Inside the media’s relentless crusade to destroy President Trump

Kimberley Strassel, New York Post

The press has embraced its bias, joined the Resistance and declared its allegiance to one side of a partisan war. It now openly declares those who offer any fair defense of this administration as Trump “enablers.” It writes off those who question the FBI or Department of Justice actions in 2016 as “conspiracy” theorists. It acts as willing scribes for Democrats and former Obama officials; peddles evidence-free accusations; sources stories from people with clear political axes to grind; and closes its eyes to clear evidence of government abuse. For those worried about our increasingly polarized society, the media is feeding that divide.

At Democratic debate, notes of caution on impeachment

Byron York, Washington Examiner

If there is an impeachment enthusiasm scale running from cautious to gung-ho, some candidates took positions on the cautious end, despite their party's headlong race toward impeachment on Capitol Hill. Those candidates still seemed concerned that moderate Americans will see the party as so determined to pursue Trump that they ignore pressing national issues. Impeachment won't go away in the next Democratic debate, or the one after that. If House Democrats move forward, one of the candidates, six will have to actually vote on it. This means the concerns some of them voiced Tuesday night will be around for quite a while.

Assault on America, Day 288: Americans can’t wait to vote for president in 2020. Here’s why.

Any way you slice it, Donald Trump evokes strong reactions from Americans on both sides of the ideological fence. If polls indicate people are already eager to cast votes for the next president, it’s not difficult to see why. Some predict a record voter turnout…who will prevail?

Assault on America, Day 287: Democrats pick a little, talk a little, cheep a lot, say nothing

There will be a Democrat name on the ballot opposite President Trump in less than thirteen months (assuming nothing comes from the impeachment farce). Tuesday night’s “debate” did little to clarify who that name will be. When all was said and done, there was more picking than talking -- a bad sign for the party out of the White House.

The Democrat Impeachment Circus

Rachel Bovard, American Greatness

There are few clear rules that govern the process of impeachment, which means that in the wrong hands, the process can be used primarily for political gain. There is a reason Pelosi hasn’t held a full House vote on this issue. It’s because the votes aren’t there. It’s the same reason all of the evidence against the president is discussed and held in secret. Allowing full transparency runs the risk of unravelling the one-sided narrative the Democrats are straining to build. Just trust us, they say. The longer Democrats persist in this manner, the more the nature of this “impeachment inquiry” is revealed to be what it truly is: a shameless, partisan, baseless, groundless, farce of a process.

Ranked-choice voting should be slotted dead last as election reform

Hans von Spakovsky, Washington Times

In ranked-choice voting, voters don’t vote for the candidate they most want elected. Instead, they are supposed to rank all of the candidates, from top choice to last choice. Runoff elections guarantee that the winner has a genuine mandate from a majority of the voters. A bill has just been introduced in Congress, H.R. 4464, to force states to implement ranked-choice voting for all congressional elections. This would be an unwise, imprudent change. Ranked-choice voting is a confusing, overly complicated gimmick — one that allows candidates with only marginal support to win elections. This would actually make the electoral system worse.

Anonymous Accusations and Their Dangerous Purveyors

David Catron, The American Spectator

Anonymous accusations have been regarded with suspicion by honorable leaders for at least two millennia. Media hype and third-rate pollsters notwithstanding, the majority of voters know exactly what is going on here. The danger is that they will eventually conclude that any system that employs such people is irredeemably corrupt. Trump’s supporters voted for him because they still believe in the system, that it can be fixed with a new kind of leader who doesn’t worship the state gods to whom the Washington establishment swears obeisance. This may be the last chance to convince the voters that they really matter.

Madness of leftist zealots

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

No president in modern times has also faced endless assaults on his right to even set foot in the Oval Office and exercise the powers of the presidency. Yet here we are, nearing the third anniversary of his election by a decisive margin, and still the resistance to his right to govern rages on. The precedent is terrifying. If this is the start of losers always declaring election results invalid, America is doomed. To hear the fulminations, impeachment won’t be enough. Only a public hanging will satisfy their bloodlust. There is no way to know how or when this madness ends. Only one thing is certain: it won’t end well.

Assault on America, Day 286: 12 Democrats on one debate stage equals more trouble for liberals

Regardless of what happens during the Democrat debate tonight it’s clear the party is in trouble. Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment witch-hunt has effectively stolen all the thunder from the party presidential race, a bad thing considering it wasn’t all that exciting to begin with. Will anyone even watch?

Democrats ratchet up impeachment secrecy

Byron York, Washington Examiner

A week ago, House Republicans complained that Democrats imposed excessive secrecy on interviews conducted as part of the drive to impeach President Trump. Now, the situation appears to have gotten worse. In his much-criticized letter to Congress, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Democratic handling of the impeachment investigation "violates fundamental fairness." He meant fairness toward the target of the proceeding, President Trump. But there is also the question of fairness toward the American people trying to follow an impeachment process shrouded in secrecy. Don't they have the right to know what the president's accusers say?

