House Democrats might be tired of winning, but I’ll bet President Trump isn’t. Capping off an incredible week for him, and immediately following the even-better-than-predicted January jobs numbers, a federal judge blocked discovery in the Democrats’ silly “emoluments clause” lawsuit against him.
That was the ludicrous claim that Trump is accepting bribes from foreign governments whenever any foreign government rents a room in a Trump hotel -- even though he’s walked away from his business at a considerable financial sacrifice, and the Trump organization already donates any profits from foreign government patronage to the US Treasury. The Dems hoped to use this lawsuit as a pretext for “discovery,” which means rifling through all of Trump’s private business records, hunting for any infraction, real or imagined, that they could make a federal case out of.
Under these standards, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson could have been sued, since they owned plantations whose agricultural products were sold in Europe. Enforcing this ridiculously strict interpretation of the emoluments clause would make it virtually impossible for anyone who ran a private business ever to be President, leaving the job solely to lifetime politicians, who somehow manage to become multimillionaires despite devoting themselves entirely to “public service” (ahem: "Obama!" "Clinton!") The Democrats seem to think that the only ethical way to get rich is by being a leftist politician who enters office with no money but somehow leaves office a millionaire.
Tyler O’Neill of PJ Media, a Mitt Romney supporter, goes through Romney’s own explanation for voting for the Democrats’ first article of “impeachment” and painstakingly explains why his claimed reasoning and rationales are, to use the proper legalistic term, a “pile of donkey leavings.”
Give Sen. Mitt Romney credit for one thing: he’s certainly sparked a renewed interest in politics back in his “home state” of Utah. By voting with the Democrats to convict President Trump on their first Article of Impeachment (abusing his power by using it pretty much the same way every President in history has), Romney has spurred a flurry of citizen activism. Some Trump critics have turned out to rally, declaring him a hero and the conscience of DC (I suspect they're the same people who called Romney a racist, elitist, bullying, dog-torturing, corporate raider who gave his employees cancer and kept women in binders, back when he was on the other side – and who will again, the minute he inevitably flip-flops).
Meanwhile, a bill to allow voters to recall errant Senators that has been languishing in the Utah state House since before impeachment even became an issue suddenly has half a dozen new co-sponsors. Its author, Rep. Tim Quinn, says he got over a hundred phone calls and 250 emails in just over an hour that were “100% positive.”
Romney supporters say he shouldn’t be recalled for displaying “character.” Why, exactly, it shows “character” to violate your sworn oath to “support and defend the Constitution” by ratifying the House’s unprecedented, partisan and unconstitutional impeachment process, or to find someone guilty on evidence that one week before he’d proclaimed to be insufficient to determine guilt, I cannot say. I do think the vote showed Romney’s predicable character, which I predicted here before he even announced it by referencing the fable about the scorpion that stung the friendly frog that was giving it a ride across the river. The scorpion explained, “It’s in my nature.”
Romney obviously believes he was taking the moral, Biblical high ground (aside from ignoring the “Thou shalt not bear false witness” part.) But for those in Utah who believe he should be recalled and are looking for grounds that Romney cannot argue with without looking like a hypocrite, try this:
“The great state of Utah deserves a Senator who didn’t win his election largely because of the endorsement of a President whom he himself has officially declared to be guilty of a ‘severe,’ ‘egregious’ and ‘abusive’ attack on the Constitution.”
In fact, if he really is as morally superior as he claims to be, shouldn’t he save the public the trouble of changing the law and recalling him by resigning for his own egregious sin of accepting the Senate endorsement of such a terrible, lawless President? He even unsuccessfully angled for a job as his Secretary of State. Just think, if he’d actually gotten that job, the Democrats would have subpoenaed him to reveal classified, personal conversations with the President…and when Trump cited executive privilege, imagine what his new pals would be calling Romney now!
Here's another great reader comment, directed to Sen. Romney...
Mr. Romney, you also took an oath of office: to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This whole impeachment has abused the Constitution...Impeachment was announced before President Trump took office. The Mueller Report was cited by Schiff as having guaranteed evidence to condemn Trump. When that failed, the House impeached Trump without giving him fair rights of defense. By your vote you support this political and unfair impeachment process and have hurt our nation and the Constitution. There is more going on here than your microscopic view of the events. You have just been vetted.
It’s five days past the Iowa Democratic Caucuses, 100% of precincts have reported, and we still don’t have an official total. How is even possible to be that bad at math? Oh, wait, I forgot who we’re talking about.
The vote isn’t being finalized because some precincts reported more votes than voters. That’s hardly unusual for a Democratic precinct, but in this case, all the voters were supposed to be in a locked room, raising their hands, which is impossible for voters in cemeteries to do. Bernie Sanders supporters are claiming there was cheating, noting that Bernie got more votes than Pete Buttigieg, but Buttigieg got more delegates and declared himself the winner. Having blamed a malfunctioning app, President Trump and Trump supporters for their own embarrassing debacle, Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee fell back on the Dems’ greatest hits by blaming Russia.
Once again, the satirical conservative humor site The Babylon Bee was ahead of the curve.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez is so frustrated, he’s demanding that the Iowa Democratic Party begin an immediate recanvassing. Between this and House Democrats immediately launching yet another impeachment investigation based on the same bogus Ukraine “quid pro quo” charge, the (D) after Democratic politicians’ names must now stand for “Do-over.” I might jump on the bandwagon and suggest a do-over of the 2018 Congressional elections.
At this rate, some Democrats are worried that next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary will already be over and done with before there’s an official Iowa result. Well, don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched…
PS – One of the least-reported stories of the Iowa Caucuses involves the claim that party faithful are so “energized” over choosing one of these candidates to take on Trump. In fact, turnout was, let us say, “underwhelming” in many areas. Like Dubuque County, a heavily-Catholic area that should have been a Biden stronghold. It has 97,000 residents and 25,000 registered Democrats. Total number of Democratic caucus participants: 217. I’ve used this gag before, but it’s still appropriate: there are more people than that in the bathroom lines at Trump rallies.
Remember Albert Einstein’s definition of “insanity,” that it’s doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Well, Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler are definitely no Einsteins, but they sure are bent on proving him right.