Not long ago, I posted a commentary called “What If They Gave an Impeachment and Nobody Came?” Well, we may find out. Charles Kupperman, a top deputy to former national security advisor John Bolton, was a no-show at his scheduled closed-door deposition. Though Schiff’s committee had subpoenaed him to appear, he instead has asked a federal court for “judicial clarity” on whether or not he's legally required to be there.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who is running the so-called “impeachment inquiry,” said Kupperman’s suit has “no basis in law,” but based on what we’ve seen lately, I’d say that depends on what judge is looking at the case and how much that judge cares about balance of power.
House Democrats say they’ll move forward with their “inquiry,” and Speaker Nancy Pelosi has even said she’ll (finally) bring a vote to the floor on Thursday to authorize it. (House Republicans, for what it’s worth, are saying her effort at this point is “too little, too late.") Rather than engage in lengthy legal battles to obtain testimony from witnesses such as Kupperman, they’ll just blame the non-cooperation on Trump and write articles of impeachment attributing any no-shows to an order from the White House. Schiff said as much to reporters outside the hearing room: “I’m sure that if [officials] fail to appear, they will be building a very powerful case against the President for obstruction.”
Rep. Katie Hill resigns
Democratic Rep. Katie Hill is resigning from the House following a sex scandal involving a female Congressional staffer, an ethics infraction that not even Nancy Pelosi would defend. Yet she still found a way somehow to blame her own problems on the rightwing media (is there no limit to Fox News’ ability to force Democrats to violate ethics rules?)
It seems that Rep. Hill’s real compliant (and that of all her media defenders) isn’t that there’s a double standard for women but that there isn’t one. She’s being held to the same standard that a male House member would be if he violated the ban on all legislators having sexual relationships with staffers that was passed last year in the wake of the MeToo movement.
At the next link is proof that Hill’s attempts to paint herself as both a victim of sexism and a champion of women victimized by sexual harassment in the workplace is not going over well even with some women. It’s a piece by Deanna Fisher at the Victory Girls blog that recounts the story and refutes Hill's excuses in brutally entertaining style.
Warning: both the subject matter and some of Ms Fisher’s language in describing it are not appropriate for tender ears or the easily-offended.
Speaking of Democrats who blame others for their own failings, Kamala Harris has pinpointed the reason why she can’t get above low single digits in the presidential polls. She said the “elephant in the room” is whether America is ready for a “woman of color” to be President.
At the link, Ed Morrissey of HotAir.com examines that claim.
Important takeaways: despite the veiled reference to Republicans (the elephant in the room), she’s not targeting Republican or Independent voters. These polls are of Democratic primary voters. That’s who she’s accusing of being racists and sexists. So, welcome to the club, Democratic primary voters!
Morrissey also notes that Harris can’t get above single digits in California, where she’s won statewide elections three times, so apparently, California’s racism and sexism is a new development.
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“If you didn’t see it with your own eyes, you wouldn’t believe it” Dept. – Mollie Hemingway at the Federalist explains why mainstream media outlets are soiling themselves, trying to find ways to depict President Trump’s successful strike at ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as negative (hint: it has something to do with them no longer being journalists but openly partisan anti-Trump propagandists, and this story throws a big monkey wrench into their 24/7 “Trump is doing everything wrong” schtick.)
She illustrates this with screen captures of an array of jaw-dropping stories in the Washington Post, all somehow putting a dire spin on news that should be presented with the same celebratory attitude as “Ding-Dong, the Witch is Dead!”
I was on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News last night, talking about a shocking new poll by Victims of Communism and YouGov that found that 70% of Millennials say they’d be happy to vote for a socialist. We didn’t have time to get into the details, but that same poll also showed that 30% of Millennials actually have a favorable view of communism.
This is what comes of allowing our schools to be turned into leftist indoctrination camps, and American history into a daily anti-American propaganda lecture. And let’s not even get into what students are being “taught” in economics class (reminder: AOC has a degree in economics.)
At the link, Stephen Green expands on the incestuous cousins of socialism and communism, what they really are, and how an entire generation has been deluded into embracing such failed, oppressive, deadly ideologies (it’s not all schooling; the media and pop culture share in the blame as well.)
And for those who will parrot the usual leftist boilerplate, like “Socialism isn’t communism,” then tell me what the second “S” in “USSR” stands for. That is, if you learned it in school.
With a nod to Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol,” here’s a glimpse of the future if “Beto” O’Rourke should ever become President (cue Tiny Tim: “God help us, everyone!”)
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness."
- Colossians 3:14
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