October 30, 2019

This is an interesting article about all the political ramifications of the Democrats headlong Dumpster-dive into impeachment.

Among the topics it covers are the latest polls that show strong opposition to impeaching Trump in key battleground states the Dems have to win, how many votes Nancy Pelosi needs to pass her long-delayed whatever-it-is resolution, and how many endangered Democrats from Trump districts can safely vote no and still have it pass (if you think Pelosi didn’t already calculate that before even scheduling a vote, then I have some prime DC swampland I’d like to sell you.)

Unspoken in all this is how the political ramifications are so important because that’s all there is to this whole brouhaha.  The Democrats have been lusting for impeachment since the minute Trump won the election, and they finally got so antsy they could no longer control themselves and hurled themselves at the nearest warm body, which turned out to be this ridiculous Ukraine “scandal.” Trump already released the transcript of his phone call showing there were no “high crimes” committed, so we’ve now having secret testimony with strategic leaks for maximum political damage to Trump, all thus far based on longtime DC dwellers getting their snoots out of joint because Trump isn’t doing things the way they would (yes, we know, that’s why we elected him.)

The impeachment of a President amounts to the overturning of a national election and the will of tens of millions of voters.  It should be done in public, subjected to the most rigorous legal scrutiny and based solely on clear evidence of high crimes warranting such drastic action.  (And not even Tom Brokaw thinks they’ve got “the goods” on Trump.)

If they’re actually looking at polls to see if they should support impeachment or not, that’s a sign that this is nowhere near the level or seriousness required for real impeachment hearings. The Democrats need to put up or else zip up, grow up, and show up back at work. 


President Trump’s critics may not realize just how much they’re embarrassing and discrediting themselves with their pathetic efforts to spin the killing of ISIS leader Baghdadi as a negative or otherwise to deny Trump any credit. Trump is a master at pulling the rug out from under his arrogant critics, from releasing the transcript of his call to Ukraine’s President that they never imagined he’d release to quarterbacking a brilliant mission that took out Baghdadi just as they were accusing him of helping ISIS. 

For instance, we had genius military strategist “Beto” “Patton” O’Rourke claiming that the mission to kill Baghdadi was successful “despite” Trump’s leadership.  He said this on “The Daily Show,” which appropriately airs on Comedy Central. Since Baghdadi had been the leader of ISIS since 2010, can we therefore say that his continuing leadership of ISIS as it spread across the Middle East for six years happened “despite” President Obama’s best efforts to stop him?

And then, we had the shadow Joint Chiefs on “The View” slamming Trump for not sharing information about the secret mission with Nancy Pelosi and Adam “Leaks like a broken spaghetti strainer” Schiff, in violation of the “rules” and the “chain of command.”  (FYI: there are no “rules” or “chain of command” that compels the Commander-in-Chief to inform Congressional leaders - or leakers - of military strikes.)

To wash all those sour grapes out of your mind (and to blow the minds of Trump’s kneejerk critics), here’s an assessment of what’s happening from an entirely different point of view.  This is predicated on the wild and crazy thought that maybe Trump does know what he’s doing, and maybe it’s better than continuing to repeat the same failed policies we’ve followed for years from arrogant elitist blowhards who think they know more than anyone else but who have actually brought disaster to everything they’ve touched.



At least, “Saturday Night Live’s” cast and writers aren’t the only Trump haters with embarrassingly bad timing.  “SNL” laid a giant egg by airing a sketch about Trump “making ISIS great again” just as the successful raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was announced.  But they were hardly alone in their omelet-faced humiliation:

Just one hour before Baghdadi’s killing was announced, Arizona Democrat Party chairman Felecia Rotellini declared at a voters’ conference in Phoenix that by pulling out of Syria, Trump has “aligned himself with ISIS.”

So now Trump is on the side of terrorists that he’s done an incredibly effective job of exterminating?  This must be the same way he proves he’s a racist by creating record-low minority unemployment, or a sexist by appointing more high-level women than any other President in history, or an anti-Semite with his staunch support of Israel.  So for those longing to hear me join in the negative spins on everything Trump does, here you go: he’s the most incompetent racist, sexist, anti-Semitic ISIS supporter I’ve ever seen. 

And his opponents are the most incompetent predictors of the immediate future that I’ve ever seen. 


The Gov. replies to reader on Andrew C. McCarthy's opinion piece 

From Jim:

I take exception to almost everything McCarthy opines. What a prig!

