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Brit Hume Lays the Smack Down on Adam Schiff’s Defenders

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In light of what was reported yesterday about what House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff knew and when he knew it regarding the whistleblower complaint, a whole lot of apologists are predictably weighing in essentially saying his deception was/is no big deal.

CNBC’s John Harwood was one such person, and he specifically took issue with comments veteran journalist Brit Hume made about the New York Times’ report on Schiff’s early knowledge of the complaint. Here’s what Hume wrote:

Hume is, of course, right, but Harwood responded with what he probably thought was a brilliant takedown. Hume wasn’t having it:

Later in the day, Hume pinpointed some of the biggest flaws in the arguments Schiff’s defenders were making:

Schiff and company point to his use of the word “directly” when he was asked about what he knew in a recent interview:

… as if that puts him in the free and clear on the issue colluding with the whistleblower well in advance.

It doesn’t.

Reps. Liz Cheney and Doug Collins were right. This looks like a political set-up a la the Russia collusion hoax.

I’d say Schiff and his minions should be ashamed but that would mean assuming they had any shame. They don’t.

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Twitter Deletes Trump’s Viral “Look at This Photograph” Meme

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It was a hilarious moment when President Donald Trump, the leader of the free world, tweeted out a hilarious meme that proved former VP Joe Biden was lying about discussing business dealings overseas with his son, Hunter.

The meme featured a clip from the song “Photograph” by Nickelback, which became a meme a few years ago. This time, Trump’s team put a picture of the Bidens and a Ukrainian gas executive. Trump released the meme on Twitter and it swiftly went viral.

However, it would appear that Twitter has deleted the video in response to a complaint by the “copyright holder.”

While the video was taken down on Twitter, a copy of it still exists on YouTube.

Who made the complaint is currently unclear, though the owner of the song is Warner Media Group, so it was likely them who made Twitter take the video down. The problem is that the clip was used in a meme and transformed so as to be used as a parody. There was also no attempt to make money off it, so the clip is, or at least should be fair use.

If I was Trump’s team, I’d fight the claim.

According to KPIX-TV, Biden had seen the meme and made a response, telling reporters that he’s not going anywhere and that he’s not going to destroy him or his family.

It’s a bit odd hearing Biden say that, seeing as how he and the Democrats are currently trying to destroy Trump with constant claims of wrongdoing that they never find. Their impeachment efforts really boil down to the fact that they just don’t like him.

When it comes to this Ukraine business, it would appear that the Biden family really is in the muck for doing something more than shady, and the fact that the media is doing whatever it can to distract from that and focus on Trump is more indicative of corruption on multiple levels than anything else.

 

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Did Adam Schiff Force Nancy Pelosi’s Hand On Impeachment?

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There are two things that we have to acknowledge.

The first is that an idea that was widely panned by liberals and journalists as a conspiracy theory was confirmed by the New York Times yesterday. The second is that, in confirming it, we might have a glimpse into the coup that is happening right under Nancy Pelosi’s nose.

Most conservatives who dared to suggest that the rollout of the whistleblower complaint was a coordinated drip-drip by House Democrats (particularly Adam Schiff) were attacked as crazy conspiracy theorists for the past couple of days. Then, the Times released their story and basically confirmed that, yes, Schiff had knowledge of this for a month and a half and could, at least theoretically, have planned a slow rollout.

WASHINGTON — The Democratic head of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, learned about the outlines of a C.I.A. officer’s concerns that President Trump had abused his power days before the officer filed a whistle-blower complaint, according to a spokesman and current and former American officials.

As Erick Erickson mentioned on his Atlanta-based radio show yesterday, the writers here omitted a very important piece of information in this opening paragraph – and the entire story.

The whistle-blower complaint was filed on August 12. The news broke in late September.

That’s a pretty big omission because, without that context, you could read that paragraph and think this is all recent stuff. But, it isn’t. It’s a month and a half of trying to build a (rather shoddy) impeachment case. A case, the Times adds, the whistle-blower didn’t seem able to make he got “help” from House Intelligence aides.

The early account by the future whistle-blower shows how determined he was to make known his allegations that Mr. Trump asked Ukraine’s government to interfere on his behalf in the 2020 election. It also explains how Mr. Schiff knew to press for the complaint when the Trump administration initially blocked lawmakers from seeing it.

