As I was traveling this week I had the opportunity to watch “The View” in an airport lounge. This isn’t a show I would normally watch as it typically presents people with far-left views who are asked questions that only serve to allow them to solidify their positions without ever challenging them. On this show, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton were the guests. Of course, the host asked them about the impeachment proceedings. Hillary proceeded to say that after the release of the transcripts of President Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian President “Congress had no choice but to proceed with an impeachment inquiry….with all this and another really bad thing….”. There are a couple of obvious problems with this line of reasoning to justify impeachment. First, Speaker Pelosi announced that she would proceed with an impeachment inquiry before transcripts were released. Second, impeachment should be done in the case of a specific crime or set of crimes that warrant impeachment, not simply “another bad thing” without any specific offenses that were considered impeachable on their own. Impeachment isn’t justified by a President doing a number of non-impeachable things that “suddenly” add up to impeachment when someone decides it’s a good time for impeachment.
A thought that occurred to me as I watched this is that Hillary, Joe Biden, and the mainstream liberal media are working overtime to justify impeachment proceedings on what is probably the weakest basis for impeachment to date, and that they all are aware that impeachment will go nowhere with a Republican Senate. So the question to ask is “why would they pursue impeachment knowing that it will not go through and could quite possibly result in the loss of moderate congressional seats?”
I think the answer is desperation. Not necessarily desperation to have a Democratic President for the next term (though with the Supreme Court liberal minority about to become smaller that probably plays a large part) but desperation to take up all of the media and public airspace with impeachment proceedings to keep them from seeing something else that could significantly damage the Democratic party for decades to come. I’m not necessarily a fan or follower of conspiracy theories, but when people appear to be taking actions that seem irrational and/or against their best interests I always wonder what their motivation is. I’m currently seeing a lot of desperation, driven by fear, on the part of Democratic power players and the mainstream media who see their role as public relations for the Democratic party. In addition, you have the spectacle of Joe Biden demanding that the major news networks no longer speak with Rudy Giuliani. This amount of fear doesn’t seem to be justified by something as simple as having a Republican President for another four years.
Kerry Patton with the well-written Havoc Journal published a list of potential scandals that the liberal media pointedly refuses to report upon. Holman Jenkins with the Wall Street Journal also has noted that “All Roads Lead To Mueller” and the Fusion GPS report. So which of these potential scandals would be drawing so much fear from Democrats that they’re willing to lose the next election, and potentially their House majorities, for a hail-Mary chance to remove Trump from the Presidency at all cost?
- The Mueller Report and FusionGPS scandal – As Mr. Jenkins notes there is the danger that the deeper the Justice department probe goes into who funded the FusionGPS report, who pushed through the bogus FISA request and wiretap requests on a Presidential candidate, the more likely that senior government bureaucrats and politicians may be too closely associated with an attempt by intelligence professionals to undermine a Presidential campaign. The only way to stop this is to have control of the Justice Department, which can only be done by removing Trump as President. Even though VP Pence would still be in charge, the Democrats may be hoping he would be too much of a lame duck to win the election against whoever ends up being the Democratic candidate and that the impeachment proceedings and fallout will distract him enough that the Justice department cannot conclude its investigation before the next election.
- The Joe Biden demand that the Ukraine remove the prosecutor investigating his son’s company or risk losing $1B in US aid – The Democrats are risking the deeper investigation of this incredible conflict of interest by pursuing their line of inquiry into the Ukraine call, but it seems they are gambling that the risk of the Justice department continuing to investigate the FusionGPS scandal poses a greater threat. Again, if a Democratic President controls the Justice department he/she can simply make the Biden investigation disappear.
Much as Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to keep the Israeli Prime Minister position as long as possible to maintain executive privilege and stave off corruption charges, the Democrats are trying to get control of the Justice department as soon as possible to gain executive privilege and effective immunity to everyone in the Democratic party and government bureaucrats who might have committed crimes in their desperate attempts to keep Donald Trump from becoming President in 2016. This would explain why the Democrats are willing to risk losing the Presidential election and possibly the House, since the results of multiple criminal charges being filed against Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Joe Biden, and many other participants in the “Get TrumpGate” could result in the implosion of the Democrat Party for years to come.