impeachment

Dems' Trump dilemma: Impeach, imprison — or bluff?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

House Democrats have been threatening a lot recently. In addition to the president, a few have threatened to impeach Attorney General William Barr and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Last year, some even threatened to impeach Brett Kavanaugh if he were confirmed to the Supreme Court. So far, they've taken no action against Justice Kavanaugh. Maybe they'll take no action against anybody else, either — including the president. Perhaps the Trump impeachment talk will turn out to be just talk, too. Pelosi's ability to impose discipline on her conference is legendary. Right now, many Democrats are talking big, while their leader is keeping them in check. In the end, they might not do much at all.

The Media Press Dems for Impeachment Porn

David Catron, The American Spectator

The goal of the media is obvious. There might be a few journalists who think an impeachment inquiry will turn public opinion against Trump the way it did in Nixon’s case, but this isn’t 1973-74. The legacy media no longer enjoy a monopoly on the news. But they have been going through ratings withdrawal since Attorney General Barr announced that Mueller came up dry, and they want the Democrats to make them well. The Fourth Estate needs a fix of eyeballs and clicks, and believe they can get them with impeachment porn. That’s why they’re standing on the street clamoring for Pelosi to jump.

Nancy Pelosi needs to stop her endless war against Trump

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Keep it going and soon enough impeachment — and prison — could become political tools routinely used by both parties to overturn elections. My fear is that it would take another civil war to stop the escalating cycle. If Pelosi’s friends are right that she is not a crazy, she needs to act like it. If she believes impeachment is wrong for the country as well as her party, she must say it clearly and stop trying to have it both ways. She could also set an example of doing her day job by dealing with border problems and other pressing national issues. Otherwise, she is playing with a fire that will prove easy to start and impossible to stop.

Pomp, fakery, shock, rage, and crisis averted

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Insanity is breaking out from coast to coast, it’s not even officially summer, and the dog days of August are still two months distant. Nancy Pelosi continued airing her differences with Rep. Gerald Nadler of New York, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who has been collecting rope for a hanging and, deferring to legal tradition, is willing to give the president a fair trial before stringing him up. Mrs. Pelosi, who had earlier counseled patience, now wants to send him straight to prison without time-consuming formalities. “I don’t want to see him impeached,” she told a meeting of her chief lieutenants this week, “I want to see him in prison.”

Viguerie's Prediction: 'Obsession' with Trump could destroy Democratic Party

Chad Groening, OneNewsNow.com

Richard Viguerie thinks the Democrats' obsession with Donald Trump will do serious damage to the Democratic brand. "The average American is concerned about their jobs, their community, and national security – and the Democrats aren't addressing any of those issues," the political pundit argues. "The more obsessed the Democrats become with impeaching the president [and] driving him out office, the more disconnected they're going to be with the voters." "It they're not careful, they're going to really disconnect with the American people and perhaps go the way of the Whig Party back in the 19th Century," he offers.

Trump Has Become the Democrats’ Great White Whale

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The Democratic establishment has become something like novelist Herman Melville’s phobic Captain Ahab, who became fatally absorbed with chasing his nemesis, the albino whale Moby Dick. The great white whale once ate part of Ahab’s leg, and he demands revenge — even if such a never-ending neurosis leads to the destruction of his ship and crew. So far, Trump seems to have escaped all of their efforts to spear and remove him before the 2020 election. Trump, like Moby Dick, seems a weird force of nature whose wounds from constant attacks only seem to make him more indestructible and his attackers even more obsessed with their prey.

“A Completely Ludicrous Quote” Gets Treated As Real News

We agree with President Trump, there is a huge difference between a mistake of fact and the reporting of social media comments that today’s “journalists” treat as news and report without vetting. Some system of holding those who promulgate, and often profit from fake news needs to be found.

Delusional Democrats lash out at Trump -- again

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Perhaps it is not exactly “presidential” of him to wallow in questions about the House speaker’s sanity. But, then again, it is far less presidential — and enormously damaging to the Republic — for Mrs. Pelosi and other high elected officials in the Democratic Party to make up outlandish claims to slur the president. All the while, using it as a pretense to refuse to get any actual work done. If you find all of this hard to follow at home or — more likely — simply do not give a flying crap, then you are not alone. Nor are you crazy. You are not the one who has lost his or her mind.

The Path to Impeachment, Littered With Bad Intentions

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The left and its media allies are demanding more subpoenas, and Trump is growing more defiant. And if Pelosi continues to argue that impeachment is not justified now, the anti-Trump sentiment in her party could turn against her. The left's ultimatum: Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Impeachment is how a democratic republic does regicide, the dethroning and beheading of a sovereign like England's Charles I. For the left, Trump's fate is decided. The only lingering question is whether proceeding with impeachment now is premature for the progressives' cause in 2020.