The C.I.A. officer approached a House Intelligence Committee aide with his concerns about Mr. Trump only after he had had a colleague first convey them to the C.I.A.’s top lawyer. Concerned about how that initial avenue for airing his allegations through the C.I.A. was unfolding, the officer then approached the House aide. In both cases, the original accusation was vague.

However, the caveat here is that we still don’t have all the information. Only the publicly-released information. There are investigations and, as I said last week, the whistle-blower’s complaint is written in a way that makes it appear more as a road map to impeachment rather than an impeachment accusation itself. There is still the (in my opinion, rapidly shrinking) chance that someone does have something that could be properly used against Trump.

But that is a discussion for lawyers and people who are interested in pursuing this rabbit hole. I am not. Instead, I find it way more fascinating to note that the New York Times story also had another glaring omission: Nancy Pelosi’s name.

The Speaker of the House, the loudest and most powerful voice against impeachment proceedings, appears nowhere in the timeline the Times has built for this story. If Pelosi knew about the whistle-blower complaint, it appears that it came way later than the House Intelligence’s discovery of it.

That isn’t a mistake on Schiff’s part as chairman of that committee. That’s a straight-up coup of Pelosi’s role as Speaker of the House and leader of the Democrats in Congress. Schiff kept this from his boss.

If that is the case, then Pelosi would do best to announce retirement now. She’s got no real power left. Let Nadler or Schiff or, God help us, Ocasio-Cortez fight for the job. If one of her closest lieutenants kept this whistle-blower report from her – and there is very little evidence suggesting she was in on it from the start or even from the middle – then she does not even have the respect of her House leaders.

Schiff not only prepped a slow rollout of the whistleblower complaint, but did so behind the back of (supposedly) the most powerful woman in Congress. He forced her hand on impeachment, a move she has carefully sought to avoid making.

That’s a whole bloody rebellion.

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Trump: Dems Impeachment Efforts Hurting Stock Market, Retirement Plans of Americans

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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. and other congress members speaks during a news conference on Trump Putin Helsinki Summit at Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democrats are all in trying to get President Donald Trump out of office. No matter the reason, no matter for what. They just keep throwing things against the wall and hoping something sticks.

Their latest effort, the CIA officer complaint about the Trump-Ukraine phone call, just imploded big time today when it was revealed that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) had been in contact with the officer prior to him filing his complaint. Previously, Schiff had said there was no direct contact with the officer. He pretended he had not been contacted and had no knowledge of the complaint. This despite the fact that the whistleblower had actually contacted Schiff’s staffer and the whistleblower wrote Schiff a letter about the complaint.

But with Democratic Party, it’s seems it’s all about getting control back. They don’t seem to care who they hurt in the process.

Who they’re hurting is not just President Donald Trump. They’re also hurting the country and all Americans with this relentless vendetta.

The president pointed the finger and scolded Democrats today for their efforts.

From Fox News:

The Dow Jones Industrial Average at one point tumbled more than 500 points after fears of a recession grew as U.S. economic data disappointed. Signs of a slowdown in the American jobs market flashed Wednesday after payroll processing firm ADP reported the private sector added 135,000 jobs in August, less than the estimate of 140,000. Meanwhile, the ISM September Manufacturing Index fell to its weakest reading since June 2009.

If they don’t get the impeachment they desire, they figure they can spread just enough lack of confidence to tank Trump in the elections.

Their insanity over the Ukraine call with Volodymyr Zelensky will injure our relations with other countries. What foreign leaders are going to talk to Trump in confidence if they know Democrats are likely to leak or subpoena the call? No one will feel they can speak in confidence again. That will harm American interests.

Democrats already injured the American public by pushing the Russia collusion hoax, causing damage that may be beyond repair. A large number of Democrats still think that Russians somehow changed the votes of the 2016 election and believe that Trump is somehow a Russian agent. This despite the votes being changed has been repeatedly debunked and despite the Mueller investigation finding no collusion with the Trump team.

But because their far-left platform is so bereft of merit for most Americans, their only option is to try to scream “Orange Man Bad.”

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Trump Executes an Absolutely Epic Troll of Joe Biden

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Sometimes you just have to admire the talent.

Donald Trump has always been known as a master troll, but he’s reaching new levels. His latest work makes Ted Cruz’s brilliant owning of Deadspin look like child’s play.

