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There was election meddling in 2016, but the most damaging came from the J. Edgar Hoover Building. The FBI spied on the Trump campaign through Crossfire Hurricane, whose authorization forms were a trainwreck and devoid of any evidence that would warrant such an operation. Carter Page, a former Trump campaign official, was under a FISA spy warrant. All of this because a Clinton-funded piece of opposition research, the Trump dossier, compiled by ex-MI6 spook Christopher Steele who was contracted by Fusion GPS, a research firm, was weaponized by the Obama Department of Justice.

Bruce Ohr, a former top official at the DOJ, had contact with Steele and didn’t disclose it. Even after Steele’s work was exposed as biased garbage and was fired by the FBU for “unauthorized media contacts,” he still had contact with him. Oh, and his wife worked for Fusion GPS. He was demoted, but kept his job. Yeah, after all of that, he was still collecting a paycheck. Well, he’s gone now (via Fox News):

Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official demoted in 2017 following the revelation of his meetings with anti-Trump dossier figure Christopher Steele, retired in late September while awaiting a “final decision on a disciplinary review,” a department spokeswoman told Fox News on Wednesday.

Fox News first reported that Ohr was demoted from his senior position at the Justice Department following the revelation of his meetings with ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, of which his superiors at the DOJ were unaware.

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Ohr was a key contact inside the Justice Department for Steele, who authored an anti-Trump dossier for research firm Fusion GPS as opposition research for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS at the time.

That dossier, which remains unverified, was instrumental in obtaining the FISA warrant for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, according to a report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

DOJ spokesperson Kerry Kupec said he retired on September 30 before he was about to be disciplined for his anti-Trump antics. CBS News’s Catherine Herridge said he was about to be fired for these actions.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: Good News: Top DOJ Official and Trump-Russia Collusion Peddler Bruce Ohr Has Resigned

Once again, we have a story that will draw scrutiny to all of the mail-in voting craze that’s dominated the liberal media and the Democrats. In Virginia, scores of voters got two ballots, but no worries—officials say only one would be counted. Some 1,400 voters got two ballots, as states try to adjust their voting operations during the COVID outbreak. Regardless, Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that in-person voting is safe. Frankly, if you can vote in-person, you should. And with scores of mail-in ballots now being rejected, coupled with the Postal Service warning of massive delays, Democrats are now urging their base to vote in-person if possible. Regardless, this hiccup with the ballots has some wondering about the process (via Fox 5 DC):

According to several media reports about 1400 voters in Virginia got two absentee ballots mailed to them, but elections officials said only one would be counted.

Elections officials in Fairfax County told the Washington Post a printer problem led employees to mistakenly mail two ballots to about 1000 voters. Officials said people should destroy the second ballot.

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FOX 5 spoke to a voter in Loudoun County who also says she received two ballots.

My husband just got one and I got two, said Jean Brennan of Leesburg.

Brennan, a Trump supporter, said the mistake has her questioning the process.

“This is what [Trump’s] concerned about and I am too and I wanted to bring it to your attention,” Brennan said.

This isn’t the only state either. In Pennsylvania, they’ll be accepting ballots whose voter signatures don’t match. In North Carolina, some voters also received two ballots. In Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, ballots that were cast for Trump were found in the trash. And in the last four elections, some 28 million ballots were lost in the mail.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: Oh, It’s No Worry…Only Some Virginia Voters Got Two Ballots

If Joe Biden is up seven-to-ten points over Donald Trump, then, why are a slew of battleground states a dead heat? And that’s not coming from conservative sources, folks. That’s from good ole’ MSNBC, who noted how things are tightening up in Iowa and Georgia. I don’t think either state is truly a battleground, but Michigan is—and it’s a dead heat. When that’s the scenario, it’ll come down to turnout and Trump had the edge by far over Biden, who has run an invisible campaign in the state.

And then, there’s Trump’s approval rating. It’s ticking up, folks (via the Hill):

President Trump’s job approval has ticked up to 48 percent in a new Hill-HarrisX poll, a 1 percentage point increase from the same survey conducted earlier this month.

