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Dem rep: You bet I’ll force another vote on impeachment when we return

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Has Ben Ray Luján’s call on Monday for an impeachment “inquiry” changed the game for House Democrats? Nancy Pelosi’s assistant Speaker and #4 on the caucus leadership team became the highest-ranking member to endorse formal action to impeach Donald Trump. Rep. Al Green (D-TX) plans to force Luján to either put up or shut up — and soon:

With a majority of House Democratic lawmakers now behind him, Rep. Al Green says he’ll try for a fourth time to impeach President Trump when Congress returns next month.

Green first filed articles of impeachment the day before Trump was sworn in as president on Jan. 20, 2017.

Now, more than 120 House Democrats have publicly said they support an impeachment inquiry, according to NPR’s tracker.

“Things start with a spark, and sometimes the spark is ignored,” Green said following a Houston forum with his constituents earlier this month. “Other times the spark can cause others to become consumed with the righteousness of a cause and participate in the cause itself.”

Will the fourth time be the charm? According to various media counts, a solid majority of House Democrats now favor a formal impeachment process, with Luján making it 125 or so. That’s less than a third of the overall House, though; even if Green can get half of the other half of the caucus to swing his way out of unity, Democrats will still come up short in a floor vote. It might look better than last month’s 95-332 shellacking, but it still won’t suffice.

Unfortunately for Green, it’s not likely to get much better. Voters simply aren’t focusing on impeachment and the Muellermas letdown hasn’t helped matters. Green even admits in this interview that he’s often forced to broach the subject himself when meeting with constituents. “Wherever I go, I usually bring it up,” which should tell Green something about popular sentiment over the idea.

Others are noticing, the Hill reported yesterday:

In late July, discussion of Mueller’s investigation and possible impeachment were largely absent as the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates debated each other on issues like health care and who is best positioned to beat Trump in the general election.

Fading public interest in the Mueller probe would be an unwelcome development for House Democrats, particularly as the House Judiciary Committee presses forward with its investigation into possible obstruction and potential abuses of power by the president. …

Democratic strategist Basil Smikle says there are two primary factors contributing to public disinterest: The lack of a fiery moment from Mueller’s testimony and voters no longer asking Democratic candidates on the campaign trail about the Russia probe.

“When you put those together, this is a broader retreat from conversations about impeachment, even while Nadler and the House are steadily conducting these hearings in the background,” said Smikle, former executive director of the New York Democratic Party.

Luján’s statement isn’t going to change the game either, as I argue in my column at The Week. In fact, Luján’s statement exposes Democrats’ weak hand and the risk they run in attempting to play it:

First, if Luján’s statement boosted visibility for impeachment efforts during a quiet news cycle, his stated reasons for endorsing such a move arguably did nothing to advance the case. If anything, he made it even more ambiguous by refusing to name specific “high crimes and misdemeanors” Trump may have committed; Luján didn’t even mention collusion or obstruction as grounds for the inquiry in his statement. …

Thus we have the core problem Democrats face after the Mueller report. They had hoped to get a turnkey case of election fraud by Trump himself that would negate the results of the 2016 election. Had Mueller produced evidence to support that conclusion, or even enough to support reasonable suspicion of it, voters would have likely been much more inclined to support impeachment to rectify a fraudulent election outcome. Leading Democrats spent two years making that specific case for impeachment, especially House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).

Without any evidence that Trump won the office through foreign influence, however, there’s no there there. Nadler wants to pursue obstruction charges related to Trump’s temper tantrums, but polls show that voters simply aren’t interested in pursuing impeachment on those grounds. In that political environment, Luján’s weak and easily refuted argument won’t move the needle at all.

That means the fourth time won’t be the charm for Green. It also means that impeachment should be a dead issue for Democrats, who should be more focused on getting some legislative achievements under their belt rather than tilting at an impeachment windmill.

