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When I read Angie Craig’s quotes in this article, the first thing I thought of was that Craig wasn’t happy with Speaker Pelosi’s initial actions. Craig is quoted as saying “The speaker listened. That’s all she did today. The speaker listened to us. I’m in a district where I think I’ve been reluctant to move forward only from the perspective of, I want to be disciplined, I want to look at due process, and I want to make sure we have all of our facts. And this inquiry will allow us to do that. And I’m very supportive of Adam Schiff and what he and his committee [are doing].”

The first thing that jumps off the page at me is that she’s “very supportive of Adam Schiff.” That’s a stunning admission on Craig’s part. She’s representing Minnesota’s 2nd District, not Minnesota’s 4th or Fifth districts.

Further, asking the most tone-deaf Democrat politician how to message something in a Minnesota House race sounds a little desperate. I’d also suggest that people who don’t know how to message an issue probably shouldn’t have staked out their political position. I’d point Ms. Craig to this article, which says this:

According to a Quinnipiac University national poll published Wednesday morning, Limbaugh may be on to something. The poll, which received 1,337 responses from registered voters across the political spectrum, indicated that support for Trump’s impeachment sits below 40 percent. Opposition, on the other hand, is at 57 percent.

My point is that this isn’t a packaging issue. It’s a content issue. This is how Doug Collins expressed it in his opening statement for the House Judiciary Committee’s Lewandowski hearing:

Collins said that “I’ve never seen a majority who’ve been so amazed with packaging in my life. You know why? It’s because they can’t sell what’s inside.” Craig has the same difficulty. It isn’t the packaging. It’s the crap that’s inside. Just a third of registered voters want Democrats to impeach President Trump. The American people are trying to tell Pelosi’s Democrats that this isn’t that big of a deal to them. They’re saying that this doesn’t rise to the level of “treason, bribery, high crimes or misdemeanors.”

Ms. Craig has a Schiff problem. She’s listening to Chairman Schiff too much. That won’t play well next October because Schiff has said a thousand things that are perfect for campaign commercials. Schiff is a California nutjob. That might play well in Minnesota’s 4th or Fifth districts but Minnesota’s 2nd District is a totally different critter.

The Democrats are heading for a difficult year whoever they pick as their presidential nominee. The bad news for them is that things can get worse if Democrats are pictured as Do-Nothing Democrats or Impeachment Democrats.

Anyone that watched this afternoon’s House Judiciary Committee hearing that featured former Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski as the Committee’s star witness saw Democrats that were frustrated. Those same Democrats were mockingly called “the Party of Impeachment” by Congressman Ratcliffe, (R-TX). By any stretch of the imagination, today’s hearing was a wretched sight.

If I was running the NRCC’s campaign, and I’m not (Tom Emmer is running things), I’d simply have candidates watch Jerry Nadler’s questioning of Mr. Lewandowski. Either that I’d have them watch the 3 Stooges, although the 3 Stooges weren’t as discombobulated as Chairman Nadler. Chairman Nadler wasn’t just bewildered during his questioning of Mr. Lewandowski. He was frustrated, too. Watch this videoclip and ask yourself if Chairman Nadler looks composed or agitated:

To me, Chairman Nadler looked extremely frustrated. He didn’t look composed whatsoever. Then compare that with how composed Rep. John Ratcliffe looks while questioning Mr. Lewandowski:

Doug Collins’ needling of Chairman Nadler might be my favorite part of the hearing:

The best part came when Collins said “I’ve never seen a majority so interested in packaging in all my life. You know why? Because they can’t sell what’s inside. They can’t sell the product so they just keep packaging it differently. You like having the press here. You like having the cameras because it makes it look like something’s happening but it’s not.”

Collins continued, saying “The American people are starting to get it. They’re starting to get it that if you’re just howling at the wind, you’re not doing anything.”

Later, Lewandowski got under Hakeem Jeffries’ skin:

Lewandowski later declined to play along with certain questions. New York Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries asked Lewandowski if he was Trump’s “hitman, the bag man, the lookout, or all of the above?” “I think I’m the good looking man, actually,” Lewandowski replied.

Honestly, today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing exposed how incompetent Democrats are. If a back-bencher like Jerry Nadler is a committee chairman, that’s proof positive that Democrats aren’t worthy of holding gavels. Democrats were so bad that MSNBC and CNN criticized Committee Democrats:

NBC News correspondent Ken Dilanian suggested to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi that Democratic lawmakers were primarily focused on “getting their moment on television” than getting the facts from their witness.

Then there’s this:

Politico reporter and MSNBC analyst Jake Sherman questioned why Lewandowski’s involvement in the Mueller report “wasn’t the focus” of the hearing. “At the end of the day, Democrats are going to have to leave this hearing and say, ‘What did we accomplish today and did it bring us closer to X?’ They don’t know what ‘X’ is,” Sherman told the panel.

“They don’t know what they’re doing and at the end of this hearing, I suspect… that they feel like Trump has changed the rules so much that he’s impervious to all of this. He’s not afraid of impeachment… so they’re just kind of coasting along and doing their thing.”

Holding a gavel is a prestigious accomplishment. I didn’t see a single Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee that I thought was qualified to chair a committee. Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee got trolled. These Democrats sit on one of the most prestigious, historic committees in history. This is the committee that started the impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon. Rather than looking the part, Corey Lewandowski trolled Eric Swalwell:

Lewandowski appeared to mock California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell’s unsuccessful bid for the White House earlier this year, calling him “President Swalwell” at one point during questioning.

These Democrats aren’t ready for primetime. I’m not certain that they’re up to a part on Keystone Cops. I am certain that they’re best suited to back-benchers in the minority party in the House.

To say that Doug Collins was upset with Democrats is understatement. Thursday, Rep. Collins exploded with righteous indignation at do-nothing Democrats, saying “lately, this has become a committee of press releases.” Collins thanked the witnesses for coming to the hearing, then saying “dehumanizing is taking people you say you care about but then doing nothing for them.”

Rep. Collins started reading his opening statement, then stopped rather dramatically. If you want to see what righteous indignation looks like, watch this video:

That’s what righteous indignation looks like. That’s what a man looks like who’s frustrated by do-nothing Democrats for doing nothing. This clip will be shown in campaign ad after campaign ad next fall. If Pelosi, Nadler, et al, don’t get a ton of bills passed and signed by this time next year, expect Republicans to bury freshman Democrats with ads cut from Rep. Collins’ justified diatribe.

Collins went on:

I think about these kids being used. I think about the Flores Agreement and the trafficking issue or the asylum issue.

Collins finished, saying “I couldn’t read the rest of this. This is dehumanizing. This is showing a non-competent, non-capable majority.” Let’s add some context to Rep. Collins’ speech:

Collins, the top Republican on the panel, spoke at a forum titled, “Oversight of Family Separation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” where Democrats sought to bring attention to what they say is the continued practice of separating children from adult migrants at the border.

The Do-nothing Democrats are experts at whining about what they think is wrong. They’re utterly worthless at fixing things. What have Do-Nothing Democrats gotten done since regaining the majority? Here’s what:

NOTHING!

That’s what they’ve fixed. Nothing. Then there’s this:

“My Democratic colleagues have ideas, I may disagree with those ideas but put a bill up,” Collins yelled. “I have a bill, put mine up, make amendments to it, do whatever you want to do — that’s what Congress is supposed to do. Dehumanizing is this.”

A vote for a Democrat is a vote for a blowhard politician who isn’t interested in fixing problems. A vote for a Democrat is a vote for a politician who isn’t interested in keeping their campaign promises. A vote for a Democrat is a vote for doing nothing. It’s that simple.