• Dems, It’s Over. All the Smoking Guns Have Been Firing Blanks.

    February 8, 2020

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    Posted in: 2020, Democracy, Trump

    We are watching the pathetic ending to one of the most pathetic periods in American politics. All the smoking guns have been firing blanks.

    Following one of the most childish tantrums of denial ever recorded, you Democrats set about destroying the Trump presidency in its crib; a WaPo headline from January 20, 2017 – Inauguration Day itself – exclaimed “The Campaign to Impeach President Trump has Begun.” The opening gambit was going to be Emoluments, including rent paid by the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China for its space in Trump Tower in New York.

    After three years, it looks like that attempt finally reached its end game, failure, one gray afternoon. Last Friday the Senate brought impeachment proceedings to their effective conclusion, declaring the witnesses already called before the House were to be the last. The formal vote to acquit Trump is scheduled as an anti-climax for Wednesday.

    It has been ugly and mean. Using the entire apparatus of the American intelligence community, operating fully outside the law, you declared the President of the United States a Russian spy. You forced gentlemen to explain to their elderly mothers what a pee tape was. We had to hear over dinner about Trump’s penis, his sexual mores, and look deeper into Stormy Daniel’s cleavage than our own political souls. You made expedient heroes out of small, dishonest men like Michael Avenatti, John Brennan, and James Comey for perceived political gain. Shame on you, Democrats.

    When Russiagate collapsed you plunged deeper, with a setup “crime” driven by a faux whistleblower, supported by State Department gossips and not much more. Look at the series of plays you tried even within this Hail Mary of a Hail Mary. Back in August your manufactured worry was Trump, by messing with Ukrainian aid, was a threat to national security that would send the Red Army rolling west. Then there was the continued attempt to link up created memes, Trump’s help from the Russians in 2016 and Trump’s help from the Ukrainians in 2020 were part of some whole to damage democracy. At the end it was to be about how not allowing additional witnesses chosen by leaks to the NYT would distort the 2020 election. One reporter called acquittal “the worst day for America since the Civil War.” We had to listen to another round of democracy dying, existential threats, end of the Republic, as repetitive as summer Top 40.

    At your decision the House chose not to wait out a special prosecutor, or even subpoena witnesses back in the fall. Your bleats today about no witnesses ignored how you called 17 witnesses to the House, not a single one of which had first-hand knowledge of the events unless we were willing to believe some State Department Obama fan-boy magically overheard both sides of a cell phone conversation. If you had had a real case a special prosecutor could have sorted through Parnas and Hunter and Bolton, with subpoenas if necessary, and warrants could have shown us exactly what was said in those calls. But that would have come up weaker than Mueller and you knew it.

    You don’t think voters see they were played — again? As with Brett Kavanaugh, when things seemed darkest, you produced a witness that appeared to turn everything around. Back then you unveiled Christine Blasey Ford as the deus ex machina, a woman scorned decades ago by a high school kid, now-Supreme Court judge, you called a drunk. Same with John Bolton and his “manuscript” (shall we call it a dossier?) and instead of dealing with it months ago in a calm fashion, the New York Times drops the leak right into the middle of the impeachment punch bowl so it could create its own sense of urgency saying we can’t wait for thoughtful deliberation or even a court ruling, we must do something right away.

    So really, in the end your game-changer was supposed to be lifelong conservative John Bolton ratting out a Republican administration? That was how you were going to get Trump? Only a week earlier it was going to be Ukrainian grifter Lev Parnas. Before him was it “fixer” Michael Cohen, or Paul “Fredo” Manafort, who was going to flip? Was it taxes or the 25th Amendment which was once upon a time going to be the final blow?

    Do you think voters won’t remember it was Adam Schiff who failed in Russiagate, issuing his infamous Schiff Memo defending as legal the FISA court surveillance of Carter Page now shown to be unconstitutional? The same Schiff who worked with the “whistleblower” to shape the impeachment narrative and then buried the whistleblower from scrutiny? History will remember Schiff poorly, and judge those who put their party’s future in his dirty hands, Nancy, equally poorly.