The setup is that Joe Biden got caught lying about his knowledge of his son’s business dealings in Ukraine. In fact, Biden did know about it, had discussed it with his son Hunter, and there’s even a picture of the former vice president playing golf with the executive of the Ukrainian gas company in question.

Enter President Trump with one of the most epic trolls I’ve ever witnessed.

Just hit play, trust me.

I’ve got nothing left to add.

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Michigan Lawmaker Introduces Bill that Would Make Owners of Gun-Free Zones Responsible for Injuries

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In 2012, a shooter walked into the Cinemark Theatre in Aurora, CO and opened fire. Within minutes, 12 people were dead and 58 were injured.

At that time, it was legal for those with permits to carry concealed handguns in most malls, stores, movie theaters, and restaurants in the state.  However, private businesses were allowed to prohibit people from carrying firearms on their property.

The Cinemark Theatre chose to make their business a gun-free zone. The owners even posted a sign at the entrance of the building stating that it was a gun-free zone. Cinemark was one of only a few theaters in the area to ban weapons.

When the shooter opened fire, those in the audience were like sitting ducks. No one inside the theater had a gun which could have stopped the massacre quickly and saved lives.

And this scenario has repeated itself over and over again.

Second amendment advocate John Lott explains that concealed carry is much more frequent than many people realize. With over 4 percent of the adult population in Colorado having concealed handgun permits, a couple hundred adults in Cinemark’s movie theater #9 means that there is an extremely high probability that at least one adult would have a permit.

Bearing Arms‘ Tom Knighton reports that a Michigan state representative, a Republican, has introduced a bill which “would hold government offices and private businesses liable if anyone is injured during a shooting in a gun-free zone on their premises.” Knighton writes:

State Rep. Gary Eisen, R-St. Clair Township, introduced House Bill 4975, which would revoke governmental immunity from lawsuits arising from injuries sustained on government property where guns are banned. Eisen is also the sponsor of House Bill 4976, which would make a government, business or individual that designates a property a gun-free zone responsible for the safety of individuals who enter it.

Eisen said the intention was to require a business or government that enforces a gun-free policy to take responsibility through measures like hiring security guards.

Eisen spoke to Knighton. He said, “I have to presume that no one will have a gun inside and I will be safe. They are telling me, ‘Don’t worry, Mr. Eisen, this is a gun-free zone. You’ll be perfectly safe in here.’ We know that is not the case.”

Eisen added that if a government or a business will not allow him to carry a firearm to defend himself, they could be liable under his proposed legislation.

Knighton argues:

If you’re going to disarm law-abiding citizens, you should be required to assume responsibility for keeping them safe. You need to guarantee their safety while on the premises–and not just within the building, but also outside the building between the door and their vehicle where, one would assume, they can re-arm themselves–or they should be allowed to take care of their safety themselves.

So far, there are only two co-sponsors on the bill from what I can see, though that might well change. If you’re in Michigan, you may want to reach out to your House representative and tell them you want them to co-sponsor this bill.

After all, if you’re going to be forced to disarm yourself to someone else can have the illusion of safety, the least they can do is put their money where their mouth is. If “gun-free zone” signs are effective, then it shouldn’t matter if they’re liable for injuries, right? Of course, we all know better. More importantly, though, they know better too, which is why I promise you that none of the gun control groups are going to say anything close to support for this bill.

I couldn’t agree with him more.

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The Democrats and Media Labeling Barr’s Investigation a Conspiracy Theory Tells You That They Are Very Afraid

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One of the media hallmarks of the Trump era has been the left and the media labeling anything that diverges from their official narrative as a conspiracy theory. When the Russia Hoax broke and many of us were wondering why Carter Page was hit with a series of FISA warrants, that was dubbed a conspiracy theory. I suspect that the DOJ IG, Michael Horowitz, is going to show that there was a reason for those warrants that had nothing to do with Carter Page’s foreign connections. When President Trump first mused that his phone might have been tapped and many of us thought that maybe he’s been told something by, you know, real experts that he’s sort of muddling in translation. That was labeled a conspiracy theory. Then we learned of the “two hop” rule which says that not only is a FISA subject’s electronic communications (all types, not just telephone) subject to intercept, but so are means of communication of everyone they communicate with and everyone those people communicate with. So Carter Page talking to, say Paul Manfort, talking to Donald Trump make the surveillance of Donald Trump’s phone and email completely legit. Others followed, such as Comey’s involvement, the Mifsud and Downer plays directed at Papadopoulos, the Steele Dossier. All questions were dismissed as conspiracy theories.