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Pelosi to Bolton: No chance on Brexit-related UK trade deal without resolving Ireland issue

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It didn’t take Nancy Pelosi long to shoot down John Bolton’s trial balloon. Monday evening, Donald Trump’s national security adviser tried to encourage the Brits on their Brexit adventure by promising tasty new bilateral trade arrangements. Unfortunately, that’s not entirely up to the White House:

With Britain’s economy suffering a battering in recent days because of the country’s impending exit from the European Union, the United States sent a familiar face to offer assurance: White House national security adviser John Bolton.

At a briefing with British reporters on Monday evening, Bolton said Britain would be at the “front of the trade queue” for a new trade deal with the United States, adding that any agreement could be worked out “sector by sector” to speed up the process.

Bolton added that he and President Trump were “leavers before there were leavers” who supported Britain’s 2016 vote to end its membership in the E.U. His message from Trump was simple, he said: “We are with you.”

Bolton also dropped this bon mot on the European Union:

“The fashion in the European Union when the people vote the wrong way from the way that the elites want to go is to make the peasants vote again and again until they get it right,” he said, according to the BBC.

That’s apparently a reference to the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which failed in Ireland on its first vote in June 2008. The EU then got a second vote in Ireland fifteen months later, when the referendum passed and the EU’s constitutional amendments went into effect.  It’s unclear why Bolton made this reference, however, since the EU had no role at all in the UK’s own Brexit referendum three years ago except to oppose it altogether, and isn’t “making” the UK vote on it again. The EU negotiated an exit agreement with the UK government in good faith, which then failed to pass it, and Brussels doesn’t think it’s incumbent on the EU to fix the UK’s political issues as they leave. That’s a gratuitous and contemptuous non-sequitur, aimed at our allies and major trading partner.

Before we get to Pelosi’s response, though, it’s worth asking why Bolton is commenting on trade agreements at all. He’s not the ambassador, the trade representative, nor at State or Commerce, so he has no official role in trade negotiations anyway. Bolton’s making a promise that echoes similar statements from Trump, of course, but without any authority at all to speak on those subjects. Mike Pompeo and Wilbur Ross might be asking what Bolton’s thinking in injecting himself into this debate — especially as awkwardly as he did, too.

Pelosi then reminded Bolton that Congress has to actually incorporate trade agreements into statutes, and she’s not going to lift a finger unless the UK resolves the Irish border situation. That comes from a bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill, where the status of the Good Friday Agreement is a source of considerable concern:

In a statement on Wednesday, the House speaker, who commands a Democratic majority, warned that the Trump administration would not be able to sidestep congressional approval.

“Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the Good Friday agreement, including the seamless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, especially now, as the first generation born into the hope of Good Friday 21 years ago comes into adulthood.” Pelosi said. “We cannot go back.” …

The existence of a powerful bipartisan Irish American voting bloc, adamant that it will not be complicit in any arrangement that undermines the 1998 Good Friday accord, is almost certain to complicate US-UK trade negotiations still further.

Brendan Boyle, the Democratic co-chairman of the Friends of Ireland caucus, told the Guardian: “The nonsensical utterings of John Bolton should not be taken seriously. He has no role in trade agreements. Zero.”

In other words, Boris Johnson had better know that Bolton’s floating checks his writ can’t cash. It’s not the first time Pelosi has warned that Congress won’t take up any trade agreements without a safeguard on the open border in Ireland, either. Trade agreements don’t take the usual form of treaties, which can be ratified with a two-thirds vote in the US Senate alone. The agreement has to be written into statutory law, which requires the House to act as well. Pelosi has a lot more say on trade policy, in other words, than a national security adviser.

Even if Pelosi was inclined to move forward, Congress still has yet to take up the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the replacement for NAFTA. Trump has been hoping to push Pelosi to get that process started, and which is more urgent for the Trump administration to score a win on Trump’s promise to rewrite NAFTA than a new trade deal with the UK. But as long as Brexit ignores the issue of a hard border in Ireland, the latter has zero chance of getting any attention at all, even in a potential GOP-controlled House after the midterms.

