Again, regarding Trump’s impeachment trial, read the transcript!

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

In the midterm elections just a month later, Dems picked up seven governors’ seats previously held by Republicans without losing a single one they had held. Most important, of course, they flipped the House to take control, with many of their new seats in districts Trump won in the 2016 election. In short, Dems were rewarded for their resistance against Trump and their smears of Kavanaugh. That is the lesson they learned, and it’s why they are again carrying out another scorched-earth attack on Trump and the GOP. So while impeachment deserves to die in the Senate and almost certainly will, it is not in the Dems’ political interest to let it die ­quietly. Buckle up for stormy days.

Will Impeachment Dominate Trump’s Second Term?

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

What will Trump 2 look like? How many more impeachments and trials can we look forward to—a rather frightening concept considering the mind-numbing, torture by television we are undergoing at present? What would ameliorate it to a significant degree would be a solid Trump victory—even greater in the Electoral College and something closer to a wash in the popular vote. It would also help immeasurably if the Republicans retake the House. That would put the kibosh on impeachment better than anything. Anything can happen. But if impeachment dominates American life for the next four years like it’s dominating it now, we might as well all move to… Oh, wait. There’s nowhere to go.

A Copious Compendium Of Schiff’s Lies

With the establishment media in a disgusting bromance with Democrat impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, we thought we’d wrap-up the first few days of the impeachment farce – we mean Senate trial – by collecting as many of Schiff’s lies as we could find into one well-sourced document.

Impeachment, Democrats, and those 90,000 documents

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Schiff, Pelosi, and their colleagues were not telling the whole "documents" story. They got the 90,000 figure, apparently, from Clinton's rebuttal to the Starr report, the report independent counsel Kenneth Starr turned over to Congress. In that rebuttal, given to Congress on September 11, Clinton's lawyers wrote: "During the past four and a half years, the President has...produced more than 90,000 pages of documents and other items" to investigators. But not to Congress. The Clinton situation was entirely different from the one Schiff and his fellow Democrats face today. Starr was an independent counsel, with full law enforcement powers, and his office issued many grand jury subpoenas.

Pretending Hunter Biden Is Irrelevant

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Why would Trump have to ask a foreign official for an investigation into Biden sleaze? Because when politicians have a D next to their name, the idea of the press holding people accountable goes out the window. It is unfathomable that the American news media would choose not to investigate the activities of the vice president of the United States. Democrats and their media friends also play dumb when Republicans insist Hunter Biden should be part of the Senate impeachment trial. On the Sunday network news shows, moderators asked Democrats for their feelings about Biden being a witness in the trial. Their answers needed a laugh track. Democracy dies when the Bidens are asked questions?

Democrats’ ‘unfixable’ extremism uses Trump as an excuse

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

If as expected the current impeachment ends in acquittal, it’s not far-fetched to believe there could be another one even before November. When you hate a president this much, you can never have too many impeachments. Besides, the mere talk of removing Trump gets more attention — and donations — than anything else the party and its candidates are ­offering. Trump returns the antipathy, of course, and his donors open their wallets in support, guaranteeing that the civil war engulfing our ­politics from sea to shining sea is not going to end soon. Even the election won’t be a cure. Regardless of who wins in November, it’s impossible to believe that a “Kumbaya” moment is on the horizon.

The Dems Still Don’t Know Why Trump Won in 2016

David Catron, The American Spectator

The main reason HRC was beaten is that she represented a status quo characterized by chronic corruption, anemic economic performance, and transparent contempt for the voters.Perhaps the actual lesson — considering Trump’s continued successes in the face of quotidian slander by the legacy media, years of federal and congressional investigations based on implausible conspiracy theories, a hyper-partisan impeachment based on hearsay, and an upcoming Senate trial pursuant to offenses that wouldn’t justify removing him from office even if they were true — is that Democrats can no longer be trusted with power. The Democrats themselves will never absorb this lesson, however. They still don’t get how Trump won in 2016.