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Trump was approved by 19 percent of Black voters in a study conducted Sept. 5-8. That number increased 6 points to 25 percent in the most recent survey.

Support among White and Hispanic voters held steady, at 55 and 37 percent, respectively.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 2,804 registered voters between Sept. 18-21. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points.

The number regarding black voter support is pretty good for a Republican, as is the Hispanic voter support. Yet, why are we still using registered voters in these polls? If we’re going by history here, there was another president who had a 48 percent approval rating in September before a key election in 2012. That was Barack Obama—and he isn’t going to have the tremendous economic growth numbers at his back the way Trump will. In four months, over 10 million jobs have been created under this administration. We’ve halved the job losses caused by the COVID outbreak. It’s a V-shaped recovery—and if you want to get the job done, re-elect Donald Trump. The ad writes itself. Rasmussen has had Trump’s approval over 50 percent for the past week or so.

The national polling is once again oversampling Democrats, the college-educated, and still using registered voter polls. It’s not just presidential polls either. Sara Gideon, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Maine, is up 12 points over incumbent Republican Susan Collins. That’s a science fiction novel.

Biden cannot be up 10 and be tied in Michigan, and not doing not as well in key counties like Miami-Dade in Florida or Lackawanna in Pennsylvania. If he was truly up 10 points, Pennsylvania would be a sure thing. It’s not. In fact, it’s going to be hard for Democrats to flip this state if the GOP voter registration surges in the key counties remain, coupled with the return of the soft Trump voters flocking back into the fold come Election Day. Like Obama, you can count on the Trump coalition to turn out hardcore come Election Day, so those voter registration numbers weigh a bit more heavily. No one is excited about Joe Biden.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: Two Polls That Shatter the Liberal Media’s Propping Up of Joe Biden

Oh, the pink hats are coming back. That means we should all grab some popcorn because there is nothing more entertaining than a bunch of feminists frothing at the mouth over the fact that Donald Trump is about to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away last Friday at the age of 87. On October 17, they’re coming back. They say it’s going to be epic (via The Hill):

The Women’s March organization is planning a nationwide protest next month opposing President Trump and his move to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.

“We’re planning a massive, nationwide march on October 17 to send an unmistakable message of our fierce opposition to Trump and his agenda, including his attempt to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat,” the organization said in an online fundraising page for the event.

The Women’s March organization said on Instagram on Monday that the event will “send a clear message that we will not allow Trump and the GOP to endanger our lives any longer.”

People can hear you, ladies. For sure. They can see you too. But none of this matters. Have your rant and voice your anger, yes. This is your right as American citizens. And when all of that is done. We’re going to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat before the election and there’s nothing you can do to stop us. Thanks for playing. We won. You lost. That’s how this works. Elections have consequences.

If anything, Ruth Bader Ginsburg screwed you all. She didn’t retire during the Obama administration, but I know there are bigger debates, like why she didn’t hire more black law clerks. Oh, yes, we all know the ‘woke’ Left is discovering some troubling aspects of her life. Well, ‘troubling’ in the eyes for you unhinged people.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: The Pink Hats are Back! Women’s March Returning To Voice Outrage Over Trump Filling Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Seat

Let the word go forth: kids don’t get it and they don’t spread it. Also, don’t watch MSNBC or CNN. Actually, you should watch MSNBC which compiled multiple pediatricians who said it was time to get kids back to school. Yes, it seems the experts are actually supporting President Trump’s position that schools should re-open in the fall. MSNBC host Craig Melvin’s face at the end of all of these doctors pretty much dispelling the COVID panic porn being peddled by the national media. You’d think sending your kids back to school would be a death sentence. Granted, the experts have been wrong before, and this group of people has peddled some absolute garbage advice regarding this virus. The best being that everyone else must stay inside now, unless you’re gathering to conduct a mass Black Lives Matter protest because, you see, issues of moral urgency makes the virus non-transmittable in these settings. So, what to make of this? The best part is that liberals who shovel down the propaganda by the liberal media probably either ignored this segment or refuse to believe it was real.

