Dems then & now

Featured image If there is anything in the sordid impeachment saga that is laugh out loud funny, the video compiled for White House Counsel Pat Cipollone’s closing argument on behalf of President Trump in the Senate this afternoon might be it (below). In the video somebody seems to have opened the door of the Dem clown car — the car carrying the once and future Dem clowns — and sent them out »

Joltin’ Bolton and Reckless Romney

Featured image I guess I should say something. For five years my office at AEI was right next to John Bolton. Lately I’ve been having fun with this photo suggesting I can do “hearsay” with the best of Adam Schiff’s witnesses (that is, “making stuff up”). I can’t say I got to know Bolton very well, but as early risers we were often the first people in the office before well before »

Trump Versus Dean Wormer

Featured image Some months ago I think I shared the mashup video of Trump superimposed on some kind of Bollywood movie about Peshwa warriors or something. Anyway, it was good. But now someone has done it one better, with Trump taking on . . . Dean Wormer! (Just 1:30 long.) Trump as head of Delta House is actually a lot more accurate than the people who did this parody may realize. And »

Where’s Waldo whistleblower?

Featured image In his presentation on behalf of President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial yesterday, White House Deputy Counsel Patrick Philbin raised the question of Adam Schiff and the whistleblower. Why have we not heard from him? Why has Schiff deep-sixed the testimony about him? RealClearPolitics has posted video of Philbin’s remarks along with this (lightly edited) transcript: PHILBEN: I want to touch on one last point before I yield to »

A postmodern impeachment

Featured image The House impeachment managers have wound up their case for the removal of President Trump from office. With lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff, Dems got the man they deserved. For those of us who followed the rise and fall of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, Schiff must be the most notorious liar in the United States. He is certainly the most notorious liar to be celebrated by the mainstream media. We »

What If They Gave an Impeachment and No One Came?

Featured image The Democrats are desperately trying to flog their impeachment show, but so far both the ratings and the reviews are bad. Ratings fall flat as the vast majority of Americans tune out impeachment trial. Only 3% of Americans tuned in across all the major networks and cable news combined. — Ted Davis (@tedsthetruth) January 23, 2020 You’ve all seen the headlines: Impeachment trial gets lower ratings than Jeopardy! on »

George Anastaplo on Impeachment and Statesmanship

Featured image I was rummaging around in my library yesterday looking for a particular essay on Plato by the late George Anastaplo of Loyola University and Rosary College in Illinois, and by accident I happened upon a lecture he gave in February 1974—note carefully the date—entitled “Impeachment and Statesmanship.” (The essay appears in his collection Human Being and Citizen: Essays on Virtue, Freedom, and the Common Good.) Needless to say I had »

Washington Post columnist blames John Roberts for “impeachment mess”

Featured image Who is to blame for the impeachment of President Trump? It has to be either Trump or the House that impeached him. Or maybe a combination of the two. But the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank claims that, somehow, the “mess” is Chief Justice Roberts’s fault. Milbank is the Post’s clown prince. He’ll say anything, usually with as much snark as he can muster, to try to score a point against »

Roots of the whistleblower

Featured image As I have said a time or two before, behind the whistleblower lies what must be an interesting back story. We published Paul Sperry’s 4,000-word investigation here earlier this week. Now on an interesting segment of her FOX News show Laura Ingraham draws on emails she has obtained to push the story a few years further back (video below). FOX News itself reports on the segment in “Laura Ingraham: Much »

The solemnity trap

Featured image I think it’s hilarious that the Democratic Senators running for president are stuck in Washington, D.C. attending the entirety of the impeachment trial. There’s no need, other than a political one, for them to do so. What’s the point? Sens. Sanders, Warren, Klobuchar, et al. know they will vote to remove President Trump. Presumably, they are conversant with the evidence. But even if they aren’t, there’s a .000000 chance that »

My Opinions On Impeachment, and More

Featured image One of the local radio shows that I do on a fairly regular basis is the Morning Answer with Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson on AM 560 in Chicago. It is one of America’s really excellent radio programs. This morning, I talked with Dan and Amy about the impeachment proceedings so far, prospects for 2020, and more. It is a pretty entertaining conversation, I think, and the station made the »

Schiff strikes again

Featured image We have to take note of Melanie Zanona’s illuminating Politico article “Schiff may have mischaracterized Parnas evidence, documents show.” Subhead (understated): “Unredacted material shows he may have referred [Ed.: strongly suggests he referred would be more like it] to the wrong ‘Mr. Z.'” One thing we know about House Intelligence Committee Chairman and impeachment manager Adam Schiff: the man has a strained relationship with the truth, but it doesn’t bother »

A word from Lindsey Graham

Featured image John posted the video of Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s imputations of “treachery” and “cover-up” to the Senate in the case that it failed to adopt the Dems’ trial management resolutions on Tuesday. Chief Justice Roberts admonished both sides — the House impeachment managers and White House counsel — in words that were obviously aimed at Nadler. Nadler’s shtick did not go down well with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham. The »

Impeachment Unites Republicans

Featured image President Trump’s approval ratings among Republicans have set records, for reasons that are easy to understand. And the current impeachment farce has united Republican politicians, as well as the party’s rank and file, behind the president. Much could be said about this, but for now, let’s go with a few tweets. Rand Paul is one of the most independent of Senate Republicans and has clashed with the president from time »

Fun and Games in the Senate

Featured image I haven’t spent a minute watching the absurd impeachment proceedings in the Senate, and I don’t intend to. My time has value, and I refuse to let the Democrats dictate, on the feeblest of pretexts, how I spend it. If, like me, you have seen references to a dust-up between Democrat Jerrold Nadler, one of the Democrats’ Managers, and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow, with »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 164: Special Impeachment Edition!

Featured image This special edition of the Power Line Show offers a panel discussion on impeachment that I hosted and moderated yesterday before a packed house at Berkeley Law School. Its purpose was not to rehash or thrash out the specific issues of the Trump impeachment as much as to illuminate what the founders had in mind when they wrote impeachment into the Constitution, and what we have learned from the two »

The Senate impeachment dance

Featured image The impeachment of President Trump has never been about actually removing him from office. The Democrats have always known they would fall 15 to 20 Senate votes short of accomplishing that. The impeachment is, and always has been, about the 2020 election. Thus, there is now precedent for impeaching a president to gain advantage in an upcoming election. This won’t be the last time it happens. The Democrats hoped through »