Reader replies to my “Open Letter To Nancy Pelosi” are still pouring in. (If you haven’t co-signed the letter, please do, at https://www.mikehuckabee.com/open-letter-to-nancy-pelosi?=1) Here’s one reply that’s especially fun, followed by an important update.
From Stephen S:
If Pelosi doesn’t want to release the impeachment to the Senate, this would sound like “obstruction of justice” and she should be charged as such.
Also it sounds like she is trying to influence the rules in the Senate, which can be construed as “bribery” or quid-for-pro.
From the Gov:
I like the way you think!
Important note: Nancy is pretending to have much more power in this than she really does. House procedure does not take precedence over Senate procedure. As RedState.com explains, there is no Constitutional requirement that the Senate wait until the House appoints “impeachment managers,” and Sen. McConnell has no obligation to let them address the Senate or even have access to the Senate. He also has no obligation to “negotiate” with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. If he wants, McConnell can call the Senate, bring in the Chief Justice to preside, and vote to either to dismiss both charges, acquit the President, or go ahead with the trial on his own schedule, in whatever manner the Senators choose. The rules are up to them. Withholding the Articles of Impeachment is a toothless bluff on Pelosi’s part, apparently cooked up by law professor Laurence Tribe, and McConnell absolutely must stand up to her.
As Glinda the Good Witch said to the Wicked Witch of the West (Pelosi), “You have no power here! Begone! Before somebody drops a 'House' on you, too!”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when parents across America crowd into churches to watch their kids perform in the Christmas Nativity play. Countless nine- and ten-year-olds are donning bathrobes and head towels, gluing on fake beards and standing in front of cardboard mangers to play Joseph, the Innkeeper and the Three Wise Men.
And no matter how charmingly amateurish they are, all of them are more convincing in their roles that Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats, who on Wednesday wrapped themselves in black, stood in front of cardboard American flags and tried to convince us that they are sincere defenders of the Constitution. Of course, they’d be equally unconvincing in the roles of Wise Men, but I digress.
(At this link, David Harsanyi of National Review echoes what I recently wrote about the nausea induced by having to listen to people who are waging war on the First Amendment and want to abolish the Second Amendment and the Electoral College drone on about how much they revere the Constitution as they impeach a President for invoking his due process rights:)
The absolute nadir came when Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared the Democrats’ anti-Trump political jihad to the World War II Battle of the Bulge, where 100,000 American soldiers were killed or wounded. Did any House Democrats suffer by even missing a cocktail party during their assault on Trump and the Constitution? That comment was as offensive as it was self-aggrandizing.
The Democrats’ endless impeachment theater flop finally limped to its weak finale (let us pray) yesterday, as the House voted to impeach President Trump along the very same partisan lines that Pelosi said would be divisive, destructive and unacceptable (she was right then, but they did it anyway.) The only “bipartisanship” came when several Democrats defected and Tulsi Gabbard disappointingly wimped out and voted “present” on both counts.
Having unearthed no actual evidence of wrongdoing and cobbled together laughably weak “articles” of impeachment, the Democrats tried to shore up their rickety case with a “throw spaghetti at the wall and see if anything sticks” tactic. They repeated “nobody is above the law” more times that the word “baby” appears in a Justin Bieber song (if it's true nobody is above the law, why is Hillary still walking around loose?) And they regurgitated every out-of-context Trump quote, fake news story and anti-Trump Facebook meme of the past three years to try to justify their impeachment vote. All this did was remind us that the claim this is based on a phone call that happened last July is transparently bogus, and that they’ve been calling for Trump’s impeachment since Election night of 2016. Some have already voted for it multiple times on similarly feeble “grounds.”
One of my favorite soliloquies came from Texas Rep. Al Green, who would call for impeaching Trump if he found lumps in his oatmeal. He hauled up a debunked Internet meme of a crying three-year-old allegedly separated from her mother at the border, apparently to prove Trump deserves impeachment for being a big meanie who enforces immigration laws (funny, I missed that in the Articles of Impeachment.)