House impeachment will be a 'permanent stain' on Dems' legacy

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

Mr. Trump’s call to Ukraine’s president, which is at the heart of the impeachment articles, does not meet the standard of seriously harming the public or compromising the president’s ability to do his job as shown by the China trade deal and the trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada, both signed and passed days after impeachment. Mrs. Pelosi summed up the true motives of Democrats when she said that regardless of what the Senate does, impeachment will be a “permanent stain” on President Trump’s legacy. In fact, the stain will be on Democrats. It is Democrats who have plotted ways to reverse the will of voters who elected Mr. Trump. It is Democrats who fear he will be overwhelmingly re-elected in November.

Government in the Shadows

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Impeachment has been redefined as a mere vote of no confidence and will become a rank political ploy for years to come once an opposition party gains a majority in the House. It is taking on the flavor of a preemptory device, a vaccination, rather than a medicine, as if to prevent future hypothetical crimes in the absence of current impeachable offenses. The most baleful legacy of the current Trump hatred is a new model of out-of-power administrations that never quite leave. Instead, apparently from now on, the retired, the fired, the voted out, the emeriti, and the transitioned will become opposition activists who seek to destroy their successors whose record they cannot abide and whose agendas they deathly fear.

Mitch McConnell And The Democrats’ Strange Confusion About Impeachment

So far it looks like united Senate Republicans, with McConnell’s firm leadership, are prepared to face down the Democrats’ demands to pursue the President beyond the facts already in the record and put fairness, even-handedness and historical precedent ahead of the outrageous partisanship that is driving House Democrats to tear the country apart in their effort to overturn the 2016 election.

Two deceptions at the heart of Democrats' impeachment brief

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Democrats insist on Trump's immediate removal because, they argue, he was the knowing beneficiary of Russian help in the 2016 election, and if he is not thrown out of office right now, he will do it again. But in making their argument, Democrats make two critical mischaracterizations about Trump, Republicans, and 2016. One is flat-out wrong, while the other is misleading. Neither mischaracterization in the Democratic brief is a mistake; Democratic prosecutors know full well what actually happened. But the mischaracterizations are necessary to build the case against the president, to show that he had corrupt motives in the Ukraine matter. They are, of course, not the entire case, but they are important. And they are wrong.

Not Impeachment, a Nervous Breakdown

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

America is having a nervous breakdown—a serious, perhaps fatal one to its future. And It’s caused by the left. Or what purports to be the left because, other than Bernie Sanders and his jejune followers, most of these people aren’t real leftists who, at least, believe in something, as wrong-headed as it is. Many are rich people who long ago abandoned the working class—those are Trump’s people—in favor of fostering a sense of deprivation among grievance groups who have little (almost nothing historically) to be upset about. This excessive primacy of neurosis in politics—some of it obviously is always there—is dangerous to our republic, perhaps terminally, and to us all personally.

Impeachment Is Now Sacred?

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The House vote to impeach Trump was the dictionary definition of partisan — not a single Republican voted yes. There is nothing compelling and overwhelming here. But our pro-impeachment media are investing as much moral authority in Pelosi's putsch as they can muster. As Speaker Pelosi was shown on screen about to sign the impeachment articles, Matthews returned to churchy metaphors, and things were getting truly wacky. Impeachment is in no way a sacred act, and it carries no moral authority. But our pro-impeachment media are employing every sappy metaphor to achieve their fervent desire: dragging President Trump out of the White House and throwing him onto the pyre.

McConnell Should Toss Out This Malicious Impeachment

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The impeachment of Donald Trump is the fruit of a malicious prosecution whose roots go back to the 2016 election, in the aftermath of which stunned liberals and Democrats began to plot the removal of the new president. There is a reason why no crime was charged in the impeachment of Donald Trump. There was no crime committed. It is ridiculous to deny that this impeachment is partisan, political and personal. It reeks of politics, partisanship and Trump-hatred. As for patriotic, that depends on where you stand — or sit. Mitch McConnell should let the House managers make their case, and then call for a vote to dismiss, and treat this indictment with the contempt it so richly deserves.

