Never before has any one President exposed them for the insane, irrelevant, self-serving anti-American criminals that they are, as has President Trump.
ROGER KIMBALL: ‘Walls Are Closing In’ on the Democrats.
Buy stock in popcorn companies in anticipation of the entertainment to come.
On Friday, as I and about 456,874 other people predicted, the Senate voted against calling yet more witnesses in the make-believe, 100 percent certified partisan impeachment fiasco run by the Democrats and their media cheerleaders.
That vote brought this lucrative entertainment to an end, de facto if not de jure. The official, signed-sealed-and-delivered end will come Wednesday, we’re told, when the Senate will vote on whether to acquit the president of the two charges on which he was impeached by the House. Spoiler alert: They will.
A quick refresher. Those two charges were “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.”
Let’s take them in order. The alleged abuse of power charge stemmed from President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelinsky. Trump was keen to have Zelinsky look into alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He was also keen to have him look into allegations that Hunter Biden, the son of Joe Biden, who is campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, was knee-deep in corrupt activities.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son,” President Trump said, “that [Joe] Biden stopped the prosecution [of Burisma, the corrupt company on whose Board Hunter sat and from which he collected more than $50,000 a month] and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great.”
Was that an abuse of power? Opinions vary. I do not think so. Nor do I think the president erred when he went on to tell Zelinsky that Joe Biden “bragged” he had stopped the prosecution of Burisma. He did so, and was gracious enough to be filmed doing it.
As Peter Schweizer has shown in meticulous detail in his , the Bidens’ corruption, like Falstaff’s dishonesty, is “gross as mountain, open, palpable.” This was not an abuse of power. Far from it. Indeed, I believe that Ted Cruz was right: President Trump, confronted with credible allegations of Hunter Biden’s corruption, had a “responsibility” to investigate Biden’s activities.
So much for “abuse of power.” What about “obstruction of Congress”? Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of that. I hadn’t either. In essence, the House alleged that President Trump was guilty of this newfangled tort because, rather than instantly capitulating to their demands, he asked the court to review the case. In other words, he asked for the same due process that protects you and me to protect him.
PAUL BEDARD: Weekly Trump Report Card: Democrats crushed on impeachment, solid ‘A.’ I wouldn’t award the grade until the final vote was taken, but yeah. “Trump signed a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, which was achieved with bipartisan support. The national economy grew at a rate of 2.3% last year, and Trump wisely called the creeping coronavirus a national emergency. But that is how this past week will be remembered. This was the week that Trump once and for all captured the Republican Party —so much so that leading senators of the GOP were afraid to defy him or the solid base he owns.”
GAME OVER! pic.twitter.com/yvMa6bPqfy
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020
The decisions made today will reverberate throughout history.
No matter the vote on witnesses, the facts will come out in the end.
We will be asked: Why didn't we consider the evidence when we had the chance?
What answer shall we give, if we decide not to pursue the truth? pic.twitter.com/aI7Ycf5Psw
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 31, 2020
The collapse of the Democrats’ impeachment bid to Get Trump hasn’t exactly been good for Democratic unity.
There were signals and indicators of the fights breaking out all over Twitter, even as Sen. Chuck Schumer made his final teary bawl to the television cameras about the whole thing being a “a grand tragedy” and a “sham trial.”
Fox News host Laura Ingraham compiled a good segment of the tensions and misery — how Adam Schiff tried for one last time to shut his fellow impeachment manager, Rep. Jerry Nadler, up at the finale, and how Schumer himself shushed Sen. Kamala Harris from trying to grab his mic and do the talking instead of him, as well as a fine coda at the end of the miserified faces of the network broadcasters once they learned the Senate voted down witnesses and the impeachment trial would soon be over.
Everyone loves to be a winner. Losers point fingers. Democrats are now in full loser mode, now fighting with each other instead of directing their rage against Republicans, most of all, President Trump. It’s always all about the strong horse, and these guys now seem to realize they’re riding a beaten donkey.
What’s vivid here is how surprised they all seem to be about it. Their bickerings seem to be the fruit of disappointment arising out of failed expectations. Did they really think they could win this? It almost seems as if they did, believing their own bee ess, as President Obama once more graphically put it.
Which is strange stuff, given all the forces that were arrayed against them. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seemed to know that this was what was coming down the pike, which is why she resisted the impeachment bid and its Schiff show for so long. She eventually caved to pressure and pressed forward, with all those prayerful pieties, souvenir pens and stifled giggles.