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New York Times says white maleness may be a 2020 albatross

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I begin this column at a distinct disadvantage.

I am, yes, a white male.

So for me to examine the question of whether the Democrats should avoid nominating someone of my ilk, I must search my soul, ignore my heritage, and check my white privilege at the door.

Look, I think diversity in politics (and elsewhere in society) is great. It’s healthy that such candidates as Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker are running.

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But how do we move from that breakthrough to the notion that nominating anyone who’s not a minority or a woman is insufficiently woke?

How do we get to this headline on a New York Times news story: “Should a White Man Be the Face of the Democratic Party in 2020?”

‘Tis true that 44 of our 45 presidents have been in the white male category. Barack Obama broke that monopoly in 2008. Hillary Clinton thought she was going to break it on the gender side in 2016 and fell short. The Democrats haven’t nominated a white male for president since 2004.

But does that mean such politicians should start out with two strikes against them?

The debate is rooted in the fact that the four Bs who seem to be leading the Democratic field are all white men: Biden, Bernie, Beto and Buttigieg.

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Kamala may be in that pack as well, at least if early polls and fundraising are the yardsticks.

I’m hearing some female commentators complain that women never get the kind of swooning media coverage that Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke have been drawing.

I would argue that they are attracting media praise because they’re unconventional candidates with unorthodox styles (the top female and minority candidates are all, well, senators). Mayor Pete has the novelty of being a gay candidate. But both could easily fade, and two top Beto aides just quit a campaign whose media glow is dimming.

What’s more, says the Times, O’Rourke “has acknowledged that he benefits from white male privilege.” (Um, what’s he supposed to say to that?)

As for the others, Harris had the strongest launch. Booker is finding his message of love not quite resonating in an angry era. Klobuchar has drawn compliments from conservatives but has a low-key midwestern style. Gillibrand isn’t making much news.

And Warren has by far offered the most detailed policy prescriptions — she called yesterday for free public college tuition and forgiveness of much student debt — but hasn’t generated much excitement and is lagging in fundraising. Is that because she’s a woman? Warren has gotten positive press since her days as a consumer advocate.

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To jump-start a stalled campaign, she called for Donald Trump’s impeachment over the weekend, knowing full well it’s not going to happen. But it separated her from the pack and got her some attention, which is how it works. Gender was not a factor.

The Times piece says that “Democrats have seen the strong diversity in their field … become somewhat overshadowed by white male candidates.”

And after noting that non-white-male candidates helped the Dems win the House, the paper asks: “What’s the bigger gamble: to nominate a white man and risk disappointing some of the party’s base, or nominate a minority candidate or a woman who might struggle to carry predominantly white swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania that both Barack Obama and President Trump won?”

Biden (who’s getting in this week) and Sanders have other advantages besides their whiteness, says the Times: They’re well-known, have run before and can raise big bucks.

“But as older white men, they are out of step with ascendant forces in the party today.”

I get it. They’re not exactly fresh faces. But some Democrats, at least, still like them.

Ever since women got the vote, they haven’t been taken all that seriously as presidential candidates, at least until Hillary’s first campaign.

And for most of our history since the Civil War, the idea of a black president was deemed unthinkable — at least until Obama beat Hillary 11 years ago. That was the legacy of discrimination. And it hasn’t entirely vanished.

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But — and I’ll say this carefully — isn’t it also a discriminatory impulse to say perhaps a white male candidate should be denied the nomination on the grounds of race and sex? Doesn’t that go against what we’ve always heard about wanting a color-blind and gender-neutral society?

Hey, nobody needs to feel sorry for these guys. Demographics change and they have to adapt or perish.

Yet in the end, this is a bunch of media chatter. One of the candidates — black or white, male or female — will connect with enough voters and mount a compelling enough campaign to become the standard-bearer. And I suspect Democratic voters will care most about beating the white male in the White House.

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Bernie Sanders says Boston Marathon bomber, sexual assaulters should be allowed to vote

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2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday defended his stance for granting voting rights to criminals in prison, including the Boston Marathon bomber and convicted sexual assaulters.