    As it will Elizabeth Warren, who submitted a “question” at the impeachment proceedings which asked if the proceedings themselves “contribute to the loss of legitimacy of the chief justice, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution?” Nancy Pelosi picked up the theme saying the president will not be exonerated after the Senate acquits because “You cannot be acquitted if you don’t have a trial. And you don’t have a trial if you don’t have witnesses and documentation,” echoing the insanity of saying a victory in the Electoral College isn’t really being elected president. Do Democrats think the Super Bowl victory went to the team with the most yards rushing, or the one with the most points scored?

    Impeachment failed in the Senate, ultimately, because it was phony. Senators are politicians, with their noses always in the wind. They sniffed not a modicum of support for this impeachment, and saw nothing akin to the evidence that would encourage them to return to their constituents and explain their contrary votes as they did confronted, overwhelmingly, with Nixon’s wrongdoings.

    It’s really over now. Our democracy, which you regularly declare so in peril, will be forced to hold an election of all things to determine its next president.

    Democrats, the shock of Trump’s 2016 victory was such that voters were ready to follow you anywhere to defeat him in 2020. You led them off a cliff. As your supporters watched you create false excuses for losing, they watched Republicans confirm judge after judge. As they listened in their sleep to you bark about diversity, they woke up to see mostly a handful of old, white men to lead the party into the election.

    You lied to them repeatedly about Russia and Ukraine. You lied to them over and over about what a danger Trump is, bringing people who once believed in you to believe their own nuclear destruction was imminent over Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, and Venezuela. You continue to try to convince people a strong economy is an illusion and cheer on a recession. You shoved forward as surrogates the anti-semites who organized the Pussy Hat march, the media-abused Parkland Kids, Greta the Amazing Climate Change Girl, flashes-in-the-pan like Beto! Kamala! Cory! AOC! Mayor Pete! Stacey Abrams!

    You continue to paint an inaccurate picture of a society with gun nuts, Nazis, and white supremacists on the march. You convinced a generation of young voters they are fundamentally unhappy, awash in racism, homophobia, and misogyny, and when they just can’t see it the way you do, you corrupted movies and TV with dorm room level political piety to insist that is how it is out there. Now, instead of respecting one another at work and school, they tip-toe around as wanna-be defendants looking for targets to sue or complain to HR about. Describe yourself in one word? Offended.

    The hollow shout “It is all unfair!” after things don’t go your way echos from the third grade playground to 2016 to HR to impeachment.

    Would you trust the nation to the people the Democratic party has become? Because that is the question you have thrust into the minds of voters. As you have said many times, this was always more about America than it was about Trump.

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  • Recent Comments

    • John Poole said...

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      There is a meme going around now stating that Democrats are fearful that American voters may interfere with the 2020 election. As a registered Independent I winced and chuckled simultaneously.

      02/8/20 12:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      JP, the Russian internet troll, admits he is a registered voter? So how many Russians voted for Trump?

      “Impeachment failed in the Senate, ultimately, because it was phony.”

      And all the documents were phony and all the witnesses lied, and…the earth is flat, vaccinations cause autism, Obama is an alien, Coronavirus is a Mexican disease, 3,000,000 Mexicans voted illegally, Trump never lied ever, …

      02/8/20 1:38 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “Would you trust the nation to the people the Democratic party has become? Because that is the question you have thrust into the minds of voters. As you have said many times, this was always more about America than it was about Trump.”

      Bingo.

      This is a nation that invades other nations on false evidence, caused a global economic collapse because of financial fraud, and threatens the globe by lying about fossil fuel impacting climate change. And of course, like Trump, no one ever gets penalized for the lies. So it is more about America than it is about Trump. Would you trust a country that is a greater threat to the world than the coronavirus?

