Conrad Black offers some good advice, which has not the slightest chance of being heeded.
The Democrats should be changing the subject, and running away from President Trump’s legal issues as fast as they can.
It is illustrative of how completely invested they were in the hare-brained fraud of Russian collusion, that they are having such a crisis of separation from the subject. They are not the only losers in this fiasco, though they are the biggest losers.
Even as the Democrats, visibly grief-stricken, were forced off the battlements of impeachment by their failed ally Mueller, they are wavering at the false temptation he dangled before them: of trying to aggregate a bunch of acts that do not singly or together constitute an indictable case of obstruction, that the two top law officers in the country and the Justice Department’s counselor have declared do not meet any of the criteria for indictable obstruction, may yet be actionable as obstruction—of justice, as opposed to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s sanity.
The notion that there is any possibility of convincing any serious person that the president obstructed justice doesn’t exist. If it did, Mueller would have thankfully seized and alleged it. Instead, he got himself and his rabid bloodhounds off the hook by the thoroughly unprofessional tactic of criticizing someone there is not evidence to charge, as Comey did with Hillary Clinton (though there was plenty of grounds to charge her). But in this case, Mueller salvaged a tiny laurel for himself by describing the president very unflatteringly, and passing the buck. And the Democratic militants in the House, instead of seeing what Mueller’s game is, have taken the bait, and will go down with all hands in absurd hearings that bore the public, where no damaging evidence will be adduced from witnesses who have already been around the track with Mueller; while the headlines and news bulletins are taken over by the investigators of the investigators.
Donald Trump stunned the political class into collective paralysis, disbelief, and snarling lawlessness when he won the presidential election in 2016. They have thrown at him what the attorney general rightfully called an “unprecedented” campaign of (he did not use this expression) dirty tricks and defamation. The defeat he has inflicted on them, furnished by investigators committed to the cause of destroying Trump, is not one that can be cushioned, as the election loss was cushioned by the immense distraction about illegitimacy.
It is not the president whose legitimacy is now in any question; it is those who attacked his legitimacy illegally, who will now experience the wheels of justice. The game has turned; the hunted are the hunters. Even Representative Swalwell will figure it out eventually.
Doesn’t matter; the Dems will keep right on fucking that chicken to the bitter end, their spastic intensity increasing in direct proportion to their desperation. What else can they do? They have nothing. Nothing on Trump, nothing policy-wise. A wheezing clown-car overfull with candidates hoping their jerry-rigged jalopy can hold together to struggle past the 2020 finish line before collapsing in a smoking heap. Promises to ban cars, cows, reliable, affordable home electricity, and…ummm, hot dogs?
Unfortunately for them, what they DO have is a rabid, unhinged base whose demands must now be kowtowed to at all costs—freaks, weirdos, and violent lunatics who horrify and alienate Normal Americans on sight, even as growing numbers of blacks, Hispanics, and women begin to cut ranks and desert. They have an Old Guard consisting of unappealing relics like Gropey Joe Biden and HILLARY!™ doing battle for control of this trainwreck of a party with alarming Young Turks like AOC, Ilhan Omar, and Kamala Harris—genuine whackadoodles who just can’t seem to keep their mouths shut, even when it would be to their benefit.
Conrad is a bit more confident that they’ll never pull it off than I am, though. I don’t trust Congressional Vichy GOPers nearly enough to assume that. But even if the Democrat-Socialists pimping for impeachment somehow win, they lose: successfully removing Trump by obviously nefarious means after their Mueller debacle could easily result in open, perhaps violent revolt against the corrupt malefactors. Best-case for them is they fail utterly, make fools of themselves all over again, and repulse even more Normal Americans than they already have, resulting in electoral catastrophe in 2020 and probably well beyond.
So it’s a win-win, really. Impeach, I say. Impeach, and be damned.
Update! Did I just pooh-pooh Gropey Joe’s chances? Steyn sure did:
“Biden is tired and is in the awful position of being unable to run as himself because the Democrats have basically disowned 90% of what Joe Biden has been doing in Washington the last 45 years,” he continued. “So that’s a terrible problem for a guy, when you have to run in an essentially dishonest way, which is why he gave this a tortured and weird rationale as to why he has decided to get into the race in this video. So, Bernie has it way easier. Bernie just gets to be Bernie, and Biden is trying to be something other than Biden.”
Biden officially announced his candidacy for the presidency early Thursday morning, taking the time to attack President Donald Trump for his response to the 2015 violence in Charlottesville.
That’s good and all, but this is the part I really like:
“We are in the battle for the soul of this nation,” he said in the video announcement.
Wow, even Joe Biden gets it right once in a while.
“If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. And I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”
Missed on that one, Gropey. Let me straighten things out for ya: Trump is in the White House because Progressivist wreckers spent the last six or seven decades “fundamentally altering the character of this nation.” Thankfully, enough Normal Americans were unwilling to “stand by and watch that happen” that we could put someone in the White House who would at least take an honest stab at seeing to it that it wouldn’t be “forever.”
Other than that, ya nailed it, Gropey.