Bolton’s transgression is relatively mild, however, when compared to the latest from Johnson himself. Frustrated by attempts to block a no-deal Brexit, the Prime Minister accused opposing MPs of being collaborators with the EU in language that hinted at … treason?

Hours after senior lawmakers said they would seek to prevent any attempt to ignore parliament over Brexit, Johnson used a question-and-answer session on Facebook to attack them.

“There is a terrible kind of collaboration as it were going on between those who think they can block Brexit in parliament and our European friends,” Johnson, who has been hailed by the U.S. president as “Britain’s Trump”, said on Facebook.

“We need our European friends to compromise and the more they think that there’s a chance that Brexit can be blocked in parliament, the more adamant they are in sticking to their position,” Johnson said.

A majority in Parliament have already expressed opposition to a no-deal Brexit in a vote that took place before Johnson became PM. It’s hardly a “collaboration” to reject the idea of a hard break without any kind of trade arrangement with the country’s key trading partner. Johnson’s rhetoric is guaranteed to harden positions rather than finding any common ground that might exist.

Johnson’s heading into a constitutional crisis in which he might be forced to prorogue Parliament to keep from getting the boot in a no-confidence vote. The US should distance itself from the trainwreck to come, Bolton included.

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Jerry Nadler Says Impeachment Proceedings Have Begun

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Jerry Nadler’s race to impeachment has been off the front pages for a few weeks, mostly because Robert Mueller failed to do anything but harm the case for removing Donald Trump from office. Trump may be a bull in a china shop, but there’s just very little there in the vein of actual impeachable offenses. Some Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, realize this and have sought to tamp down expectations. Nadler and what appears to be about half the Democrat caucus are choosing a different path.

Namely, they are trying to stealth impeach Trump by having formal impeachment proceedings without actually having articles of impeachment pass. This has been hinted at for a while and Nadler is now proclaiming he’s doing it.

Via The Washington Examiner.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler told CNN this week his panel is conducting “formal impeachment proceedings” against President Trump and could be ready to file articles of impeachment this fall.

The New York Democrat’s announcement blew up social media and thrilled the Democratic base, which has been clamoring for the House to take formal steps to oust the president.

The problem is that this clearly violates House rules.

The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, called out Nadler’s CNN claim almost as soon as he uttered it on the CNN set.

“Chairman Nadler is either uninformed about what a formal impeachment inquiry is or he is deliberately misleading the American public to score cheap political points,” Collins tweeted Thursday. “Which is it, Chairman?”

Any function of impeachment under Article 1 requires a majority vote in the House approving such measures. Without that fail safe, any committee could abuse the impeachment process and the court system by simply declaring they’ve started impeachment proceedings. It’s unconstitutional.

Nadler, however, doesn’t appear to have the authority to launch a formal impeachment inquiry regardless of the case he makes to the court, Republicans said.

That power rests with the House, which must approve a formal Judiciary Committee impeachment probe by simple majority.

Collins, a GOP aide told the Washington Examiner, “does dispute Nadler’s assertion that the committee is currently conducting “formal impeachment proceedings. The House rules do require a formal vote in order for the committee to begin conducting a formal impeachment inquiry.”

Furthermore, it defies history, which has also given us the precedent that a formal vote and passage is required. In 1998, before Republicans could investigate Clinton, they were made to pass authorization for the Judiciary committee to begin an impeachment investigation. That’s happened in every previous impeachment attempt as well. Nadler wants to skip that step because he knows he doesn’t have enough support, even among Democrats, to win such a vote.

The courts should laugh at this nonsense and Republicans should oppose it unconditionally. A future precedent where a President can be investigated via the powers of impeachment without Congress actually authorizing such would be incredibly dangerous. It would essentially shut down governance, as every new President would end up having every inch of their private affairs invaded by partisans. The Republican Congress under Obama did not play such games and Democrats under Trump can’t be allowed to do so now.

This matter is simple. If Democrats want to use the powers of impeachment, then pass authorization to do so and bare the political consequences. They don’t get to have their cake and eat it too, demanding courts give them documents they aren’t entitled to while getting to skip the backlash from moderate voters.

