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Can Democrats produce a daily impeachment show?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Democrats will begin to make their case, with 24 hours of Senate floor time to do it. Does anyone think dry recitations, or even dramatic recitations, of the same old material will stir the Senate and the public? From now until the trial is over, and perhaps beyond, Republicans expect Democrats to come up with some new something on a regular basis. GOP defenders are beginning to see the next month not so much as an impeachment trial but as a replay of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings: a fait accompli that becomes a cliffhanger with new and progressively more spectacular allegations. None of them were true, but they threw Republicans on the defensive and plunged the confirmation into chaos for a while.

Another dud in the string of bombshells

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Mr. Parnas is charged with violations of federal campaign finance laws — despite supposedly being thick as thieves with Mr. Trump and Attorney General William Barr, whose Justice Department charged Mr. Parnas for federal crimes. Also unsurprisingly, Mr. Parnas under indictment has turned on his former allies. Which is why he was sitting with Ms. Maddow. When he was not spinning complex webs of unsubstantiated claims about Mr. Trump and Mr. Barr, he was watching Ms. Maddow weave even more complex webs explaining how everything was a “bombshell.” Watching it was like arriving late at a huge party where everybody has been drinking for hours and you are stone-cold sober. Trying to follow along.

Sanders Supporters Shocked to Find Bias at CNN

David Catron, The American Spectator

It has long been obvious that CNN operates more like the PR department for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) than a legitimate news outlet. This is the lesson the Left should learn from CNN’s performance during Tuesday night’s debate. When progressives turn a blind eye to unfair media coverage of conservatives and Republicans, they set their own candidates up for similar treatment. When they tacitly approve the unethical behavior of people like Donna Brazile, Candy Crowley, and Abby Phillip, the Left empowers a corporate beast that will pick up their scent sooner or later. It has no ideology beyond money and power, and it will not lose its appetite when their opponents have been digested.

Time to Cancel the ‘Cancel Culture’

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

“Cancel culture” is the term used by the self-anointed “woke” for boycotting—essentially turning into non-persons and erasing from public life—people (usually celebrities, but plebes aren’t exempt) who have exhibited what they deem questionable behavior or written something untoward on social media. It’s our version of the Chinese Cultural Revolution: Being blocked on Twitter is the equivalent of being marched around on a stool while wearing a dunce cap. I say—enough already. Let’s cancel the cancel culture. But don’t ask me how. Under present conditions, with the relentless antagonism on social media and the zeitgeist in general, curing cancer may be a walk in the proverbial park by comparison.

The 'lunatic left' sides with Iranian regime rather than protesters

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

The lunatic left, which increasingly dominates the Democratic Party, predictably took Iran’s side against their own country. Could the protests in Iran follow the pattern of other freedom movements, or demonstrations that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union? Or, could they end in a stalemate with increasingly brutal repression, as in Venezuela? It’s too early to say, but the least that should be expected is that people who enjoy the blessings of liberty, including the right to say very foolish things, support the efforts of others who want to free themselves from totalitarian oppression. If they won’t, perhaps they should pick what they think is a better country and live there.

The Chicken Littles got everything wrong on Trump and Iran

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Pelosi still believes in the fiction otherwise known as the Iranian nuke deal. They bought Barack Obama’s risible claim that the deal — not a treaty — would lure Iran back into the community of nations. Obama even sweetened the pot with billions of dollars, and skirted banking rules to deliver pallets of cash to Tehran. In fact, it was quickly clear that Soleimani used much of that money to fund armed proxy groups throughout the Mideast. As Trump said Wednesday, “Iran went on a terror spree funded by the money from the deal and created hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq.” That blood money is part of what Pelosi wants to protect with her war powers resolution on Iran.

Our Unpatriotic Press Coddles Dictators

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

There's nothing wrong with skeptical questions of our government. But why is it impossible to celebrate blowing up the man responsible for the deaths of untold thousands? And why do the media so often fail to muster that same sort of skeptical questioning for the tyrants and thugs opposing American interests? Theirs is a long, sordid history of offering unchallenged platforms, and even buttery sympathy, to our enemies. If our press were truly patriotic, they would question our tyrannical enemies at least as skeptically as they question our own elected leaders. Instead, they're so hungry for access, for a big "get," that they sound like butlers and maids of the world's worst thugs.

The Democrats’ Nakedly Craven And Unserious Impeachment

Note to angry Democrats: Donald Trump is still your President. And he will remain your President unless the Senate convicts him in a trial – and the only way that has any possibility of happening is if the House transmits to the Senate the article of impeachment it passed.

