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In a display of the worst partisanship in Washington, DC in decades, Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff are set to lead the Democrats over the impeachment cliff. Nadler gave away the reason why Democrats are impeaching President Trump:

“We cannot rely on an election to solve our problems when the president threatens the very integrity of that election,” Nadler claimed during Wednesday’s session.

Saying that President Trump is a threat to the 2020 election is BS. That’s a statement that Nadler doesn’t have proof for, though it’s a provocative accusation he’s thrown around before. The American people have seen through Nadler’s and Schiff’s nonsense and have started turning on Democrats:

Democrats from districts that supported Trump in 2016, however, have been less enthusiastic. Recent polls have shown declining support for impeachment in key swing states, with two polls released Wednesday indicating that most Americans did not want Trump removed.

Politico reported earlier this week that the numbers were making a “small group” of moderate Democrats, who have held seats in districts where Trump won in 2016, nervous about how to vote. They instead have suggested Trump be censured, which would prevent the GOP from holding a potentially damaging Senate trial and give them political cover in the upcoming election.

To complicate matters for these so-called moderates, if they vote for censuring President Trump, it’s virtually guaranteed that they’ll get primaried by the Justice Democrats, the organization that propelled AOC. Follow this link to read the Justice Democrats’ platform. But I digress.

Over the cliff they go

Republicans, meanwhile, have vociferously opposed the impeachment effort. The committee’s ranking member, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, stated that Democrats have been trying to impeach Trump since he took office. He echoed the White House’s argument that the impeachment was politically motivated theater, long in the works and foreshadowed openly by Democrats for months, if not years.

He and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., each argued that unlike previous presidents who have faced impeachment, Trump was not accused of an offense actually defined by law: neither “abuse of power” nor “obstruction of Congress” is a recognized federal or state crime. Those are the two offenses outlined in the articles of impeachment before the committee. (The separate charge of contempt of Congress, according to the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel, exempts the president for separation-of-powers reasons.)

In the Nixon articles of impeachment, one of the articles would have been abuse of power. In that instance, though, there were multiple crimes attached to the article of impeachment. It wasn’t some fuzzy accusation like this article will be. Further, the obstruction of Congress article is utterly laughable.

After President Trump asserted various privileges, Nadler and Schiff insisted that this was obstruction of Congress because President Trump insisted that Congress go through the courts to enforce their subpoenas. That is how the system is supposed to work. That’s the remedy envisioned by the men who wrote the Constitution. Alan Dershowitz, who I think of as a consistent constitutionalist, highlights the fatal flaw of the Democrats’ articles of impeachment in this op-ed:

Neither of these proposed articles satisfy the express constitutional criteria for an impeachment, which are limited to “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Neither are high or low crimes or misdemeanors. Neither are mentioned within the Constitution.

Both are so vague and open ended that they could be applied in partisan fashion by a majority of the House against almost any president from the opposing party. Both are precisely what the Framers had rejected at their Constitutional Convention. Both raise the “greatest danger,” in the words of Alexander Hamilton, that the decision to impeach will be based on the “comparative strength of parties,” rather than on “innocence or guilt.”

Nadler and Schiff won’t listen to Prof. Dershowitz so over the cliff they’ll go. Good riddance to these self-destructive Democrats.

Isn’t it amazing that Speaker Pelosi announced that they’d reached agreement with Richard Trumka on the USMCA trade deal that President Trump negotiated minutes after House Democrats announced 2 articles of impeachment? Speaker Pelosi did her best to pretend that Trumka and House Democrats did the heavy lifting when, in fact, President Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer did the heavy lifting. Sen. Grassley got it right when he said this:

Renegotiating NAFTA was a central campaign promise made by President Trump. He kept his word and Americans will enjoy the many benefits of this upgraded trade deal as a result.

This is a huge deal for industrial and agricultural states. Think Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. While only bitter partisan Democrats care about impeachment, literally millions of Americans living in Rust Belt states care about USMCA.

