Saying that public support for House Impeachment Committee Democrats’ process has dropped precipitously is understatement. According to this Monmouth Poll, “24% say they have a lot of trust in how the House impeachment inquiry has been conducted so far, 29% have a little trust, and 44% have no trust at all.

That’s almost 3 out of 4 people who have little or no trust “in how the House impeachment inquiry has been conducted” thus far. If that’s the case, that’ll require the Democrats to bribe tons of people to reach a positive job approval rating on their coup d’état, otherwise known as their impeachment inquiry.

That’s just the tip of the Democrats’ iceberg. A Politico/Morning Consult poll “found that 81 percent of voters said ‘there is no or little chance they will change their minds.'” At this point, with 2 polls showing that the American people don’t trust the Democrats’ all-impeachment-all-the-time agenda by overwhelming majorities, it’s difficult to picture how Democrats won’t get crushed next November.

That’s just part of the Democrats’ difficulties. Here’s more:

Last Thursday, Nancy Pelosi joined the chorus:

The devastating testimony corroborated evidence of bribery uncovered in the inquiry and that the president abused power and violated his oath by threatening to withhold military aid and a White House meeting in exchange for an investigation into his political rival.… The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into elections. That’s bribery.

Democrats aren’t backtracking upon seeing how the polls are tanking on them. Pelosi’s tripling down on impeachment. Pelosi apparently hasn’t learned the first rule of holes. She’s having a difficult morning so let’s help her with that:

The Democrats’ problem is that the hole keeps getting deeper. Andy McCarthy writes this:

[T]o establish a bribe, corrupt intent must be proved. While it would obviously have been preferable if Trump hadn’t singled out the Bidens, it is nevertheless permissible for presidents to encourage countries receiving American aid to investigate and root out corruption. Indeed, the legislation authorizing aid for Ukraine actually directs the executive branch to certify that Ukraine is making such efforts.

Einstein’s definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” The LFR definition of political insanity is to “double down on blind partisanship, then expecting not to suffer political consequences.”

When three-fourths of the American people don’t trust the Democrats’ impeachment process, that’s a losing fight on steroids. Democrats would be wise to listen to the lyrics to Kenny Rogers’ song ‘The Gambler’, especially this part:

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run

and this part:

Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to throw away
And knowin’ what to keep
‘Cause every hand’s a winner
And every hand’s a loser
And the best that you can hope for is to die
in your sleep

Right now, the Democrats’ hand is a loser. It won’t turn into a winner. Period. The part about knowing when to walk away and when to run applies. It’s time to run. It isn’t time to go all-in.

In her interview with CBS’s Face the Nation, Speaker Pelosi said that President Trump “could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants. He has every opportunity to present his case.”

Technically, she’s right that he could do that. She’s being more than a little deceitful in that House Impeachment Committee Democrats wouldn’t believe anything he said. Let’s remember how this phase of the coup started. A CIA snitch, allegedly named Eric Ciaramella, met with Adam Schiff’s staff. One of the things that was initially reported about the CIA snitch’s complaint was that President Trump pressured Ukraine President Zelenskiy up to 8 times to investigate the Bidens. That turned not to be true.

Since then, President Zelenskiy has repeatedly denied, in multiple settings, these accusations. He even took the extraordinary step of holding a day-long press conference attended by 300+ legitimate, truth-seeking journalists and told the same thing. Further, Ukraine Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, who has first-hand knowledge of the US military aid negotiations, said “Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and did not tell me exactly, about the relation between the [military] assistance and the investigations. I have never seen a direct link between investigations and security assistance. Yes, investigations were mentioned, you know, in a presidential conversation. But there was no clear connection between these events.”

Despite all of this first-hand information from Ukraine’s President and Foreign Minister, Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi still trust the CIA snitch more than they trust Ukraine’s highest-ranking leaders. Considering the fact that House Impeachment Democrats trust snitches who don’t have first-hand information on the negotiations and considering the fact that House Impeachment Democrats, why would President Trump think that he’d get a fair hearing? Considering the fact that Adam Schiff has insisted since March, 2017 that he’s seen proof that’s “more than circumstantial” that President Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election, proof that’s never surfaced, why would President Trump think that he’d get a fair hearing?

Ms. Pelosi knows that the final decision has been made. House Impeachment Committee Democrats will send a report to Jerry Nadler’s Judiciary Committee, where they will write articles of impeachment. From there, House Democrats will vote on a straight party line vote to impeach President Trump.

