Wednesday at 1 PM Eastern, the Senate starts the “questioning” phase of its impeachment trial of the President. It seems to me that after the magnificent takedown of House impeachment managers by Trump’s legal team, everyone ought to just pack it up and go home. But that would happen only in a rational world. Judging from Adam Schiff’s press conference on Tuesday afternoon, the House managers may as well have had cotton stuffed in their ears during Alan Dershowitz’s lecture on what the Founders intended about impeachment. They do NOT CARE.
So...questions will go for eight hours on Wednesday and another eight hours on Thursday, alternating between the House managers and the Trump attorneys. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s any way to shorten this process; once the clock is set, they just talk until they’re out of time and then the Democrats will all go out and drink cocktails with CNN reporters.
Democrats, are you paying attention?!?
By Mike Huckabee
Last night, President Trump held a gigantic rally in New Jersey, where he again listed his accomplishments and compared them to what he called the Congressional Democrats’ “demented hoaxes, crazy witch hunts, and deranged partisan crusades.” There are highlights and photos here:
And the entire speech on YouTube:
The venue holds 7500-10,000 people, and it was not only packed, but thousands more were gathered outside. People had waited up to two days in the cold to get in, and the final tally of requests for tickets was reportedly about 185,000, shattering previous records. Most worrying for Democrats, this wasn’t in a Heartland Trump red state, but in deep-blue New Jersey, where Hillary won in 2016 by 55-41%.
After the rally, a Fox News reporter interviewed attendees, and they hardly reflected the “dumb white redneck” Trump supporter stereotype that CNN’s Don Lemon and other media liberals promote. Many declared Trump the best President of their lifetimes, and praised him for the economy, his foreign policy and defending religious liberty. One even called him “the best thing to happen to New Jersey since Frank Sinatra.” The respondents were male and female and of various races. When one was asked why he thinks the Democrats are trying to impeach Trump, he responded, “They’re jealous because they can’t beat him.” Even more worrying for Democrats: that guy was African-American.
If you thought the Democrats were screaming at the sky on Election Night 2016, you might want to buy some earplugs before the next election.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
Tuesday, President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a proposed new Middle East peace plan that includes the “two-state solution” for the Palestinians that liberals have been demanding for years. As the New York Post explains at the link below, it calls for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in East Jerusalem, and more than doubles the territory currently under Palestinian control. However, it also recognizes Israeli sovereignty over major settlement blocs in the West Bank, but puts a four-year block on building new Israeli settlements while a larger, permanent peace plan is negotiated. And it would require the Palestinians to renounce terrorism and supporting terrorist groups like Hamas.
Trump called it “the deal of the century,” but the Palestinians quickly rejected it, saying “a thousand no’s” to it (hardly unexpected and not a deal-breaker at this early point. "A million no's" might be a problem.) Liberal media outlets like the New York Times, CNN and the Washington Post predictably attacked the peace plan, dismissing it as a PR stunt, a reelection campaign move and a plan that caters to Israel. Well, granted, it’s not like the miracle that Obama wrought that won him a Nobel Peace Prize, which was…wait, what did he do to win that?...
Let’s all pray that something comes of this, despite the initial defiance of the Palestinians (as I recall, we also heard from Trump’s critics that China would never agree to a new trade deal, Mexico would never help stop illegal immigration, and Iran would start World War III over Trump killing Souleimani.)
So for those keeping score, just in the past month or so, Trump has signed landmark trade deals with China, Mexico and Canada; presided over new stock market record highs and record low unemployment; killed the world’s #1 terrorism strategist; forced Iran to back down on its threats to start World War III that his critics wet their pants over; and now, he may have negotiated the first steps toward a deal to finally broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
And what have Congressional Democrats been doing for the past month? Same thing they’ve been doing for the past three years: trying to prevent him from getting all that stuff accomplished.
I don’t often say that I hope the Democrats are going to turn out to be right about the next election, but here’s a case where that’s true…
Tuesday, there was a special election in Texas to fill an open state House seat in District 28 near Houston. Normally, that would be of no interest outside the local area. But Democrats are so fixated on “turning Texas blue” (“Texas is too darn successful, we have to stop that!”) and on making every election a referendum on Trump, that they thought this could be a pickup seat and declared it to be a harbinger of the 2020 national races.
And so they went all-in pushing Democratic candidate Eliz Markowitz to victory. Money poured in from outside the district. Big name Democrats rushed in to stump for her. Joe Biden and Julian Castro pitched in. “Beto” O’Rourke made this race his top priority since leaving the Presidential race and campaigned heavily for Markowitz (one story said he jumped up on a table at a fundraiser to make a speech, planting his dirty feet perilously near the buffet, proving that old bad habits die hard.) In the end, the Markowitz campaign spent over $1.1 million on a Texas House seat race, outspending Republican Gary Gates by about 3-1.
Well, the election was Tuesday. While the results have yet to be finalized at this writing, it appears that Republican Gates has beaten Markowitz by a 58-42% landslide.
Undaunted (and unteachable), O’Rourke declared that the runoff "may not have turned out exactly the way we wanted [it] to, but I think what we did in preparation for this — the voter registration, the knocking on doors, the building the volunteer base, educating voters — all this is gonna continue to pay forward through November. And so keep your eyes on the prize."
So as I said above, this is one time when I hope the Democrats are right. I hope this was a harbinger of the November national elections. I hope they continue to waste huge amounts of money promoting candidates who lose to Republicans by double-digit margins. And I hope the surprising lopsided turnout for the Republican in what was considered a toss-up district holds nationwide.
I’m sure a lot of Texans also hope so. This would be a good place to remind all the recent transplants from places like California who are voting to “turn Texas blue” that they’re voting for the policies that forced them to flee the last place they lived and to end the policies that created the great economy they moved to Texas to enjoy. Remember that, normally, when you hear that someone is “turning blue,” it means he’s about to die.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
- Deuteronomy 6:6-7
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