While Democrats take the blame for the most bitterly partisan impeachment process in US history, President Trump gets the credit for pushing the USMCA. At the time, Democrats expressed skepticism that President Trump would be able to renegotiate NAFTA. President Trump isn’t just on the verge of replacing NAFTA with USMCA. President Trump is on the verge of finalizing a major trade deal with China, too. If those trade agreements are finalized, ratified and officially signed in the next 3-6 months, the economy will take off. On the strength of that red-hot economy, President Trump will cruise to victory in November.

Despite Ms. Pelosi’s pro-Democrat spin, the American people know that Democrats didn’t influence the main agreement. Despite Pelosi’s statements at the press conference that Richard Trumka and Richard Neal played major rolls in a major recrafting the USMCA agreement, Democrats won a few concessions, which is typical on trade agreements.

Tonight, President Trump will hold another campaign rally, this time in Hershey, PA. Rest assured that President Trump will trumpet the victory on USMCA. Rest assured that he’ll spend time criticizing Democrats, especially the Schiff-Nadler-Pelosi partisan articles of impeachment. Tonight’s rally figures to be highly animated.

I wrote awhile back that anyone that thought that Democrats would stop investigating President Trump after he’s acquitted by the Senate were kidding themselves. This article is proof that I was right. The only way to stop the Do-Nothing Democrats is to defeat 40-50 of them next November. The only way to get important legislative and judicial things done is to increase the GOP majority in the Senate. But I digress.

“If the Senate doesn’t vote to convict Trump, or tries to monkey w his trial, he could of course be retried in the new Senate should he win re-election,” tweeted Neal Katyal, who served as acting solicitor general under former President Obama. “Double jeopardy protections do not apply,” he added, referring to the principle that suspects can’t be tried twice for the same crime. “And Senators voting on impeachment in the next months know this.”

That’s a blueprint for nonstop Democrat-led investigations. It’s also a threat against the GOP majority in the Senate. Katyal implies that Republicans voting not to convict will be targeted.

The important part that Katyal isn’t talking about is that Democrats haven’t found a crime, an impeachable offense or any evidence of wrong-doing after 3 years of investigations. These rabies-infested Democrats hate President Trump. They’ve literally wanted to impeach him since before President Trump’s inauguration. That isn’t hyperbole. That’s historical fact.

The 2020 House election comes down to something simple. Do the American people want a Congress that puts America’s priorities first or do the American people want a Congress that’s all-investigations-all-the-time? Unlike the Democrats’ impeachment investigations, there’s proof of what the Democrats’ intentions are. The Democrats’ priorities are investigate, investigate and investigate.

Speaker Pelosi has yipped a little about the bills sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk. What Ms. Pelosi won’t talk about is the list of high priority items sitting on her desk. Pelosi won’t talk about ratifying USMCA except to momentarily say that they’re “working their way to yes.” She hasn’t said that they’ve been on that road since last year or that they expected it to be easy.

This week, Ms. Pelosi told a CNN audience that “civilization as we know it today is at stake”:

Watch Ms. Pelosi’s gyrations as she’s speaking. She doesn’t look like a healthy person. I don’t say this to mock her. I say it because it looks like she’s out of control.

Republicans, it’s imperative to retake the House majority. This investigative abuse can’t continue. The president needs to have time to do his job. Democrats have done their utmost to deprive him of that ability. Thank God we’ve had a president powerful enough to power his way through the Democrats’ BS.

Democrats will keep pushing for investigations even if the Republicans have the majority. The good news is that, this time, Bill Barr won’t wimp out and appoint a special counsel. The better news is that Congress would start doing its job. The best news is that the economy will take off the minute USMCA is ratified and the US-China Phase One deal is reached.

Newt Gingrich’s op-ed studies the differences between President Trump and Joe Biden. Speaker Gingrich opens the op-ed by saying “I recently received a fundraising email from former Vice President Joe Biden that captured the profound difference in the approach to foreign policy between Democrats and President Trump. Biden wrote: ‘Did you see the video of our friends and allies in London this week? World leaders were LAUGHING at the President of the United States, after he once again embarrassed himself and tarnished the reputation of the United States at a summit.'”

