Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Is That All There Is?

Is that all there is, is that all there is

If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing

Let's break out the booze and have a ball

If that's all there is

Those are the lyrics of the chorus in a song by Peggy Lee from 1969.

Lee won a Grammy for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the song that year.

Here is a video of Peggy Lee performing the song if you cannot open the embedded video in your browser.

I thought about the lyrics to that song as I saw the Articles of Impeachment against President Trump unveiled today by the House Democrats.

It was impossible not to think, "Is that all there is?"

After months and months (years and years?) of investigations of President Trump, in which he has been accused of almost anything you can think of, the House is going to formally charge him on just two counts...

1. Abuse of Power

2. Obstruction of Congress

What happened to the Whistleblower, Mueller, Russia Collusion, the quid pro quo, bribery, treason and obstruction of justice?

Obstruction of Congress? What is that?

The Constitution establishes three separate and co-equal branches of government. If Congress thinks they have been obstructed they are supposed to go to the Judiciary to sort it out. Did Congress do that in this case? NO.

Do the Democrats seriously believe that a President can be impeached because he didn't cooperate with them in trying to impeach him? Seriously?

I am at a loss on what the Democrats think will be accomplished from all of this.

Seeing this I wonder whether Nancy Pelosi just wants it to go away.

I called this the "Hail Mary Impeachment" several weeks ago and it has proven to be just that.

Pelosi had to satisfy the left wing base of her party by starting this and, as the impeachment inquiry looked worse and worse by the day, she has to feel trapped on how she can extricate herself from this mess.

I would be surprised if there is one Republican in the House that votes for either of these two counts. I am now also questioning how many Democrat defections there might also be. There have to be a lot of those 31 House members in districts that Trump won who don't want to cast this vote with others in their party.

Could the Impeachment vote actually fail to gain a majority in the House?

I still think that is extremely unlikely due to the lock step manner in which the Democrats usually stick together on important votes like this. However, with evidence as slim as it is, and these weak charges, I am beginning to doubt myself.

Adding to this is the statement today from the House Democrat leadership that they will not whip the votes on impeachment. Is Pelosi actually going to call for this vote and not know whether she has the votes on the floor? That seems impossible to comprehend.

I have seen some suggest that Pelosi may have determined the best way out of this is to take the vote, and if it fails, blame Schiff, Nadler or the immovable, cult-like Republicans, and tell the hard Left in her party that she tried.

She could then use this failure to motivate voters to throw Trump out in the 2020 election together with calls for an insurance policy of a Democrat House in case Trump cheats and wins again. That way the House can impeach him again in 2021.

At this point I don't know what the Democrats are thinking. We are beyond any rational thought or reason in what they are doing.

What I do know is that these House Democrats will forever be remembered as the group who totally abused their constitutional power by using impeachment as an act of political retribution and hatred. In the process they have disgraced their oath of office and attempted to undermine the foundational principles of our constitutional republic.

Forever remembered in History

They have also established a dangerous precedent for the future. What President in the future will not be considered to be involved in Abuse of Power or Obstruction of Congress if they are not of the same political party or have different policy ideas than a majority of the members of Congress?

It is truly sad.

If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing.

Let's break out the booze and have a ball.

That is all there is to it.

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