During a CNN town hall on Monday night, Harvard student Anne Carlstein asked if his position would support “enfranchising people” like Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who she noted is a “convicted terrorist and murderer,” as well as those “convicted of sexual assault,” whose votes could have a “direct impact on women’s rights.”

Sanders first responded by saying he wanted a “vibrant democracy” with “higher voter turnout” and blasted “cowardly Republican governors” who he said were “trying to suppress the vote.”

The Vermont senator then argued that the Constitution says “everybody can vote” and that “some people in jail can vote.”

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“If somebody commits a serious crime- sexual assault, murder, they’re gonna be punished. They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That’s what happens when you commit a serious crime,” Sanders elaborated.

“But, I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘That guy committed a terrible crime, not gonna let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not gonna let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope. So, I believe that people who commit crimes, they pay the price. When they get out of jail, I believe they certainly should have the right the vote, but I do believe that even if they are in jail, they’re paying their price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo pressed the Democrats’ frontrunner, asking him if he was “sure about that” since he effectively was “writing an opposition ad.” Sanders dismissed such concerns, saying he’d written “many 30-second opposition ads” throughout his life.

“This is what I believe. Do you believe in democracy? Do you believe that every single American 18 years of age or older who is an American citizen has the right to vote?” Sanders continued. “This is a democracy. We’ve got to expand that democracy and I believe that every single person does have the right to vote.”

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Klobuchar has ‘please clap’ moment, says CNN’s Chris Cuomo ‘creeping’ over shoulder during town hall

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2020 presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., saw a couple of viral moments during a televised town hall on Monday night.

The first: what critics and analysts have called her “please clap” moment. Klobuchar was boasting that in each of her elections she won every congressional district in her state, including that of former Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Republican.

After the audience didn’t react to her victories, Klobuchar gave them permission to be excited.

“It’s when you guys are supposed to cheer, okay?” Klobuchar grinned, which prompted applause and some laughter.

Many on social media have drawn comparisons to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who famously told a town hall crowd to “please clap” on the campaign trail during the 2016 election.

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Later on, the Minnesota Democrat had an awkward encounter with CNN anchor and town hall moderator Chris Cuomo.

While discussing how to address climate change with rural voters, Klobuchar stressed how important it was and told Cuomo that she wanted to “finish” her thought before he interrupted.

She then, however, felt a little creeped out by Cuomo’s presence.

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“I feel you creeping over my shoulder,” Klobuchar told the CNN anchor. She jokingly clarified, “not in a Trumpian manner.”

Klobuchar was referring to the second presidential debate in 2016. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton later accused then-candidate Donald Trump of being a “creep” for approaching behind her on the debate stage and claimed her “skin crawled” in her memoir, “What Happened.”

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Bernie Sanders says Boston Marathon bomber, sexual assaulters should be allowed to vote

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2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday defended his stance for granting voting rights to criminals in prison, including the Boston Marathon bomber and convicted sexual assaulters.

During a CNN town hall on Monday night, Harvard student Anne Carlstein asked if his position would support “enfranchising people” like Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who she noted is a “convicted terrorist and murderer,” as well as those “convicted of sexual assault,” whose votes could have a “direct impact on women’s rights.”

Sanders first responded by saying he wanted a “vibrant democracy” with “higher voter turnout” and blasted “cowardly Republican governors” who he said were “trying to suppress the vote.”

The Vermont senator then argued that the Constitution says “everybody can vote” and that “some people in jail can vote.”

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“If somebody commits a serious crime- sexual assault, murder, they’re gonna be punished. They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That’s what happens when you commit a serious crime,” Sanders elaborated.

“But, I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘That guy committed a terrible crime, not gonna let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not gonna let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope. So, I believe that people who commit crimes, they pay the price. When they get out of jail, I believe they certainly should have the right the vote, but I do believe that even if they are in jail, they’re paying their price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo pressed the Democrats’ frontrunner, asking him if he was “sure about that” since he effectively was “writing an opposition ad.” Sanders dismissed such concerns, saying he’d written “many 30-second opposition ads” throughout his life.

