Mid-Day Digest

Dec. 20, 2019


“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

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Pelosi Plays Cynical Impeachment Games

While Senate Republicans were busy approving 12 more of President Donald Trump’s judicial appointments, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added another layer of baloney to the Democrats’ sham impeachment. Pelosi broke from the Constitution and announced that she would not send the articles of impeachment to the Senate “until we see what the process is on the Senate side.” She complained, “So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us.”

Oddly enough, neither have we … in the House.

In any case, the Constitution clearly states that the House has “the sole power of impeachment” but gives the Senate “the sole power to try all impeachments.” Pelosi is trying to game the system by creating the false narrative that it is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republicans who are not interested in holding a fair trial. Therefore, she’s demanding that she as speaker of the House have a say in how the Senate runs its impeachment trial. It’s all unconstitutional nonsense, but when has that ever stopped Democrats?

It’s obvious that Pelosi and company have been planning this delay tactic for some time. Pelosi, with the help of the Leftmedia, is hoping to control the narrative and create the false perception that Republicans, not Democrats, are guilty of engaging in a partisan charade. She’s running interference for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, hoping to damage Senate Republicans enough to win back the chamber for Democrats come November.

Pelosi will likely hold off on sending the articles of impeachment through at least the holidays and maybe well into January. Will her gamble pay off? Only if McConnell and Senate Republicans fail to expose and resist the Democrats’ fraudulent “fairness” game.

Fortunately, it doesn’t appear that Republicans will cave. In fact, McConnell is already calling the Dems’ bluff: “The House’s conduct risks deeply damaging the institutions of American government. This particular House of Representatives has let its partisan rage at this particular president create a toxic new precedent that will echo into the future. … This case is not compelling, not overwhelming, and as a result, not bipartisan. … And it was made even more clear last night, when Speaker Pelosi suggested that House Democrats may be too afraid to even transmit their work product to the Senate. The prosecutors are getting cold feet in front of the entire country and second-guessing whether they even want to go to trial.” He later astutely noted, “They said impeachment was so urgent that it could not even wait for due process, but now they’re content to sit on their hands. It is comical.”

Finally, an interesting fact that will likely become a big talking point for Trump and Republicans should Pelosi continue her stalling tactic: The president is not officially impeached until the House delivers its articles of impeachment to the Senate. So, as things currently stand, Trump hasn’t yet been impeached.

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Demo Debate: Gross Word Distortions

Last night was the final Democrat debate of 2019. We say “debate” only loosely, because all seven of the remaining candidates on stage agree on the basics of the Democrat platform — higher taxes, “free” stuff for constituents, racial division, and hating President Donald Trump. So, rather than another lowlights reel of outrageous comments or meaningless tussles between candidates, we thought a brief word study would be enlightening.

The word “Liberty” was not used in last night’s Democrat debate. That should surprise no one, and it may be about all you need to know about the Democrat field.

Though the word “freedom” was used nine times, it was used twice to defend abortion, twice to attack Trump for daring to complain about the Democrats’ Leftmedia super PAC, and three times to argue for income redistribution — specifically, Andrew Yang’s “freedom dividend” wealth transfer of $1,000 from some Americans to other Americans.

“Constitution” or “constitutional” were used 11 times. Primarily, that was in reference to the Democrats’ impeachment charade — a sad spectacle of political theater made all the more absurd by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to delay sending those articles to the Senate for trial. Nonetheless, all seven Democrat candidates waxed eloquent about their solemn duty “to support and defend” the Constitution — a document they rip to shreds with every policy proposal and actual law or regulation they pass.

When the Constitution wasn’t being used as an impeachment fainting couch, Democrats were using it to make false allegations of voter suppression of minorities or to whine about money in politics, which we thought they already “fixed” with campaign-finance reform nearly 20 years ago. As with all Democrat “fixes,” however, the fix needs fixing, and Democrats always propose even more government.

A theme running throughout the evening is that Democrat presidential candidates routinely declare they will do what a president has no constitutional authority to do. Every one of the seven Democrats on stage seems to have no problem with an imperial presidency, so long as it’s their own. Their distortions of words like “freedom” and “Constitution” belie their fundamental bent toward authoritarian power. That aptly sums up today’s Democrat Party.