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Enjoy The Schadenfreude: AOC’s Chief of Staff Edition

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (former) chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, is so intensely disliked that even the House Democrats send hates tweet his way, and Friday afternoon he was kicked to the curb. Sure, it was labeled a “resignation” and opportunity to make more money during what’s sure to be the most expensive election cycle ever.

People who aren’t brainwashed, brain dead wannabe socialists dislike him for an entirely different reason than the House Democrats, that reason being that he foisted one Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upon the country. While she’s been a page click factory for every online news publication (and if they try to deny that, they’re either lying or not very good writers), that’s an unforgivable offense.

On the occasion of Saikat Chakrabarti’s legendary loss to senile, over-Botoxed, white grandma Nancy Pelosi, take a moment to sit back and laugh at these sick burns.

The whole drama has been quite Game-of-Thronesy, and Saikat didn’t learn the proper lessons from that show.

Although he was warned.

The typical Twitter response would be to learn to… um, nevermind.

Watch out, @Jehu11. Implying that the Squad is a “coven” could get you into trouble – just ask the man who made a billboard depicting them as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse learned.

Whatever you do, Twitter, don’t say anything that will remind the people of…

Whoops.

But this is probably closer to the truth. During the first few months of this year, disturbing details (details which could send him to federal lockup if true) about Chakrabarti’s financial relationship with AOC’s campaign, Justice Democrats, and Brand New Congress came to light.

Unfortunately, like both a bad rash and Kamala Harris, it’d be foolish to believe we’ve seen the last of Saikat Chakrabarti.

Especially since Soros has just created and funded a new Super PAC for the 2020 election cycle. Plus, it doesn’t seem like Chakrabarti’s quite cut out to lead a movement based on the Green New Deal.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor of RedState. Follow her on Twitter @jenvanlaar or on Facebook.

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AOC’s Chief of Staff “Resigns,” Comms Director Reassigned

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Saikat Chakrabarti and Corbin Trent, who both worked on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign through Justice Democrats then became staffers in her Capitol Hill office, are “resigning” to work on campaigns during the 2020 election cycle.

Given the ongoing power struggle between AOC’s “Squad” and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the question is whether the resignations were voluntary or a result of behind-the-scenes pressure from Team Pelosi.

Chakrabarti’s resignation was announced first. Trent, who serves as Ocasio-Cortez’s communications director, told The Intercept:

“Saikat has decided to leave the office of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to work with New Consensus to further develop plans for a Green New Deal. We are extraordinarily grateful for his service to advance a bold agenda and improve the lives of the people in NY-14. From his co-founding of Justice Democrats to his work on the Ocasio-Cortez campaign and in the official office, Saikat’s goal has always been to do whatever he can to help the larger progressive movement, and we look forward to continuing working with him to do just that.”

Later in the afternoon, Trent’s departure was announced. Ocasio-Cortez, Millennial that she is, texted a statement to The Intercept saying that Trent will be “shifting to our campaign side so we can work on some ambitious comms projects we’ve been looking forward to working on,” and that she had personally asked him to make the move.

Chakrabarti has been as much of a comms firecracker as his boss, often wading into Twitter fights with political opponents and using the medium in a Trump-like fashion to stir the pot between AOC and Pelosi. Exhibit A:

Friday afternoon, Saikat Chakrabarti found out exactly what this legislative mastermind is doing.

Whoops.

With this move, though, Chakrabarti is entirely free to make Pelosi’s life miserable during the 2020 election cycle. Payback’s a b***h. I’m grabbing my popcorn.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor of RedState. Follow her on Twitter @jenvanlaar or on Facebook.

