Today starts the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings, not with any evidence of wrongdoing (because there wasn’t any), but with several legal professors offering their opinions --- again with the OPINION --- of whether or not this President warrants impeachment. Before they get into that, I think it would be a great idea if Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, ranking member of the committee, began his opening statement on Wednesday (or any day of the hearings, for that matter) with these words:
Collins: “To inject a note of bipartisanship into these extremely partisan proceedings, I’d like to quote from our esteemed chairman from the Democratic side, Jerrold Nadler, when he was a congressman in 1998, on the issue of impeachment:
(ahem) “‘The effect of impeachment is to overturn the popular will of the voters as expressed in a national election. We must not overturn an election and remove a President from office except to defend our very system of government or our constitutional liberties against a dire threat. And we must not do so without an overwhelming consensus of the American people and of their representatives in Congress of the absolute necessity…
Harris drops out
Will the last Democrat out of the Presidential race please turn off the lights? (Unless it’s a Democrat from California, in which case the lights are probably already out.)
Thus far, most of those who’ve exited the field have been the lower tier candidates who didn’t even make it to the overcrowded debate stage (aside from “Beto” O’Rourke, who never lived up to the hype after voters got a good look at him.) But Kamala Harris’ departure on Tuesday represents a real turning point in the race.
She was touted as a major contender, someone who might go the distance and even give Trump a run for his money. Early polls seemed to support that. She checked off a lot of the Party’s boxes: female, minority, from a state with a lot of electoral votes (albeit ones the Party would win even if they ran Adam Schiff), and a former prosecutor/Attorney General to help offset the Party’s “open the borders and let all the criminals loose" reputation. She even made an impressive debate debut, going after frontrunner Joe Biden on racial issues.
She was so overconfident, she even did this (talk about tempting fate!)
So what happened? Well, having drawn blood against Biden, she made herself look like a frontrunner, which hung a target on her in the next debate. And as an Iraq war vet and member of the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard knows what you do to a target:
Gabbard’s evisceration of Harris’ prosecutorial record was so effective, Harris immediately began dropping in the polls. After she announced that she was packing it in, President Trump, our Trollmaster Supreme, even tweeted congratulations to Tulsi Gabbard.
Will Harris’ departure give a boost to Gabbard, or will the Democrats further rig the debate system to try to keep her out or slander her with more of their “Russian asset” fantasies out of pique? I might ask her about that when she’s my guest this weekend on “Huckabee” on TBN, so set your DVRs, or as Joe Biden would say, “Put it on your calendars!”
On the other hand, maybe Harris was always overrated and doomed from the start. Her policies mostly revolved around a fundamental misunderstanding of the powers of the office. She had a “Do it my way or I’ll just sign an executive order” mentality common to the dictatorial Dems who’ve never actually run anything before, or apparently even read the Constitution. She was the kind of “charisma/identity group” candidate the liberal media love, but voters choosing someone for the most important executive position in the world usually prefer someone with policies that won’t destroy the economy and at least some executive experience. Remember when Obama’s fans argued that he had executive qualifications because he ran his own campaign so well? Harris couldn’t even claim that:
As Joel Pollak at Breitbart notes at the link, he wasn’t surprised at all by Harris’ implosion, because he followed her campaign from the start and saw how ineptly it was run, and by someone she couldn’t fire because she’d put her sister in charge of it. Not a high recommendation for a chief executive. Does anyone doubt that Trump would hesitate to fire anyone who screwed up, even a relative?
Well, I think we’ve spent enough time on the Kamala Harris post-mortem. Now, it’s time to lean back and enjoy watching the Democrats go into hysterics after realizing that with her departure, the only candidates who’ve qualified so far for their next debate are all (gasp!) white! Two-thirds are male. One, Tom Steyer, is a white male billionaire! Oh, why is the Democrat base so sexist and racist?