These world leaders were laughing at the fact that President Trump is the most transparent world leader. Trudeau apparently isn’t aware of President Trump’s habit of answering reporters’ questions, whether it’s on his way to Marine One, during Cabinet meetings, wherever he happens to be. But I digress.

In this setting, the untold story is how successful President Trump has been at getting NATO members to increase their defense spending. That this is a major achievement can be seen from the fact that Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama tried to get NATO members to increase their defense spending and both presidents failed. Trump has succeeded.

Biden is essentially a pacifist. He didn’t speak out when John Kerry negotiated the worst nuclear treaty in history. Biden think twice about negotiating a path to nuclear weapons for Iran. That France, Germany and other pacifist countries approve of the US behavior during the Obama administration isn’t an accomplishment. Remember that the Obama administration gained approval for shipping blankets and MREs to Ukraine during their hot war with Russia.

President Trump has started fixing Europe’s corruption issues while strengthening NATO. Obama-Biden weakened the Middle East by ignoring ISIS, letting Syria use chemical weapons and giving Iran a path to nuclear weapons. If Biden thinks that’s a legacy to be proud of, then he’s an idiot.

You don’t have to take my word for the scale of the Trump impact on NATO. Here is what NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (a Norwegian) said about the American impact at a news conference with President Trump:

“Let me thank you for the leadership you show on the issue of defense spending because it is very important that we all contribute more to our shared security, and it is really having an impact because, as you said, allies are now spending more on defense,” Stoltenberg told Trump. “So we see some real money and some real results. And we see that the clear message from President Donald Trump is having an impact.”

The Obama-Biden administration didn’t force this type of positive change. Their trademark was pacifism. Strategic patience was their byword. That’s code for ‘let’s do nothing.’ They were foreign policy failures.

It’s appropriate to steal James Carville’s phrase from the 1992 election. That legendary phrase was “It’s the economy, stupid.” The White House economic team has reason to celebrate after this morning’s November jobs report simply crushed it. Check out this list of positives:

  1. Nonfarm payrolls surged by 266,000 in November, better than the 187,000 expected by economists polled by Dow Jones.
  2. The unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5% from 3.6%, back to the 2019 low and matching the lowest jobless rate since 1969.
  3. Average hourly earnings rose by 3.1% from a year ago, slightly above the 3% expected by economists polled by Dow Jones.

Then there’s this:

Those totals easily beat the Wall Street consensus. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for solid job growth of 187,000 and saw the unemployment rate holding steady from October’s 3.6%.

At the end of this video, the Fox News anchor could be heard excitedly saying “It’s a blowout”:

That it is. Stephen Moore was one of then-Candidate Trump’s initial economic advisers. You’d expect him to be jubilant after a jobs report like this. He didn’t disappoint:

Leisure and hospitality increased by 45,000 and professional and business services rose by 31,000; the two sectors respectively are up 219,000 and 278,000 over the past 12 months. Wage gains also were a touch better than expectations. Average hourly earnings rose by 3.1% from a year ago, while the average workweek held steady at 34.4 hours.

Economists had been looking for wage gains of 3%. A separate gauge of unemployment that includes discouraged workers and the underemployed declined as well, falling to 6.9%, one-tenth of a percentage point below October.

Wall Street loves this report. As of 9:15 CT, the DJIA is up 1.04%, which translates into a 281- point gain.

Somewhere in DC, Nancy Pelosi is attempting to figure out a way to minimize the impact of this report. Good luck with that.

UPDATE: I just visited Fake News CNN’s website to see what they were saying about this morning’s jobs report. They hadn’t said a thing as of 9:45 am CT. ABC had written an article on the report, characterizing the jobs report as “solid.”

