It’s Thanksgiving week, and that means Congress is recess. It provides a long-overdue and much-needed break…for the American people. In fact, Congress being in recess just might be the #1 thing that most Americans give thanks for this year.
This week off will give Democrats some time to think very carefully about what their next move should be. Polls show support for impeachment cratering among Independents after their pathetic show trial. They paraded a lot of arrogant bureaucrats’ hurt feelings that their boss wasn’t taking their advice, and a lot of third-hand hearsay, but unearthed not a single document or first-hand witness to confirm that President Trump did anything criminal. You wouldn’t know that if you listened to the liberal media outlets, who keep blaring that the evidence of wrongdoing is “overwhelming,” without specifying a single jot of said “evidence.”
The Democrats must be grateful for the media cover, but they know it won’t last forever. They now have a choice: either admit they served up a goose egg in public and decline to vote…or cave in once again to their rabid, anti-Trump, leftwing constituency, gin up some bogus charges based on nothing, and vote to impeach the President. The former would be an embarrassment, the latter a disaster. Like Brer Rabbit, Trump is practically begging them to vote to impeach him, so it can go to the Senate, where a trial run by Mitch McConnell will allow Republicans at last to call their own witnesses, including Hunter Biden, Adam Schiff and his pet “whistleblower,” and put them under an electron microscope, which is the last thing on Earth they want.
Nancy Pelosi’s best out would be to make one of her patented eye-roller speeches about how serious Trump’s “crimes” are, but because the Democrats care so very, very deeply about the Constitution, and we’re so close to an election, they have decided that the voters should make this decision. Yes, I know it’s a complete 180 from what we know she really thinks, but what else are they going to do? Jump into the Senate briar patch?
As this article at the Epoch Times points out, if the Democrats really believed that Trump was the urgent, clear and present danger to the Republic that they claim he is, why would they take a weeklong break before even deciding whether to vote to impeach him? It’s an obvious tell that they know this is just partisan political theater, and it’s flopping.
That article also reveals that they believe their best hope is that this week, the anti-Trump leftists in your family will convince everyone else over Thanksgiving dinner that the Dems actually made a case for impeachment. So they’re actually hoping that the obnoxious college student in your family will ruin the holiday feast by spouting a lot of leftist politics at the table.
Well, that should make them popular. I imagine it will go over about as well as last year’s lecture about how the Thanksgiving turkey should’ve been made of vegan tofu.
One of the most pernicious effects of the mindless “Resistance” movement has come in encouraging people who work for the government to think that they don’t have to obey the orders of their elected boss, the President of the United States. This has been a recurring theme since Trump took office. We were told it was an impeachable offense for him to fire FBI Director James Comey, and never mind that it was well-deserved and overdue, plus that the President had the power to fire him at any time for any reason. Likewise, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was rightly fired for insubordination for ordering the DOJ not to defend Trump’s immigration order in court. And we’ve just seen a parade of Foggy Bottom bureaucrats who tried to undermine the President and think he should be impeached for setting foreign policy instead of them.
But nowhere is insubordination a worse crime than in the military. Last week, President Trump pardoned or restored the rank of three military members accused of war crimes. The decision was controversial, but there was no question that as Commander in Chief, Trump has the absolute authority to do so. But some people in the Navy chain of command seemingly decided that they would not go along with their direct order from their CiC. They seem to have forgotten that Trump was largely elected because of his willingness to say, “You’re fired.” And lo and behold, we now have a new Secretary of the Navy, with Kenneth Braithwaite replacing Richard Spencer.
The Daily Mail has more about the details of this story…
But for a blunt and entertaining take on it from the viewpoint of a military man, you can’t beat Kurt Schlichter’s write-up. Here’s a sample quote:
“If you think some uppity lieutenant would have openly defied me when I was in command and not found his sorry rear out heading up rock repainting operations at the far reaches of the base, you are higher than former sailor Hunter Biden in a rental car.”
Note the updates to the story at the end.
There’s a principle in logic called Occam’s Razor. In simple terms, it predicts that when multiple theories exist to explain a result, the simplest one is most likely to be true. Applying that to politics, we could believe that Trump released Ukrainian aid because a convoluted plot to blackmail Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden without even informing them that they were being blackmailed was about to be revealed…or we could believe that like many other Presidents countless times before, Congress was about to intervene anyway, and Trump didn’t have the support to stop them, so he just gave it up.
Which is more likely? Byron York has the answer…
While Democrats were riding their impeachment hobby horse, something was happening that could blindside them in 2020. According to the latest Rasmussen survey, President Trump’s approval rating among black likely voters has climbed to 34.5%.
Black voters may be noticing that all Democrats have done for them is claim that the other side is racist. Otherwise, they take black voters for granted except when it’s voting time, as even Kamala Harris recently admitted.
Meanwhile, under Trump, black unemployment is at historic lows, paychecks are rising, and prison sentencing reform is finally getting done after years of broken Democratic promises.
A few other observations: black voters may be questioning the left’s claims that Trump is a racist when he criticizes how long-entrenched Democrats have run cities, particularly when they can see with their own eyes how their cities are being mismanaged and how it endangers their families:
Also, many black Americans are strong Christians who don’t like the far-left lurch of the Democrats, with their defense of unfettered abortion and threats to take away churches’ tax exemptions if they don’t replace the Bible with LGBTQ propaganda.
I also question whether the attempts to hold a rigged trial and accuse Trump of crimes without evidence are going over that well with black Americans.
While a 34% approval rating might not seem that high, I suspect it will only keep rising between now and 2020. And as the RedState article notes, Democrats rely on a monolithic black vote to put them over the top. In 2016, Hillary Clinton lost after 2 million black Obama voters from 2012 stayed home. She got 88% of the black vote and still lost. If the Democrat in 2020 only gets 66% of the black vote, it’s going to be a rout.