Still, the evidence is piling up that kids don’t get it and don’s spread. Over to the University of Vermont, which noted that kids rarely transmit the virus, which isn’t as lethal as the seasonal flu, albeit safety guidelines should be followed: (via UVM) [emphasis mine]

A commentary published in the journal Pediatrics, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, concludes that children infrequently transmit Covid-19 to each other or to adults and that many schools, provided they follow appropriate social distancing guidelines and take into account rates of transmission in their community, can and should reopen in the fall.

The authors, Benjamin Lee, M.D. and William V. Raszka, Jr., M.D., are both pediatric infectious disease specialists on the faculty of the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine. Dr. Raszka is an associate editor of Pediatrics.

The authors of the commentary, titled “COVID-19 Transmission and Children: The Child Is Not to Blame,” base their conclusions on a new study published in the current issue of Pediatrics, “COVID-19 in Children and the Dynamics of Infection in Families,” and four other recent studies that examine Covid-19 transmission by and among children.

In the new Pediatrics study, Klara M. Posfay-Barbe, M.D., a faculty member at University of Geneva’s medical school, and her colleagues studied the households of 39 Swiss children infected with Covid-19. Contract tracing revealed that in only three (8%) was a child the suspected index case, with symptom onset preceding illness in adult household contacts.

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In a French study, a boy with Covid-19 exposed over 80 classmates at three schools to the disease. None contracted it. Transmission of other respiratory diseases, including influenza transmission, was common at the schools.

In a study in New South Wales, nine infected students and nine staff across 15 schools exposed a total of 735 students and 128 staff to Covid-19. Only two secondary infections resulted, one transmitted by an adult to a child.

“The data are striking,” said Dr. Raszka. “The key takeaway is that children are not driving the pandemic. After six months, we have a wealth of accumulating data showing that children are less likely to become infected and seem less infectious; it is congregating adults who aren’t following safety protocols who are responsible for driving the upward curve.”

Rising cases among adults and children in Texas childcare facilities, which have seen 894 Covid-19 cases among staff members and 441 among children in 883 child care facilities across the state, have the potential to be misinterpreted, Dr. Raszka said. He has not studied the details of the outbreak.

“There is widespread transmission of Covid-19 in Texas today, with many adults congregating without observing social distancing or wearing masks,” he said. “While we don’t yet know the dynamics of the outbreak, it is unlikely that infants and young children in daycare are driving the surge. Based on the evidence, it’s more plausible that adults are passing the infection to the children in the vast majority of cases.”

Trump supports reopening schools, so you can bet two things will happen. The media will frame him as wanting kids to die, which is very transparent since that’s exactly what the media wants to happen. Hell, they’re jacked up on all these new cases, hoping for an increased death toll. They want more people to die, and if kids are included, the better chances there are to boot Trump from office. It’s horrific. It’s nasty, but that’s the national media. They’re enemies of the people, hoping to keep up afraid. The other end of this panic is to ensure there’s a reason to cancel the upcoming presidential debates. Joe Biden doesn’t know where he is, he’s mind is being eaten by worms, and he wouldn’t last two seconds against Trump. One bad debate can torpedo these supposed polls showing him in good standing with voters. The Democrat-media complex needs a reason to make a case to end the debates, and that would be children dying by the fistful from COVID, despite lack of evidence that they get it, die from it, or spread it. Parents will make their decisions of course, as they should, but ignore CNN’s panic room echo chamber. If the media had their way, we’d all be welded shut in our homes, except for Antifa, where tens of millions more would lose their jobs, the economy would be trashed, and we wouldn’t be allowed outside until nothing could hurt us. Luckily, we can simply tune out these clowns.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: MSNBC Host’s Face After Pediatricians Say It’s Time to Send Kids Back to School Is Priceless

The loose ends of the Trump-Russia collusion myth are being tied up. Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified troves of documents relating to this investigation. This comes after new documents showed that ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was the victim of an FBI entrapment plot.