If House Impeachment Committee Democrats were interested in the truth, Chairman Schiff wouldn’t have stopped one Republican after another from introducing points of order or points of parliamentary procedure. Schiff isn’t interested in the truth. He’s hell-bent on impeachment whether the proof is there or not.

Pelosi isn’t interested in the Constitution, prayer or patriotism, as she frequently insists. She’s a partisan hack. Trusting her is like trusting foxes guarding hen houses. Trusting Democrats is like trusting a cobra not to strike when you make a sudden motion towards it.

President Trump won’t trust Pelosi’s ‘invitation’, though he’ll mess with her mind a little:

I don’t take this seriously, though it’s fun watching President Trump mess with Pelosi’s little mind.

What’s becoming perfectly clear is that Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Impeachment Committee, is an autocrat. Remember how he reacted when Elise Stefanik challenged him? Let’s refresh everyone’s memory:

After Friday’s hearing, House Impeachment Committee Republicans noted that Chairman Schiff’s Democrats established rules that prevent committee members from using testimony if the transcripts haven’t been made public:

Ratcliffe: Several Democrat members of this House Intel committee have already voted to impeach this president. They’ve already made up their minds without regard to evidence. Yes, this is dead on arrival at the Senate without looking at the most important witnesses. They don’t want the whistleblower to testify because we now know that that person coordinated with Schiff’s committee in order for that person to become the whistleblower. Schiff hasn’t even released the first transcript of the first witness (the IC IG) because it will tell you what the IG knew and didn’t know about the relationship between Schiff and the whistleblower based on what the whistleblower and Schiff did or didn’t reveal to the IG.

This isn’t a hearing as much as it’s a made-for-TV docudrama. The first 3 testifiers aren’t witnesses because they didn’t witness anything pertaining to this sham. Of Ms. Yovanovitch, Rep. Nunes rightly stated that he didn’t know why she was there considering the fact that she didn’t have first- or second-hand knowledge of the Trump-Zelenskiy phone call because she’d been fired from her position in Ukraine. William Taylor and George Kent didn’t provide any evidence of anything, much less proof of high crimes, though Taylor provided the insight that President Trump was corrupting “official US foreign policy.” That’s despite the fact that presidents, not diplomats, according to the Constitution, establish official US foreign policy.

Former CIA Operations Officer Bryan Dean Wright wrote this article in February, 2017:

Over the past few months, America has lurched from partisan warfare to the cliffs of an existential crisis. Multiple reports show that my former colleagues in the intelligence community have decided that they must leak or withhold classified information due to unsettling connections between President Trump and the Russian Government.

Said an intelligence officer: “I know what’s best for foreign policy and national security… And I’m going to act on that.” Some of us might applaud this man, including a few of my fellow Democrats. In their minds, this is a case of Mr. Smith Goes to Langley to do battle against a corrupt President Trump. One small problem. The intelligence officer quoted above was actually Aldrich Ames, a CIA traitor whose crime of treason in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in the compromise of more than 100 assets. Many were tortured and executed as a result.

Ames’ flawed logic is eerily similar to that of his present-day colleagues who are engaged in a shadow war with their commander in chief. They, too, have decided that their superior judgment is more important than following the law.

Adam Schiff isn’t a CIA officer but he’s part of the cabal that’s decided that they, not the American people, should decide who’s fit or unfit for serving as commander-in-chief.

That makes Schiff both an autocrat and a fascist. The fact that Schiff considers himself a Democrat is virtually irrelevant. He has little in common with Hubert Humphrey or Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

However, some of America’s spies are deciding that that’s not enough. For reasons of misguided righteousness or partisan hatred, they’ve taken it upon themselves to be judge, jury, and executioner. They have prosecuted their case in the court of public opinion, with likeminded media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, and the Washington Post serving as court stenographers.

Elected by no one, responsible only to each other, these spies have determined that Trump is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. Days ago, they delivered their verdict. According to one intelligence official, the president “will die in jail.”

Schiff isn’t a spy but he determined years ago that President Trump should “die in jail.” He’s orchestrated the rigged hearings that’ve produced nothing. Finally, Wright wrote:

During my time as a CIA officer, I quickly learned why all these rules were in place. I read people’s emails. I listened to phone calls. I recruited assets that told the dirtiest and most embarrassing of secrets. I came to realize that my power was both an awesome responsibility and, at times, wickedly seductive.

Schiff’s lack of character caused him to play judge, jury and executioner. That’s unacceptable.