“This is what I believe. Do you believe in democracy? Do you believe that every single American 18 years of age or older who is an American citizen has the right to vote?” Sanders continued. “This is a democracy. We’ve got to expand that democracy and I believe that every single person does have the right to vote.”

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Stirewalt: Trump supporters not phased by Mueller release, ‘he didn’t exactly run as Pope Francis in 2016’

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As a handful of top Democrats have called for the impeachment of President Trump, Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt noted Monday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report may not sway the American people as the president’s opponents might expect.

“And, the question here is, would the American people countenance an impeachment. And, the answer is probably no, because there’s nothing that anyone who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 could have read in the Mueller report, scuzzy as much of it was, unsettling as much of it was, that wasn’t already baked into their consideration of Donald Trump,” Stirewalt said on “Special Report with Bret Baier.”

Stirewalt was discussing the most important question to ask for those considering impeachment of President Trump, saying pursuing that route was a “nonstarter.”

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“He didn’t exactly run as Pope Francis in 2016, right, people knew a lot of this kind of stuff about his character before he ran, that’s why I think it is a nonstarter,” Stirewalt told Bret Baier.

House Democrats backed off the idea of immediately launching impeachment proceedings against Trump in a conference call Monday evening, amid a growing rift among the party’s rank-and-file members, presidential contenders and committee chairs on the issue.

Two senior sources told Fox News that on the conference call, House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters, D-Calif., told her fellow Democrats that while she personally favored going forward with impeachment proceedings, she was not pushing for other members to join her.

Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York also noted that the timing of impeachment would make the political climate “crazy.”

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“One last thing that the leadership is aware of, the timing of this will be crazy. If the Democrats start now, it will take a while to rev up the impeachment machine, and when they get going, we will be smack in the middle of a presidential election campaign where the impeachee is running for reelection,” York said Monday.

“Doing this in the middle of a campaign would put the whole process on steroids. It’s crazy enough to begin with. The leadership is very worried about just the unpredictable aspect of that.”

Fox News’ Bret Baier, Mike Emanuel and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Judge Napolitano on Democrats’ demand for Trump’s financial records: ‘They can’t just get them because they want to torment him’

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Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said Monday Democrats can’t just get President Trump’s financial records “because they want to torment him” and “Congress will have to state for what purpose they want this.”

Napolitano made the comments on “America’s Newsroom” hours after Trump’s lawyers sued to block a subpoena issued by members of Congress that sought the president’s financial records.

The complaint named Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Peter Kenny, the chief investigative counsel of the House committee, as its plaintiffs.

“We will not allow Congressional Presidential harassment to go unanswered,” said Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president.

Earlier this month, Cummings, D-Md., said the committee would subpoena the accounting firm Mazars USA LLC for Trump’s financial information. Cummings is seeking annual statements, periodic financial reports and independent auditors reports from Mazars, as well as records of communications with Trump.

TRUMP SUES TO BLOCK DEMOCRATS’ SUBPOENA FOR FINANCIAL INFORMATION

“The question is if the subpoena goes from the House of Representatives to a third party to his accountants can the president jump in the middle of that and seek to quash the subpoena? The answer is yes,” said Napolitano.

He added, “The complaint actually asks the court to second- guess Congress’s motivation and courts are reluctant to do that because the courts and the Congress are equal branches of government. They don’t get in the business of second-guessing the motivation of either. However, Congress has to have a legitimate legislative purpose for wanting the president’s tax returns and financial records. They can’t just get them because he’s the president and because his predecessors have exposed this type of material about themselves and they can’t just get them because they want to torment him. They have to have a legitimate purpose.”

“So Congress will have to answer this complaint, establish a purpose, it doesn’t have to be a purpose directly out of the Constitution, it could be something tangentially related to what Congress does that’ll probably suffice. But, if they can’t show that purpose, then they’re going to lose. Then the subpoena will be quashed,” Napolitano said.

In the suit on Monday, Trump’s lawyers ask the court to declare the subpoena “invalid and unenforceable.” It also asks for a “permanent injunction quashing Chairman Cummings’ subpoena.”

