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Assault on America, Day 359: GOP establishment and Democrats are light years behind Trump

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“The Establishment Strikes Back.”

Sounds like something you’d hear from a movie trailer, doesn’t it? It’s like a snippet from an upcoming film dedicated to the dark forces of the ruling class swamp fiercely battling the benevolent powers of the “rebellion” led by President Donald Trump and his dedicated band of outsider conservatives, populists and America lovers of all shapes, sizes and earthly origins. No, this isn’t the late 70’s -- and Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia (heck, throw in C3PO, R2D2 and Chewbacca too) are nowhere in sight.

This is twenty-first century Washington where the beasts are every bit as hairy, grotesque, distorted and weird as the famous bar scene from “Star Wars.” And it’s not fiction, either. Many of these creatures possess the authority of law behind them, as well as the tacit backing of all those who despise the positive retrofitting taking place in American government today.

We’re just a couple days removed from celebrating the light of Christmas -- and still right in the middle of Hanukkah with its eight candles -- but the dark side is already revealing signs that they’re awakening from a brief winter slumber. Impeachment is still on the minds of most and even some Republicans are apparently cracking under pressure from the media, Democrats and other would-be disrupters of seasonal peace and harmony.

Enter Alaska GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski, who expressed misgivings about the way Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is approaching the lead-up to Trump’s impeachment trial (assuming Nancy Pelosi actually delivers the articles to the upper chamber). Rebecca Klar reported at The Hill on Christmas Day, “Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) said she does not agree with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) comments that he will work in ‘total coordination’ with the White House during the looming impeachment trial.

“’When I heard that I was disturbed,’ Murkowski told KTUU, an NBC-affiliate, in an interview that aired Tuesday… ‘To me,’ Murkowski continued on the Senate’s Constitutional responsibility in the process, ‘it means we have to take that step back from being hand in glove with the defense. And so I heard what Leader McConnell had said, I happen to think that that has further confused the process.’”

Process? The word insinuates that there’s a sense of order involved here, where step A logically leads to step B and everyone observes rules of decency and fairness to achieve the correct ultimate outcome. We’re in uncharted territory with impeachment, however, and Nancy Pelosi and “Chucky” Schumer don’t give a hoot about “process” or anything else when their own selfish interests are threatened. The Democrats’ partisan witch hunt even defies the simple instructions of the Constitution. If anyone’s throwing a wrench into the machine, it’s the anti-Trump side.

Did the Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler-led hearings reveal any reverence for “process” or the rights of the accused? Not in the slightest. Mitch McConnell actually showed backbone by declaring he’d do whatever it takes to work with the Trump people to expose the farce. Good for him. And it doesn’t matter at all whether Murkowski goes along with the notion or not. The media always seeks out someone who might give them what they want to hear, and the Alaska senator habitually comes through for them.

Klar continued, “Unlike some of her colleagues, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) who said he is ready to vote and doesn’t need to hear any witnesses, Murkowski said she won’t ‘prejudge’ the situation before the process continues. ‘For me to prejudge and say there’s nothing there, or on the other hand he should be impeached yesterday, that’s wrong. In my view, that’s wrong,’ she said. ‘If it means that I am viewed as one who looks openly and critically at every issue in front of me rather than acting as a rubber stamp for my party or my president, I am totally good with that.’”

Heartwarming, isn’t it? Shouldn’t all conservatives and Republicans feel great about Murkowski’s determination to keep an open mind to the “evidence”? Or is she just equivocating like she always does, an establishment sheltered outcast who marches to her own drum and originates from one of the most corrupted political families in the country? Let’s not forget, Lisa lost the Alaska GOP primary (to conservative Joe Miller) in 2010, managing to return to the senate only after waging a seat-of-the-pants write-in campaign that barely passed the smell test.

If liberals are so preoccupied with vote suppression and questionable elections -- or voter fraud -- maybe they should examine the 2010 Alaska senate results. A winning write-in campaign? Were all the signatures checked? Did they match the registrations? It’s one political mystery that still begs a thorough investigation.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances, a loser like Murkowski carries authority well beyond her one vote in the upper chamber. She, along with a couple other notorious RINOs -- primarily Senators Mitt Romney and Susan Collins -- will be given the full-court press schmooze treatment by Democrats hoping to turn a Republican against the president. They were unsuccessful in the House (due largely to the Herculean efforts of Minority Whip Steve Scalise to keep the caucus together) and won’t be empowered to spread lies about “bipartisanship” unless they can convince one of the wishy-washy GOPers to emulate Benedict Arnold and go all-in for party sedition in front of the whole world.

