October 23, 2019
Author: Chilton Williamson
The Democrats are pretending that they are acting from a position of overwhelming strength in their impeachment charade against the White House. In reality, this political war so far is really a phoney war they dare not raise to the level of an active one by holding what the obstructive Remain Parliament in Westminster would term a “meaningful” vote in the House of Representatives requiring all 435 members to vote impeachment up or down. The reason for their reluctance is not the fear of losing the vote. It is what would be likely to happen in 2020 to the Democratic Representatives elected in 2018 in the districts where Trump was elected President in 2016.
The Democratic Party is like an adder that puffs itself up to look larger than its actual size to intimidate its enemies. Indeed the party’s broad political strategy is one of intimidation, and likely to remain so down to November 3, 2020. It is deliberately presenting itself as dangerously angry and supported by an electoral majority as furious as it is; the party of the progressive future that will ring down the curtain on the reactionary anomaly of Donald Trump’s administration and return American politics to the familiar groove of the American political tradition; the party that is backed by all educated and enlightened people, by the Establishment, and the major national institutions; the party that has all the ideas—the question and the answers—the country needs and is looking for; all the talent and experience needed to realize them; and a roster of candidates longer than an elephant’s trunk eager to get the job done and bring America home. They are claiming to be an army of Wagnerian giants that will trample their enemies and beat them down with their clubs. In fact, they are nothing of the sort. No wonder the President is not demoralized. No wonder, indeed, that he is actually enjoying the farce.
The Democrats are frightened, even panicked. Like imperiled animals, they exude the rank stench of fear. The impeachment procedure that isn’t signals weakness, not strength. As William McGurn wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal, Pelosi, Schiff, et al. are acting from two motives in refusing to wait a year for the electorate to vote Trump out of office. The first—they prefer to punish the deplorables who put him there—is psychologically plausible, but conjectural. The second—they are far from confident that the President really will be defeated—is highly probable, if not certain. Trump and his party are not nearly so endangered as the Democrats pretend they are. Trump is—so far at least—demonstrably innocent of impeachable behavior in respect of Ukraine, or anything else. The Mueller investigation failed to unhorse him, or show that he was guilty of making culpable foreign contacts during the election, of acting as a Russian agent or asset, and of obstructing justice. Instead, the FBI and the CIA, not the President, are now in hot water. The domestic economy is holding up more strongly than anywhere else in the world. The President has fulfilled many of his campaign promises, and he is working to fulfill more if only the vengeful Democratic Congress will let him. His defeated opponent in 2016 has been busy since then reminding everyone of her defeat almost daily, thus destroying what little remained of her political and personal reputation. In recent days she has been giving a convincing impression of a woman who has gone either barking mad, senile, or both.
Meanwhile, the nearly 20 primary candidates vying for the honor of opposing Trump next year appear to have been lifted from a political spoof created by talented descendents of the Marx Brothers. Theory may suggest that democratic politics is as easy as topping your opponent’s latest surreal promise to the masses, but in practice it is not so easy. Despite the hype, the show business, the ginned-up excitement, and the forced belief that something of substance is really being said, these political pygmies have nothing, either as personalities or policy setters, of value to contribute to the Donkey Party in 2020. Therefore the Party will have nothing to offer American voters in the coming race, except a platform that will read like a take-home assignment written by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a candidate vetted and groomed by the gnomes and goblins of the media—a chunk of red meat deliberately chosen to appeal to the palate of the King of the Beasts in the White House. Imagine any one of them taking him on, one on one, in the presidential debates. The stage will simply run red with blood. Parental consent will be required for children to watch. Therapists will have to be summoned afterward.
Naturally, Democrats look forward to none of this. But what they are really dreading is the imminent drop of John Durham’s review of the federal government’s covert investigations of Trump’s campaign in 2016, and the release of Inspector General Horowitz’s report on abuses relating to the FISA Court’s decision to issue warrants based on allegations made against Trump in Christopher Steele’s dossier, commissioned by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Taken separately or together, these documents should take the Democrats’ collective mind off Ukraine by giving them, and another and former President and his staff, more immediately exciting things to think about.