“Former CIA director John Brennan’s outburst on Saturday indicates that the Resistance is cracking up. He tweeted to the world, but specifically the president: “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history.” It was seemly that someone who voted for Gus Hall, the American Communist leader, for president in 1976 would invoke Marx.”
I am getting sick of writing this but I’ll write it again. (And likely again.) Trump is in many respects a big government guy. As such he is prone to crony capitalism. The only real way to reduce crony capitalism is to reduce the size of the government and Trump does not seem too inclined to do that. At least not in all areas. He’s done some good, and he’s done some bad. But he’s not a monster. He’s not Hitler. He’s a moderate Republican from New York City who likes his women. That’s him. Most of us knew that about him. He certainly is no “conservative.”
If there is something to the Russian collusion allegations we want to know about it. We, as we’ve said before remain open to the allegations until the matter has been resolved solidly and decisively. (Frankly we are giving the “accusers” likely WAY too much credit, but we are committed to this stance.) But to date Mueller’s investigation and all the breathless anxiety from the people who STILL can’t come to terms with Trump’s win has seemed like an exercise in mass hysteria. (And that’s the nicest thing we can say.)
We know, Trump knows, most of the American people know that a minority within the country want Trump impeached for no other reason than because he beat Hillary Clinton and derailed the first woman (and radically feminist) woman president. That’s it. They want to get even. “Russia” is a means to an end. They want Trump’s head because he blew up their world.
Thing is, even if the Dems take the House, which is very possible, and they move to impeach (for what we don’t know, but we’re sure they’ll come up with something), it then moves to a trial in the Senate where 67 Senators have to agree to remove Trump. That is highly unlikely. But even if that DID happen the Dems have to then deal with a new President Pence, who despite his very conservative social leanings is a naturally likable guy and very electable. 2020 very well could be a bloodbath for the Democrats as Trump nation turns out for vengeance.
Meanwhile Trump will have have stemmed the societal bleeding of the Obama years. (At least in large part. Presidents thankfully are not all powerful.) He will have beaten Hillary Clinton and decimated the most powerful political family in the Democratic Party. He will have gotten his wall rolling if not finished (we are not terribly concerned with this but Trump cares). He will have killed Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership and reworked NAFTA for the (perceived) benefit of workers in Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, half of Pennsylvania, and much of the rest of the very politically important “rustbelt” America. (We are against both the TPP and NAFTA but for somewhat different reasons than Trump.) Trump will have exposed the old media, once and for a long time, for the propaganda machine that it all too often is. He will have solidified a generally conservative Supreme Court with Gorsuch and may have another appointment this summer if Kennedy leaves. It’s a pretty impressive list for a year and a half, politically speaking. It basically represents a wiping away, a dismissal, of the dour and dim Obama years. (This is a political assessment, not a good or bad policy assessment.)
So impeach? OK, first for what? Second, hey, at least something stopped the juggernaut of bad policy Obama brought in with him. That is a massive achievement. And one, for all of Trump’s faults, and he has many, for which we should all be thankful. (Not that we all are or will be of course.)
(From The National Review)
As the parallel investigations and diluvian leaking have unfolded, the anti-Trump Resistance has received a series of gradually suppurating mortal wounds. The Steele dossier was commissioned and paid for by the Clinton campaign; over a hundred FBI agents and Justice Department lawyers expected Hillary Clinton to be charged criminally, and President Trump was correct in saying conversations by his campaign officials had been tapped, a claim that was much ridiculed at the time. Deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe testified that the Steele dossier was essential to obtaining a FISA warrant on a junior Trump aide (Carter Page), and McCabe and former director James Comey’s rabidly partisan helper Peter Strzok, and his FBI girlfriend Lisa Page, texted suggestions for influencing the FISA judge in the case. The judge recused himself, voluntarily or otherwise, after granting the warrant. Mueller set up his “dream team” of entirely partisan Democrats; McCabe failed to identify to the Bureau his wife as a member and beneficiary of the Clinton entourage and political candidate in Virginia; and the fourth person in the Justice Department, Bruce Ohr, met with Steele, and Mrs. Ohr helped compose the Steele dossier.
The Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz, whose report is expected imminently, showed the FBI director, Christopher Wray, findings about Andrew McCabe’s conduct that caused him to retire McCabe prematurely. The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), one of the few centers of unquestionably ethical and nonpartisan conduct in Washington, advised the attorney general to fire McCabe.
McCabe himself was reduced to mind-reading in his attack on the president on Friday night, claiming Trump’s real motive was to weaken the Mueller inquiry. Trump didn’t fire McCabe. McCabe scuttled his own credibility. Former CIA director John Brennan’s outburst on Saturday indicates that the Resistance is cracking up. He tweeted to the world, but specifically the president: “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history.” It was seemly that someone who voted for Gus Hall, the American Communist leader, for president in 1976 would invoke Marx. But he went on to accuse Trump of trying to destroy America. Former National Intelligence director James Clapper has been routinely announcing, at home and abroad, since shortly after Inauguration Day, that the Russian-collusion story was a greater scandal than Watergate. Brennan didn’t mention treason in his tweet — he seems to have given up on collusion and to be focused on Stormy Daniels and Trump’s financial career. (Anthony Scaramucci, in his drunken interview with The New Yorker, was more rational than Brennan.) Brennan and Clapper were improperly leaking partisan information for months and Clapper lied to a congressional committee.