Maybe they could all follow Elizabeth Warren’s lead and just claim to identify as minorities.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
President Trump is in Europe for a NATO summit, where he is giving the world some classic examples of why stuffed shirt Foggy Bottom bureaucrats want to impeach him for not conducting diplomacy their way. For instance, I don’t remember ever seeing a President, while holding a joint press conference with another leader, be as humorously blunt about what he really thinks as Trump was in his exchange with French President Emmanuel Macron.
The issue was all the Europeans who’ve gone to the Middle East to fight for ISIS, and when they’re captured, their home countries won’t take them back but expect the US and the Kurds to deal with them. Trump asked Macron point blank, “Would you like some nice ISIS fighters?” After a long and evasive response, Trump said with a smile, “This is why he’s a great politician, because that’s one of the greatest non-answers I’ve ever heard.”
While the rest of us were high-fiving and fist-pumping, I’m sure a lot of aghast State Department lifers were dropping their monocles in outrage. You see, respectable national leaders are supposed to make nice in public while expressing their real feelings behind your back, like snakes in the grass.
Note to Jerry Nadler: you can add this to your list of newly-invented impeachable offenses: “Telling the truth in public at an international summit meeting.”
While our intellectual superiors in political and media circles were chasing their impeachment fantasies, a few things were happening that they didn’t notice and barely reported on, but they’re kind of important, so I’ll share them with you:
Despite the dismissive harrumphing of NeverTrumpers that the President was a bellicose fool who was all wrong about Iran, his sanctions have squeezed Iran so hard that protests against the government have spread across the nation and the Mullahs are starting to look pretty desperate to hang on to power. Please pray for the brave protesters and the end of this brutal regime that the last Administration thought it could buy off with nuclear concessions and planeloads of cash. That was genuinely foolish.
And things aren’t looking so rosy for the oppressors of the people in China, either.
President Trump took some guff (I’m channeling Joe Biden) from the press for saying at the NATO summit that he’s willing to let the trade war with China drag on past the election, which jolted the stock market. But I don’t think that message was aimed at Wall Street. It was aimed at Beijing. He was letting China know that he’s not weakened by the Democrats' impeachment circus or reelection concerns, that he knows they’re hurting far more than we are, and he’s willing to let that go on as long as he has to until they give in.
And here are four criminally under-reported stories that the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) would prefer you not know about:
Terrorism is down (Trump also revealed that we obtained valuable info on the raid that killed the leader of ISIS, including a list of their donors); violent crime is down (even though polls show the media, eager to push gun control, have misled many Americans into believing it’s up); energy is cheap and abundant and the US just posted its first full month as a net exporter of oil in 70 years; and unemployment is at a historically low 3.6%. That holds true in almost every demographic, including this new report: in July, the unemployment rate for black women fell from 5.2% to a record low 4.4%.
Meanwhile, the Democrats won the House back last year, promising to reduce health care costs, create jobs and rebuild infrastructure. And what have they done to make life better for Americans? Pretty much nothing. When they weren’t promoting pie-in-the-sky socialist nonsense like the Green New Deal, they were wasting all their time trying to impeach the President who was working on all the stuff listed above. Trump even negotiated a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada that could bring in billions of dollars and create thousands more jobs, and it’s gathering dust on Nancy Pelosi’s desk. You see, the Democrats claim it has all these problems that they need to fix. Okay, what are they doing to fix it? (Crickets.)
At this time of year, when I look at this do-nothing, impeachment-obsessed waste of space in the House, I keep thinking back to those childhood Christmases long ago and an experience I’m sure many of you had as kids. We were bamboozled by slick advertising into thinking we just had to have the hot toy everyone wanted. So we wrote to Santa and bugged our parents and said we didn’t care if we got nothing else, we just had to have that toy. And then we ripped open our gifts on Christmas morning, and we got that toy!... And within five minutes, we discovered it was an over-hyped dud. We had more fun playing with the box it came in.
That’s the Democratic House majority of 2018 in a nutshell: sold to us on big, flashy false promises, and it turned out to be an empty box.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"A man's gift maketh room for him,
and bringeth him before great men."
- Proverbs 18:16
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