Why Does This Impeachment Not Feel Like a Defeat for Trump?

Jim Geraghty, National Review

What happened to all of those charges against Trump (bribery, etc.)? After all of this, there’s nothing referring to Trump’s actions in the Mueller report. Apparently the evidence of obstruction of justice laid out by the special counsel just didn’t warrant impeachment. Finally, apparently President Trump is such an anti-Constitutional menace that the freedom and fairness of future elections cannot be guaranteed unless he is removed . . . and he is also the kind of man that House Democrats can reach a deal with on trade deals and family leave. Both of those agreements are much bigger surprises than the decision on the impeachment articles. Impeachment is turning into a historic blip.

Assault on America, Day 344: Pelosi choked; the Schiff-show should’ve never been hatched

When the impeachment matter shifts from the House to the Senate there’s a different set of folks guiding the ship and the American public will hear entirely new arguments regarding the constitutional political process. Like an army that holds its artillery for the final stages of battle, Republicans are gearing up to return fire. And it should be spectacular.

Democrats’ Cannibalistic Ideology

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Once presidential prerogatives are criminalized and impeachment is used for short-term political gain, then the revolutionary process takes on a life of its own and will eventually devour its own creators. In such a downward spiral, impeachment has become no big deal. From now on, the party that holds the House majority will cite the present impeachment inquiry as good precedent for seeking the impeachment of any first-time president whose agendas they abhor and who they fear will be reelected. We are in revolutionary times, and those who redefined impeachment as a crude political effort will one day discover that they are being guillotined by the very instrument of retribution they erected.

A preemptive impeachment

Byron York, Washington Examiner

"The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week when she announced that she had told her committee chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment. Judiciary Committee Democrats are deeply concerned by the prospect of a government official using his or her office to investigate political opponents. So now, they have adopted the doctrine of preemptive impeachment. In other contexts (such as the Iraq war), preemption has proved to be an enormously controversial political rationale. It will likely prove equally contentious in the context of impeachment.

Assault on America, Day 343: Would civility survive a post-impeachment Dem convention?

Democrats won’t get a majority if the impeachment effort reaches the senate, just as Republicans didn’t get one against Bill Clinton in 1999. Yet still they persist with the ruse. Some people never learn. Liberals should be careful about calling for something to be “burnt down,” since the ones feeling the heat might just be them very soon.

The Legacy of Low-Bar Impeachment

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

From now on, impeachment can be used against any first-term president with a record of success. There need be no special prosecutor’s report of wrongdoing, no hard evidence, no first-hand witnesses of illegality. The entire rushed process will take days, not months in order to stain the president with being impeached. The impeaching party need not worry about the absence either of public or bipartisan congressional support. The impeaching party, as Hamilton feared, will always be in the majority in the House and can rig quick hearings to preclude reciprocal rights of calling witnesses and cross-examination. That’s the Democratic legacy and Democrats will live to rue it.

Suppose They Threw an Impeachment and Nobody Came?

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

If Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler & Co. were to succeed in impeaching and removing Donald Trump, what would they inherit? Not the wind, but something worse—the whirlwind—a country split beyond comprehension, even on the brink of civil war. What an accomplishment! The gang at CNN, MSNBC, and so on. should be very proud. Of course, there is another way. It’s called saying no. It’s going back to the business of government, passing the USMCA and working on infrastructure, maybe figuring out a rational immigration system that everyone could stick to or doing something serious about all our brothers and sisters overdosing on fentanyl. We could do all that, or even some, but unfortunately, it’s probably too late.

On Trump impeachment, Democrats pivot back to Russia

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Democrats are always looking for a new and better way to sell the product. Remember that they spent more than two years accusing President Trump of conspiring with Russia to fix the 2016 election, of being a tool of Vladimir Putin, of being a Russian asset. Then, in September, they turned on a dime to Ukraine. The Democratic case against the president has come full circle: Russia, Ukraine, and back to Russia. So far, impeachment polls have moved little. There is almost no movement either way in more than six weeks — a time during which televised impeachment hearings were held. So now, as Pelosi returns to Russia, it's no surprise Democrats continue to search for a better way to sell the product.

Congress must stop subsidizing wealthy car buyers

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

Mr. Schumer and Mrs. Pelosi have been railing against income inequality and “tax cuts for the rich,” but now they are head cheerleaders for a bill that would extend and even expand tax favors padding the pockets of mostly wealthy Americans who can afford to buy pricey Tesla and GM electric vehicles. The biggest single beneficiary of the EV tax subsidy is Tesla founder Elon Musk. He is a billionaire and if Congress extends the tax credits, the value will be capitalized into Tesla stock and he is about to get a lot richer. Rather than unworkable wealth taxes on America’s millionaires and billionaires, wouldn’t it be better if Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer stopped subsidizing them?

Assault on America, Day 342: Pelosi and Biden rage bares Democrat fright over Trump economy

Whatever the reason, it’s surprising and sad that Democrats appear to be coming unglued at this critical time in our nation’s history. Impeachment was never meant to be taken casually, but Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and most other party members have passed the point of no return. What will set them off next?

