Democrats

Will the Democrats miss Middle America again?

Salena Zito, Washington Examiner

Here is what most of Trump’s critics do not understand about why this new conservative populist coalition voted for Trump over not just Clinton but also over 17 very qualified, distinguished, mostly establishment Republican candidates in the party’s primary battle. It was never about Trump. It was always about their communities. Trump was the symptom, not the cause. These voters aren’t going to budge. It’s not that everyone who voted for him considers his first term a massive success that has improved the economy in America and made us safer. It’s that Democrats and Never Trump Republicans have done nothing to reflect on why they lost to this guy.

The Trivialization of Impeachment

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Our constitutional system will be damaged because impeachment will be discredited. Its invocation will be even less likely in some grievous future instance, when a presidential abuse of power actually does imperil the nation. We will have a virtually omnipotent president. As a practical matter, there will be no viable congressional check — no impeachment, no power of the purse — to rein the president in. The powers of the competing political branches will be in gross imbalance, making functional separation of powers impossible. As the Framers would tell us, that is not a prescription for the preservation of liberty.

Beware Of Democrats ‘Speaking Evangelical’

Vote Common Good and Pastor Pagitt are not suggesting that the Democratic Party abandon its embrace of unlimited abortion on demand, same sex marriage and transgenderism as core principles, instead the goal is to deflect Christians and other voters of faith away from concentrating on those issues by changing how Democrats talk, not how they act.

Assault on America, Day 292: ‘Tis the season for a Democrat impeachment witch hunt?

A number of pundits have suggested Trump purposely manipulated Nancy Pelosi into impeachment knowing it would never work and therefore Democrats would be exposed for the frauds that they are. It’s the highest stakes form of “I dare you” of all-time, and we’re yet to find out whether liberals will actually go through with it.

The Incredible Vanishing Whistleblower

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Imagine the Republicans had tried to impeach then-President Bill Clinton in 1998 for some phone call he made to a foreign leader, and that they'd said they had an anonymous whistleblower who never heard Clinton's phone call. The press would have mocked all of it as an enormous waste of time and money and a huge distraction from the legislative "business of the people." Their completely different and partisan reaction to this only underlines how much collusion goes on between the journalists and the Democrats. They're hard to distinguish from one another. They use all the same talking points and catchphrases.

Assault on America, Day 289: First Dems grab your guns, then they’ll return for your religion

Common sense says it could only be a matter of years before Americans aren’t allowed to own guns or practice their religions if Democrats crawl back into power. Institutional protections and guarantees don’t mean squat when you’ve got self-interested leaders in charge. “Beto” was dumb enough to reveal our future -- take heed.

Inside the media’s relentless crusade to destroy President Trump

Kimberley Strassel, New York Post

The press has embraced its bias, joined the Resistance and declared its allegiance to one side of a partisan war. It now openly declares those who offer any fair defense of this administration as Trump “enablers.” It writes off those who question the FBI or Department of Justice actions in 2016 as “conspiracy” theorists. It acts as willing scribes for Democrats and former Obama officials; peddles evidence-free accusations; sources stories from people with clear political axes to grind; and closes its eyes to clear evidence of government abuse. For those worried about our increasingly polarized society, the media is feeding that divide.

At Democratic debate, notes of caution on impeachment

Byron York, Washington Examiner

If there is an impeachment enthusiasm scale running from cautious to gung-ho, some candidates took positions on the cautious end, despite their party's headlong race toward impeachment on Capitol Hill. Those candidates still seemed concerned that moderate Americans will see the party as so determined to pursue Trump that they ignore pressing national issues. Impeachment won't go away in the next Democratic debate, or the one after that. If House Democrats move forward, one of the candidates, six will have to actually vote on it. This means the concerns some of them voiced Tuesday night will be around for quite a while.

Assault on America, Day 288: Americans can’t wait to vote for president in 2020. Here’s why.

Any way you slice it, Donald Trump evokes strong reactions from Americans on both sides of the ideological fence. If polls indicate people are already eager to cast votes for the next president, it’s not difficult to see why. Some predict a record voter turnout…who will prevail?

Assault on America, Day 287: Democrats pick a little, talk a little, cheep a lot, say nothing

There will be a Democrat name on the ballot opposite President Trump in less than thirteen months (assuming nothing comes from the impeachment farce). Tuesday night’s “debate” did little to clarify who that name will be. When all was said and done, there was more picking than talking -- a bad sign for the party out of the White House.

The Democrat Impeachment Circus

Rachel Bovard, American Greatness

There are few clear rules that govern the process of impeachment, which means that in the wrong hands, the process can be used primarily for political gain. There is a reason Pelosi hasn’t held a full House vote on this issue. It’s because the votes aren’t there. It’s the same reason all of the evidence against the president is discussed and held in secret. Allowing full transparency runs the risk of unravelling the one-sided narrative the Democrats are straining to build. Just trust us, they say. The longer Democrats persist in this manner, the more the nature of this “impeachment inquiry” is revealed to be what it truly is: a shameless, partisan, baseless, groundless, farce of a process.

