Donald Trump

Of Course Trump Will Be Impeached

David Catron, The American Spectator

Republicans will begin this process with a majority of 53-47. That means a minimum of twenty Republicans would have to defect to the other side of the aisle, assuming the Democrats sustain the kind of solidarity they maintained during the 1999 Clinton trial. This would be an excellent opportunity to identify the remaining RINOs still lurking in the Republican ranks, but impeachment would be incredibly disruptive to the orderly operation of the government and conclusively demonstrate that the Democrats have no agenda at all — beyond resisting President Trump and thwarting the will of the voters.

Civil is nice, but winning elections is better

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Winning the election is what politics is all about, and men (and lately women) successful in it understand the rough wisdom of Leo Durocher, who observed that “nice guys finish last.” The friendship that Adams and Jefferson nurtured survived. They became friends again after the brawl, just like George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton two centuries later. It’s not a good way to preserve a friendship, but politicians, and particularly presidents, rarely hold grudges. They usually understand that “bashing,” as Mr. Bush called it, is not nice, but it’s inevitable. The stakes are too high for it to be otherwise. Civility in politics is a good idea, but bashing works. Sad.

A year after Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, it’s clear he means business

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Trump’s team acknowledged the Jerusalem move meant he would tilt to Palestinians on other issues, and he pointedly did not rule out the possibility that East Jerusalem could be the capital of their state. Yet continuing the pattern started in 2000, when Bill Clinton failed to get Yasser Arafat and then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to create a two-state solution at Camp David, the Palestinians never get to yes. Time and again, they walk away when a reasonable deal could be made. Finally, an American president called their bluff and showed that even their threats were empty.

Comey Pleads The Hillary Memory Loss Defense

It seems that James Comey and Hillary Clinton are infected with the same memory loss virus that affects so many of the elite university graduates who make up DC’s political class, leading one to conclude it is not memories, but ethics and integrity that they are missing.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Do staff critiques and turnover indicate chaos in Trump’s West Wing?

The list of Donald Trump’s former staffers is growing by the day and his swampy establishment enemies swear the body count is a sign of instability and danger. But the sun will rise tomorrow and the administration forges on, another non-boring day in the life of the Trump presidency.

How Trump can beat the deep-state coup

Monica Crowley, Washington Times

The ongoing effort to undermine and remove a duly elected president is a rolling deep state coup d’etat (with an assist from the media), making it the most dangerous scandal in American history. Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie are among Mr. Trump’s closest and most trusted advisers. They’ve just published an inside account of how these sinister forces are waging a multi-front war against the president, “Trump’s Enemies: How the Deep State is Undermining the Presidency.”

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How Trump can avoid a ‘Day of Infamy’ on the economic front in 2020

President Trump could face a struggling economy in 2020, but there are ways to ensure things run smoothly when the moment arrives. Keeping interest rates low, encouraging clean natural gas production and repealing federal control of the legal drinking age might help the GOP.

Trump Didn’t Kill the Bush Values

Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

Times change. Family values have been displaced by a more media-driven agenda: racism, identity, gender, immigration, tariffs. Taxes are a constant, but if President Trump raises taxes next year in a compromise with the Pelosi Democrats, don’t expect the Beltway press to give him the same praise 41 is getting this week for reversing his no-new-taxes pledge. Perhaps, like Bush, Donald Trump will be a one-term president, and for the same reason—a slowing U.S. economy. But if you want to discover why America lost the personal and political values of George H.W. Bush, forget Donald Trump. Look deeper.

The American Presidency Is in Xi's Hands

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Donald Trump's chief negotiator Robert Lighthizer has his work cut out for him. The best thing he has going is that the Chinese know if the USA goes broke, they go broke with us. (At least there's one good thing about globalism!) Also, all Chinese leaders are concerned with rebellion — they have plenty. Nevertheless, the stock market, to say the least, is nervous. We should be too — not just for our 401Ks, but for the future of our republic on a whole lot of levels.