Dems Ignore the Voters on Impeachment

David Catron, The American Spectator

Democrats badly need a new narrative. Regardless of what they are hearing from politicians in safe seats, pundits who want a juicy story, and billionaires with more money than sense — impeachment is a loser for the Democrats. If they continue to obsessively attack the President they will wreck their party just as Ahab destroyed the Pequod, and Trump will survive relatively unscathed. So, if the Democrats want to lose the 2020 presidential race as well as yet another short-lived House majority, they should keep ignoring the will of the voters.

Democrats Have A Three-Part Plan For The Politics Of Impeachment

House Democrats have a well-thought-out plan to regain control of the federal government; part one is to push the message that President Trump is engaged in a coverup. Trump supporters should hit every social media platform, letter to the editor column and other public fora with the question “Cover up of what?” every time a Democrat or Left-leaning media personality surfaces to make the charge.

Trump Is Right To Play Hardball With Dems

“Bipartisanship” can’t be a one-off arrangement; Democrats must recognize President Trump’s legitimacy and debate the details of legislation in good faith, or President Trump is perfectly justified in refusing cooperation with them on infrastructure or any other issue.

Anti-Trump Republican Congressman Justin Amash Earns A Primary Opponent

Rep. Amash and his family have been sketchy, if not downright deceptive about their business in Red China. Now, in the middle of President Trump's effort to protect American jobs and national security against Red Chinese attacks Amash suddenly thinks Trump should be impeached. Click here to learn more about Amash's opponent Michigan state Representative Jim Lower.

Obama-Appointed Judge Allows Democrats To Subpoena Trump Business Records

In a ruling that should chill the heart of every American who values his Fourth Amendment rights, Obama-appointed DC District Court Judge Amit Mehta has refused to quash a Democrat subpoena for President Trump’s business records from before he was President. Would he have done the same for a Republican-issued subpoena for Obama's college records, birth certificate and passport records?

Impeachment is a bad strategy for Dems – but right now it’s the only one they’ve got

John Feehery, Fox News

For the members of the progressive left, what matters most is victory for their agenda. Politics has become a desperate blood sport, and the left has lost all perspective when it comes to President Trump. Trump’s approval ratings are now higher than President Barack Obama’s at a similar stage in his term. You know why? The economy is booming and the president is showing that he is a strong leader who is willing to stick up for America. Every day that the Democrats stick to the impeachment script is a day wasted that could go to making significant progress on issues important to the average American.

A fever subsides, leaving Democrats to focus on 2016

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Certain semi-learned commentators have described the impeachment talk as the last gasp of a dying movement to show the Donald to the door, emoluments and all, and that may seem so, but other gasps are coming. The Democrats have given up on 2020, and want to concentrate on 2016. In the absence of precision, impeachment has come to mean what President Gerald Ford said it means: “An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment of history.” That sounds about right. But despite the Democratic racket and ruin noise machine, we aren’t there yet.

Anti-Trump Crazies Urge Impeachment on Cringing Dems

David Catron, The American Spectator

On impeachment, the Democrats are caught betweenScylla and Charybdis. The “news” media, the far left wing of their own caucus, and their most vocal paymaster want President Trump thrown over the side to appease the gods of the deep state. But the electorate isn’t there. The voters aren’t naïve enough to think Trump is as pure as the driven snow, but most have by now concluded that the nonstop calumny to which he has been subjected for the last three years is unfair at best. In the end, the Democrats don’t have any good choices.

Come On Democrats, Impeach Trump!

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

You must impeach President Trump today! And I am not saying that because I think it would be hilarious if you let the nimrods who actually run your shabby party lead you into a political disaster of epic proportions. I am not saying that because it would result in a crushing backlash in next year’s elections as the American people rebuke you Democrats for your gibbering insanity and asinine coup-plotting. My interest is totally in seeking justice n’ stuff. If you don’t impeach him, you hate justice. Don’t betray your party and America, Nancy. Impeach him. Do it now.

For some Dems, breaking up with dossier is hard to do

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Now in charge of the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff has begun an all-new Trump-Russia investigation. As part of that, he has hired as an investigator former federal prosecutor Daniel Goldman, who just a few months ago said of the Steele dossier, "Nothing has been undermined thus far." Some Democrats, even those who have access to highly classified intelligence and should know better, will give up the dossier only when, as gun lovers used to say, you pry their cold, dead fingers from it. Mueller report or no Mueller report, for some high-ranking Trump adversaries, the dossier lives on.

House Dems send message: Impeachment is on

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Rep. Jerrold Nadler's Sunday talk with ABC was the clearest indication yet that Democrats have decided to impeach Trump and are now simply doing the legwork involved in making that happen. And that means the debate among House Democrats will be a tactical one -- what is the best time and way to go forward -- rather than a more fundamental discussion of whether the president should be impeached. The timing decision is still up in the air, as is an overarching communications plan, but impeachment is on.