A Literal Show Trial Begins

Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

The Democrats' attempt at shifting the narrative, prompted by a public unmoved by the House hearings, mirrors the shifting justifications to impeach a president that many Democrats wished to remove before he even took office. The Senate trial features the theatrics, histrionics even, of stage and screen. It just lacks the suspense. When the theatergoer knows the outcome before the first act, the play cannot help but bore. At least the audience gets a happy ending here. And that, of course, works as a recipe for a sequel or two — or 10. The bad guys, from Jason to the Joker, always look to exact their revenge. But in shows as in show trials, the public appetite wanes over time. Yawn.

Can Democrats produce a daily impeachment show?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Democrats will begin to make their case, with 24 hours of Senate floor time to do it. Does anyone think dry recitations, or even dramatic recitations, of the same old material will stir the Senate and the public? From now until the trial is over, and perhaps beyond, Republicans expect Democrats to come up with some new something on a regular basis. GOP defenders are beginning to see the next month not so much as an impeachment trial but as a replay of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings: a fait accompli that becomes a cliffhanger with new and progressively more spectacular allegations. None of them were true, but they threw Republicans on the defensive and plunged the confirmation into chaos for a while.

The Cult Of Pelosi Is A Deadly Thing For Democrats’ Future

Christopher Bedford, The Federalist

Washington has another faith working reporters into a fervor, and her name is Nancy Pelosi. Reporters have called her “basically invincible,” a “political grandmaster,” an “icon of female power,” a “rockstar” and, time and time again, “a fashion icon.” The cult of Pelosi isn’t just a “hot take” or a “be smart,” it’s a mindset through which Washington’s media elites interpret the world. It’s false, and the harsh light of reality easily shows as much. But reality is powerless to stop “the conventional wisdom” of the Beltway. Overconfidence is a slow-working, terrible thing. It may lead its wearers to see an “invincible” “grand master” when there is none. And more, to see victory ahead when there is only defeat.

Another dud in the string of bombshells

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Mr. Parnas is charged with violations of federal campaign finance laws — despite supposedly being thick as thieves with Mr. Trump and Attorney General William Barr, whose Justice Department charged Mr. Parnas for federal crimes. Also unsurprisingly, Mr. Parnas under indictment has turned on his former allies. Which is why he was sitting with Ms. Maddow. When he was not spinning complex webs of unsubstantiated claims about Mr. Trump and Mr. Barr, he was watching Ms. Maddow weave even more complex webs explaining how everything was a “bombshell.” Watching it was like arriving late at a huge party where everybody has been drinking for hours and you are stone-cold sober. Trying to follow along.

Democrats are just still not over 2016 election

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

For many Democrats, impeachment always was a cause waiting for facts. Regarding him as an interloper who wasn’t fit to be president, some talked of trying to remove Trump before he was inaugurated. Driven by radicals rising in their party, Dem congressional leaders largely refused to negotiate with the president over anything, even when they took the House in 2018. It looks like the impeachment trial will begin, likely next week. Many questions remain unresolved, including whether there will be majority support for other witnesses and documents. The only thing we know for certain is that this disgraceful spectacle is taking place for one simple reason: Democrats can’t get over 2016.

The New Post-Trump Constitution

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

This is the new political climate in Washington DC. We are now on new anti-constitutional grounds, and the United States will probably never return to the constitutional customs and traditions of its first 233 years. The architects of this revolution were not arrayed in sunglasses and epaulets, or in business suits and wing tips, with briefcases. They were hip, cool, and progressive, and they boasted that they did all of this for us, the proverbial people, to cheers from cultural icons, media heavyweights, and those with advanced degrees. The United States, at least as we knew it, came to an end, not with a loud right-wing bang, but with an insidious progressive whimper.