Presidents since Washington have found occasion to utilize personal emissaries to help them conduct foreign policy. DIM icon, FDR, was the most prolific at this with Harry Hopkins. Hopkins undertook the most sensitive missions, including preparing for Lend-Lease of warships to Great Britain when the American Congress was intent on keeping the U.S. out of the European conflict.

McCarthy has an opinion (a guesstimate) about what the President’s motives were, nothing more. He could have more productively advised by ending his piece after the first paragraph and spared us the agony of the trip through his labyrinthine mind. Presidents were conceded huge latitude in dealing with foreign affairs, almost entirely out of the purview of the Legislative Branch, because they often require personal relations, sensitive negotiation and quid pro quo. Only in the past 70 years have we allowed Congress to wheedle into this Presidential function . . . and we have not won a war since.

I would like McCarthy to focus on the fact that the Ukraine was a far bigger problem under the past administration and was made worse by Biden’s “oversight.” Russia had far more influence then and committed unprecedented extra-territorial incursions and acquisitions then. President Trump overcame, and is still overcoming, the Obama regimes enlistment of the corrupt dysfunction of the Ukrainian government to defeat Trump in an American election.

The President has a duty, not just a personal vendetta, to uncover how that happened. Screw whether he’s got a personal emissary or a Secretary of State doing it. Almost all of the language I hear from equivocators like McCarthy coyly coach the President to duck behind The Deep State instead of decisively leading.

To people like McCarthy, President Trump is just bumbling through success after success. He certainly has no cognitive reasoning behind his conduct. It’s emotional behavior bordering on irrational. Bullshit! The man is two to three steps ahead without the artifice of political scheming.

So, Governor, I respectfully disagree with your coronation of Pope McCarthy.

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From the Gov: 

Thanks for writing, Jim, but nobody around here has coronated McCarthy as Pope. I thought his piece offered food for thought –- and in your case, it certainly did –- and presented the opinion of someone who made some good points but who ISN'T what you’d call a fan of Trump. Right now, especially, it can be helpful to go into the mind of someone who isn’t 100 percent critical or uncritical of Trump (and those are increasingly hard to find), and McCarthy is correct in saying that the President, by perhaps not choosing his words more carefully, has made problems for himself.

Taken as a whole, that was McCarthy’s own opinion, not mine, but he did make some of the same points both you and I have.

For example, there’s the point that other Presidents have used personal emissaries to work around the State Department to conduct foreign policy. I mentioned that in my piece (thank you for going into more detail), and I believe McCarthy acknowledged it, too. There’s also the point about the huge latitude given Presidents on their dealings with foreign leaders. In fact, these points are part of the case he makes that Trump’s actions do not rise to the level of impeachability.

I agree with you that McCarthy could have focused more on the problems Ukraine posed during the last administration, while Biden was supposedly providing “oversight.” Also, I disagree with him, as you do, on his beliefs regarding Trump’s intentions regarding a quid pro quo. McCarthy’s thinking about that truly is a “guesstimate,” as if he fancies himself a mind reader and is not offering benefit of the doubt.  And I agree with you that he doesn’t give Trump the credit he deserves for his many successes. So it’s great that you wrote to provide that balance.


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  • Patty Smith

    10/31/2019 07:36 PM

    I enjoy reading your newsletter because it gives me the news for the day on the political scene without watching of it goes on. I wish I had known you when you ran for president because I certainly would have voted for you.

  • albert behrens

    10/31/2019 05:28 PM

    Our LORD may not flood the earth again, but think Sodom and Gomorrah - California still burns. The political evil doers just don't get it!

  • Deborah McCallum

    10/31/2019 03:33 PM

    Gov Huckabee, can you or others with impressive reader #s promote & organize a petition or letter signing that can be sent to Pelosi & Schiff offices negative to any effort toward the impeachment of Pres Trump. Mounds of mail delivered to their Congressional offices with a centralized piece count for a press release would make a statement and be more enlightening to the voter public than a poll.

  • Dusty

    10/31/2019 03:32 PM

    Reading Jims response on McCarthy no way is he ever a fan of Pres Trump. Hope that most go to Glenn Becks series two on the Ukraine and his investigation into the real story over there and who ran the attack on Pres Trump and even on Manafort was set up. Does this Jim care about our taxes and the 7 billion we gave to the Ukraine a corrupt Govt for a long time who got our money ? What did Biden and son get over there? Why can we not investigate and know what is the truth. This is using a foreign govt and yet we give our money is this for real. NO! Glenn has back up papers and a lot of evidence on what was happening and why are we not the media ck this out? Chris Stewart in Congress says we use many foreign govt to help us out and know what is going on for years and now that this phone call is wrong a SCAM? Just more like the whole scam of the Mueller report and Russia and nothing. So let us go after the President and we use this phone call from a whistleblower who is a registered Democrat worked for Biden and on and on are we not surprised on these charges and WHY? Also tell that Nixon was not IMPEACHED he stepped down? He never knew of the plans on the Hdqrts of Democrats . He only tried to protect the idiots who did this? Never should have let them sink. He was doing a good job as President? This will backfire and when the people get the real evidence of the Ukraine like Glenn has they will have to face their own lying scam.