The FBI had no evidence to subject Flynn to an interview for a counterintelligence probe into Russian collusion. There was no evidence that he should have ever been the subject of a federal investigation period. The FBI knew this and still went ahead because then-FBI Director James Comey and then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe were going to try and get him at all costs. It was a malicious prosecution, which led to the Department of Justice dropping the criminal charges, though the judge, Emmet Sullivan, is trying to keep the case alive for reasons you could probably guess.

What we’ve learned is that on January 5, 2017, Barack Obama met with his top intelligence and national security officials to discuss how to protect the ongoing FBI counterintelligence investigation. If anything, the best outcome would be for the incoming Trump administration to not know about it—a tall order. The reason for Flynn actually being roped into this is that he was doing his job. He spoke with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and this was weaponized against him. It was outrageous.

Declassified Susan Rice E-M… by The Federalist on Scribd

On January 20, 2017, Rice sent an email to herself, the contents were classified until now (via Fox News):

Rice’s email to herself was first flagged in 2018 by Grassley, R-Iowa, the former Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who now sits as chairman of the panel. The email was partially unclassified at the time and appeared to detail the Jan. 5, 2017, meeting, which included Obama, Rice, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Vice President Joe Biden.

“President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘by the book,’” Rice emailed to herself. “The president stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.”

The email also appeared to reflect Obama’s guidance on sharing sensitive information with both the Russians and the incoming Trump administration.

Rice wrote that Obama said, “he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.”

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After the briefing, Obama asked Yates and Comey to “stay behind,” and said he had “learned of the information about Flynn” and his conversation with Russia’s ambassador about sanctions. Obama “specified that he did not want any additional information on the matter, but was seeking information on whether the White House should be treating Flynn any differently, given the information.”

At that point, the document said, “Yates had no idea what the president was talking about, but figured it out based on the conversation. Yates recalled Comey mentioning the Logan Act, but can’t recall if he specified there was an ‘investigation.’ Comey did not talk about prosecution in the meeting.”

This would eventually lead to Flynn being interviewed, amid supposed concern he had violated the obscure and never-successfully-enforced Logan Act, and later pleading guilty to lying to investigators about his Kislyak talks. He later sought to withdraw that plea.

Sean Davis at The Federalist noted that this email shows that Flynn was targeted for destruction during this key meeting. It proves that Obama’s marching orders were efficiently and ruthlessly carried out. Again, not something that y’all didn’t know. You’ve known about the shady Obama DOJ for quite some time. It’s for the liberal media folks in the back who mocked us for peddling what they saw as tin foil hat fodder. Nope. The FBI went after Flynn. The FBI weaponized a piece of politically biased opposition research funded by the Democrats and the Clinton campaign that was unverified and loaded with Russian misinformation. And there was no Trump-Russia collusion. All that remains is for Flynn to be rid of this case, which sadly won’t end anytime soon.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: We Now Know What Susan Rice Emailed to Herself on Trump’s Inauguration Day

This is a common theme when it comes to Democrats trying to corner or destroy Trump. They fail. It blows up. Whatever they think could be something that could embarrass or destroy this administration turns out to be a nothingburger. It’s the same thing with the whole Russia-Trump collusion myth. How many bombshells did we hear about? How many turned out to be nothing? The amount of buckshot Democrats have embedded in their faces cannot be measured. Before the Trump impeachment circus ended, Senate Democrats tried to get extra witnesses into the fold. That’s not how this works. Again, there were 17 witnesses—all picked by Democrats. And they wanted more? If they wanted to go this route, they should have settled this in the House. They didn’t. You don’t get to break procedure because your case, already shoddy, didn’t move the public opinion needle with regards to booting Trump. If anything, it only helped the president who saw his approval numbers increase and pushed swing states further away from Democrats.

