It’s about time, isn’t it? Considering the never-ending attempts to topple his presidency, and in keeping with his defiance of a flurry of congressional subpoenas, Donald Trump’s decision to finally unleash the dogs and permit the declassification of documents relating to Obama administration surveillance of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign became unavoidable.
The last straw for Trump was when Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declared — and then repeated to make sure the Democrats’ crazed anti-Trump base heard her — that Trump is engaged in a “coverup” one hour before her big infrastructure meeting with the president. It was clear that Pelosi had calibrated carefully how far she needed to go to satisfy her ravenous base without actually commencing an impeachment process.
Trump’s response — walking out of the meeting, on top of his refusal to comply with subpoenas and his declassification decision — likely represents the official end of any hint of bipartisan cooperation in the D.C. Swamp.
Pelosi knows full well that impeachment, if it could even pass the House, would certainly be deep-sixed in the Senate. It would tear the country apart at the expense of her party’s own goodwill among voters.
But it is equally obvious that the Democrats’ outspoken radical base demands impeachment and simply will not stand for their leader doing a single thing that might benefit Trump. And what better way to torpedo any chance of a deal with the evil orange man than to accuse him, without a hint of evidence, of an impeachable crime?
It’s hard to blame Trump for throwing up his arms and putting an end to the paper-thin veneer of bipartisanship, considering the unending string of scandalous and baseless allegations thrown his way. What else could he do? First, he was accused of serving as a Russian asset who stole the presidency and then, after being cleared of all such charges, he was accused of a coverup, right before what could have been a productive bipartisan meeting aimed at upgrading the nation’s decaying infrastructure. Big plans in the offing — ranging from repairs to roads, bridges, airports, and the power grid to expansion of the nation’s broadband network — have been scuttled.
The Democrats’ strategy is becoming more clear by the day: launch as many as 20 investigations of Trump, his administration, family, and business operations and benefit from the fruits of their fishing expeditions without the political liability of an impeachment.
It’s the coward’s way. Taunt a guy, whack him in the face, and then run for cover.
From the day Trump was elected, Democrats have been stuck in a perpetual state of cognitive dissonance the likes of which we have rarely witnessed. They have forced themselves to reconcile their contradictory beliefs that Trump is an incompetent buffoon and an evil genius who orchestrated the most spectacular political crime in American history, stealing a presidential election and then engineering a coverup so effective that even a bloodthirsty team of nakedly partisan anti-Trump investigators were unable to pierce the veil.
To say those two notions are irreconcilable is an understatement.
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, prominent among the Upper West Side Chablis-and-brie elitists who awaken every day with a headache at the very thought of this president, described the dilemma: “My head hurts, puzzling over whether Trump is just a big blowhard who’s flailing around, or a sinister genius laying traps to get himself impeached to animate the base ahead of the election.”
For all their tilting at the windmill of removing Trump from office, the president has reversed the curse with his long-anticipated order to declassify. The resulting revelations may serve as the exclamation point to the multiple and rapidly expanding Justice Department investigations into the origins of government spying on the Trump campaign.
Think of the magnitude of what may well be proven: that Democrats engaged in a textbook case of projection, accusing Trump of the very crime they committed, attempting to rig the 2016 election by spying on the Trump campaign, preparing a slanderous “insurance policy” in the unlikely event Trump won the election, and then engaging in a coverup. It would mean that the two-year investigation unleashed on the political enemy of the Obama gang – former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, former Chief of the FBI’s Counterespionage Section Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, et al. — was designed specifically to mask their own traitorous actions.
It is certainly possible that Democrats have refrained from impeachment because they know all too well that their actions in first attempting to prevent and then to cripple the Trump presidency could become a scandal of monstrous proportions. And they know there could well be hell to pay for it. But for now, they seem to believe their best preemptive defense is an offense full of sound and fury up to, but not including, impeachment of Donald Trump.
Trump’s reactions — from ordering declassification to ignoring congressional subpoenas to walking out on the infrastructure meeting — signal that the 45th president is turning the tables and channeling ol’ Clint Eastwood in his message to Pelosi and her ilk: We’re done here. I dare you to impeach me. Go ahead, make my day.
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