Now we have another “conspiracy theory.”

The one real story emerging from the nonsense of President Trump’s phone call to the president of Ukraine (let me say a) withholding aid to any country is a presidential prerogative and b) asking any head of state to assist in investigating any potential lawbreaking by a US citizen…even the coked up son of a Democrat politician…is a presidential duty) was that Attorney General Bill Barr was actively involved in ensuring that his designated investigator into the origins of the Russia Hoax, US Attorney for Connecticut John Durham, had cooperation from the foreign governments the Clinton campaign and their allies at Justice, CIA, the White House, and within the FBI had enlisted to try to defeat the Trump campaign. And, when that rickety biplane of a presidential bid ran straight into the voters’s cumulo-granite of disgust for Hillary Clinton, the efforts devoted to electing her were redirected into trying to carry off a soft coup to displace President Trump.

To that end, we know that Barr has been in discussions not only with Ukraine but with Australia, Italy, and Great Britain. This is how his efforts have been received:

Some observations here.

As I’ve noted, the things that the Democrats and media have previously labeled as conspiracy theories have all proven to be truths they did not wish to be revealed.

It is entirely possible that Bill Barr might have too much regard for his own reputation within Justice to take on this task without some fairly solid proof. Same with John Durham.

It is highly unlikely that the Administration would be pursuing this in such a public fashion absent some indication that something untoward was going to be uncovered.

If this were Barr chasing some will-o’-the-wisp conspiracy theory, then Democrats and the lickspittles in the media would not he setting themselves on fire in rage over them doing so. The woul be laughing and they assuredly are not laughing.

A safe bet is that we’re going to find “colleague to colleague” contacts between John Brennan and members of British and Italian and Austalian intelligence to engage in running an information operation targeting Donald Trump and his campaign. We’re gong to see that Joseph Mifsud, who Mueller implies but never states is a Russian asset, is actually a US asset. It wold be very ironic if we find out that it was the Russians who were feeding Steele the salacious material for his dossier and pocketing the Perkins Coie cash that funded him. If we get through this without it being revealed that current CIA director Gina Haspel was involved in some aspect, I will be shocked.

We don’t know how this will play out but the one fixed point in all of this mess is the fact that nearly every time the Democrats and their media lapdogs label something a “conspiracy theory” it turns out to be very, very real.

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Flashback Schiff: ‘We Didn’t Speak Directly With the Whistleblower,’ Multiple Times Acted as Though There Was No Contact

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The Ukraine whistleblower story blew up today when it was revealed that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) had contact with the whistleblower even before his complaint was filed.

The New York Times broke the story, albeit spinning it to put the best face they could on what has to be huge blow to the whole story.

According to the Times:

The C.I.A. officer approached a House Intelligence Committee aide with his concerns about Mr. Trump only after he had had a colleague first convey them to the C.I.A.’s top lawyer. Concerned about how that initial avenue for airing his allegations through the C.I.A. was unfolding, the officer then approached the House aide. In both cases, the original accusation was vague.

The House staff member, following the committee’s procedures, suggested the officer find a lawyer to advise him and file a whistle-blower complaint.

Patrick Boland, a spokesman for Mr. Schiff, admitted that Schiff’s aide had indeed been contacted by the CIA officer, but cast it as an appropriate contact.

But here’s the interview that Schiff gave to MSNBC where he was asked about contact with the whistleblower and he said “We didn’t speak directly” with him.

While “directly” is a weasel word and Schiff himself may not have spoken to him in person, it’s clear that the person was in contact with an aide from his office.

But Schiff leaves the impression that there was no contact with his comments, that he was being denied the opportunity, saying “We would like to talk to him.”

Schiff also leaves out the fact that the whistleblower had in fact written to him on August 12 about his concerns and that he, Schiff, didn’t apprise other members of Congress about it until it all went public a month later.

There’s more.

From Daily Caller:

In a Sept. 19 press conference, he suggested that he did not know what the whistleblower was alleging. He also asserted that he might not even know that a complaint had been filed if Michael Atkinson, the IC IG, had not contacted Congress earlier last month regarding the complaint.

“In the absence of the actions, and I want to thank the inspector general, in the absence of his actions in coming to our committee, we might not have even known there was a whistleblower complaint alleging a urgent concern,” Schiff said during a press briefing on Sept. 19.