Is Impeachment Now Inevitable?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

With polls showing a majority of Americans favoring an inquiry, and a Fox News poll showing a majority favoring Trump's conviction and removal, impeachment appears inevitable. Thus, as Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats seek to ram through a bill of impeachment by Thanksgiving, based on a phone call, Trump is preparing for siege warfare. As Trump has himself conceded, impeachment is probable, even if the outcome of this historic collision between the president and Congress, which will decide the fates of Pelosi, Trump and Biden alike, is, as of yet, undetermined. Yet in this struggle, Trump is not without assets.

Trump Makes Real Progress with China while Dems Play Impeachment

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

It's incumbent on us to find the better, more moderate parts of the regime and subtly encourage them (forming economic ties that work is one way) while still making sure that as Americans we see and sympathize with the cause of the democracy demonstrators. Thus far, Trump has done a rather accomplished job of this for a "diplomatic amateur." Meanwhile, the president publicly praises depots like Xi and Kim, much to the consternation of the CNNs of the world. It's a strategy, obviously. It's not clear the extent to which it will work. But if it does even some of the time, it's miles ahead of what his predecessors ever did.

What Is Impeachment For?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

President Trump’s decision to forsake the Kurds will form no part of the House Democrats’ impeachment charges. But it could have an impact on Senate Republicans’ evaluation of his fitness, and their willingness to be his firewall. Things could become immeasurably worse for the president if what follows are weeks of powerful video images and on-the-ground reporting of atrocities by the Turks, and if the PKK predictably responds with terrorist attacks in Turkey that prompt Ankara to more aggression, potentially igniting a wider war. The political climate, and therefore impeachment climate, is anything but static.

Assault on America, Day 285: Could it get any worse? Democrats ponder a President Pelosi

There’s little doubt we’re living in extraordinary times. What seemed to make sense for well over two-hundred years no longer governs in twenty-first century American politics. The only thing that’s certain to come from impeachment are unintended consequences, something Democrats better realize before they take the most drastic steps forward.

We Now Have a Genuine Constitutional Crisis

David Catron, The American Spectator

Democrats frequently speak of “rights,” yet they are unwilling to recognize those of Donald Trump — as if the president of the United States is not entitled to the protections guaranteed every American by the Constitution. Nor are they willing to live up to their own rhetoric on impeachment. We have a congressional impeachment inquiry declared illegitimate by a presidential administration that has already been deemed illegitimate by the very Democrats who are carrying out the investigation without following their own House rules or the Constitution. To yours truly, that looks a lot like a genuine constitutional crisis.

Conservatives Launch Letter in Support of Menashi Appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

A group including many of conservatism’s most active constitutionalists has sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rebutting the stream of lies and smears leveled at Steve Menashi by Rachel Maddow and the Left and urging that Menashi be promptly confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Assault on America, Day 282: Liar Pocahontas Warren fibs her way to Democrat polling lead

It's hard to say whether Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren’s latest sham (regarding her being fired from an early 70’s teaching job due to pregnancy) will signal a drop in her support. As time goes on it seems President Trump is looking stronger and stronger, and it’s more than just by default.

Time To Reassess CrowdStrike’s Credibility

Julie Kelly, American Greatness

At the same time Perkins Coie hired Fusion GPS to dig up Russia-related dirt on Donald Trump, it hired CrowdStrike to investigate the hack of the DNC email systems. CrowdStrike, also at the same time, was working with the Obama Justice Department. Trump foes dismiss any scrutiny of CrowdStrike as part of a “conspiracy theory.” But the tangled web between CrowdStrike, Democratic operatives, the Trump-hating media and the Obama Justice Department isn’t a theory, it is fact. And since the firm played a critical early role in planting the Russia collusion hoax, Trump and his allies are right to raise more questions.

Democrats' Fear of Durham About to Reach Panic Level

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

What has Durham found, possibly in concert with his superior AG William Barr, that necessitated expansion of his work? This indeed should strike fear in the hearts of the Democrats. The Department of Justice holds the whip hand. They can indict people. Yes, the Democratic Congress can impeach. And no wonder they are trying their best to do that now. They are riding high--or some of them may think they are. But most of the public doesn't know the full story or anything close. The truth rarely emerges quickly. One would advise the Democrats to reconsider, but they don't seem able to do it. They probably have too much to lose.

What the Presidential Candidates Are Missing: Economic Growth

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

I've yet to hear an impassioned plea for faster growth from Democrats. Many of the candidates -- including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders -- seem far more designed to reduce "inequality" or hand out free things to voters rather than expanding the economy. The policy ideas would divide the pie differently, rather than expand the size of the pie for everyone. So much for the JFK idea of a "rising tide lifting all boats." Economic growth should be a universal and undisputed goal, regardless of political party or ideology. With spending discipline, we can and will grow our way out of the debt crisis.