The one witness that Democrats wanted was former National Security Adviser John Bolton. They wanted his testimony. They thought it had something in there that could destroy Trump. And after the Senate rightfully gave Trump a total and full acquittal, after the media freaked out, and after Democrats threw a tantrum—Bolton finally says that the impeachment push was a partisan clown show and his testimony wouldn’t have helped Democrats (via Associated Press):

Former national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday denounced the House’s impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump as ”grossly partisan” and said his testimony would not have changed Trump’s acquittal in the Senate, as he continued to stay quiet on the details of a yet-to-be-released book.

In his second public discussion this week, Bolton was on stage at Vanderbilt University with former national security adviser under President Barack Obama, Susan Rice, who questioned Bolton’s refusal to discuss more details while his book undergoes screening for possible classified national security details by the Trump administration. Bolton was likewise quiet on specifics from the book during a Monday speaking engagement at Duke University.

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Bolton contended that the House “committed impeachment malpractice,” drawing some grumbling from the audience, saying “the process drove Republicans who might have voted for impeachment away because it was so partisan.” He also said he didn’t expect the Senate to vote against having him testify.

“People can argue about what I should have said and what I should have done,” Bolton said. “I would bet you a dollar right here and now, my testimony would have made no difference to the ultimate outcome.”

So, once again, another failed Democratic attempt to outmaneuver this administration. Trump won and the Democrats lost. And all this push did was give Donald Trump the largest in-kind contribution towards his 2020 re-election effort.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Daily Caller: John Bolton: Trump’s Impeachment Was a Partisan Circus and My Testimony Wouldn’t Have Helped Democrats

UPDATE: Here we go…

Today is the day. The ball gets rolling on this Trump impeachment sham that has engulfed the nation for the better part of this year. The Democrats have been planning this since day one of the Trump presidency. Yet, in 2018, the Democrats retook the House and this whole circus began to come together. Democrats couldn’t use Russian collusion as their main salvo because ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report torpedoed it. The hearings further damaged the collusion narrative which was a media-manufactured myth that was peddled for more than two years. Democrats clung to this conspiracy theory like grim death despite numerous bombshells being gutted due to lack of evidence. To this day, there is zero evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. They’re now using this July phone call Trump has with the Ukrainians where he supposedly threatened to withhold military aid unless an investigation into Hunter Biden’s position at Burisma, an energy company, was launched. Biden’s job there is suspect and the presidential campaign of his father, Joe Biden, has so far been unable to get this story out of the news cycle.

ted to impeach, the articles have finally been transmitted after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat on them for a few weeks (wasn’t this an urgent matter?), and their impeachment managers have been selected. It was a cause for celebration on the Left. At noon, the managers will read aloud the articles in the Senate. At 2 pm, Chief Justice John Roberts will walk over to swear-in all the members of the Senate. The trial begins on Tuesday, according to Fox News’ Chad Pergram. Senate Republicans have declared they can proceed in this trial without witnesses, a Democratic demand, and have the votes to shoot them down. Democrats want only four, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton. If that’s the case, then Democrats have to accept any GOP witnesses, which should include Hunter and Joe Biden, the latter of which said he would not testify even if compelled by a subpoena. Isn’t that obstruction of Congress? One of the two charges against Trump that is not only utterly laughable but reeks of partisanship. It’s why this impeachment push is not popular with those who aren’t Democrats.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram tweeted out the docket for today:

Trump’s legal team is reportedly aiming to block witnesses through invoking good ole’ executive privilege as well. They noted that a former top-level White House official detailing a conversation with the president about national security or foreign policy matter would be “extraordinary,” according to The Washington Post. As with anything, keep your eye out on this. It could change knowing the press corps inability to cover this White House accurately. The publication noted that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, and deputy White House counsel Pat Philbin will be key players in the president’s defense (via WaPo) [emphasis mine]:

White House lawyers are trying to engineer the fastest impeachment trial in American history, aiming to have President Trump acquitted by the Senate without witnesses and after just a few days of proceedings, according to senior administration officials.

