Here I am, I think! Hello?
I’m still groggy from the anesthesia, and the doctor said not to do too much, and definitely not to make any important decisions. I remembered that advice just in time, when I was tempted to watch the Democratic Candidates’ debate, and realized I must still be disoriented. Then I turned to ABC, and thought I saw the Miss America Pageant, which is impossible in enlightened 2019, so I was definitely hallucinating. I’ve also been off my blood-thinner for two days, and could stroke out any second.
1. On Pelosi’s desperate stunt. The House of Representatives adjourned before voting to send the articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate for a trial. Apparently Democrats are refusing to forward the impeachment to the Senate until they receive assurances the trial will be “fair” in their eyes. You know, like the partisan impeachment in the House, which began with closed hearings overseen by Adam Schiff, and no witnesses who had anything to offer but opinions and hearsay, and ended up with Articles that failed to assert impeachable offenses. Fair.
The Democrats have been following through on this insane scheme hoping to get as much TV time as possible showing Democrats insulting the President, hoping that more repetitions of “Orange Man Bad” supported by the seven Big Lies will somehow change enough votes to avoid a disaster in 2020. They know that absent some presently unknown smoking gun, there is no way they can get the two-thirds super-majority to convict (they’re wishing and hoping for that, too) and knew this all long. The plan now is to try to discredit the Senate acquittal in advance.
This requires a belief that the non-Trump Deranged among the public (think of the rest as the equivalent of the infected in “World War Z”) have the IQs of annelid worms, and the short-term memories of mayflies. The party really believes that after Pelosi and the rest said it was imperative to impeach Trump as soon as possible because the nation and the Constitution is in imminent peril, the decision now to stall the impeachment process won’t be seen as proof that the whole exercise was a cynical, dishonest, hypocritical sham. This is more than irresponsible and incompetent. This is a parody of irresponsible and incompetent.
2. More…It also illustrates the dishonest and insincere nature of the Democrat/”resistance”/mainstream media’s three-year narrative about President Trump ignoring “democratic norms” and the Constitution. Prof. Noah Feldman, who made it clear when he testified that he wants to see Trump impeached and is willing to warp his interpretation of the Constitution to get it done, isn’t willing to endorse this trick. He wrote,
If the House votes to “impeach” but doesn’t send the articles to the Senate or send impeachment managers there to carry its message, it hasn’t directly violated the text of the Constitution. But the House would be acting against the implicit logic of the Constitution’s description of impeachment.
A president who has been genuinely impeached must constitutionally have the opportunity to defend himself before the Senate. That’s built into the constitutional logic of impeachment, which demands a trial before removal.
To be sure, if the House just never sends its articles of impeachment to the Senate, there can be no trial there. That’s what the “sole power to impeach” means.
But if the House never sends the articles, then Trump could say with strong justification that he was never actually impeached. And that’s probably not the message Congressional Democrats are hoping to send.
Alan Dershowitz, who has derided this impeachment from the beginning,writes.
“It is difficult to imagine anything more unconstitutional, more violative of the intention of the Framers, more of a denial of basic due process and civil liberties, more unfair to the president and more likely to increase the current divisiveness among the American people…President Trump would stand accused of two articles of impeachment without having an opportunity to be acquitted by the institution selected by the Framers to try all cases of impeachment. It would be as if a prosecutor deliberately decided to indict a criminal defendant but not to put him on trial.”
Civil rights attorney lawyer Harvey Silverglate described Pelosi’s gambit as “manipulation of the system.” The whole impeachment sham has been a manipulation of the system, and now Pelosi’s defenders will have to go deeper into denial to defend it. Professor Turley, no surprise, also condemned the maneuver. “Articles of impeachment were not meant to be articles of barter,” Turley wrote. “Just as the House elected not to seek to compel the testimony of critical witnesses, the Senate can make the same decision for its own house.”
3. A terrible man. I assume that history will eventually get Adam Schiff right, and mark him as one of the true legislative villains in American history. Here is what he told Stephen Colbert, and I would say it’s revealing, except it just confirms what has been so wrong with the soft coup plots from the beginning (and the beginning was in 2016.):
This is not just about prior conduct. It’s not just about, although it would be more than enough, the president’s inviting Russia to interfere, then trying to coerce Ukraine to interfere.
It is about what is going on today, as the president and his allies continue to try to invite foreign interference in our election. It never stopped. It never will stop unless we put an end to it. And, so, this is a continuing risk to our democracy.
Today, you know, as we sit here, the markup continues, and we are hearing astounding things from Republican members who are saying, it’s okay to solicit foreign interference in an election, things I never would have imagined I would ever hear either party say.
And, you know, for me, participating in this hearing, watching these hearings, I have to say, you know, for some of our members who are defending the Constitution, it is their finest hour. But for others who are willfully blinding themselves to this president’s misconduct, it is the most shameful hour.
And I wonder how they’re going to explain one day when their grandchild comes to them and says, grand-dad, grand-mom, please tell me what you did when that unethical man, that terrible man, that man who was putting people in cages, dividing our country, extorting our allies, please tell me what you did to stand up to that man. What will their answer be? For all too many, it will be nothing except shame.
How many lies, misrepresentations and appeals to emotion and logical fallacies do you count here? I count eleven. I’m sure a missed one or two. And of course Colbert nodded as his audience of zombies cheered.
4. How dare you quote what I said! I can’t find a single non-Right mainstream media source that thought this was newsworthy.
When House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was pointing out the undeniable bias of the Democrats and their determination to impeach Trump by any means possible and for any reason they could concoct, he twice referenced “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib saying in January, “We’re going to impeach the motherfucker.”
“Stop it!” the Michigan Democrat repeatedly shouted. “Those aren’t my words,” McCarthy responded. Signature significance. But of course, nothing the public needs to know about.
5. Incompetence: How that impeachment plan going so far, gang? Here’s a poll that would drive Democrats and “the resistance” crazy, if they weren’t crazy already. I don’t trust polls, but I trust my judgment, and this is about where I thought we were heading a year ago:
The Economist/YouGov poll suggest that President Trump would defeat Joe Biden by four points (and that’s before Joe babbles incoherently in a debate with Trump and tries to feel up a female moderator), and the rest of the Democratic field from 26 to 41 points.
Gee, I wonder if the party leaders have seen such polls, and if they have had any influence on the impeachment Hail Mary? Nah, the Democrats wouldn’t divide the country further, distort the Constitution and create a dangerous precedent just to try to win an election! These people are American, patriots–how could you think such a thing? Only a terrible man like President Trump would try something like that.