Jack Brewer wrote about the black vote in 2020 in this op-ed, noting that “I’m one of those who have become full-fledged supporters of the president and want to see him reelected. Others, like Prince, haven’t endorsed Trump for reelection at this point, but support some of the president’s policies and appreciate what he has done.”

That’s where Brewer starts explaining why he supports President Trump:

We also recognized that while Democrats make big promises to black voters in the run-up to every election, too often those promises are forgotten once the polls close. In part that’s because Democrats take our votes for granted; they just assume the vast majority of black people will vote Democratic. If more of us voted for Republicans, candidates in both parties would do more to compete for our votes.

What good are big promises that aren’t kept? Back in the mid-90s, a men’s religious movement got started by then-University of Colorado Football Coach Bill McCartney. The movement was called Promise Keepers. Its first study book was titled “The Awesome Power of a Promise Kept”. The point behind the book is that keeping promises changes lives.

From another perspective, Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America gained popularity by keeping these promises made to the American people:

On the first day of their majority in the House, the Republicans promised to bring up for vote, eight major reforms:

  1. require all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply to Congress;
  2. select a major, independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of Congress for waste, fraud or abuse;
  3. cut the number of House committees, and cut committee staff by one-third;
  4. limit the terms of all committee chairs;
    ban the casting of proxy votes in committee;
  5. require committee meetings to be open to the public;
  6. require a three-fifths majority vote to pass a tax increase;
  7. guarantee an honest accounting of the Federal Budget by implementing zero base-line budgeting.

In 1994, Republicans took back the House for the first time in 40years. First, Newt’s Republicans stood for something appealing. Next, Newt’s Republicans kept their promises. Third and perhaps most importantly, Newt’s Republicans promised to not exempt themselves from the laws they passed. Period.

Since he took office, President Trump has worked hard to improve the lives of African-Americans. Democrats can complain all they want but that doesn’t change reality. President Trump has put in place policies that are putting smiles on people’s faces. African-Americans have the lowest unemployment rate in their history. Opportunity Zones have brought back wealth into poor neighborhoods, thereby creating middle class employment opportunities.

President Trump is keeping promises and making life better for African-Americans. It isn’t lost on people when comparing Trump’s pro-African-American accomplishments with the Democrats unfulfilled promises. That’s why President Trump is making significant inroads into the African-American community.

Democrats finally proved that they have a sense of humor when they released the Schiff Report. The report contains enough malarkey to qualify for a Biden bus tour through Iowa. One funny line from the Schiff Report said “President Trump’s scheme subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his presidential reelection campaign,’ the Democrats’ report said.”

Do Democrats seriously think that Joe Biden has a snowball’s prayer in H-E-Double Toothpicks of defeating a president with a fantastic economy? It’s difficult picturing Democrats getting enthusiastic about Joe Biden at the top of next fall’s ticket. If Democrats publicly take Biden’s candidacy seriously, President Trump doesn’t. President Trump doesn’t picture any Democrat presidential candidates seriously. This was written later in the report:

The President engaged in this course of conduct for the benefit of his own presidential reelection, to harm the election prospects of a political rival, and to influence our nation’s upcoming presidential election to his advantage. In doing so, the President placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security.

Just how did President Trump endanger “U.S. national security”? Second, if placing their “own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States” was an impeachable offense, half of U.S. presidents would’ve gotten impeached. The more you read from the Schiff Report, the more people should question its seriousness.

Then the Schiff Report sunk to this low:


A paragraph very early in the Schiff Report contains this information:

During a July 25, 2019, call between President Trump and President Zelensky, President Zelensky expressed gratitude for U.S. military assistance. President Trump immediately responded by asking President Zelensky to “do us a favor though” and openly pressed for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden and the 2016 conspiracy theory. In turn, President Zelensky assured President Trump that he would pursue the investigation and reiterated his interest in the White House meeting.