Schiff left out the part about his staff member directing the whistleblower to contact the IC IG in the first place.

Schiff’s actions not only tried to make it appear that there was no coordination, it lent to the narrative he was pushing – that the administration was somehow trying to suppress the information and cover-up, information which he, Schiff, already knew about because of contacts with the C.I.A officer.

Needless to say, the GOP blew up at him on Twitter, particularly his colleagues in Congress.

McCarthy just signed aboard a resolution to censure Schiff. And one has to believe that the resolution just got supercharged with the revelations today.

Brit Hume sums it up:

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That State Dept. IG “Urgent” Briefing to Congress Was a Total Flop and Probably a Breach of Protocol

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Earlier today, I reported and opined on a briefing that had been requested by the State Dept. Inspector General. It was described as “urgent,” which means it’s supposed to mean certain criteria to bypass the relevant executive offices overseeing the agency.

This led to rampant speculation that a bomb was about to be dropped. Perhaps it had to do with Rudy Giuliani? Maybe it was proof Sec. of State Mike Pompeo had tried to cover something up? The media were practically salivating.

Welp, precious spittle was wasted, because it looks like it was a flop.

A packet of information given to Pompeo is the big news here? That seems underwhelming. But perhaps there was something major inside this packet of information though? That seems like a big nope as well because even Rep. Raskin, a left-wing Democrat from Maryland, found it to be mostly nothing and said as much. He claims it “raises more questions than it answers,” which is code for “there’s nothing here but we need to try to keep the narrative alive.”

He does claim the packet has a “curious history,” which again probably means it shows nothing on the surface worthwhile but that they’ll try twist and stretch it into looking like something that might be useful to Adam Schiff. Worse for the State Dept. IG though is that this Democrat also wonders why it was even urgent, and if it wasn’t urgent, the IG abused protocol here.

What’s all this add up to? An Obama appointed IG, which Steven Linick is, broke normal procedure and rushed to Congress, misusing regulations designed to protect urgent information sharing with Congress, in order to push a narrative. The current impeachment fever is highly dependent on giving the impression of an avalanche of material being revealed and pointing to more and more scandal. Apparently this IG just wanted to play his part because there appears to be no actual justification for what he did.

President Trump made a big mistake in not cleaning house the moment he took office. All of these career, Democrat appointed officials should have been removed on day one, before he made any other official acts as President they could point too. He’s paying the price for not doing that. These careerist operatives are not going to stop. They are going to keep leaking and keep treating normal activities as scandalous until they get the outcome they want.

UPDATE:

After I originally wrote this article to publish a few hours later, more information has come out. It seems like this was even more of a joke than I could have imagined.

Per The Daily Caller.

Sources familiar with the meeting said the IG handed over a packet containing, among other old materials, news articles written this past spring by The Hill’s John Solomon about Democratic ties to Ukraine.

“The packet is a big nothing burger,” the aide declared. “Amazing. We’re relieved. Actually thrilled.”
In other words, this was a total fail. This IG abused the system, set off a media firestorm, and fed into a rabidly partisan narrative over a packet of…news articles. Just unbelievable.
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Donald Trump, Impeachment, and John Boyd’s OODA Loop

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The late USAF Colonel John Boyd was a controversial figure in the Air Force. People loved him or hated him. No body heard his name and shrugged and said “meh, whatever.” He revolutionized the way that the Air Force looked a aerial warfare but his major contribution outside the very narrow milieu of fighter aircraft operations is what is known as the OODA Loop. OODA, short for observation, orientation, decision and action. This is basically what he means. You have to collect data by some sensory means (observation). Then you have to convert that data that is something meaningful in the context of what is happening. With that analysis/synthesis complete, you have to determine a course of action that you can carry out. And you have to act. Most organizations are pretty good at the first O. The second O may or may not happen because of personalities or biases. The D may never happen. Your chances of the A taking place are much less than being hit by lightning. The larger and more complex the organization is, the more likely it is to get bogged down while the people in charge of the second O demand more of the people doing the first O. This is what my wife the mechanical engineer calls “analysis paralysis.” The main idea is that the person or organization that can work its way through the OODA loop fastest can create a situation where your opponent is reacting to what you already did while you are able to anticipate your opponent’s future courses of action because you are limiting them by your current actions.