In her interview with CBS’s Face the Nation, Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful Democrat in Washington, DC, simply lost it. One of the unhinged things she said was “I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower. I told the president you’re in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower.”

What a nutjob. The man in question, Eric Ciaramella, aka the faux whistleblower, aka CIA snitch, isn’t guaranteed anonymity. That’s because the ICWPA, aka the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, is exceptionally clear:

In order to submit an ICWPA complaint the following elements must be met:

Eligible Originator: Only applies to employees (civilian, military or contractor) assigned to the four DoD intelligence agencies (DIA, NSA, NRO, and NGA). Does not apply to activities of the military services, combatant commands, or Office of Secretary of Defense.

Further, for all the talk Ms. Pelosi has made about the Constitution, she apparently doesn’t give a damn about the Bill of Rights. Specifically, the Sixth Amendment guarantees the defendant’s attorneys the right to confront the defendant’s accuser. If Ms. Pelosi throws a snitfit against President Trump’s attorneys for conducting a thorough, intense and aggressive cross-examination of the CIA snitch, she’ll prove that her talk about the Constitution is a sham.

When they taped the interview on Friday, CBS leaked this snippet of the interview:

This is what Ms. Pelosi said:

I think part of it is his own insecurity as an imposter. I think he knows full well that he’s in that office way over his head. And so he has to diminish everyone else.

What the hell is Pelosi babbling about? Has she totally lost it for good? The economy is going gangbusters. The unemployment rate for minorities is at a historic low. The wall is getting built. Poland and Ukraine, with help from the Trump administration, is letting the Putin administration know that they stand against Russian expansionism. If President Trump is in over his head, as Pelosi insists, things are going pretty well for the US. They’re certainly going better than they did with the previous administration.

Perhaps, Pelosi lost it because AOC + 3 drove her crazy. Then, too, perhaps it wasn’t a long drive. Perhaps, it was just a short trip. Whatever the case, San Fran Nan isn’t in control of her faculties.

The last part of Friday night’s Almanac Roundtable focused on DFL mismanagement of multiple agencies and departments. Moderator Eric Eskola opened that portion of the segment by saying “Gregg, you were around the legislature for a long time and with candidates and so forth. I really sense that this is a bad year for big government in Minnesota, Human Services and so many problems and I wonder if it was this bad when you were working for Speaker Sviggum?” Later in the segment, Eskola interjected, saying of Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles’ testimony at this week’s hearing that “If this was a prize fight, they would’ve stopped it. He just mopped the floor with her.”

Eric Eskola has been a significant part of the Minnesota media for a generation+. That’s the most provocative thing I’ve ever heard him say. That isn’t saying that he’s wrong. In fact, I think he’s exactly right. The times I’ve watched Auditor Nobles testify about DHS’s mismanagement, Mr. Nobles didn’t pull his punches. He’s landed some hard-hitting body blows to DHS management.

The laughable part of the segment was Abou Amara saying that divided government was to blame for the mismanagement. It’s laughable because the executive branch can function perfectly whether there’s unified government or divided government. Period. Stop.

Amara is right in the sense that it’s easier to pass legislation when it’s unified DFL government. That doesn’t guarantee problems getting fixed, though. The bigger point that Amara intentionally side-stepped is that reform-minded people in the executive branch could start changing the culture without passing a single law. That doesn’t mean we don’t need reforms to fix DHS’s problems. It simply means we can start fixing the problem by hiring high quality management personnel.

Gov. Walz got criticized for the mismanagement:

Gov. Tim Walz’s administration came under fire Wednesday for violations of state contract laws. Republican senators held a hearing about the violations, which occurred when vendors working with the state started work before contracts were signed and when employees committed to spending state money without agency permission. Records from the administration show these violations happened roughly 1,300 times over the last year.

Minnesota’s bureaucracy needs a major overhaul. There’s no time to waste.

Ever since President Trump tweeted about Ambassador Yovanovitch during Friday’s hearing, the MSM have been obsessed with the tweet as their latest shiny object. It’s time that the MSM that still are interested in things like credibility to stop obsessing over that shiny object. In the grand scheme of things, the tweet, which was ill-advised, is a major ‘so what’.

It doesn’t change the fundamentals of the Democrats case. That’s because the Democrats still haven’t presented anything resembling a piece of evidence of an impeachable offense. That’s because last week’s testifiers (they weren’t witnesses because they didn’t witness anything) took turns either admitting that they couldn’t identify an impeachable offense (John Ratcliffe asking Kent and Taylor) or Yovanovitch telling Chris Stewart that she wasn’t in Ukraine for President Trump’s phone call with President Zelenskiy in late July.