Here’s what the transcript says about investigating the Bidens:

I wanted to tell you about the prosecutor. First off, I understand and I’m knowledgeable about the situation. Since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament; the next prosecutor .general will be 100% my person, my candidate, who will be approved by the parliament and will start as a new prosecutor in September. He or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue. The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and wi11 work on the investigation of the case. On top of that, I would kindly ask you if you have any additional information that you can provide to µs, it would be very helpful for the investigation to make sure that we administer justice in our country with regard to the Ambassador to the United States from Ukraine as far as I recall her name was Yovanovitch.

First, it’s important to notice that the “I have a favor” paragraph is entirely different than the “Investigate the Biden” paragraph. In fact, they’re on separate pages. Where in the “I have a favor” paragraph does it mention military assistance? Further, the “I have a favor” paragraph doesn’t mention military assistance. Neither does the “Investigate the Bidens” paragraph.

Apparently, Mr. Schiff thinks that he can just make things up and people will just take his word on it. Mr. Schiff hasn’t figured out that the American people stopped giving Mr. Schiff the benefit of the doubt years ago. Further, since House Impeachment Committee Democrats voted on a 13-9 straight party line vote to approve the Schiff Report, they’re complicit in Mr. Schiff’s lies.

In response, President Trump engaged in an unprecedented campaign of obstruction of this impeachment inquiry. Nevertheless, due in large measure to patriotic and courageous public servants who provided the Committees with direct evidence of the President’s actions, the Committees uncovered significant misconduct on the part of the President of the United States.

Actually, President Trump didn’t claim executive privilege as often as Bill Clinton claimed it in 1998-99. It’s worth noting that Congress isn’t the final arbiter on claims of privilege. The Constitution gives the Judicial Branch the responsibility of settling disputes between the political branches, aka the Legislative Branch and the Executive Branch. Since Congress didn’t ask the judiciary to settle these disputes over privilege, it’s impossible to take the Schiff Report (or the Democrats who voted to approve it) seriously.

The Schiff Report isn’t a serious report. Its “Findings of Facts” section is especially farcical. That’ll require a separate post, which I’ll write Wednesday.

The Democrats shouldn’t be surprised that President Trump didn’t accept their invitation to the Democrats’ rigged impeachment hearing on Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee. The White House received notice of the hearing just over a week ago. That’s beyond ridiculous:

In a Nov. 26 letter to Trump, Nadler said the president’s counsel can make a request to question a panel of as yet unnamed witnesses who will discuss the constitutional basis for impeachment.

What intelligent person would trust a Democrat who’s gotten caught with “plans for House Democrats to investigate and impeach Justice Brett Kavanaugh for alleged perjury and investigate and impeach President Donald Trump for alleged treasonous collusion with Russia”? Why would anyone think that Chairman Nadler was entering these hearings with an open mind? This tells me Chairman Nadler is hopelessly biased:

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., also ripped Trump for not fully cooperating with Congress. “If the President thinks the call was ‘perfect’ and there is nothing to hide then he would turn over the thousands of pages of documents requested by Congress, allow witnesses to testify instead of blocking testimony with baseless privilege claims, and provide any exculpatory information that refutes the overwhelming evidence of his abuse of power,” he said in a statement.

I didn’t hear Chairman Nadler insisting that President Obama turn over documents requested by the Oversight Committee on the subject of Operation Fast and Furious. That’s because Nadler is a partisan hack. He only cares about doing as much damage to President Trump as possible.

Another sign that Chairman Nadler and the Democrats aren’t operating in good faith is because Democrats set the date for this sham hearing on the same day as the NATO leaders summit in London. The date for that summit was set 9 months ago. Chairman Nadler couldn’t have picked a different day? There’s no question that he’s operating in bad faith. This letter outlines the bad faith in greater detail:

The Democrats’ invitation to President Trump’s attorneys look more like pitchforks than invitations. Arranging the hearing without telling the minority who the witnesses will be is a terrible precedent. Setting the hearing without telling the minority if they’ll be able to call a single witness is a historic precedent that Democrats won’t be able to live down when the history books are written.

The Democrats haven’t been ready for primetime. Chairmen Nadler and Schiff have presided over clown shows. These Democrats haven’t played fair or consistently told the truth. That’s why Nadler and Schiff will be historic. It just won’t be in a positive way.

