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Impeachment Is Already Backfiring On The Democrats

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Schumer’s plea for new witnesses is an admission that the House’s case for impeaching Trump is inadequate and deficient and could prove wholly noncredible to the American people. After all, if you need more witnesses, you probably do not have the smoking gun. The message sent by Pelosi’s call for more time before the trial, and Schumer’s call for more witnesses, is one of fear that not only could the House’s case for impeachment fail, it could be laughed out of the Senate. The Democratic Party has bet the ranch on the impeachment and removal of Trump for imperiling our “national security.” But are Schumer and Pelosi behaving as though the republic is in mortal peril?

Democrats Rush to Impeach Trump, Then Sit on It

Debra J. Saunders, The American Spectator

Pelosi has as much right telling the Senate how to conduct its impeachment trial as McConnell would have telling Pelosi how to run her impeachment. Pelosi’s act as a reluctant impeacher who wore black to recognize the solemnity of the occasion was smart, if not sincere. Ditto her ample use of the famous Ben Franklin quote said in answer to a question about what kind of government would come from the Constitutional Convention of 1787. “A republic, if you can keep it,” Franklin reportedly replied. Elected officials should vote to overturn an election at their peril. But instead House Democrats produced a result that they know could backfire big time — an impeachment, if they can keep it.

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.

Trump Was Right From the Beginning

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Horowitz, who is a creature of official Washington, is loath to interpret such rationalizations from fellow bureaucrats in a sinister light. Durham is under no such constraints. Unlike Horowitz, he also has the power to compel testimony. (Horowitz notes that he was unable to interview such figures as Jonathan Winer, the John Kerry protégé at the State Department who helped grease the wheels for Christopher Steele at the FBI.) Of course, the media will continue to pit Horowitz against Durham and Barr. But it is obvious to anybody who bothers to read it that Horowitz’s report lacks rigor and is more perfunctory than authoritative. Spygate’s day of reckoning still approaches.

Support for Impeachment Collapses Among Black, Hispanic Voters

Haris Alic, Breitbart

The televised hearings seemed to have the exact opposite impact Democrats were hoping to achieve when they first launched the inquiry. Although the Emerson poll did not ask why black and Hispanic voters had changed their minds on impeachment, the rates at which they were following the inquiry hearings could pose an answer.

Paging President Trump to the pitcher’s mound

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

The Washington Nationals are just the organization to step up and fill that healing leadership role. The Nats’ front office should invite President Trump to throw out the first pitch at Friday night’s Game 3, the first of the series to be played at Nationals Park in D.C. Mr. Trump on the mound would remind the career politicians in Washington that far more unites Americans than divides us, no matter how much they work to needle and exploit for their own personal gain the differences among us. During more politically decent times, a move like this would be routine and expected. Can you imagine the size of the crowd?

Trump's Labeling of 'Fake News' Was an Understatement

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Those same mainstream media outlets are now making a big deal out of the Ukraine, even though Trump was obviously trying to figure out who had instigated the Russia probe in the first place. Wouldn't you? And as for Biden, media have known about the humungous corruption of Biden, Hunter, and Burisma since 2015 and barely reported it. It was clearly of no interest to them because the right people, their people, were the ones being corrupt. The newspapers above should all have a stamp on the front pages "CAUTION- -DISINFORMATION." The networks should lose their licenses. They have abused their near-monopoly statuses.

Martina Navratilova’s loyalty to Trump-hating overlords

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

The requirement to prove one’s fealty to Trump-hating leftist overlords impacts more people than you realize. As a testament to what the left does to the very people they claim to represent, Ms. Navratilova has been reduced to sniping at another gay person who is actually doing work to improve the lives of everyone and working to, literally, save the lives of gay people in countries that remain determined to imprison and even kill them. The strategy of the bullies on the left to destroy an icon like Ms. Navratilova is meant to send a message to every other liberal: Don’t you dare step out of line or you will pay a horrible price.

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.

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.

Amid the political frenzy, eight keys to the coming Trump impeachment fight

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Here are eight keys to the future fight: 1. The 'cover-up' and the super-secret filing system; 2. What was said; 3. A William Barr recusal? 4. The House non-vote on impeachment; 5. Ukraine only? 6. The White House witnesses; 7. The whistleblower; 8. What the Bidens did. Those are by no means all the factors at work in the impeachment fight. But each is important, and each will help shed light on the biggest question of all: Did the president act improperly in the conversation with Zelensky? And if he did, was the impropriety of a type that merits criticism from Democrats, and perhaps some Republicans, or was it of a type that merits impeachment and removal from office?

Is military money really propping up a Trump resort?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

House Democrats are investigating whether the Air Force's stops at Prestwick Airport have "helped keep Trump's Turnberry resort afloat." "Accusations that Trump's properties are unfairly profiting off of his administration have dogged the president since entering office," the article reads. "But the potential involvement of the military takes the issue to a different level." There is certainly more to learn about the military's use of Prestwick and Turnberry. But the bottom line: Did an "odd" refueling stop "line the president's pockets"? Given what is known so far, that's a hard accusation to support.