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Emerson: Dems love AOC Plus 3, other voters … not so much

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To be fair, the same Emerson poll shows that the alternative face of the Democratic Party doesn’t fare much better. Among Democrats, both Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez get majorities seeing them favorably, and the other three “Squad” members also get double-digit positive overall favorability ratings. When it comes to the general electorate, however, fortunes reverse sharply for both the Speaker and the Squad:

The Democratic House leadership is struggling with favorability among voters; Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a 28% favorable opinion and a 46% unfavorable opinion. The House “squad,” consisting of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Illan Omar and Ayanna Pressley share this image problem. Ocasio-Cortez is at 30% favorable and 47% unfavorable, Tlaib is at 26% favorable and 42% unfavorable, Omar is at 25% favorable and 46% unfavorable, and Pressley is at 24% favorable and 35% unfavorable.

Among Democrats, Pelosi is at 51% favorable/18% unfavorable, Ocasio-Cortez is at 54% favorable/17% unfavorable, Omar is at 46% favorable/20% unfavorable, Tlaib is at 48% favorable/17% unfavorable and Pressley is at 44% favorable/14% unfavorable.

That’s, er, quite the disconnect between Democrats and everyone else. Predictably, Republicans strongly disfavor all five, although not entirely equally in Emerson’s crosstabs. Ocasio-Cortez gets the highest unfavorable ratings among Republicans at 75.6%, but Pelosi’s right behind her at 73.0%. Ilhan Omar’s disfavorably viewed by 70.2% of Republicans, while Rashida Tlaib comes in at 67.3% unfavorable and Ayanna Pressley only at 58.5%.

One can expect that kind of reaction from Republican voters, but Democrats also have big issues with independents on the two faces of their party. In that demo, Pelosi gets a 20/50 rating, AOC gets 23/53, Omar’s at 18/52; Tlaib and Pressley are both under a majority for unfavorable rating at 18/44 and 17/35. Unfortunately for all of them, they’re too well known for any serious upside to change those numbers. If there’s a battle for who gets to be the face of the party, Democrats seem destined to lose it no matter which side prevails.

On the other hand, Donald Trump’s not doing too badly, especially by comparison:

President Trump’s job approval improved slightly from early this month and is now at 45% approval and 46% disapproval. His support within the Republican party continues to be strong as Trump dominates a potential primary against former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld 91% to 8%. The Republican primary poll was n=467 with a +/-4.5%.

In potential head to head matchups, President Trump runs slightly closer to some of his potential Democratic opponents than in previous Emerson polls. Biden and Sanders each lead Trump by 2 points at 51% to 49%, Warren is tied at 50% with Trump, and Harris and Buttigieg both trail by 4 points, 48% to 52%. Spencer Kimball, Director of the Emerson Poll, notes how “this is the second poll where Biden has seen his general election support dip since the first debate. This may have to do with the more liberal positions he took, but in the last 3 weeks his head to head matchups with Trump have tightened 8 points.”

Bear in mind too that this comes from a poll in which only 39% of respondents say they voted for Donald Trump and 40.2% for Hillary Clinton. A little over 20% of respondents claim they voted for someone else (12.2%) or not at all (8.6%), which hardly reflects the likely electorate in 2020 and most certainly doesn’t reflect 2016’s either. Trump may be doing better than this poll indicates, and his recent momentum in the Emerson series suggests that Democrats’ push to the left is paying off for Trump. Small wonder that Trump keeps elevating AOC Plus 3, but if this is reflective of political reality, he might do just as well by targeting Pelosi.

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All the Right People Are Sweating After John Ratcliffe Is Nominated for DNI

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As I wrote on yesterday, Dan Coats is done as Director of National Intelligence. He leaves behind him a wake of questionable actions and stonewalling in the face of legitimate investigative requests. While I’m sure Coats himself is a perfectly nice guy, he wasn’t the right person for that job. The intel agencies did not need a protector to sweep corruption under the rug via strained claims of classification.

Now that Coats is moving on, his replacement has been announced as Rep. John Ratcliffe and that has all the right people gnashing their teeth.

That’s “Fusion Ken,” who’s made a living shilling for the CIA, including helping push stories to cover for their misdeeds. He gained his nickname by relentlessly parroting Fusion GPS talking points (which were obviously being fed to him) for the last three years. Under Obama, he was exposed for working with CIA officials in order to help spin the former President’s drone program, which was famous for it’s collateral damage.

