Impeachment Boomerangs on Democrats

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Posted: Feb 14, 2021 11:29 AM

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In simply 4 days final week (plus a number of quick hours on Saturday) Democrats within the U.S. Home managed to show the as soon as monolithic idea of Impeachment into a comic book punchline. By standing the Structure on its head and twisting traditions of the U.S. Senate right into a Velveeta-slathered pretzel one would possibly discover on the halfway on the Minnesota State Truthful, Home “managers” (extra comedy) reworked Donald J. Trump from a recluse at Mar-A-Lago into the undisputed frontrunner for the Republican nomination for President in 2024.

Fairly a feat. And all as a result of they might not cease letting Trump hire area of their collective minds. You see, to Democrats he’s the dwelling, respiratory embodiment of this 1899 poem by William Hughes Mearns:

“Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a person who wasn’t there!
He wasn’t there once more at present,
Oh how I want he’d go away!”

Our forty fifth president—who defeated “the strongest GOP area in a technology” in the course of the 2016 GOP primaries after which went on to humiliate the Left’s anointed “glass-ceiling breaker” Hillary Rodham Clinton—has been the Democrats’ obsession since he and Melania rode down that golden escalator in Trump Tower in the course of the summer time of 2015 to declare his candidacy.

After all, liberals (or “progressives” or no matter woke time period du jour will get cranked out subsequent ) may have engaged the New York billionaire in what we laughingly used to name the “market of concepts.” However mental debate with the host of a top-rated actuality TV present like The Apprentice was apparently beneath the Democratic social gathering. As a substitute—like an growing old magician at a resort within the Catskills sawing an assistant in half for the 431st time—they fired up their trademark smear machine.

Trump was branded “a racist” (he wasn’t.) They stated Trump known as all Mexicans rapists (he didn’t). All of the previous chestnuts have been pulled out of the fireplace that Democrats had efficiently used prior to now to marginalize after which dispatch genteel, refined Republicans like John McCain, Mitt Romney and so many others whose main perform in nationwide elections all the time appeared to be adhering within the Marquess of Queensberry guidelines, culminating with “elegant” and refined concession statements on election evening.

However Donald John Trump wasn’t of their membership. Trump got here to win. And for his opponents (first within the Republican primaries and later within the  November 2016 election) Donald Trump flouted custom in methods by no means seen earlier than. Okay, perhaps by Rodney Dangerfield’s character Al Czervik in Caddyshack…which reduces Hillary Clinton to Ted Knight as Decide Smails.

Enraged as a result of “smelly Walmart deplorables” propelled him into the White Home, Democrats spent the previous 4 years and untold tens of millions of our tax {dollars} throwing the whole lot however the kitchen sink at President Trump. $30+ million on the Mueller Russian collusion probe. Hundreds of thousands extra on the run-up to Impeachment primary over the “nationwide safety disaster” involving Trump’s telephone name to the president of Ukraine. (I’m nonetheless puzzled how our nationwide safety was allegedly compromised by a telephone name to the chief of a rustic whose nationwide financial system relies on its beet crop). Plenty of smoke, however no fireplace.

I additionally should confess being mystified how septuagenarian Joe Biden—campaigning from his basement—managed to “defeat” Donald Trump within the 2020 election. (I do know, I do know. Don’t go there.) However because the Powers That Be and the Electoral Faculty say he gained, Democrats ought to have rejoiced and easily moved on.

However, man, they simply couldn’t get their “man upon the stair” out of their heads. They simply had to take another chew out of the impeachment apple in hopes of knocking Donald Trump out of competition for any future Presidential race. So Nancy Pelosi up to date the previous youngsters’s story and dispatched 9 dwarves to attempt to chop Trump all the way down to measurement over the January sixth riot. They failed.

I’ll go away it to historians to chronicle all of the errors that Home “managers” (that time period nonetheless cracks me up) made throughout Son of Impeachment. However suffice it to say that we haven’t seen a extra doctored and heavily-edited video “tying” Trump to head-bashers on Capitol Hill since Leni Riefenstahl cranked out Triumph of the Will for Hitler again in 1935.  Or portraying Donald Trump as Darth Vader, whereas repeatedly calling Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse “heroes.”

After his crew’s 57-43 defeat on Saturday, Maryland’s Jamie Raskin was fast to—anticipate it—counsel the votes have to be reconsidered. Utilizing fuzzy math he created:  “In the event you hear fastidiously to what’s being stated now, and add the variety of senators who say they consider Donald Trump was factually responsible…if 10 or 15 or 20 of them say that, it means you’ve acquired a supermajority who say the president is responsible.”  Um, okay.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi went a tad additional. Pelosi steered the senators who voted not responsible did so out of political expedience.  “Possibly they will’t get one other job,” she noticed. Fairly an indictment coming from a lady at the moment in her seventeenth time period in Congress.

So as soon as once more, Donald J. Trump wins. Senate majority chief Charles Schumer bravely declared Trump politically lifeless after Saturday’s newest failed Impeachment, saying that whereas he was acquitted—once more—Trump “misplaced within the court docket of public opinion.”  Time will inform. However my guess is the Democrats might very effectively face their “man upon the stair” once more within the not too distant future. Solely now (cue the “Rocky” theme) they’ve clumsily topped him the undisputed back-to-back impeachment acquittal champion.

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