impeachment

Democrats are just still not over 2016 election

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

For many Democrats, impeachment always was a cause waiting for facts. Regarding him as an interloper who wasn’t fit to be president, some talked of trying to remove Trump before he was inaugurated. Driven by radicals rising in their party, Dem congressional leaders largely refused to negotiate with the president over anything, even when they took the House in 2018. It looks like the impeachment trial will begin, likely next week. Many questions remain unresolved, including whether there will be majority support for other witnesses and documents. The only thing we know for certain is that this disgraceful spectacle is taking place for one simple reason: Democrats can’t get over 2016.

The New Post-Trump Constitution

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

This is the new political climate in Washington DC. We are now on new anti-constitutional grounds, and the United States will probably never return to the constitutional customs and traditions of its first 233 years. The architects of this revolution were not arrayed in sunglasses and epaulets, or in business suits and wing tips, with briefcases. They were hip, cool, and progressive, and they boasted that they did all of this for us, the proverbial people, to cheers from cultural icons, media heavyweights, and those with advanced degrees. The United States, at least as we knew it, came to an end, not with a loud right-wing bang, but with an insidious progressive whimper.

Nancy Pelosi’s Delusions of Grandeur

David Catron, The American Spectator

The speaker of the House has no authority to impose conditions on the Senate in return for transmitting articles of impeachment to that body. The trial will not come to pass, however, until Nancy Pelosi realizes she has no leverage over the Senate and finally relinquishes the abstruse articles of impeachment that she and the Democratic caucus cooked up during their bizarre impeachment inquiry. In the end, her claims that the president constitutes a threat to the Republic and must be removed from office to defend democracy aren’t taken seriously by the electorate. The real danger to our uniquely successful system of government is Nancy Pelosi’s delusions of grandeur.

Behind Bolton's decision

Byron York, Washington Examiner

John Bolton shook up the Trump impeachment standoff with his announcement that, if subpoenaed, he is "prepared to testify" before a Senate trial. It's still not clear, of course, when or even if a trial might occur, since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is withholding the articles of impeachment. But, if there is a trial, and if the Senate subpoenas Bolton, he won't fight. Bolton's statement is an important development. But there is a lot more to the question of testimony in the Senate impeachment trial. It might not even happen — at least four Republican senators would have to join minority Democrats to make it possible. And even if it does, it could quickly turn into a very complicated affair.

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.

House impeachers can hide from a trial, but they can’t run

Editors, Washington Examiner

If Democrats felt they had a serious case for impeachment that would convince the public, then they would be shoving the articles down McConnell’s throat right now with utter glee, excitedly looking forward to a Senate vote that would surely end the careers of multiple Republicans. House Democrats are the dog that caught the car. Due to the supposedly urgent need to remove Trump from office as soon as possible, they went and impeached him without a case that will convince anyone outside of their own partisan fever swamps. Now that they’ve impeached — well, suddenly Trump’s removal isn’t so urgent after all. It can wait. Maybe it will end up waiting five years.

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.

Nancy Pelosi has no leverage on impeachment and will fold

Matt Mackowiak, Washington Times

Mrs. Pelosi may understand the House, but this unforced error has proven that she does not understand the Senate. She faces two bad options in the new year. She can fold and gain no concessions from Mr. McConnell or she can effectively prevent the Senate from ever holding a trial. In the latter case, Mr. McConnell may well hold an acquittal vote in the Senate, which would require 51 votes. Mrs. Pelosi has a weak hand and decided to bluff. Mr. McConnell then called the bluff. In early January, the cards will be turned over and the pot will be awarded. This was all entirely foreseeable. How did the “brilliant tactician” Pelosi so badly misjudge this situation?

Clinton's Impeachment Was Dignified

Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal

Mrs. Pelosi wants to hurry up and wait. She’s content to let this national security “threat” linger in the Oval Office until she gets her way. Ordinary Americans, especially swing voters who will decide the 2020 contest, appear to be losing interest. It’s not only because of the holidays. Washington is always infected with some amount of tomfoolery, but Mrs. Pelosi and the Democratic impeachment tactics have heavily taxed the tolerance of everyday Americans. Americans deserve a dignified conclusion to impeachment, as the Senate gave them with Mr. Clinton. Impeachment always inflicts trauma on the nation. We can accept that. What the country shouldn’t accept is a continuation of this Democrat-led circus.

The enduring spirit and optimism of the American people

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

The generosity of the people of this nation is an everyday event, having been made even more powerful by the astounding success of our president, his team and supported by the enduring spirit and optimism of the American people. While Congress is gazing at its navel, fixated as usual on themselves, we remain focused on what really matters — our families, friends, neighbors and the strangers who need us. This is who we are, and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. President Trump reminds us, “our best days are yet to come.” Believe it. We’ve just started getting our nation back on her feet. Everything is possible! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, everyone!