We are just getting started though. There are plenty more of the expected reactions making the rounds.

Rep. Ratcliffe is on the House Intelligence committee, but he’s a “television character” according to Sen. Murphy. For reference, Dan Coats had the same level of experience, serving one term on the Senate Intelligence committee. Why the change in standard?

Here’s Joe Scarborough doing his typical routine, i.e. calling Ratcliffe a “fascist.”

These are our moral and mental betters I’m told. A TV host who cheated on his wife, married his co-host, and now rants about fascism constantly while having no actual idea what fascism is. Joe was also in Congress at one point. I can’t imagine why the country has had the issues it’s had given these people make up most of our “elite.”

But the best one was no doubt John Brennan, who was DNI himself at one point.

Brennan has shown himself to be a rabid partisan. He’s also at the center of the scandal involving the origins and continuation of the Russia investigation, even as the evidence waned. Putting “the nation first” in Brennan’s eyes means running your own unelected fourth branch of government, free from oversight and pesky legalities. Brennan is no doubt sweating at what could be exposed now that Bill Barr is looking into all this. With Ratcliffe as DNI, he can also use his authority to cooperate with Barr in ways Coats refused to do.

Arthur Schwartz chronicled a few more examples of the talking points going out regarding Ratcliffe.

Absolutely amazing how all those politicians and media members suddenly started using the exact same phrase to describe Coats. Just a coincidence, I’m sure of it.

Here’s how I know Ratcliffe is the right man for the job. Because all of the people cited above think he’s not. These are the same people who spent years pushing the Russian collusion hoax and have done everything in their power to cover up for malfeasance within our intelligence community. No one is above the law and that includes bureaucrats hiding behind faux claims of secrecy. DNI needs an outsider. Someone who will come in and stop the games and self-preservation. Ratcliffe looks like a good choice to do just that.

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Democrats Will Watch 2020 Fall Apart After Poll Shows Voters Turning From Trump’s Impeachment

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I hate to say that Democrats should have listened to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi instead of the “impeach the mother f***er” squad when it came to kicking Trump out of the White House, but…they should have listened to Pelosi. From the beginning she was trying to dismiss the idea of impeachment, presumably knowing it wouldn’t go anywhere, but Democrats pushed forward anyway.

This push for impeachment has now reduced the momentum of a Democratic party that was already having momentum problems to begin with. Mueller’s Russia investigation was such a flop that it actually made Trump look good and it only made the left and the media look like fools.

And with the left’s only chance to kick Trump out of the White House gone — because they sure as hell don’t have a chance in 2020 — they pushed the public too far on a slim chance. Now the public is over it.

According to a Rasmussen poll, U.S. voters aren’t just ditching the idea of impeachment, a majority still don’t believe he’ll lose 2020 either:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 11% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Trump will be impeached before serving his first full term in office. This finding has been trending down from a high of 29% when Rasmussen Reports first asked the question in late December 2017.

Little changed from early March are the 46% who say Trump is more likely to be reelected in 2020 and 33% who think his defeat by the Democratic presidential nominee is the more likely outcome next year.

Even if Democrats suddenly put all of their time and effort into supporting 2020 candidates, they’d have to begin generating momentum from a virtual stand-still. You’d essentially have to reintroduce the candidates who have released their platforms to almost no attention at all from the media.

Former VP Joe Biden rolled out his presidential platform and the media was so preoccupied with the Mueller investigations that no one even noticed. To be clear, Biden is Trump’s number one threat — and I’m using “threat” for lack of a better term — and the Democrats aren’t giving him the time of day.

Even if they do manage to get the hype machine for the 2020 candidates back up, it’s likely not going to be enough to really bring it to Trump. They know this, which is why they leaned so heavily on impeachment. If they had listened to Pelosi, they may not have stood a chance, but at least it would have been a better chance that may have opened them up for a miracle.