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Trump’s suit also asks for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction prohibiting Mazars from producing the requested information.

“Congress will have to state for what purpose they want this,” said Napolitano adding, “Once they state something even related to a congressional purpose, the court, I think, will allow this to go through.”

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The case has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta, a 2014 appointee of then-President Barack Obama.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas, John Roberts and Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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Rep. Cicilline: Congress has a responsibility to conduct oversight, even if it makes Trump supporters uncomfortable

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As the legal battle over President Trump’s tax returns rages on, Rep. David Cicilline, D- R.I., Monday argued that Congress should be able to gather all the information possible to conduct oversight, including accessing Trump’s financial information.

President Trump made a major move Monday by suing in an attempt to halt a subpoena, issued by the Democratic-led House Oversight Committee, that would compel his accounting firm, Mazars, to reveal his tax returns for the last 10 years.

In the lawsuit, President Trump’s lawyer argued that Congress should only be able to view the financial information if there is a legislative purpose. During an appearance on “Outnumbered,” Rep. Cicilline, who is also the co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, said that he believes Congress has a right to collect the evidence it sees fit to fulfill its responsibility to conduct oversight.

“I understand that there are some people who think that Congress should not do oversight, and it’s kind of rich when the president tries to make himself a victim, as the most powerful man on the planet,” Cicilline told host Melissa Francis.

“We are doing our work addressing the economic issues that face the American people, but at the same time, we have to do oversight. I know that that is uncomfortable, but Congress has a responsibility, whatever party, the legislative branch has a responsibility. I know that there are some Trump supporters that think any oversight is unfair, but we have a long tradition of doing oversight, it is part of the responsibility,” he added.

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Cicilline went on to discuss the Democrats’ new talk of trying to impeach President Trump amid the results of Robert Mueller’s investigation. The Democratic representative said he has read the report in its entirety, and that “there was real evidence of the president attempting to interfere with the investigation.”

“I think that report is disturbing,” Cicilline continued. “It is very damning about the president’s conduct. He encouraged people to lie, he encouraged people to not be forthright about events, he himself lied, he attempted to fire the special counsel, he attempted to get Don McGahn to lie about his effort to fire him.

“There is ample evidence of obstruction of justice. It is very clear that the only reason that the president was not charged is that the special counsel concluded that the [Department of Justice] precluded it,” he said.

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President Trump maintains that there was no obstruction or collusion on his part, something with which House Democrats vehemently disagree.

Ultimately, Cicilline said, Democrats have more work to do before any further conclusions can be made on the discussion of impeachment.

“There is a process, we will have a series of hearings, which we will take this very seriously, and I think Democrats will continue to be very judicious about it,” he said.

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Bernie Sanders backers upset with Pete Buttigieg over Trump comparison

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It doesn’t seem like Bernie’s bros with Mayor Pete. Or at least his supporters aren’t.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., made headlines when he compared President Trump’s supporters to those who back Bernie Sanders, stating both groups feel marginalized and want to tear down the system.

“I think the sense of anger and disaffection that comes from seeing that the numbers are fine, like unemployment’s low, like all that, like you said GDP is growing and yet a lot of neighborhoods and families are living like this recovery never even happened,” the 37-year-old told high school students in Nashua, N.H.

“It just kind of turns you against the system in general and then you’re more likely to want to vote to blow up the system, which could lead you to somebody like Bernie and it could lead you to somebody like Trump. I think that’s how we got where we are.”

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But the statement seemingly hasn’t gone over well with those who support Sanders — including some prominent Democrats.

“Come on ⁦@PeteButtigieg⁩. It is intellectually dishonest to compare Bernie to Trump,” Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., tweeted, before listing some policy differences between Sanders and the president.

Nina Turner, a vocal supporter of Sanders, tweeted: “Bernie Sanders’ supporters are not the same as Trump fans — Sen. @BernieSanders supporters are Democratic & Independent voters, many of whom are people of color.”