'It hasn't stopped him': Trump racks up wins, even as impeachment grips Washington

David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner

President Trump enjoyed an extraordinary period of policy successes over the past two weeks, even as Democrats seeking to remove him from office moved articles of impeachment through the House. Trump may have gotten more out of the deal-making, securing a host of key priorities that could boost his 2020 reelection bid. The president obtained regular funding for construction of a wall along the Mexican border; won the elimination of unpopular Obamacare taxes, such as one on medical devices; and signed legislation to provide permanent federal funding for historically black colleges and universities. Trump might yet pay a political price for impeachment, but  so far, the process has not damaged Trump's political standing.

Shhhhh…Just Let the Democrats Schiff Themselves

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Democrats should get this impeachment idiocy behind them and never speak of it again. They should start pretending to be reasonable, especially on popular things like infrastructure and non-crazy health care reform, even if Trump gets some credit for them. And they should stop calling normal Americans “racist.” But they can’t. They’re broken. Trump, the real estate mogul, owns the prime real estate inside their collective head, and he’s not paying rent. Hey Democrats, you are heading for disaster in 2020. You could prevent it. I just told you how. But you won’t. You can’t. And you get to spend the next 11 months knowing that next November Trump and the GOP are going to kick the Schiff out of you.

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.

Support for Republicans rising in face of Democrats' impeachment mania

Robert Knight, Washington Times

Forced into this charade by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her socialist comrades who have taken over the Democratic Party, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delayed sending the articles of impeachment over to the Senate. She wants assurance that there will be a “fair” trial. Mrs. Pelosi, who knows that her speakership will probably be over in 2020, cautioned her colleagues before the vote to be “solemn,” and not to cheer or “act happy.” But after three frustrating years of not nailing Mr. Trump, some of them couldn’t contain themselves, laughing and taking selfies. They might as well enjoy it while they can. God willing, the bill for this little party may well be very steep for them next November.

Impeachment Is Already Backfiring On The Democrats

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Schumer’s plea for new witnesses is an admission that the House’s case for impeaching Trump is inadequate and deficient and could prove wholly noncredible to the American people. After all, if you need more witnesses, you probably do not have the smoking gun. The message sent by Pelosi’s call for more time before the trial, and Schumer’s call for more witnesses, is one of fear that not only could the House’s case for impeachment fail, it could be laughed out of the Senate. The Democratic Party has bet the ranch on the impeachment and removal of Trump for imperiling our “national security.” But are Schumer and Pelosi behaving as though the republic is in mortal peril?

As Pelosi plays games with impeachment, what next for GOP?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Pelosi is withholding the articles of impeachment. It is unclear how long she will do it, but it seems they will be withheld at least until Jan. 7. That alone will delay a Senate trial significantly. (In the Clinton impeachment, the House vote was on Dec. 19, the articles were sent to the Senate the same day, and the trial began Jan. 7.) In the limbo Pelosi has created, almost anything seems possible. During the House impeachment inquiry, Republicans often complained that Democrats did not observe basic rules of fairness. Now, if there ever is a trial, the Senate Republican majority can also do what it wants. And whatever they choose, Pelosi's gamesmanship will likely make the GOP more united.

Democrats Rush to Impeach Trump, Then Sit on It

Debra J. Saunders, The American Spectator

Pelosi has as much right telling the Senate how to conduct its impeachment trial as McConnell would have telling Pelosi how to run her impeachment. Pelosi’s act as a reluctant impeacher who wore black to recognize the solemnity of the occasion was smart, if not sincere. Ditto her ample use of the famous Ben Franklin quote said in answer to a question about what kind of government would come from the Constitutional Convention of 1787. “A republic, if you can keep it,” Franklin reportedly replied. Elected officials should vote to overturn an election at their peril. But instead House Democrats produced a result that they know could backfire big time — an impeachment, if they can keep it.

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.

Vulnerable House Democrats Walk the Plank for Impeachment

Jim Geraghty, National Review

Republican leaders usually try to avoid putting their members in the position of having to vote on legislation that could cost them their seats. The House GOP did everything it could to avoid losing the majority . . . and then they lost it anyway. Democratic leaders, on the other hand, are sometimes willing to bring up tough votes, to put critical policy priorities above the retention of swing-district seats. So which approach is smarter? No one expects Republicans to repeal the popular parts of Obamacare even if they do win back the House. And none of it would’ve been possible without Democrat House members willing to lose their seats by taking an unpopular vote.