Some of our Presidents have gone down in history for letters they wrote.
Ronald Reagan will always be remembered for his moving “sunset” letter, in which he eloquently said farewell to the nation he loved as he began his long descent into Alzheimers. Reagan is also known for his heartfelt letters to his wife Nancy, enough of them literally to fill a book. (In fact, you should read that book –- especially the letter Ronnie wrote to Nancy for their 20th wedding anniversary, maybe the sweetest love letter ever.)
Going back to the early days of our country, John Adams exchanged countless letters with Abigail, his wife, best friend and closest confidant. And George Washington, while working for ratification of the Constitution, wrote a remarkable four-page letter to his nephew in which he laid out his argument for unity.
Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter in which he famously said, “I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”
Harry Truman is known for a letter he wrote to music critic Paul Hume, who said his daughter Margaret “cannot sing very well” in a bad review of a concert she gave. Truman’s letter was quite something: “...It seems that you are a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful. When you write such poppy-cock as was in the back section of the paper you work for, it shows conclusively that you’re off the beam...Someday I hope to meet you. When that happens you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!”
Ainsworth: Can I change my vote in the poll?
We're in the process of conducting a poll on whether the Senate should hold an impeachment trial with evidence and witnesses or just dismiss or acquit with no trial. (In fact, I wrote the question myself.) I felt very strongly as recently as Tuesday morning that there should be a trial and my vote reflected that. I thought that since the House had ignored due process, giving the President essentially no rights in their outrageous kangaroo court, the President deserved the opportunity to present his case. Trump himself has understandably wanted this. And I wanted to see it.
But after watching Tuesday's hearing and also observing how Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is trying to impose his own rules on the Senate side, I'm not so sure. As I write this, he's doing a press conference accusing Sen. Mitch McConnell of using the Senate "to participate in a cover-up." Do we really want the circus to come back to town?
It comes down to whether McConnell and Schumer can be trusted to work out the details so the process is fair to the President (at long last), and I don't trust Schumer with ANYTHING, certainly not anything having to do with fairness to the President.
The facts absolutely are on the President's side, and so naturally I'd really like all the facts to come out. But this is turning into even more of a nightmare. Besides, the Democrats have already taken those facts and distorted them beyond all recognition. And the media have eagerly helped them present their false narrative and would continue to do so. So maybe it should all just be over.
I agree with the Governor, who says the Senate could and should shut down the impeachment nonsense and then immediately launch a Judiciary Committee inquiry into the real scandal of "Crossfire Hurricane." Subpoena Comey, McCabe, Strzok and Page, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, Brennan, Clapper and the whole cast of characters. Make them come in and take the oath and testify as to how we got here. This is the way to go.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
Today is the day when (“Criswell predicts!!) the House will vote to impeach President Trump. It should be a historic day. So why does it feel so small, hollow and anti-climactic?
Probably because the Democrats have been demanding impeachment and crying wolf over the grounds for it since the minute they stopped howling at the sky because Hillary lost. (Note to Democrats: if you expect us to be moved by your claims of the urgent necessity of impeaching the President right now, don’t telegraph your intentions by screaming to impeach him for everything he did for over two years.) Can anyone even remember all the “grounds” they’ve floated since Election Night of 2016? Remember when firing James Comey was an “impeachable offense” rather than the best idea anyone had in Washington in the past 10 years?
As recently as a month ago, they had moved on from “Russian collusion” and “obstruction of justice” and were railing about “quid pro quo,” “bribery,” “extortion,” etc., yet none of those charges made it into the official articles. That’s because it turned out the “evidence” for them was all third-hand hearsay and presumption (not that that’s stopped them from continuing to lie that there is a mountain of irrefutable evidence of Trump's guilt. My staffers and I actually suffered through every endless minute of those hearings and never saw it.)
They are now left with the vague and cobbled-together “Abuse of Power” and “Obstruction of Congress” charges purely because they had to come up with something before Christmas break and time was running out.
In other words, these impeachment articles are the political equivalent of the gift you buy your wife at 7/11 at midnight on December 24th, then try to convince her that you really put a lot of thought into it.
It was obvious that Senate Democrats realized that the House was handing off a plate of hot garbage to them, so we had Chuck Schumer lecturing us over his nose glasses that it's vital to defending the Constitution that Senate Democrats be allowed to subpoena witnesses and more documents and drag out the scavenger hunt for impeachment grounds even further. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to have put the kibosh on that.
He said the House Democrats were in such a rush to impeach Trump that they couldn’t be bothered with waiting for due process, like letting the courts rule on subpoenas. So they turned out the “thinnest, least thorough presidential impeachment in our nation’s history.” And now, Schumer wants to set a “nightmarish precedent” that would let future Houses “paralyze future Senates with frivolous impeachments, at will.”
McConnell said the Senate Democratic leader “would apparently like our chamber to do the House Democrats’ homework for them. He wants to volunteer the Senate’s time and energy on a fishing expedition to see whether his own ideas could make Chairman Schiff’s sloppy work more persuasive than Chairman Schiff himself bothered to make it.”
He continued, “We don’t create impeachments over here. We judge them. The House chose this road. It’s their duty to investigate. It’s their duty to meet the very high bar for undoing a national election… If House Democrats’ case is this deficient, this thin, the answer is not for the judge and jury to cure it over here in the Senate, the answer is the House should not impeach on this basis in the first place.”
There’s more at the link, but I fear it will be lost on the House Democrats voting today, just as advice from an adult is routinely ignored by a two-year-old in the throes of a tantrum. However, one hopes that at least some House Democrats from purple districts might pay attention to McConnell’s words and muster enough courage to consider, before they vote to shred precedent and the Constitution, that they are staking their careers on a leaky raft that’s about to sail into a hurricane.
It’s not a surprise to me that the more Americans heard of Adam Schiff’s impeachment “case” against President Trump, the less persuaded they were. A new CNN poll finds that after two months of this divisive political theater, support for impeachment has dropped to an all-time low of 45%.
But one of the most interesting aspects of this poll is buried in the details. We already knew that Republicans strongly oppose impeachment, and that support among Independents has been dropping and is down to 45% from 47% last month. But the big swing in overall support is due to a 13-point drop, from 90 to 77%, among Democrats!
I know what you’re thinking: it must’ve killed the people at CNN to have to report the results of their own poll. And you’re right: their chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin had a sputtering on-air meltdown over it and declared that he refused to believe CNN’s own poll.
When told by CNN political director David Chalian that it was a standard telephone poll, Toobin still refused to believe it, declaring that “life has shown us that polls are sometimes wrong, and David, that poll is wrong -- just because I said so."
Cheer up, Jeff. If you can’t make public opinion bend to your will, I’m sure there’ll be a piece of anti-Trump fake news coming along very soon to make you feel better. Meanwhile, this is my favorite comment, from a liberal reader of this story, posted at FoxNews.com:
“There is not a sharp drop. More FOX lies.”
Behold the evil power of Fox News! They’re even able to make CNN polls lie!
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you."
- Jeremiah 29:12
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