Why isn’t the MSM talking about Devin Nunes’ questioning of Ms. Yovanovitch at the start of the hearing? Right at the start, Ms. Yovanovitch admitted that she isn’t a fact witness:

The most memorable line in the hearings was Jim Jordan’s exchange with Ambassador Taylor:

What information does Ambassador Taylor have that’s important? It’s apparent that he isn’t a central figure in Kiev. Shouldn’t we insist that the MSM report things that are important to the impeachment case?

There’s a novel approach to evaluating whether Impeachment Democrats have made a legal case for impeachment. What information have George Kent, William Taylor or Marie Yovanovitch supplied that’s proof of an impeachable offense? There’s another test to this. The Impeachment Democrats’ theory on why President Trump should be impeached is because he withheld lethal military aid from Ukraine unless Ukraine investigated the Bidens. What proof have they offered that President Trump did that? Remember that second- and third-hand stories aren’t proof. They’re uncorroborated stories, even if other diplomats with other second- and third-hand stories agree with the original story.

This isn’t a shiny object but it’s important to the Democrats’ carefully-crafted impeachment story. Why isn’t there any reporting on why the Democrats set up the rules the way they did? Were they written that way because Impeachment Democrats didn’t want to give skilled people like John Ratcliffe, Elise Stefanik and Jim Jordan the opportunity to make Swiss Cheese out of the Democrats’ case?

Thus far, Democrats haven’t gotten questioned whether they’ve established a single important fact. That’s intentional. The MSM was the driving force behind impeachment. The MSM wanted impeachment far more than Ms. Pelosi wanted it.

When impeachment backfires on Democrats, Ms. Pelosi will wash her hands of the mess and say I-told-you-so. That’s true but she’s the one that caved. She’s the Democrat that didn’t fight for her position until the bitter end. In the end, Pelosi is just as guilty of dragging the nation through this divisive fight for no legitimate reason.

Democrats, Ms. Pelosi included, are the political definition of losers. All the shiny objects in the world won’t change that.

Nancy Pelosi’s 3 faces are showing. It isn’t a flattering look. When Ms. Pelosi declared this impeachment inquiry in the House, Ms. Pelosi worked hard to leave the impression that Democrats saw this as a somber undertaking. Ms. Pelosi talked about the importance of prayer in a time like that. When she declared the impeachment inquiry into existence, Ms. Pelosi said “If we have to honor our oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic, that’s what we’ll have to do. But we have to have the facts. That’s why I’ve said, soon as we have the facts, we’re ready.”

That sounds so dramatic. Then Pelosi made an additional demand. According to the article, “Pelosi said Trump making the transcript of his call with the president of Ukraine public is not enough. She said the whistleblower complaint is what is important and is what the Trump administration has been withholding.” The last thing Pelosi and the Democrats expected was for President Trump to make those documents available. When the documents were made public, the gossip that Democrats in the media had peddled was pretty much discredited.

Let’s call that Pelosi ‘Discredited Nancy’ because that’s who she is.

Yesterday, another of Ms. Pelosi’s faces was displayed. In an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation, Ms. Pelosi’s bitter partisan face came out:

This is what Ms. Pelosi said:

I think part of it is his own insecurity as an imposter. I think he knows full well that he’s in that office way over his head. And so he has to diminish everyone else.

Let’s be clear about this. Nancy Pelosi knows that Adam Schiff’s gaveling down of Elise Stefanik was a terrible look for Impeachment Committee Democrats:

Further, Ms. Pelosi knows that it wasn’t a good week for Impeachment Committee Democrats from the standpoint of the information that came out. Just 4 minutes into John Ratcliffe’s cross-examination of Bill Taylor and George Kent, they sat silent when Mr. Ratcliffe asked if either had seen an impeachable offense:

Ms. Pelosi’s hyperpartisan statement about President Trump being in over his head was intentional. Ms. Pelosi was forced into that statement to change what people were talking about. Ms. Pelosi doesn’t think for a split-second that President Trump is in over his head. Ms. Pelosi hasn’t thought for a split-second that President Trump thinks of himself as an imposter. Ms. Pelosi thinks that Impeachment Committee Democrats didn’t have a good week so she stepped in to change the subject.

Let’s call this Pelosi ‘Calculating Nancy.’