[…]

“I think it’s extraordinarily unlikely that we’d be going beyond two weeks,” said a senior administration official, who briefed reporters Wednesday on the condition of anonymity. “We think that this case is overwhelming for the president, and the Senate’s not going to be having any need to be taking that amount of time on this.”

President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial in 1868 lasted 11 weeks. President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1999 lasted more than a month.

The trial, which begins Thursday in the Senate, will be the Trump legal team’s first official attempt to substantively defend the president against charges that he abused his power by politicizing the U.S. relationship with Ukraine and obstructed Congress by blocking lawmakers’ attempt to investigate him.

[…]

White House aides are also gaming out how to manage Trump during the trial, which they expect him to watch and possibly tweet about while it is underway, as he did during the House impeachment hearings, according to the officials. Trump allies plan to have several surrogates on television defending the president during the trial. Republican House members, many of whom jockeyed for official roles on the defense team for the Senate trial, will instead fan out across television networks to ensure that the president’s message gets out and that Trump feels he is receiving a robust defense, the officials said.

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A senior administration official briefing reporters said that House Democrats’ case lacked evidence of wrongdoing by Trump, but the official refused to address new documentary evidence that Democrats say further implicates the president.

The official indicated that Trump is likely block efforts by Democrats to further build their case through new witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton. Allowing testimony from a former presidential aide about his discussions with Trump on foreign policy would be “extraordinary,” said the official, who added that he did not think the Senate should hear from any witnesses. Another official said the White House was prepared to exert executive privilege if the Senate subpoenas Bolton, who has said he is willing to testify under subpoena about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

Yeah, there’s a reason why no one who is serious should take this so-called new evidence seriously.

This show is about to get rolling. Democrats have reduced the benchmark to impeach because they’re entitled children who think they’re entitled to win every election. In the meantime, no one cares about this impeachment push, its support numbers are now underwater nationally, Trump’s approval ratings have increased, and swing-state voters are decidedly sour on this whole kangaroo court move by Democrats. Trump is more popular than Democrats think and with a booming economy at his back with no signs of slowing up, that doesn’t bode well for their weak 2020 field either.

(H/T Ed Morrissey/Hot Air)

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: How Trump’s Legal Team Will Try to Execute the Fastest Impeachment Trial in American History

The Senate Republican playbook should be put House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on mute and get this trial started. Pelosi and the Democrats have no say in the matter. They don’t. And by withholding the articles of impeachment against President Trump because they know it faces certain death in the Republican Senate creates a new constitutional crisis of its own. This isn’t about a fair trial. As Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel noted, a trial would only further degrade their position in the polls on this impeachment push. It was never popular from the start, and now it’s underwater nationally. It’s especially not popular in the key swing states that Democrats have to win in 2020. I think Democrats know this is a fiasco, the smart ones at least, but they made a 2018 promise to the base to impeach the president. They have to keep it. Strassel noted that Pelosi isn’t a scrub when it comes to political strategy; she can hang in there with McConnell. But the goal of this whole circus is to keep the idea of impeachment alive. It’s “rolling impeachment,” as Strassel noted. And it’s cancerous to constitutional order, but also the Senate GOP could enable it if they think the end goal is to nab a fair trial (via WSJ):

Republicans dismiss Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to transmit the impeachment articles to the Senate as a weak stunt. They do so at the peril of both the Constitution and President Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may be a master tactician, but Mrs. Pelosi is no slouch.

[…]

How would it benefit Democrats for the Senate to conduct an efficient and solemn proceeding? The House inquiry was a farce, riddled with procedural gamesmanship and shifting definitions of “high crimes.” A serious Senate trial would only further highlight the weakness of the House case. It would also require Democratic presidential contenders including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar to abandon the stump and return to Washington for most of January, on the eve of the crucial Iowa caucuses—or else shirk their senatorial duty.