  • Dorothea Jacobsen

    10/31/2019 12:25 PM

    Is Elaine Chou ( Secr. of Transport) dragging feet? Is she for infrastructure renewal or primarily occupied with Tesla, electrical cars, etc. If so, can Pres. Trump find us a more pro-active patriotic Secretary who will do something(s) special in his 4th year to help 2020 re-election run.
    And how about Betsy de Vos? Public schools are still dominated by Common Core, excessive testing, computer 'imbedded' teaching that phases out teachers teaching, the teaching of socialism, Islam, and the rapid increase of books about gender-fluidity in schools an libraries?

  • Joan Berndt

    10/31/2019 09:20 AM

    So if Yalta occurred today, would Roosevelt be impeached?!

  • Leo Draegert

    10/31/2019 07:55 AM

    2016 we the people did the right thing! 2020 I have faith we will do it again. If the demon-rats keep up what they are doing a civil war will happen, not by republicans, but by we the people. My opinion for sure. Not that I know the future! Just that I can feel the heart beat of the people around me. To the good democrats I say wake up look in the mirror and clean your own house.

  • April Allison-Garlow

    10/31/2019 12:16 AM

    I am so tired of hearing everyone's opinions in the press, the media and online. Most of them are hit pieces on Trump and his family, or anyone that supports Trump. It feels like I'm watching a bunch of old lady gossips picking apart the new family in town. When they start talking about Trump's motivation or what his thoughts are--it's insane. It's sickening!

  • Jan St Anne

    10/30/2019 11:44 PM

    The Democrats have shown that they are not fit to run a preschool let alone a
    country. I hope this will be the end of the DNC.

  • Marti baird

    10/30/2019 10:50 PM

    I enjoy your website and show but I have to tell you I don’t think the Democrats were humiliated in any way shape or form. That would require common sense and morals. I haven’t seen those two things in any of them in years. They keep the negative going so much they don’t stop to focus on anything that could be learned from their mistakes that would be admitting they made one. So no! I don’t think any of them has been humiliated!

  • Marilyn Calhoun

    10/30/2019 09:51 PM

    What if the "impeachment" is successful and Pres. Trump is ousted. Then VP Pence moves into the Presidency. And, I'm afraid, the attacking of him will begin or horrible thought, he will be assassinated. Because the bottom line is the next person to move in is the Speaker of the House and I think that is Nancy's goal... to be the first woman President. And gloat over Hilary!!
    We need to keep supporting Pres. Trump, praying for him!

  • Sharyn P Conn

    10/30/2019 09:43 PM

    I enjoy your daily commentary and your TV Program. However, me and my friends are getting burned out with the news, because NO ONE ON THE LEFT is EVER HELD ACCOUNTABLE!!! Think we will just avoid news until one of them gets the justice they deserve.??

  • Toni DeFronzo

    10/30/2019 09:38 PM

    That Trump was able to bring our soldiers home from Syria and then clean up some of the mess that he inherited from the previous inept (maybe intentionally) “leaders”, without any of the leakers knowing, is priceless! All the while they are whining and wringing their hands, he is accomplishing the promises he made to the true American citizens.

  • Charlie McMahan

    10/30/2019 08:59 PM

    I'm disappointed with your use of the word bullshit. I agree with your sentiment and your conclusion, but not your choice of language.

  • gary Stilwell

    10/30/2019 08:57 PM

    Today, we received another dose of what the "closed door" House commitee got as testimony from whoever it was that was scheduled to appear. We have cnn touting accurate testimony from the subpoenaed respondents----maybe some one here can explain to me how cnn reporters are able to factually report the testimonies of witnesses that are closetted behind closed doors--not even our duly elected Reps can see this stuff--but they(cnn) can??????

  • Bonnie kelly

    10/30/2019 08:48 PM

    Please, Gov. Huckabee, look into the statistics regarding the ELD Mandate. Accidents and trucker fatalities have increased since it was implemented. It is not about safety. It’s about the money and autonomous trucks. They sell our private information for the advancement of driverless trucks. 814-977-6913