Citizen Uprising, a far-left Twitter account, sent out a post reading: “Pete Buttigieg is officially over. He just blamed Trump AND Bernie voters for the problems we currently face.”

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However, Rep. Khanna’s and others protests were quickly shot down, with one prominent analyst referring to the California Democrat as a “Sanders surrogate.”

“This is an extremely weird Narrative coming from some Sanders surrogates. Buttigieg’s comments were extremely boilerplate, basically that Trump and Sanders voters both suffer economic anxiety and are disaffected with the system,” FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver tweeted.

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“It’s an extremely weird thing to get upset about unless they’re deliberately looking to pick a fight with Buttigieg.”

New York-based writer M. Mendoz Ferrer also took issue with complaints from those on the Sanders side.

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“So, it’s interesting that the Sanders camp, including Ro Khanna, are upset with @PeteButtigieg for basically stating that Trump and Sanders voters both suffer economic anxiety and are disaffected with the system – because that is pretty much all Bernie Sanders ever says,” she tweeted.

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Former Obama adviser on Seth Moulton’s jump into 2020 race: ‘He’s someone that checks a lot of boxes’

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Robert Wolf, former economic adviser to President Obama, Monday said of Rep. Seth Moulton’s 2020 presidential bid, “He’s someone that checks a lot of boxes.”

Wolf, a Fox News contributor, made the statement on “Fox & Friends” only hours after the congressman announced he was running.

When Wolf was asked if he thinks Moulton can beat Trump, he answered, “I think it’s too early to tell,” adding that he has known Moulton for years given they are from the same Massachusetts hometown.

“There’s something he brings to the table that a lot of people aren’t talking about,” said Wolf about the three-term congressman from Massachusetts, who also is an Iraq war veteran.

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“He’s really strong on national security. He’s on the armed services. And he’s strong on defense. And I also think he has progressive values so, you know, he’s someone that checks a lot of boxes,” said Wolf.

Moulton’s announcement makes him the 19th Democrat fighting for the Oval Office. He becomes the third candidate from Massachusetts to launch a presidential campaign, joining Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Republican Gov. Bill Weld, whose primary goal is challenging Trump.

“You need name recognition and you need to raise money and those are the two things he’s going to have to show quickly,” said Wolf about Moulton.

“I also think for him it’s going to be a lot about New Hampshire. He’s 45 minutes from New Hampshire, he has to show he can really do well there.”

He added, “At this point in 2008, right now, is Giuliani beating Secretary Clinton. And at this point in 2016, President Trump was about 5 percent. So one thing we don’t know, is we don’t know.”

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Meanwhile, Joe Biden is expected to declare his candidacy for president this week, two sources with knowledge of the former vice president’s plans confirmed to Fox News.

Wolf said he’s “a big fan” of Biden.

“One of the reasons I think he’s really gained in the polls recently is with the rise of Senator Sanders and the rise of Donald Trump’s popularity within his own party, that combination really, couple of things, one, it takes the whole age factor out of the equation. And number two, it goes back to the number one poll for Democrats, who is the candidate that is best to beat Donald Trump? And a lot of the polls have Joe Biden,” said Wolf.

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“And so his polling, he’s the only one north of 30 percent. Him and Bernie (Sanders) are the only ones today north of 20 percent. But once again, this is a lot of name recognition. We really won’t know until things fall out, until he announces, whether he gains in popularity and the excitement the polls are saying.”

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Liz Peek: Democrats cling to the Russia probe because it’s all they’ve got

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Democrats:

?         Wanted a Special Counsel; they got a Special Counsel.

?         Wanted an investigation; they got an investigation.

?         Wanted Congressional hearings; they got Congressional hearings.

?         Wanted a report from the Special Counsel; they got a report from the Special Counsel.

Now Democrats want an unredacted report from the Special Counsel, even though the Special Counsel’s report released by Attorney General Barr contained minimal redactions. They know such a report, a version of which Barr has promised to give to senior officials of both parties, will contain Grand Jury information which by law cannot be made public. They want it anyway.

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They also want Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress. No doubt, Mueller will testify before Congress.