Trump’s Deal for Denmark Wasn’t Deft–Or Daft

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

How did America acquire her vast territory? By revolution, purchase, invasions, annexations, war, theft and expulsions — of French, British, Mexicans, Spanish and Native Americans. Quite a record. While Trump’s diplomacy in the Greenland matter was not as deft as Seward’s in acquiring Alaska, the attitude exhibited would not be unfamiliar to many of the great men in our history. And the cancellation of Trump’s state visit to Copenhagen aside, this issue of Greenland’s future has been tabled. It is not going away. Methinks the Danes are headed for interesting times.

Why Trump El Paso Pic Triggered the Left

David Catron, The American Spectator

The phony outrage erupted when the First Lady posted a tweet about the El Paso and Dayton visits that contained a photo featuring herself holding the baby, Paul Anchondo, and his Uncle Tito with his arm around the President. Why would this upset anyone? Well, it turns out that Tito Anchondo, like his brother Andre — who was killed shielding his son from the gunfire — is a Trump supporter. This photo undermines two carefully cultivated leftist myths: that Hispanics by definition disapprove of Trump and that he is a Mexican-hating racist. This was too much for the Democrats and their media allies who, with characteristic hypocrisy, attacked Trump for politicizing the tragedies.

How to Miss a Big-Time Political Point

William Murchison, The American Spectator

It would be nice to get back to the central point here, which is that the Green New Deal — outlined by whites, blacks, who cares, really? — is nonsense and merits utter rejection. We can’t afford it. We can’t tolerate it, never mind the size of the Bernie Sanders Fan Club. The reported vogue for socialism on the part of the young needs squelching — not by force (the tool of the Left) but by rational persuasion. Trump, master operator as he conceives himself, plans to squash the ultra-left Democratic presidential ticket he hopes will result from embarrassing party moderates into alliance with Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Might work. But if not, what then?

Trump's immigration deal with Mexico is working

Jan Brewer, Washington Examiner

The Democrats' ultimate objective is to dismantle our entire immigration system and open our borders to anyone who wishes to enter the country for any reason. After being humiliated by the unexpected ease with which Trump convinced Mexico to help fight illegal immigration, liberals tried to save face by pretending that the deal was toothless. Now they have been humiliated yet again by the undeniable impact the agreement has had in a remarkably short period of time. In truth, the Democrats have only themselves to blame for underestimating Trump’s border security deal with Mexico. Their radicalism clouded their judgment, just as it has throughout the Trump presidency.

Ending the unfairest tax of all

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

No one knows for sure how much unrealized capital gains that would be sold if indexing were adopted as federal tax policy. In the short term, this could mean hundreds of billions of dollars of sales of stock and then tens of billions of dollars of tax revenues collected by the government. History also shows that the capital gains tax — all other things equal — is inversely related to venture capital funding for start-up firms. A low capital gains tax attracts dollars to higher-risk investments. What’s wrong with a nice boost for the women and men who start new companies in America? As an economic matter, this tax change would be a home run crashing off the centerfield score board.

E. Jean Carroll, Donald Trump, and a rape accusation from an earlier era

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The alleged incident took place more than 20 years ago. Carroll remained silent as Trump, already famous at the time of the alleged incident, became a TV star in the 2000s, flirted with politics, and then ran for president beginning in 2015. Carroll remained silent as the #MeToo movement, spurred by allegations of rape and sexual assault against some of the very men she features in "The Most Hideous Men in NYC Walking Tour," got its start. She spoke out only when she had a book to promote. So in the end, the E. Jean Carroll story will likely join a long list of contentious issues that Trump supporters and adversaries fight over and never, ever settle.

Nancy Pelosi needs to stop her endless war against Trump

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Keep it going and soon enough impeachment — and prison — could become political tools routinely used by both parties to overturn elections. My fear is that it would take another civil war to stop the escalating cycle. If Pelosi’s friends are right that she is not a crazy, she needs to act like it. If she believes impeachment is wrong for the country as well as her party, she must say it clearly and stop trying to have it both ways. She could also set an example of doing her day job by dealing with border problems and other pressing national issues. Otherwise, she is playing with a fire that will prove easy to start and impossible to stop.

So now it’s OK to destroy lives in the name of fighting Trump?

Rich Lowry, New York Post

The Left is so obsessed with the idea that Russia pulls the strings of our democracy that it assumes every noxious piece of content on the internet might have been cooked up in a Russian troll farm. Although reporters with the historical memory of gnats might believe that rank abuse of America’s high elected officials is something new, it’s as old as the republic. And it’s often been anonymous. By all means, call out online distortions and lies, but deliberately exposing low-level political advocates to personal destruction is shabby and irresponsible — and more an act of political retaliation than journalism.