Right now, the Democrats are trying to screw up enough courage to undertake an impeachment hearing for President Trump. I say trying because there are a lot of egos involved and the 2020 election looms large. They are concerned about what their rabid frothing base does if they don’t impeach. They are concerned about what sane voters do if they insist on impeachment. Right now they are in sensory overload on the first O of the process. Not so with the Trump White House.

Donald Trump’s campaign aides expected months ago that Democrats would try to impeach the president — and he needed a way to exploit it.

So this summer, Trump 2020 officials spliced news clips of Democrats discussing impeachment into a 90-second video montage, punctuated by the president imploring supporters to help him “stop this nonsense.” Aides quietly filed the spot away until last week, when it was released as part of an online counteroffensive to the impeachment push that brought in 50,000-plus new donors and raked in $8.5 million in two days — the campaign’s biggest digital haul since its June launch.

The push demonstrates how Trump, in less than three years in office, has perfected a grievance machine that converts deep-seated outrage on the right into fundraising dollars and new support. As Trump confronts the gravest threat to his presidency yet, his campaign is stoking — and monetizing — the anger of a Republican base that has long seen the president as under siege.

With the White House choosing to forgo an impeachment-focused war room, much of the messaging is being outsourced to the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee. The two organizations, working closely with one another, have sent out dozens of statements, tweets, and video clips designed to cast the president as the prey of a Democratic Party out to destroy him. On Monday, the RNC unveiled a rapid response program focused on impeachment.

Not the key points. In a very short period of time they have analyzed the situation, decided that the best way of keeping unity in Congress is by firing up the Republican base rather than sucking , and they are working like maniacs to do that…and raising money in the process.

Compare and contrast:

Democrats have generally been more reluctant to fundraise off impeachment, though several Democratic candidates have sent out appeals tied to the investigation. Spokespersons for the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said they’d taken steps to raise money from their supporters but declined to provide specifics on how much they’d taken in.

Some Democrats express discomfort about the prospect of financially capitalizing off what they describe as a serious process.

“Democrats just aren’t as motivated and excited by the specter of removing the president as they are by soundly defeating him next year. And there’s a conscious effort to avoid overly politicizing a legal process,” said Daniel Scarvalone, a veteran Democratic digital strategist. “I wouldn’t be shocked if Democrats continued to tiptoe around the issue, because there just isn’t as much upside for it as there is for Republicans.”

This, of course, is bullsh**. The reason they are reluctant to capitalize on it is because they know their House majority is dependent upon a small number of Democrats who flipped GOP seats in Red and Purple districts and they don’t want to make those folks run on impeachment. They also know that about half the country opposes impeachment. And there is some truth in the fact that joyfully celebrating impeachment makes it look exactly like the shabby, scrofulous partisan act that it is rather than some high-minded defense of the Republic.

But that is only part of the story. The real story here is the way the Trump campaign can move from concept to action.

Brad Parscale had just boarded a Jet Blue flight earlier this month when the paper straw he was using ripped in half.

As he tried to keep his iced tea from spilling onto his suit, the annoyed Trump campaign manager tweeted that he was “so over paper straws.” Prodded by his wife not to leave it at that, Parscale emailed his staff from the air with an idea: Let’s sell plastic Trump straws.

In short order, the campaign sent an email to supporters with the subject line, “Making straws great again.” By the time Parscale landed in Florida, the presidential straws were already in production and an advertising campaign was up and running. The first batch sold out within hours.

No meetings. No focus groups. No consultations with enviro-whackos about what Greenpeace will think of this. Just see the opening and act.

Trump may be impeached by the House but he will not be convicted by the Senate. This certainty gives them options that the Democrats do not enjoy.

Unlike the 2016 campaign when Trump had to rely upon a wide variety of grifters to run his campaign–some foisted off on him by the GOPe and some who’d clung to him like lint to Velcro for sometime…he goes into 2020 surrounded by people he trusts and who’ve had their baptism of fire, who’ve spent their time in the pressure cooker. They are loyal and you don’t find the self-serving leaks coming out of Parscale’s operation that bedeviled Trump in 2016. In short, they have the ability to work inside OODA loop of the Democrats, to capitalize on blunders and to do damage control.

If Trump wins in 2020, the real story will be how his campaign was able to act with great decisiveness to good and bad news and turn it into votes and money.

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