Actually, Ms. Pelosi’s third face isn’t a public face. It’s the face she must wear when she thinks of how she didn’t want to start impeachment. It’s the face of disgust. It’s the face of I-told-you-so.’ It’s the face of her vitriol. That’s her worst face. That’s why it isn’t seen in public. Twice, Ms. Pelosi has been Speaker. The first time, she was speaker for 2 terms. In those 2 terms, she shoved Obamacare down America’s throats. This time, her final time, she’ll be Speaker for just one term. During this term, her ‘noteworthy’ accomplishment will be hyperpartisan impeachment. Adam Schiff’s and Jerry Nadler’s handling of impeachment is historic only in the sense that they compare unfavorably to Peter Rodino and Henry Hyde.

Let’s call this final face of Ms. Pelosi ‘Vitriolic Nancy.’ Think of Vitriolic Nancy as the real Nancy.

Despite Ms. Pelosi’s calculated hateful statement, the facts haven’t changed:

  1. Impeachment Committee Democrats still haven’t come close to identifying an impeachable offense.
  2. Impeachment Committee Democrats still haven’t called a witness who has witnessed anything firsthand.
  3. Impeachment Committee Democrats, especially Adam Schiff, have looked mean-spirited and hyperpartisan.
  4. Adam Schiff has behaved terribly towards Elise Stefanik. Ms. Stefanik is a big girl and can take it. The point is that she shouldn’t have to deal with the Democrats’ vitriol and chauvinism.

Finally, it’s apparent that, to the Democrats, the #MeToo Movement is just a political weapon. Adam Schiff’s facial expressions when dealing with Ms. Stefanik said everything.

This summer, impeachment Democrats tried stirring up passion for impeachment by having Robert Mueller testify. That was a historic failure, with Mueller essentially admitting that he didn’t write the report with his name on it. The Democrats’ next failure was with the Lewandowski hearing. At that hearing, Lewandowski toyed with Chairman Nadler to such an extent that it cost Nadler his opportunity to shine as chairman of the impeachment hearings.

This NY Post editorial proves that practice doesn’t always make perfect:

Democrats must have learned from the disastrous public hearings they’ve held in their attempt to impeach President Trump: Now, apparently, their witnesses must audition first behind closed doors before they go live before the TV cameras.

That was the case with the Dems’ “star” witnesses, US Chargé d’affaires for Ukraine Bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, who testified behind closed doors before appearing for Wednesday’s televised impeachment show. And for former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who debuts on the small screen Friday.

Kent, Taylor and Yovanovitch are leading off the Democrats’ case for impeachment. The thing that they’ve got in common is that none of them have firsthand knowledge of what happened. They can offer opinions on what US foreign policy should be but that’s it. Policy differences between the President and career bureaucrats doesn’t amount to an impeachable offense. In fact, it isn’t close to that threshold.

The lesson to be learned is that this is the wimpiest set of facts ever to be considered for impeachment. Last night, it was reported that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told reporters that “Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and did not tell me exactly, about the relation between the [military] assistance and the investigations. I have never seen a direct link between investigations and security assistance. Yes, investigations were mentioned, you know, in a presidential conversation. But there was no clear connection between these events.”

That’s firsthand information on the central issue of the Democrats’ case. It utterly demolishes the Democrats’ theory that President Trump tried extorting or bribing President Zelenskiy into investigating Joe and Hunter Biden. This Trump-hater should ride off into the sunset because she’s a bitter partisan:

The truth is that Democrats simply don’t have evidence to support their impeachment theory. Though they won’t admit it, it’s getting close to the time when the jury cries out ‘Game. Set. Match.’ Get out the jelly, folks. These Democrats are toast.

This morning, Adam Schiff, the Democrat chair of the House Impeachment Committee, did his best tyrant impersonation after Devin Nunes tried yielding time to New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. Upon yielding time to Rep. Stefanik, Schiff gaveled in, repeatedly saying “The gentlewoman will suspend.” Ms. Stefanik replied “What is the interruption for this time? It’s our time.” Schiff replied “The gentlewoman will suspend. You are not recognized.”

Next, Devin Nunes tried intervening, saying “I just recognized her.” Schiff, acting like a petty tyrant, replied “Under House Res. 660, you are not allowed to yield except to Minority Counsel.” Technically, he’s right but the bigger point is that Schiff isn’t interested in working cooperatively with Rep. Nunes. Chairman Schiff isn’t behaving like Peter Rodino with Nixon or Henry Hyde with Clinton. Schiff hasn’t hesitated in acting like a world-class jerk.