Friday night, Robin Biro mentioned something that few in the Agenda Media have talked about. He talked about “Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania” as battleground states. That’s the truth. Those 4 states are battleground states. Then Biro, a former Barack Obama campaign director, said in a serious tone that those states were once part of Hillary’s blue firewall. That’s quite a transformation.

If Democrats are fighting to hold Minnesota, they’re in trouble. If Democrats are fighting to flip Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin back into the Democrats’ column, they’re praying for a miracle. Considering the fact that there’s no sign that they’re trying to win back blue collar workers, Democrats might as well wish for a herd of unicorns.

According to Glenn Reynolds, this isn’t surprising:

If President Donald Trump is re-elected next November, he’ll owe a lot of his victory to the army of activists working tirelessly to put him over the top. No, I’m not talking about the red-hatted MAGA crowd, tireless as they are. I’m talking about the army of leftist activists whose nonstop craziness is moving moderates into the Trump column day by day.

Democrats are their own worst enemy. First, they unanimously rejected the Trump/GOP tax cuts. Immediately after the tax cuts passed, the economy took off like a supersonic jet. That wasn’t too bright. Next, Adam Schiff continuously insisted that President Trump had conspired with Russia to defeat Hillary. When the Mueller Report said that he hadn’t, they were in deeper hot water.

Finally, Schiff’s Democrats pushed their impeachment hearings down America’s throats without evidence or even an identifiable crime. Back in their districts, they’re getting an earful:

With cash pouring into the RNC, expect the RNC to put out lots of ads highlighting the fact that Democrats haven’t gotten anything done. If Democrats don’t turn legislation into signed laws, President Trump will campaign against Pelosi’s “Do-Nothing Democrats” until Election Day.

One thing that Brad Parscale isn’t getting credit for is his installing efficiencies into the Trump campaign. That will change as more information (like this) gets out: Dr. Gina Loudon was at President Trump’s rally in Sunrise, FL, Tuesday night. She’s the national co-chair of the Women For Trump campaign. Dr. Gina reported that Republicans registered 31,000 voters at Tuesday night’s rally. First, that’s a staggering total. I’m certain that President Trump is the only candidate in this race who could accomplish anything like this, mostly because there isn’t a Democrat in the race who can attract that big of a crowd. It’s important to remind people that Sunrise, FL is in Broward County, one of the bluest counties in Florida.

Next, Dr. Gina reported that 30% of the registrations were Democrats who switched allegiances to the GOP. Again, that’s an astronomical number, one that certainly frightens Democrats. Third, Dr. Gina reported that 27% of the registrations were Hispanics.

This isn’t just happening in Sunrise. It’s happening at each of President Trump’s rallies. They’ve registered voters in El Paso, TX, Houston, TX, Orlando, FL, and New Mexico. If these attendees of Trump rallies turn into votes, which a high percentage will do, it’ll be a game-changer. Think of all of the new Republicans that this efficiency will create. That isn’t good news for Democrats.

Brad Todd was on The Story Wednesday night. He’s the co-author of The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics along with Salena Zito. He told guest-host Ed Henry that Democrats aren’t even trying to win back the blue collar workers they lost to Trump in 2016. If that’s true, then Democrats face an uphill fight in 2020.

Finally, there’s the Trump campaign’s minority outreach program. Based on multiple recent polling, President Trump’s approval rating is improving with minorities. He’s at 34% with African-Americans in a recent Rasmussen poll. He’s at 34.5% with African-Americans in a recent Emerson poll.

If Democrats aren’t attempting to win back blue collar voters, which appears to be the case, and if President Trump is making inroads into minority communities, which appears to be happening, then Pennsylvania and Michigan would be uphill fights for Democrats. Factor in the Trump/RNC cash advantage and the Democrats’ hill gets even harder to climb. Factor in the great economy and that hill might look more like Kilimanjaro than foothill.