      02/8/20 8:12 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- I’m wondering how you found out I was a Russian troll. You must have found a way to peek into my junk email folder where there are hundreds of yet unopened enticements from Russian and Ukrainian girls ready to share their intimate photos with me. Damn, gotta change my password now.

      02/9/20 3:16 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      JP,

      We welcome Russian trolls here on WMW. Trump never tells US about his conversations with his boss. We depend upon you for that. BTW – have you seen the Trump peepee tape?

      02/11/20 2:22 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- I managed a sneak peak into PVB’s Manhattan garage where a Zil 41047 resides -given to him by Putin “off the books”. He drives it only at night. Actually it is good that America keeps a back channel to Putin. PVB has been risking his life posing as a double agent for the past decade but I happen to know he is a loyal American. We need more of his type to keep tabs on America’s number one adversary. Wait, that would be an informed electorate. Forget what I’ve just confided.

      02/11/20 2:57 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      JP,

      Informed electorate? You dont know Peter like I do. Peter has more contempt for dumbass Americans than I do. To him, Trump followers are really ignorant sheep waiting to be fleeced. He gave up writing books because majority of Americans have the attention span of flies and cant read anything longer than a Trump tweet. They will eat shit …which describes 95 percent of tv shows they watch. And these dumbasses elect an intelligent charismatic as opposed to the ignorant clown in the Orange mask, watch out because you guys will be his target.

      02/11/20 5:14 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      It was the worst of times, it was the best of times?

      Trump voters cannot be blamed for confusing reality. It keeps changing if you listen to Trump shoot his mouth off.

      “Best economy EVER!”

      But then the same day:

      Trump is justifying ordering the federal pay raise cut on the grounds that the country is in the midst of a ‘national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare,’ which the White House says authorizes the president to ‘implement alternative plans for pay adjustments,'”

      That good Trump needs to have a serious talk with that bad Trump. Barr should investigate, cause somebody is lying. And I think I know who.

      02/12/20 3:58 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Leave no Stone unpardoned

      It is pathetic that a country which has not prosecuted anyone for the WMD lies that killed hundreds of thousands or the Wall Street crooks who destroyed the economic lives of millions would want to throw the book at poor misunderstood chaos agent Roger Stone for making a mockery of our justice system. Stone is a reminder of when all these lies mutate that everyone in power is above the law.

      02/12/20 4:55 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The Repugnicans one day will be on the firing line.

      Trump has lowered the Barr, and the Repugnicans will find themselves looking down the barrel when it will be a permanent minority party. They have set the standard for the ruling party to ignore impeachable conduct: let the voters decide. Fun and games await. The Repugnicans have written the playbook for foreign gov election interference, DOJ corruption, you name it. The Dumbocrats will have years to perfect it.

      02/12/20 9:28 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- time to put up or never post here again. Who will be on the Democratic party ticket for POTUS in 2020? If you don’t have the slightest idea then we have something in common.

      02/13/20 6:06 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      I’m noticing the term Advertorial above many articles in the press. That should be a daily mandatory legal disclaimer for the NY Times in huge bold font on their front page. All of us who work for a living are pushing a highly partisan agenda-ourselves.

      02/14/20 8:37 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Hillary Emails Reach Out from the grave to pull Trumpie back

      Call it divine justice even if toadie Barr wont get involved, but the FBI may be a late player in the 2020 election, just as Comey was a critical factor in that late investigation of Hillary emails. The lawyer for Julian Assange has claimed in court that President Donald Trump offered to pardon Assange if the WikiLeaks founder agreed to help cover up Russia’s involvement in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee.

      Assange’s lawyers said on Wednesday that former Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher offered Assange the deal in 2017, a year after emails that damaged Hillary Clinton in the presidential race had been published. WikiLeaks posted the stolen DNC emails after they were hacked by Russian operatives.

      Isnt that Rich. Lord, I hope there are tapes. Trumpie would pee himself and Putin too.

      02/19/20 7:54 PM | Comment Link

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