I don’t know when I’ve been so proud of my fellow Republicans.
During yesterday’s shockingly bad House Judiciary Committee hearing, it was the Republicans (along with one objective legal expert, Jonathan Turley), who showed themselves to be the adults in the room. The rest of the participants, as the day wore on, increasingly showed themselves to be drenched in Trump-hate so caustic, it long ago dissolved any real sense they might have once had about the principles of justice as espoused in the Constitution.
I would say this hearing was like the old nursery rhyme: “When it was good, it was very, very good, and when it was bad it was horrid.” (My staff writer/researchers are still asking for hazard pay.) The horrid part was probably worse than you even imagined, with three of the four “expert” witnesses so tainted, no lawyer in his right mind would put them on the stand in an actual trial.
You know by now that one of the witnesses chosen by House Democrats to testify, Stanford University law professor Pamela Karlan, in answer to an obviously set-up question from Sheila Jackson Lee, made a snide and extremely lame remark about President Trump’s 13-year-old son. Here’s what she said: “I’ll just give you one example that shows you the difference between him [Trump] and a king, which is, the Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility. So while the President can name his son ‘Barron,’ he can’t make him a baron.” (I assume she thinks “Barron” is spelled with one “r.”) Besides being about as petty as it gets, this remark shows that Prof. Karlan is probably the last person anyone should rely on for a dispassionate reading of the law. The Democrats’ Trump-hate is so irrational, they couldn’t even see how the testimony of such a Trump-hating witness was going to come across to rational human beings.
Washington getting things done (sort of)
In what might become a continuing (even daily) feature, here’s a round-up of what was being accomplished in Washington while the House Democrats were wasting time and taxpayer money on their Impeachment Theater:
The Senate confirmed four more Trump judicial nominees to federal courts, including one who defended the creator of the undercover videos that exposed Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices.
The Trump Administration has finalized new regulations requiring hospitals to make all the prices they negotiate with insurers available to the public starting in 2021.
Finally, believe it or not, the House actually managed to pass a bipartisan bill with overwhelming support, one that Trump is expected to sign. What could possibly be so universally popular that even House Democrats would put aside their anti-Trump “resistance” and join with Republicans to pass it?
It’s a bill to restrict those annoying robocalls.
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The terrible reviews of Wednesday’s House “impeachment” hearing are rolling out all over, with even an analyst at NBC.com admitting it was an unconvincing failure (FYI: “The trial was a pig circus, he never had a chance” is a Bob Dylan lyric, not a commentary on the Schiff/Nadler hearings.)
Ann Althouse is a law professor, not a media figure, so her pan of the proceedings is especially interesting and carries real weight.
But for pure entertainment value, you can never beat Kurt Schlichter.
There are two other reactions to the hearing worth noting. One, surprisingly, was a perfectly appropriate reaction that actually came from chairman Jerrold Nadler, who at one point represented all of America when he appeared to fall asleep:
And this has to be the Line of the Day, the best and most succinct description of this entire “impeachment” fiasco that I’ve heard anywhere. Glenn Reynolds (a real law professor) of the Instapundit blog spotted it on Facebook and quoted it without attribution:
“It’s like Watergate, but with morons.”
This is a must-read story for parents of teenagers. FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) has issued its annual report on the state of free speech on America’s college campuses. They examined 471 of America’s top colleges and universities, places that should be bastions of free speech and open debate of ideas, and the results are grim.
FIRE found that “89% of American colleges maintain policies that restrict — or could too easily be applied to restrict — student expression.” Over half a million American students are forced to go to a “free speech zone” to express their thoughts (news flash to college administrators: the entire USA is a “free speech zone!”)
Only 11% of the schools earned FIRE’s “green light” rating for protecting free speech rights of students. Sixty-four percent got the middling “yellow light” rating, while 25% got the worst “red light” rating for their hostility to students’ First Amendment rights.
There are, however, signs of movement in a positive direction. For the first time, more than one million students are attending “green light” colleges, a sign to administrators struggling to attract enrollees that protecting free speech might help. There are now two entire states (Arizona and Mississippi) where all the schools ranked earned a “green light” rating. Best of all, the percentage of schools that still maintain unconstitutional “free speech zones” has been cut in half since 2013, from 16% to 8%, and the 40 schools that still do it are facing increasing legal challenges from students.
If you have kids who’ll soon be going to college, click the link for more details and to find out which schools still value the free exchange of ideas over the PC thought police approach. Together with this ranking of the most conservative colleges…
…you can find a place where your tuition money will go to educating your kids instead of turning them into good little socialists who ruin Thanksgiving by haranguing you over voting for Trump and the carbon footprint from your turkey smoker.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
- Ephesians 4:32
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