Problem: The kid was never separated from her mother (who, by the way, had been previously deported, and brought her child on the dangerous journey to reenter the US illegally without even telling her father where they were.) That child was merely crying for the same reason Democrats have been crying ever since Trump won the election: because she has the mentality of a three-year-old. At least she has the excuse of actually being three years old.
And when the bad impeachment theater finally reached its anticlimactic end, like many bad amateur actors, the performers dropped character and started high-fiving and celebrating before the curtain came down all the way.
I know the Democrats think they’ve accomplished something by putting a “stain” next to Trump’s name in the history books, but they’re dead wrong. The closest analogy I can make is to the stories of hate-filled jihadist bombers who set out to blow up an infidel and accidentally detonated themselves – or as I call those, “feel-good stories.” Trump will sail right along, his approval ratings buoyed by their unfair attack on him, and I predict, win reelection comfortably. (His Gallup approval rating has risen 6 points just since this impeachment pageant went into rehearsals in September: https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-approval-rating-rises-6-points-higher-impeachment-inquiry-began/ )
Even as the vote was being taken, Trump was leading a rally in the once reliably Democratic blue collar state of Michigan, where thousands of people waited in long lines in freezing weather to see him. That’s got to put a chill into the DNC.
Long after this Congress is a bad memory, the talking heads are forgotten and the newspapers that vilify him daily are discarded bird cage liner, Trump will be judged by his many accomplishments. The stain in the history books will be on this childish, viciously partisan House, for wasting the taxpayers’ time and money on a political vendetta that has cheapened, demeaned and weaponized one of the most serious responsibilities of Congress.
It’s the same thing that happened under Obama to the FBI, the DOJ, the IRS and other agencies that once had the respect of the public as nonpartisan professionals, and are now so tarnished, nobody trusts or believes a word they say. All I’ll say to the House is, “Welcome to the Disgraced Club.”
If you’re interested in reading any more commentary on the Democrats’ lousy impeachment theater production, you might enjoy some of the entertainingly scathing reviews. First up, my daughter Sarah Sanders…
Michael Goodwin at the New York writes, “Nancy Pelosi’s stomach-turning impeachment charade damages America”:
Don Surber asks the musical question, “Impeached? So what?”
As always, the Babylon Bee uses humor to tell the story more truthfully than the mainstream media will:
And if you have a little time, this is a must-read from the Bookworm blog. It covers everything from the legal and historical reasons why the Democrats’ charges fail to reach the levels of impeachable offenses to some remarkably apt quotes from the courtroom chapter in “Alice in Wonderland” to some heartening evidence suggesting that even die-hard leftist, “#Resistance” Trump haters are tired of the constant bellyaching, protesting, whining and screaming, and are starting to realize they look stupid doing it when everything is going so well for virtually everybody now that their awful policies have been reversed.
And further evidence that even the pro-impeachment fanatics are fatigued with this boring show: Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage magazine notes that even in densely-populated, deep-blue cities, when organizers tried to stage pro-impeachment rallies, hardly anyone showed up. Maybe after nearly three years of Trump, they all had jobs to go to.
(NOTE: While most people were distracted by the impeachment show, some real news was being made, including House passage of a massive spending bill to keep the government open that's loaded with more gifts to the left than could fit in Santa's sack. Don't worry, I won't let them sneak that past us. We'll talk about some of those stories in our next edition.)
One of President Trump’s most strident critics, former CIA Director John Brennan, finally admitted that “mistakes were made” in the FBI’s FISA court surveillance of former Trump aide, Carter Page.
You might think it’s a modern miracle that we have cars that drive themselves, but for years now, Washington has had “mistakes” that make themselves. Even when an FBI staffer altered an email to remove exculpatory evidence to keep the FISA judges from seeing it, it wasn’t a deliberate act of fraud: it was a “mistake.” One that somehow “got made.”
You know, like making John Brennan head of the CIA in the first place. Or ever giving him a TV forum where anyone would give the slightest credence to anything he said.