New Year’s Resolution for the Mainstream Media: Stop Lying

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

Leaking is the essence of the bulk of modern political journalism—a far cry from the police blotter of yore or the “who, what, why, when, where, and how” of the pre-Watergate days. Journalism then was not so high and mighty, and you could still pick up a newspaper with at least some certainty you weren’t about to be propagandized. Isn’t it time we went back to those old days for the new year? What about a resolution never to run an article based on or even containing anonymous sources? Plenty of other possible resolutions exist, but at least that’s a start. One step at a time, as they say. Unwinding this situation won’t be easy. We’re all biased humans, after all. But if some of us try, others may follow.

A New Year's Resolution: Don't forget the good news

John Fund, Fox News

Here’s one resolution that may be easier to keep and help maintain your sanity during the upcoming presidential campaign. Stop letting all the “bad news” that floods your mobile phone or TV make you forget there’s a lot of good news out there that makes a bigger difference to all of us in the long run. By all means, let us not tune out the slinging of political mud in the coming campaign or the natural disasters that take human life. But let’s all resolve to put it all into some context, and carry with us the realization that human progress continues. Here's a a prediction that if more of us recognized our "bad news biases" and resolved to let a bit more sunshine into our lives, we would all live in a saner world.

Trump Nails Reason Pelosi Is Withholding Articles Of Impeachment

President Trump tweeted: "The Democrats will do anything to avoid a trial in the Senate in order to protect Sleepy Joe Biden, and expose the millions and millions of dollars that 'Where's' Hunter, & possibly Joe, were paid by companies and countries for doing NOTHING. Joe wants no part of this mess!"

Impeachment Trial: What Should Trump And McConnell Do?

The President's desire to have his day in court lines up with the thinking of many grassroots Trump supporters who want to see witnesses like Joe Biden, Biden’s son Hunter, Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, and fake “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella all called and flayed alive on TV. But given the reluctance of Senate leaders to create the potential for the trial turning into a televised circus, it seems unlikely that will happen.

The Media Help Erode Our Norms

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

After the House Democrats rammed through an incredibly partisan impeachment a Washington Post reporter posted a photograph on Twitter of her and her colleagues celebrating. With all their tweets and all their angry, opinionated segments on CNN and MSNBC, these journalists cannot be misunderstood. This was a message of "mission accomplished." The Post and all its brethren in the Trump-hating media have been seeking this vote since before President Trump was even inaugurated. It's hard to tell whether the Democrats or the media have been more ardent in seeking Trump's removal from office. There's hardly any difference in partisan aggression between the Democrats and the press.

Nancy Pelosi Is A Totalitarian Bully

As we’ve said in other columns the impeachment of President Trump demonstrates why Democrats can never, ever again be trusted with control of the federal government. Speaker Pelosi’s thuggish totalitarianism in denying the House Minority its traditional rights to speak and call witnesses is just one more frightening example of what Democrat government would look like.

Gohmert – Nadler Clash A Metaphor For Everything Wrong About Impeachment

The clash between Gohmert and Nadler was a fitting metaphor for the Democrats’ entire impeachment fantasy in which any facts that conflicted with or brought into question their carefully constructed narrative and carefully tailored record were dismissed as “Russian propaganda.”

Mitch McConnell Sets Up Democrat Impeachment Managers For Days Of Public Humiliation

Given the weakness of the record tailored by House Democrats in their impeachment “investigation,” Mitch McConnell telling Democrats they are stuck with the record as it stands as the basis for the presentation of their case to the Senate sets up days of well-deserved public humiliation for the House Democrats selected as impeachment managers.

Hollywood Scare Stories Are Driving Our Politics

John Fund, National Review

The Left has long understood the role that popular culture can play in shaping politics. Conservatives have largely ignored the radicalization of Hollywood in this struggle. It’s time that many people who give money to conservative candidates recognize the need also to finance media projects that promote their values. One example is a proposed big-budget biographical film about Ronald Reagan, starring Dennis Quaid. If conservatives wind up losing elections and thereby ceding public policy to the Left, they will have only themselves to blame for ignoring the war over popular culture that has been steering younger voters to think in more-radical terms.

Trump will prevail over ‘scalp-hunting’ journalists

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Backed by a press corps eager to get Trump, Pelosi felt confident to authorize the flimsy effort to remove the president from office. She assumed media bullhorns would push the public into her camp and that would win her Republican votes for a bipartisan takedown. She certainly got the media support, but the public and the GOP aren’t following. Indeed, the harder that Reps. Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler push and the louder the ­anti-Trump media scream, the more the public resists impeachment over the Ukraine piffle. what of the media? After all, The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and the broadcast networks were spectacularly wrong in their coverage.

Poll After Poll Finds Democrats Underwater On Impeachment

When more voters oppose a candidate or issue than support it, we say the candidate or issue is “underwater” and when even CNN finds more Americans oppose impeachment than support it Democrats are not just underwater, they are drowning.

President Trump’s Fiery Letter To Pelosi Shreds Impeachment Case

In a powerful letter addressed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, President Trump shredded the Democrats’ case for impeaching him and laid bare the anti-constitutional, anti-American process by which Democrats arrived at their two articles of impeachment.