And then what? What will Democrats demand next to keep the public eye off the nation’s economic success under President Trump? It has been clear from the start that the collusion probe has been a stand-in for policy; for the past two years it has been so much easier to attack President Trump on bogus charges of working with the Russians than to actually propose better ideas for moving the country forward.

Democrats face two problems. First, the country is increasingly crediting President Trump with buoyant job creation, higher productivity and wage gains. Second, their party is cracking apart, suffering a leadership vacuum and a surfeit of dissonant noise-makers hungry for attention. They can’t agree on policy, but they toe the line on combatting Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, Americans are ready to move on, more concerned about immigration, health care and other issues that impact their pocketbooks. Unfortunately, Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff, Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer and Maxine Waters, among others, are not ready to let them. Senator Warren, desperate to attract attention to her stalled presidential campaign, is a front-runner only in calling for impeachment proceedings. Congressman Nadler, who has already issued subpoenas into every nook and cranny of Mr. Trump’s business past in hopes of finding something, anything, to further investigate, has demanded the unredacted Mueller report and all the accompanying underlying evidence.

Putin would much prefer Socialist Bernie Sanders in the driver’s seat than another four years of Trump.

Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said after the release of the Mueller report, “undoubtedly there is collusion,” even though dozens of investigators could not find any.  He said in an interview, “We will continue to investigate the counterintelligence issues. That is, is the president or people around him compromised in any way by a hostile foreign power? . . . It doesn’t appear that was any part of Mueller’s report.”  Maybe that’s because, like so many of Schiff’s allegations, it doesn’t exist.

Schiff cannot let this go, because, truly, that’s all he’s got. Ask yourself, who had ever heard of Adam Schiff before he became the face of the “Bring Trump Down” party?

To be fair, President Trump isn’t ready to move on, either. He wants an apology.  We read that he wanted to fire Mueller; who wouldn’t, knowing that the underlying charge was untrue? He has raged and bullied, infuriated that his extraordinary accomplishment of defeating the “inevitable” Hillary Clinton was overshadowed by spurious accusations and constant speculation about his likely downfall. Worse, his enemies have described his immense victory as illegitimate, thanks to Russian interference. Those who voted for him know better.

Trump wants the entire country to acknowledge that the Mueller inquiry was a hoax, perpetuated by sore losers and enabled by a politicized Justice Department. That isn’t going to happen.

Rather than continuing down that fruitless path, the president should further rebuff the Collusion Delusion by calling for a robust and transparent investigation into Russian election meddling. He should dedicate his administration to preventing future influence campaigns of the sort that Moscow is famous for. Such an initiative would separate the partisan attacks on his White House from a serious matter that concerns all Americans.

It might also be helpful to the Trump 2020 campaign. After all, it is almost certain that Putin’s guns will be directed at Trump in the next election. Though the liberal media has ignored White House policy towards Russia, the reality is that Trump has been tougher on Moscow that his predecessor. Sending arms to Ukraine, encouraging NATO allies to beef up their defense spending, imposing sanctions on numerous Russian intelligence, military and commercial entities, boosting exports of natural gas in an effort to dilute Russia’s grip on Europe’s energy supply, increasing U.S. military spending; Putin would much prefer Socialist Bernie Sanders in the driver’s seat than another four years of Trump.

President Trump will not be impeached on the flimsy case for obstruction of justice; Republican control of the Senate virtually guarantees any such effort would fail. Also, there are too many new House Democrats representing districts that voted for Trump in 2016 who will shy away from such a divisive gesture. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her deputy Steny Hoyer have rebuffed calls to initiate impeachment proceedings, with the latter telling CNN, “Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point.”

Still, there are members of Pelosi’s unruly caucus who will call for impeachment, like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who promised to “impeach the mother**cker” hours after being sworn into office. For that crew, impeachment is another way to garner headlines and “likes” on their social media pages. One wonders if they have considered what is best for the country.

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In his State of the Union address in February, President Trump promised, “We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, our faith deeper, and our middle class bigger and more prosperous than ever before.” He asked Democrats to “choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction.”

It seems unlikely Democrats will choose greatness.

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