOP establishment, but conservatives appear to be fully onboard with the president and trust him to help move the conservative elements of the agenda.

If anything it’s the establishment “moderates” in Congress that are proving to be the largest barriers to progress. They’re the ones in the House that voted against the revised and improved American Health Care Act and are now loudly objecting to the Medicaid growth-limiting provisions in the Senate version.

Some Republicans in Huey-Burns’ article expressed concerns about the snail-like pace of legislation this year but that’s hardly Trump’s fault. No matter how much congressmen might complain about “distractions” coming from the White House it has little or nothing to do with achieving the things they were sent to Washington to accomplish. If Congress is moving slowly it’s because Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell aren’t proving effective at corralling and pressuring the wishy-washy liberal members of their respective conferences to cooperate.

That’s probably by design. The establishment truly doesn’t want to surrender any power or make government smaller. But at least Congress is going to stay in session through part of their summer recess to finish overhauling Obamacare and hopefully also begin work on next year’s budget and on tax reform. It’s safe to say if most Americans had their way they’d lock ‘em all in the Capitol building and demand they not come out until the work is complete.

And the public wouldn’t necessarily believe what the media tells them about those important deliberations, either.

Eddie Scarry of the Washington Examiner reports, “Neither Republicans nor Democrats are likely to trust that the news media are giving them ‘very accurate’ information, according to a new survey.

“The survey, published Thursday by the Media Insight Project, said that only 31 percent of Democrats and 8 percent of Republicans said they trust the news they consume to be ‘very accurate.’

“The numbers were roughly the same when asked whether they trust the information they're receiving ‘a lot’ (30 percent of Democrats to 8 percent of Republicans,) and if they believed the media ‘keep them very well informed on important issues’ (38 percent of Democrats to 20 percent of Republicans).”

It’s apparent the 30 percent of Democrats who trust the media’s information “a lot” must make up the subscriber base of the Washington Post and New York Times as well as being avid consumers of MSNBC’s and CNN’s absurdly biased programming.

These are not the people Republicans should be listening or paying heed to in the upcoming battles over Obamacare repeal and the rest of the conservative agenda. Most people with any sense are tuning out the mainstream establishment media and concentrating on the feedback from the congressmen themselves -- at least the ones who can be believed such as Representatives Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan of the House Freedom Caucus and Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in the upper chamber.

The Democrats are only interested in tripping up and delegitimizing Trump and talking about impeachment and Russia. It’s a tactic that is almost certain to come back to haunt them in the future. When it happens some might think it tragic; but it will still be fun to watch.

Which brings up another old truism that can serve as a rallying point for Republicans in their trials before them: “I’m rubber, you’re glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.”

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