1. The futile, meandering, preaching to the choir debate this week, played against the backdrop of the Democratic Party’s disastrous impeachment hearings, should have made the purpose of the latter clear as crystal for anyone not in denial.
The hearings, like Mueller’s unprofessional and unethical statements after his report was submitted, are designed to “soften” up the President and wound him before the campaign, so he can be bested by one of the stunningly weak options the party has gathered for itself.
This is a misuse of the impeachment process, and was devised as one long, long ago. Thus Rep. Al Green admitted last week that impeaching Trump has been his long-time quest. And Atty. General Barr, to his great credit, made the soft coup plot explicit in his recent speech, saying,
“Unfortunately through the past few years we have seen these conflicts take on an entirely new character. Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they called ‘The Resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch and his administration. The fact of the matter is: that in waging a scorched earth, no holds-barred war of resistance against this administration, it is the left that is engaged in the systemic shredding of norms and undermining the rule of law. . .
“This is a very dangerous and indeed incendiary notion to import into the politics of a Democratic republic. The fact is, that, yes, while the president has certainly thrown out the traditional beltway playbook and punctilio, he was upfront about what he was going to do and the people decided that he was going to serve as president.”
The discussion of Barr’s speech (and Prof. Turley’s misguided criticism of it) in the Open Forum was excellent. Had I been get to a keyboard, Barr would have received an Ethical Quote Of The Week honor. He articulated exactly what Ethics Alarms identified as the undemocratic process under way since the first “Not My President!” protests, when the “Resistance” disgraced their ideology and our history. Barr didn’t mention it, but Hillary Clinton has explicitly said that she considered herself a member of “the resistance.” The defeated opponent of a legally elected President of the United States has allied herself with a movement to erase the results of the election that defeated her by any means possible—and now so has her party.
And may I say, the FOOLS. You can’t trust polls, but the indications are that, as expected by the non-Trump deranged, the impeachment charade has hardened support for the President and public resentment of Democrats.
The transcript is here.
2. Also in the Fools category: continuing to have a mob on stage for a “debate.” Twelve is far too many people to have a useful or coherent debate, or even whatever these things are.
3. MSNBC talking heads should not be permitted to moderate these things. The bias was so thick you could hardly see the stage. The moderators carefully set out not to ask questions that would make the candidates have to thread any policy needles. Where were questions about whether teachers and professors should be dismissed for using “the N-word” to discuss “the N-word”? What is the position of these candidates on censoring speech?
Why weren’t the candidates asked to explain why the large number of children detained “in cages” by the Obama administration, as revealed again when Obama’s 2015 statistics were falsely publicized this week as Trump administration counts, didn’t trigger any outrage at all in their party, and now its mentioned as groundz for impeachment? Why weren’t they asked to explain what their solution is be to waves of children being used as sympathy-drawing pawns by illegal immigrants?
How about, “Beto O’Rourke recently withdrew from the race. He had received criticism for openly admitting that he favored gun confiscation. What is your position on gun confiscation, especially in light of the recent news that New Zealand’s efforts have fallen far short of what the nation expected?”
Instead, we got Rachel Maddow asking Elizabeth Warren if she would she try to convince other Senators to convict President Trump in a Senate impeachment trial.
Indeed, the whole night was disproportionately devoted to Trump-bashing, as if this would distinguish any candidate from another.
4. As Joe Biden appears more and more of a liability, doesn’t the claim that President Trump was only seeking an investigation of the ex-VP to eliminate a feared rival for his office look like more and more of a contrivance? Why wouldn’t Trump want to run against this boob?
Defending his record with black voters during the debate, Joe Biden called Sen. Carol Moseley Braun the “only” black female Senator (she was the first), and invoked her name like being endorsed by Braun is a badge of honor. Braun was clumsily corrupt; only the fact that Bill Clinton was pulling the strings of the Justice Department stopped her from being indicted. A 1993 Federal Election Commission investigation found that she never accounted for $249,000 in campaign funds. The IRS twice requested that the the Justice Department investigate her further, but it refused. After all, you couldn’t have the “first black President” turning on the first black woman Senator.
In1996, Braun made a private trip to Nigeria to meet with dictator Sani Abacha. Despite U.S. sanctions against that country due to Abacha’s actions, the Senator neither notified nor registered her trip with the State Department, even though Abach’as regime was under U.S. sanctions. Braun then defended Abacha’s indefensible human rights records in Congress, while denying that this had anything to do with her former fiancé Kgosie Matthews, who also served on her campaign staff, earning $15,000 a month, and was a lobbyist for the Nigerian government.
But I remember her best for her race-baiting response after George Will wrote a column reviewing the long list of corruption allegations allegations against her.She said, “I think because he couldn’t say nigger, he said corrupt…..I mean this very sincerely from the bottom of my heart… He can take his hood and put it back on again, as far as I’m concerned.“
Biden also wins joker points for saying, regarding the Violence Against Women Act: “We need to change the culture!” Yeah, Joe, like you hugging, kissing, groping and sniffing every woman you happen upon shows a sensitivity to the cultural problems facing women. The fact that not one single female moderator (Andrea Mitchell and Maddow) or candidate had the guts or integrity to challenge Biden shows the core dishonesty at work among this group. Then Joe said, “No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman in anger, except in self-defense.… And we have to keep punching at it, and punching at it, and punching at it!”
What an opening! Yet again, nothing.
5. Senator Klobuchar, who has nothing to lose by being honest (the other candidates seem to think they do) said, “I’m not going to go for things just because they sound good on a bumper sticker and then throw in a free car. Obligation as party to, yes, be fiscally responsible, yes, think big, but be honest.”
6. In sum, it was a night of pulled punches, cheap shots, and stale talking points. Kamala Harris even dredged up the “76 cents on the dollar” fake wage gap statistic, rounding up to 80 cents.