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POLITICAL THEATER: It’s official: House Democrats close up shop without sending articles of impeachment to the Senate (PJ Media)

WANDERING MINDS WANTS TO KNOW: If impeachment articles are not delivered, did impeachment happen? Sure, it’s a stupid question … but we’re living in stupid times. (National Review)

“THIS LEGISLATION TOUCHES ALL 50 STATES”: Senate sends 2020 budget to Trump’s desk (National Review)

FOR THE RECORD: Twenty-one things 18-year-olds can do under spending bill before they can legally buy cigarettes (The Federalist)

IN CASE OF BOREDOM… Here is everything you intentionally missed during Thursday night’s Democrat debate (The Daily Caller)

WHAT DID HE KNOW, AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT? U.S. Attorney John Durham is scrutinizing ex-CIA Director John Brennan’s role in Russian-interference findings (The New York Times)

SENATE SHOULD PASS IT EARLY NEXT YEAR: United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal passes House with broad bipartisan support (National Review)

MORE EVIDENCE OF RACISM: Trump signs “groundbreaking” legislation supporting historically black colleges and universities (The Daily Caller)

RAINBOW MAFIA POUNCES: J. K. Rowling is indicted by the Woke Enforcement Agency. Her transgression? “Transphobia.” (National Review)

BUT BURNING AN AMERICAN FLAG IS “FREE SPEECH”? Iowa man who burned LGBTQ flag sentenced to 16 years (The Washington Times)

POLICY: Big teacher-pay proposals are missing the mark (The Hill)

POLICY: Russia’s Eastern Mediterranean strategy — implications for the U.S. and Israel (Hudson Institute)

HUMOR: BREAKING: American Express sends fraud alert to taxpayers: “Did you just try to spend $1.4 trillion in Congress?” (Genesius Times)

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Erick Erickson: “One reason I think so many Americans are yelling at each other more and more is because we know each other less and less. We now have more daily interactions digitally than in person. Two thousand years ago, the God of all creation, who brings bread from heaven and water from rocks and raised all of us from the dust of the Earth, came back to live with us. He downgraded from wandering the desert in a tent with the Israelites to a food trough in Bethlehem, surrounded by real braying biblical donkeys. If he wanted a relationship with us that much, perhaps we should work on our relationship with him. Part of that involves working on our relationship with each other. There is no better time to start than at Christmas.”


For the record: “[Ronald Reagan] said, ‘I didn’t leave my party. My party left me.’ I’m saying the same thing.” —Rep. Jeff Van Drew on why he switched to the Republican Party

Political futures: “[Democrats] want to claim that they’ve crippled this lawless president [but] that the Republicans wouldn’t remove him from office. And there is no way that the Democrats will ever agree to him making another Supreme Court appointment, either in the next 11 months or, as I say, should he get reelected and in the four years subsequent to his first term.” —Mark Levin

Nailed it: “Speaker Pelosi suggested that House Democrats may be too afraid to even transmit their shoddy work product to the Senate. The prosecutors are getting cold feet in front of the entire country and second-guessing whether they even want to go to trial. They said impeachment was so urgent that it could not even wait for due process but now they’re content to sit on their hands. It is comical.” —Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

You’re a fine one to talk: “The president has abused his power — using his office to further not the nation’s objectives but his own personal, political objectives — and, together, we are holding him accountable. Feel proud. Keep going.” —Hillary Clinton

A blind squirrel finds a nut: “I think what he’s done for the economy is very good. People are working, and that’s a step in the right direction.” —actor Pierce Brosnan, who last year bellowed, “That man has torn this country apart and you have to work out how much longer you can stay here.”

Diabolical: “We talk about [abortion] so negatively that [women] feel like you should have this sense of shame after you get an abortion. Well, you can feel any way you want after an abortion. Get one! See how you feel. You know how my abortion made me feel? Very powerful. You know how people say you can’t play God? I walked out of there being like, ‘Move over Morgan Freeman, I am God!’” —"comedian" Michelle Wolf

And last… “Don’t go seeking saviors in politics. You’ll just be disappointed. And if you’re never disappointed in a politician, you’re in a cult and don’t know it.” —Erick Erickson

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