 

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Jerry Nadler Confuses Everyone With Bizarre Rant on Impeachment

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The Democrat run House continues to flail about on impeachment, largely because they know most of the country doesn’t want it. But they want to have their cake and eat it to, as I chronicled last week, which means not actually voting to impeach but using committees to demand judges give them access as if articles of impeachment had passed. Whether they’ll find a judge willing to undermine legal standards to such a gross extent has yet to be determined.

The one leading this charge is Rep. Jerry Nadler. Famous for wearing his pants so high that he has to unzip to speak, he appeared on the Sunday shows yesterday to do his usual song and dance. That led to this confusing, irrational diatribe that completely gives the game away.

You see, Nadler absolutely, 100% knows that Trump is guilty and has violated the law “six ways from Sunday,” yet he needs more evidence before even taking the first step in impeachment. Wait, what?

To be clear, the actual trial in an impeachment happens in the Senate. The purpose of impeachment in the House is to act like a grand jury, recommending indictment. If Nadler has proof so damning that he can claim definitely that Trump has committed crimes six ways to Sunday, why does he need more evidence? What’s stopping him from publicly calling for the support he needs to pass articles of impeachment?

None of this makes sense and it’s not supposed to. The Democrats are scared to death of public opinion turning against them further, as impeachment is deeply unpopular among the American people. Nadler wants to go on the Sunday shows and scream about crimes being committed while not actually having to put his money where his mouth is. He’d be content to just “investigating” until the 2020 election because the assumption is that this can be used as an election bludgeon.

The problem for Democrats is that their base isn’t going to accept that.

Eventually, this will boil over. Nadler can only give so many bizarre, illogical rants trying to explain why Trump is Hitler but he won’t impeach. Pelosi has the most vocal parts of his caucus running to the cameras daily demanding impeachment. Noway does the dam hold for another year.

Democratic party leadership created this monster, thinking they could control it. They can’t and it’s going to backfire on them in a big way.

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Bern Out: Right After He Condemns Trump’s Baltimore Slam, Uncle Bernie’s Seen Doing the Same Thing

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One thing that makes politics so absurd — and partisan politics so transparent — is hypocrisy.

Which is to say disingenuousness. Which is to say, in a sense, lying for political gain.

Example: Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s wall “an immorality,” even though she voted — as did Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama — for 2006’s Fence Act (here). Not to mention the fact that the goob has a wall around her own property (here).

We also sometimes see the double standard among media, when one party’s called out on something for which the other is given a pass.

Along those lines, witness a Democrat dumping on The Donald over his remarks decrying the “infestation” of rodents in Baltimore. CNN anchor Victor Blackwell lost it over the comments on the air (here). It’s a must-see.

Since, a video’s surfaced revealing the city’s Democratic mayor lamenting the stench of dead rats (here), and now we’re on to the curious case of Uncle Bernie.

On Sunday, Bern was asked about Trump’s controversial tweets.



CNN’s Jake Tapper — who’s surprised me previously with his pressing of Democrats for clear answers — posed this to Sen. Sanders:

“I know you want to talk about issues, but I do also want to talk about what President Trump said about your former colleague in the House Elijah Cummings and his district being ‘a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess that no human being would want to live in.’ What’s your response?”

The Democratic Socialist politicked himself silly:

“Jake, it’s unbelievable that we have a president of the United States who attacks American cities, who attacks Americans, who attacks somebody who’s a friend of mine. Elijah Cummings is one of the most decent and outstanding members of the House of Representatives. He fights every day to improve life in his community.

“I do find it interesting that, when we have rural Republican districts where life expectancy is going down, where downtowns are boarded up, where people are struggling – and people are struggling in rural America. They’re struggling in urban America. They’re struggling in suburban America.

“Our job is to bring people together, to improve life for all people, not to have a racist president who attacks people because they are African Americans. That is a disgrace. And that is why we’re going to defeat this president.”

‘Nough said.

Now take a swig of reality’s dose. Here’s the same man in 2015:

And that’s how it’s done.

-ALEX

 

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