Assault on America, Day 341: LGBTQ lynch mob lambasts Mayor Pete over Salvation Army

It's a sign of the times that President Donald Trump will likely be impeached (not convicted) and cultural icons like the Salvation Army, Chick-fil-A and the Hallmark Channel feel intense pressure to bend to the whims of the intolerant left. All good people can do is resist -- how’s that for restoring a positive connotation to the word?

Democrats Send Diversity To The Back Of The Bus

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

As the 2020 campaign began, the party divided into two camps. The promise of victory offered by Biden and the ideological agenda offered by Sanders and Warren trumped the ethnic appeal of Booker, Castro, and Kamala Harris. Now, with the arrival of moneybags Mike Bloomberg and his tens of millions of dollars in ads, almost certain to reach hundreds of millions before Super Tuesday, there is the possibility that four or five candidates will survive to the convention, with no one having a majority of delegates. And the horse-trading will begin. My view: Super Tuesday will cut the field to two or three. And the nominee will be one of the six palefaces on the stage December 19.

Impeachy Keen

Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

Democrats increasingly encounter politics not as the art of the possible but as an act of catharsis. The results of November 8, 2016, as suggested by images of Election Night mass weeping, scheduled guttural screaming, and monthly waning-moon spells cast by anti-Trump witches, resulted in a collective nervous breakdown of sorts. The impeachment crusade, begun on the second Tuesday in November three years ago, comes as a therapeutic response to this breakdown and not a serious attempt to remove the president, the chances of which, at least under Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution, appear about as strong as Adam Schiff releasing a cover version of Classy Freddie Blassie’s “Pencil Neck Geek.”

The latest election takeover attempt

Hans Von Spakovsky, The Hill

This week, the House of Representatives has taken up the Voting Rights Advancement Act, though the bill would be more accurately named the Election Fraud Advancement Act or even the Federal Takeover of Local Elections Act. The Constitution grants states the right to administer their own elections. If it passes, the bill would gut that right and empower liberal activists to stop the election reforms needed to protect the integrity of the electoral process. It would also enable them to manipulate redistricting to help the candidates and political parties they favor. The bill is flat out bad policy and a blatant attempt to take over and federalize the election process.

The Democrats’ Massive Impeachment Fail

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Maybe this wasn’t the stroke of genius the congressjerks from West L.A. and Manhattan thought it was. The fact that it will inevitably end in a bored senatorial shrug is the perfect chef’s kiss. The dealer is showing a king and the Dems have a three and a deuce? Time to double down! This is going to end badly, hilariously badly, and everyone seems to know it except the Democratic leaders like Schiff and now the Nadd, who are driving full speed into the brick wall (Pelosi knows, which is why she’s right behind them, every step of the way). It’s like the proverbial dog who chases the car and then wonders what to do when he finally catches it – just before the car backs up and runs him over.

Fascism Lives!

Daniel Oliver, The Federalist

British fascist Oswald Mosley has been dead for 19 years, but his spirit must be spinning for joy in its tight little grave at the report published recently by The British Academy, which calls for businesses to “place purpose at the heart of the corporation” instead of profit. The BA busybodies’ goal is to have corporations do good for the “wider community” instead of maximizing shareholder wealth. Puh-lese—or per favore, as they said in Mussolini’s Italy. If it was really the finest minds in the UK that produced this document, Britain’s only hope now is rampant, plebiscitary democracy. And one-way tickets to Davos for all of the report’s authors. And their children. And grandchildren.

Lady professor and the Lonely Hearts Club

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

In her loneliness, the lady professor (and lonely school marm Pamela Karlan) also declared that President Trump’s call for investigating corruption in Ukraine was worse than the crimes that nearly got President Nixon impeached. Because, she said, Mr. Nixon’s crimes were domestic and Mr. Trump’s supposed “crimes” were abroad. Whatever. As if eating mail-order turkey and sleeping with Mueller reports isn’t sad enough, the lonely lady professor later attacked the 13-year-old son of President Trump to make the point that — well, to make the point that she really despises President Trump. There was no other point. Please. Somebody call the emergency lonely hearts line and get this woman some help.

Assault on America, Day 338: For Democrats, ‘diversity’ is the bug that’s eating them alive

Kamala Harris’s hasty withdrawal from the 2020 Democrat presidential race further exposed the party’s weakness vis-à-vis President Trump. The field’s lack of “diversity” is only one problem to overcome when competing against a strong opponent on his turf and trailing badly in the substance category. Democrats are in big trouble.

Assault on America, Day 337: Trump makes NATO ‘go Dutch,’ allies whine. Americans cheer

“Going Dutch” with friends isn’t a bad thing when everyone’s in a good mood, there’s plenty to share and the bank account is full. These are good times in America. Trump’s made a lot of it possible. The American military isn’t for hire, but it’s also not going to be anyone’s sucker either. It’s time Trump’s enemies -- and friends -- realized it.

Assault on America, Day 336: Impeachment, Joe Biden, Pete, Ozzy, and the politics of weirdness

Joe Biden’s strange behavior won’t save him from the scrutiny he’s destined to receive if Democrats choose to put President Trump on trial over his routine conversation with the Ukrainian president. Voters aren’t about to cashier Trump over such trivial deviations from decorum. And the whole gesture threatens to wreck their presidential race, too.