Just another electoral shell game

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Democrats in Congress decided to take matters into their own hands. Just too important to leave to stupid voters next November. Bogus charges. Sham investigation. Circus hearings. Rushed impeachment. The result is the most hotly partisan, half-baked, nakedly political impeachment in American history. House Democrats will vote this week and — unlike your votes — theirs will count. President Trump will be impeached. The stock market will hit new record highs. Because all serious people know this is a joke. The Senate will give the impeachment referral precisely the respect it deserves. And then next November we will have another chance to vote for Donald Trump. Again.

Revival Time: Up From Impeachment

William Murchison, The American Spectator

We read constantly these days about the “nones” — adherents to no religion save in some vapid “spiritual” sense. With the decline of religious conviction goes certainty, goes any sense of authentic place in community, goes community adherence. What comes with it? Well — an increase in pointless squabbles for one thing; bad-tempered attacks on the differently minded or motivated; furious efforts at disassociation from the unconvinced; repudiation, often enough, of community and family. Anything else come with it? Impeachments? Political warfare as a way of life? I wouldn’t be startled to hear just that. Nor, I fancy, should anyone else.

Gohmert – Nadler Clash A Metaphor For Everything Wrong About Impeachment

The clash between Gohmert and Nadler was a fitting metaphor for the Democrats’ entire impeachment fantasy in which any facts that conflicted with or brought into question their carefully constructed narrative and carefully tailored record were dismissed as “Russian propaganda.”

Mitch McConnell Sets Up Democrat Impeachment Managers For Days Of Public Humiliation

Given the weakness of the record tailored by House Democrats in their impeachment “investigation,” Mitch McConnell telling Democrats they are stuck with the record as it stands as the basis for the presentation of their case to the Senate sets up days of well-deserved public humiliation for the House Democrats selected as impeachment managers.

Impeachment, the gift that keeps on giving

Robert Knight, Washington Times

Nancy Pelosi’s elves have cooked up a pot o’ impeachment soup that they want to pour down our throats quickly so voters forget it by November 2020.. Overall, it’s a mess. No wonder House Speaker Pelosi wants to get this impeachment pot over to the Senate where it will quickly be dismissed. The public is wising up to how thin this gruel really is. She may or may not save 31 House Democrats who face re-election in districts won by President Trump in 2016. If other seats remain steady and the Democrats lose just over half of the 31, the GOP could regain control of the House. If so, Adam Schiff may have to do something really bizarre to impress his crowd of adoring media.

Poll After Poll Finds Democrats Underwater On Impeachment

When more voters oppose a candidate or issue than support it, we say the candidate or issue is “underwater” and when even CNN finds more Americans oppose impeachment than support it Democrats are not just underwater, they are drowning.

President Trump’s Fiery Letter To Pelosi Shreds Impeachment Case

In a powerful letter addressed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, President Trump shredded the Democrats’ case for impeaching him and laid bare the anti-constitutional, anti-American process by which Democrats arrived at their two articles of impeachment.

The get-it-over-with impeachment

Byron York, Washington Examiner

At some moment during the House Judiciary Committee's marathon 14-hour session, it became abundantly clear that no one involved in the argument had anything new to say. In the absence of any original evidence or arguments, lawmakers on both sides simply said the same things they've been saying for the past two months, over and over and over. Why allow impeachment to become exciting? So in the end, what could happen is that senators will spend a couple of weeks saying the same things over and over and over again, followed by a vote to acquit the president. And the investigation, impeachment, and trial of Trump in the Ukraine affair will be over in record time.

Call These Vulnerable Democrats, Tell Them To Vote NO On Impeachment

There are 31 Democrat members of Congress who represent districts that President Trump carried in 2016. That includes 13 districts where the President defeated Hillary Clinton by more than 6 points. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard number (1-866-220-0044), we urge CHQ readers and friends to call these 31 Democrats now to stop the unfair and unfounded impeachment of President Trump.

This Is Going To Be One Weird Week In DC

To show you how truly bizarre things are getting to be in DC these days, consider that this week House Democrats will impeach President Trump, pass his signature trade deal, pass his signature Space Force plan, and leave intact his authority to reprogram funds to build the wall on our southern border.

Where Are the 'High Crimes'?

Patrick J. Buchanan, CNS News

Nowhere in the articles of impeachment is "treason" mentioned. Nor is "bribery" or "extortion," the other crimes alleged. Where are the "high crimes" in this impeachment resolution? There are none. Is it truly impeachable to ask Ukraine's president to look into the smelly Biden-Burisma deal before being awarded an Oval Office meeting? When did it become a crime to consider the probable electoral consequences of decisions taken in foreign policy? Admirers of JFK tell us he was ready to pull out of Vietnam, but only after the 1964 election, so as not to increase his vulnerability to the hawkish Republicans of the Goldwater era. If true, was JFK guilty of impeachable inaction?

Is Trump the Only Adult in the Room?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Democrats plan to impeach Trump, even as they are scrambling to find the exact reasons why and how. Most presidents might seem angry after three years of that. Yet in paradoxical fashion, Trump suddenly appears more composed than at any other time in his volatile presidency. Ironically, Trump’s opponents and enemies are the ones who have become publicly unhinged. Trump’s many enemies fear he will be reelected in 2020. They know that they cannot remove him from office. And yet they fear that the more they try to stain him with impeachment, the more frustrated and unpopular they will become. Yet, like end-stage addicts, they simply cannot stop the behavior that is consuming them.

The Democrats’ impeachment announcement was sad, pathetic and weird

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

A few Dems in the House will vote no but the articles will pass — and the partisan assassination attempt will die in the Senate. How long the trial would take depends largely on how many witnesses are called, and most in the GOP seem to want to keep the trial as short as possible. Trump, however, has said he wants to call the Bidens, Schiff and the whistleblower, basically to put the Dems on trial. That conflict is something the White House and Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have to resolve. In either case, it’s likely that by the time of the Iowa caucus, the failed putsch will seem like ancient history. That’s weird, too, and yet, these days, par for the course.

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.

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.

The Most Corrupt, Partisan, Vindictive, Unjust Impeachment In American History

Based on Democrat standards of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ nearly every previous American president could have been impeached and removed from office, beginning with George Washington. But what's even worse is in order to tailor the record to justify impeachment, Democrats have constructed a narrative based on lying, leaking, and misleading the American people to advance their political agenda.

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.