In terms of acting like the chairman of an impeachment investigation, Schiff has hit a new low that Hyde and Rodino never came close to hitting. Hyde and Rodino cared most about doing what’s best for America. They were fair-minded. They gave the defense wide latitude. By contrast, Schiff lied about what President Trump said during President Trump’s phone call with President Zelensky. After he lied while putting the faux transcript into the Congressional Record, the other Democrats just sat there like potted plants. Those Democrats apparently didn’t see anything wrong with Schiff’s actions.

After Schiff’s sexist behavior towards Ms. Stefanik, Schiff’s Democrats sat silent just like they did when he lied about President Trump’s conversation. Schiff’s Democrats aren’t profiles in character. Schiff’s Democrats aren’t profiles in integrity.

It’s painfully obvious that the Democrats set up the rules to restrict the Republicans’ cross-examination of witnesses. Schiff’s interested in running a tightly scripted production. Pelosi knows that Nadler wasn’t up to the job of running impeachment hearings. That’s why Pelosi shifted that responsibility to Schiff. That’s why Pelosi tightened up the rules for Schiff’s hearings. Pelosi isn’t totally stupid. She’s aware of Adam Schiff’s ability to screw things up.

Another thing that’s becoming obvious as the hearings progress is that Adam Schiff is exceptionally thin-skinned. Prior to this heated exchange, Devin Nunes read the transcript from President Trump’s first phone call with President Zelenskiy into the record. He didn’t ask that it be admitted into the Congressional Record. Nunes literally read the entire transcript into the record so it couldn’t be turned into another Schiff parody. Here’s that tweet:

Rep. Stefanik needled Schiff by reading Schiff’s tweets into the record:

“The chairman refused to allow us to put these into the record with unanimous consent,” Stefanik, R-N.Y., said. “As we know, it is important to protect whistleblowers from retaliation and firing…but in this case, the fact that we are getting criticized for statements he, himself, made earlier in the process shows the duplicity and abuse of power we see.”

Chairman Schiff’s actions were disgusting. As I said earlier, Schiff’s performance isn’t worthy of the People’s House. In Schiff’s mind, this is Pelosi’s House or the Democrats’ House. If Democrats had any respect for We The People, they’d have greater respect for the people’s elected officials.

Unfortunately for America, these Democrats only respect themselves.

Kim Strassel’s latest column is titled “Impeachment as Usual.” In the article, Ms. Strassel writes “Democrats laid out their best case for removing Donald J. Trump from office, repeatedly using words like ‘extortion,’ ‘bribery’ and ‘abuse of power.’ Mr. Trump was accused of ‘presidential misconduct,’ of a ‘shakedown scheme’ and of ‘corruption.’ He was said to have broken the law and violated the Constitution. Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro analogized the president’s actions to ‘attempted murder.'”

To appropriate a phrase of George Will’s — Well. It’s more than a little disgusting when you hear these Democrats frequently resort to hyperbole. It’d be interesting to know if these Democrats understand that their hyperbole is pushing them further leftward. This is ‘the boy who cried wolf’ on steroids’. For 3+ years.

That’s a Democratic failure by any measure, and it is hard to see how that dynamic could change as the hearings progress. Friday’s hearing is with a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who left that post two months before the disputed phone call. Next week’s hearings will include more critics but also witnesses such as Kurt Volker, former special representative to Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, who will likely defend the administration’s actions.

Democrats will be walking through a political minefield when questioning Ambassador Sondland because it’s just been reported that “Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and did not tell me exactly, about the relation between the [military] assistance and the investigations,’ Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told reporters, according to Interfax-Ukraine.”

Foreign Minister Prystaiko has firsthand knowledge of what was and wasn’t negotiated. He’s the man who did the negotiating. How do Democrats get around that important fact?

Democrats won’t fold their hand at that point. That’s because they still think that they can scuff President Trump up enough to defeat him next November. They’re foolish because they’re fully invested in defeating President Trump regardless of the political price they’ll pay. Ms. Pelosi can kiss her Speaker’s gavel goodbye for the final time.

Ms. Strassel wrote that both sides are hoping the impeachment process will help increase turnout. That’s possible, though that isn’t a guarantee. What Democrats should be worried about is what they haven’t done.

Democrats haven’t ratified the USMCA. Democrats have sat on the USMCA. House Democrats haven’t passed the mutually-agreed upon NDAA, aka National Defense Authorization Act. At this point, House Democrats don’t have a single accomplishment to point to. That’s a losing hand because you can’t beat something with nothing.