Ranked-choice voting should be slotted dead last as election reform

Hans von Spakovsky, Washington Times

In ranked-choice voting, voters don’t vote for the candidate they most want elected. Instead, they are supposed to rank all of the candidates, from top choice to last choice. Runoff elections guarantee that the winner has a genuine mandate from a majority of the voters. A bill has just been introduced in Congress, H.R. 4464, to force states to implement ranked-choice voting for all congressional elections. This would be an unwise, imprudent change. Ranked-choice voting is a confusing, overly complicated gimmick — one that allows candidates with only marginal support to win elections. This would actually make the electoral system worse.

Anonymous Accusations and Their Dangerous Purveyors

David Catron, The American Spectator

Anonymous accusations have been regarded with suspicion by honorable leaders for at least two millennia. Media hype and third-rate pollsters notwithstanding, the majority of voters know exactly what is going on here. The danger is that they will eventually conclude that any system that employs such people is irredeemably corrupt. Trump’s supporters voted for him because they still believe in the system, that it can be fixed with a new kind of leader who doesn’t worship the state gods to whom the Washington establishment swears obeisance. This may be the last chance to convince the voters that they really matter.

Madness of leftist zealots

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

No president in modern times has also faced endless assaults on his right to even set foot in the Oval Office and exercise the powers of the presidency. Yet here we are, nearing the third anniversary of his election by a decisive margin, and still the resistance to his right to govern rages on. The precedent is terrifying. If this is the start of losers always declaring election results invalid, America is doomed. To hear the fulminations, impeachment won’t be enough. Only a public hanging will satisfy their bloodlust. There is no way to know how or when this madness ends. Only one thing is certain: it won’t end well.

Assault on America, Day 286: 12 Democrats on one debate stage equals more trouble for liberals

Regardless of what happens during the Democrat debate tonight it’s clear the party is in trouble. Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment witch-hunt has effectively stolen all the thunder from the party presidential race, a bad thing considering it wasn’t all that exciting to begin with. Will anyone even watch?

Democrats ratchet up impeachment secrecy

Byron York, Washington Examiner

A week ago, House Republicans complained that Democrats imposed excessive secrecy on interviews conducted as part of the drive to impeach President Trump. Now, the situation appears to have gotten worse. In his much-criticized letter to Congress, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Democratic handling of the impeachment investigation "violates fundamental fairness." He meant fairness toward the target of the proceeding, President Trump. But there is also the question of fairness toward the American people trying to follow an impeachment process shrouded in secrecy. Don't they have the right to know what the president's accusers say?

Is Impeachment Now Inevitable?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

With polls showing a majority of Americans favoring an inquiry, and a Fox News poll showing a majority favoring Trump's conviction and removal, impeachment appears inevitable. Thus, as Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats seek to ram through a bill of impeachment by Thanksgiving, based on a phone call, Trump is preparing for siege warfare. As Trump has himself conceded, impeachment is probable, even if the outcome of this historic collision between the president and Congress, which will decide the fates of Pelosi, Trump and Biden alike, is, as of yet, undetermined. Yet in this struggle, Trump is not without assets.

Trump Makes Real Progress with China while Dems Play Impeachment

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

It's incumbent on us to find the better, more moderate parts of the regime and subtly encourage them (forming economic ties that work is one way) while still making sure that as Americans we see and sympathize with the cause of the democracy demonstrators. Thus far, Trump has done a rather accomplished job of this for a "diplomatic amateur." Meanwhile, the president publicly praises depots like Xi and Kim, much to the consternation of the CNNs of the world. It's a strategy, obviously. It's not clear the extent to which it will work. But if it does even some of the time, it's miles ahead of what his predecessors ever did.

What Is Impeachment For?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

President Trump’s decision to forsake the Kurds will form no part of the House Democrats’ impeachment charges. But it could have an impact on Senate Republicans’ evaluation of his fitness, and their willingness to be his firewall. Things could become immeasurably worse for the president if what follows are weeks of powerful video images and on-the-ground reporting of atrocities by the Turks, and if the PKK predictably responds with terrorist attacks in Turkey that prompt Ankara to more aggression, potentially igniting a wider war. The political climate, and therefore impeachment climate, is anything but static.

Assault on America, Day 285: Could it get any worse? Democrats ponder a President Pelosi

There’s little doubt we’re living in extraordinary times. What seemed to make sense for well over two-hundred years no longer governs in twenty-first century American politics. The only thing that’s certain to come from impeachment are unintended consequences, something Democrats better realize before they take the most drastic steps forward.