Mrs. Pelosi has understood from the start that the inevitable outcome was acquittal. There won’t be 20 Republican votes to remove Mr. Trump from office. So why hasten the president’s vindication? If the goal of this exercise all along was to damage Mr. Trump’s prospects for re-election, why wouldn’t Democrats want to hold an unconsummated impeachment over his head for as long as politically possible?

Think of it as “rolling” impeachment. Every day the Senate doesn’t hold a trial, Mrs. Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are free to argue that the process is rigged. They are already claiming that the Senate’s Republican “jurors” have abandoned impartiality, are actively working with Mr. Trump to cover up his crimes, and are afraid to hold a trial.

This bears no relation to reality and is the height of cheek given the House circus. But it’s fodder for the press corps and it may resonate with some voters. More important, it puts daily pressure on Senate Republican moderates to break with Mr. McConnell.

[…]

And as long as the Senate doesn’t hold a trial, Democrats can add additional “crimes” to their case against the president. House lawyers this week argued in federal court that former White House counsel Don McGahn must be forced to testify to the House. They told the court the House may “recommend new articles of impeachment” if Mr. McGahn’s testimony included evidence that the president obstructed special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

How long will this charade go on? As long as Democrats can get away with it.

Now, as impeachment has dominated the news, the more unpopular it has become. If anything, Trump’s approval rating has increased and pushed the battleground states further out of reach. Now, Strassel noted the pressure on moderate GOP senators. There was a bite; Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)—who said she was “disturbed” by McConnell’s actions regarding handling this impeachment fiasco. Yet, she doesn’t hold 20 markers. Still, Democrats going all-in on this whole push damaging his re-election chances. It’s too late now. In the meantime, this unpopular push that’s seen as nakedly partisan and not in the name of the rule of law and institutional integrity, coupled with the looney left-wing 2020 agenda Democrats are putting out there—is only giving Trump a second term. As annoying as this whole circus is, on face value, it could be positive for Trump since the case is super weak. It all depends on whether the Senate Republicans want to deliver the headshot to this mess.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: WSJ Columnist Details What the Democrats Are Really Doing with This Impeachment Holdup Game

San Francisco is a liberal cesspool. And people are just pooping all over the place. They’re shameless. The city has a poop patrol. It reportedly has opened more public restrooms, but the city is still covered in feces and used needles. And people are still pooping everywhere. You saw that when a man strolled into a Safeway in Nancy Pelosi’s congressional district and casually defecated in the aisle. So, we have the feces police and all of these public initiatives to keep the city clean. The city spent $94 million this year, roughly a little over a quarter of a million a day, to keep the streets clean. Residents are still waiting to see their money’s worth—and Safeway poop man trashed any narrative that progress was being made (via SF Chronicle):

Between street sweeping crews, staffed portable toilets and sidewalk steamers, San Francisco spent $94 million — or about $257,534 a day this year — trying to keep the city clean. And while progress has been made, the effort remains a losing battle.

The years of trench warfare between cleanup crews and bad actors was laid out clearly in two images Monday.

The first image was of Mayor London Breed flanked by city, civic and tourist industry leaders standing together in front of the giant Christmas tree at Union Square. The intent was to reassure tourists that the city is taking seriously concerns about its squalid streets and people behaving badly.

[…]

Here’s a pic of a man on drugs taking a poo in aisle 10 of the (Marina) Safeway, Sunday morning in #SF. Why is this okay?” tweeted Deborah Kan.

He “had plenty of time to find the toilet paper aisle, but not the actual bathroom,” Matt Estrada added in a second tweet.

The publication added that software titan Oracle, which had held its annual convention in San Francisco for nearly two decades, decided to host its event in Las Vegas because the city is absolute trash. It’s not just the serial poopers or drug users. It’s the hordes of homeless people that not only dot San Francisco but major urban areas along the west coast. You get what you pay for when you vote for Democrats to run things.

Flashback:

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: Holy Crap: San Francisco Spent $94 Million Trying to Keep Its Streets Clean

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