Murkowski doesn’t exactly possess the ability to construct a Death Star or shoot lighting out of her fingers (like the Emperor in the Sci-Fi Star Wars classics), but she somehow thinks her say-so would cast doubt on Republican unity, which theoretically gives the Democrats’ impeachment drive credibility. Hardly. The fact she’s already running to the media talking about “process” and impartiality proves she’s just showboating as usual. Luckily there aren’t enough possible turncoat Republican senators where the outcome is in doubt, but it’s the principal of the matter.

The #NeverTrump opposition basically doesn’t exist anymore. Even Republicans who didn’t care much for Trump’s personal spiel are behind him when impeachment is posed. In three short years Nancy Pelosi and her lieutenants have accomplished what was heretofore unthinkable on Election Night: they’ve practically eliminated Trump’s intra-party opposition and turned most of the wavering doubters into strong Trump backers.

Even Trump’s former primary antagonists frequently go on TV defending his administration. The bitterness between Ted Cruz and Trump appears to have completely evaporated. Only John Kasich remains embedded with the skeptics, and the former Ohio governor’s hardly ever heard from anymore. One would need to search long and hard to determine who “leads” the Republican anti-Trumpers. Who would it be? Can you have a general without an army? Does Bill Kristol even have a job anymore? What’s Jeb Bush up to these days? Chirp, chirp, chirp…

As has been stated numerous times lately, it isn’t just about Trump anymore. From the start, the New York outsider did things his own way. He announced his campaign for president and immediately launched an assault against the elite ruling class as much as the Democrats. He stomped on the Bush legacy, which most wouldn’t dare touch no matter how ineffective the last Republican president was in his final few years. Trump also took on the neoconservative hawks in the GOP, questioning whether the party’s intervene-everywhere philosophy was viable any longer.

Trump wasn’t the least bit hesitant to challenge the GOP big business coalition over their hypocritical amnesty support either. He similarly went right at the knee-jerk free traders concerning their claims that America’s trade policies and treaties were a net-positive for American workers and consumers. He took on the environmentalist “climate change” movement and touted the need to boost energy production. Needless to say, Trump clashed early and often with then Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP establishment, which didn’t quite know what to do with the newcomer’s inexplicable popularity with the grassroots. Ryan couldn’t take it any longer -- so he went home to Wisconsin and his political legacy is kaput.

If there’s one thing that impeachment’s done to the Republican Party, it’s pulled everyone together. Murkowski clearly doesn’t care about appearances of fairness as much as she’s still carrying a grudge about what happened to her in 2010. McConnell can’t do much where she’s concerned, but one gadfly doesn’t a political party make.

It's definitely true where former Republican congressman are at issue, too. Mike Brest reported at The Washington Examiner, “Dave Trott, who spent two terms in the House of Representatives, wrote a scathing letter to the Atlantic recently in response to an article published in November titled ‘Top Military Officers Unload on Trump.’

“’Frightening. That is the only word to describe Mark Bowden’s article. President Trump’s inability or unwillingness to follow normal decision-making protocols has created chaos in our foreign policy and put our country at risk,’ Trott, of Michigan, wrote.

“’I will now have to consider voting for a Democrat: High unemployment, a stagnating economy, and massive debt for a few years are better than alienating the rest of our allies, getting into a nuclear war with Iran, or allowing 10,000 Islamist soldiers to be set free in Syria,’ he continued. ‘Trump is psychologically, morally, intellectually, and emotionally unfit for office. We can only hope Congress impeaches and removes him so we have a choice between two adults in 2020.’”

It should come as no surprise that Trott is pondering voting for a Democrat since his critiques of Trump sound hauntingly similar to the “process” and policy-centered gripes emanating from Pelosi, Schiff, Schumer and the rest of the liberal party members. The problem with this line of argument is the same: Trott wasn’t elected by the voters to be president.

It used to be when people disagreed over policy, they’d work hard to win elections or persuade their colleagues that they were correct on the matter. Now, thanks to the Democrats’ ongoing witch hunt, it’s easier to scream “Russian collusion” or accuse the decision-makers of not listening to “protocols” of the State Department.

Maybe the Democrats will try calling Trott as a witness in the upcoming impeachment trial. Sounds like he’d be willing to throw Trump under the bus (like all the foreign policy “experts”), doesn’t it?

Neither the Democrats nor Trump’s few remaining intra-party GOP boo birds will change the outcome of impeachment or win the greater fight for the honest affections of the American People. This is one area where the establishment is most definitely not striking back; they might as well quit while they’re light years behind.

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