Partisans Use 41 to Attack 45

Michelle Malkin, National Review

This week’s partisan corpse abusers callously exploited the passing of George H. W. Bush, America’s 41st president, to get in their digs at the current commander in chief. Because the Bush family refused to fight back vigorously against media smears, daily Hollywood abuse, and partisan slime, they’re considered paragons of virtue from whom Trump is lectured to “learn.” According to swamp etiquette, it’s uncouth to call out profane, deranged haters who have no qualms about letting their anti-Trump freak flags fly as decent Americans mourn. “Civility” is in the eye of the bemoaner.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Cultural change is as inevitable as the tides. Embrace it or fight it?

There’s little doubt cultural changes in the past half century have made a significant difference in all of our lives. Some changes are good, others not so much. But time doesn’t wait and it’s in everyone’s best interest to accept that tomorrow will not look like today. For many, it’s a blessing.

One-Eyed-Jack Law

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Robert Mueller assembled a highly partisan team of lawyers and investigators and their task was to investigate the charges of Russian collusion as planted by those in government and Christopher Steele and his abettors. Such skullduggery poses the question of whether Mueller’s investigation has been simply derailed by partisanship. Or has it effectively served as a deliberate distraction from the felonious behavior of dozens of Obama-administration and Clinton-campaign officials — all determined to ensure, by any means necessary, that Trump would never be president?

The conservative case for criminal justice reform

L. Brent Bozell III, Washington Times

The First Step Act would allow more prisoners to improve their lives sooner, with the potential for thousands to become productive citizens after the end of their sentences. Not surprisingly, more ex-convicts not returning to criminal activity after release has resulted in falling crime rates in a number of states. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that a vote on this bill might not be possible this year. Why not? Some predict this bill could get 65 or more votes and could prove to be one of the most popular pieces of successful legislation in recent memory.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Will Trump avoid Bush’s one-term fate if he gets busy cutting spending?

Donald Trump would do well to remember George H.W. Bush’s example but stay true to himself and what got him elected president. Trump could make it all his own by pounding the fiscal responsibility angle ahead of the 2020 election -- and he’d likely avoid Bush’s one-term fate.

A Tale of Two Presidents

William Murchison, The American Spectator

There came a moment in our tumultuous time when, soured on feckless, foggy, self-interested politicians, the voters — roughly half of them anyway — decided it was time for a vision with flesh and teeth, namely, the vision of Donald Trump: no hand-written thank-you’s but lots and lots and lots of action. And rhetoric: nothing like they teach at Yale, or used to, but coarse and unsparing. Unsurprisingly, George H. W. Bush is reported to have voted in 2016 for Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton! Well…  We need both types to attempt different things in different ways at different times.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Wall funding debate shows DC elites fiddle while the nation burns

The one-week rhetorical ceasefire in the battle over border wall funding will make little difference in the scheme of things. Both parties’ leaders have treated illegal immigration as a political hot potato for decades. Sooner or later something must be done -- or migrant caravans will keep coming.

Trump is prepping for all-out political war

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

While our nation’s political battles are hardly as dramatic as the fight with Nazi Germany and Japan, a storm is gathering in America and 2019 is shaping up as an extremely turbulent year. Trump is under siege and girding for a political, legal and public-relations war. Though the conflict began the day he took office, the last two years have been skirmishes compared to the climactic battles ahead. It's been a remarkable two years, but on most days Trump's accomplishments are eclipsed by the political war. And the worst is yet to come.

Robert Mueller’s Plan

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Mueller knows the legitimacy of his investigation is under attack, allegedly driven by politics rather than evidence of crime. But the convictions he has amassed, even if they are only for false statements or are otherwise unrelated to the Trump-Russia rationale for the investigation, prove that many people Trump brought into his campaign were corruptible and of low character. Mueller, the career Justice Department and FBI man, will deftly use this fact to argue that suspicions about these people, and hence the investigation, were fully justified even if — thankfully — there was no prosecutable Trump–Russia conspiracy.

Time For Trump To Stop Defending Obama Era Wrongdoing

Just because the presidency changed from President Obama to President Trump, that does not mean that career government employees change. We urge all CHQ readers and friends to visit Sharyl Attkisson’s GoFundMe page and make your most generous contribution to expose the Obama administration’s wrongdoing and to identify the Deep State operatives behind it.