New Op-ed: The Resistance and Impeachment
Try, Try Again! The #Resistance and Impeachment
We are now into the second collusion story and (at least) the second attempt at impeachment, now featuring a second “whistleblower” and counting.
If the #Resistance had a motto it would have to be “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
The Washington establishment and their cheering section wearing pajamas in mom’s basements across America have been trying to remove President Trump from office since the moment he was elected.
First they went for a recount in Michigan. That didn’t change the outcome, though it did uncover an inconvenient truth—the number of votes counted in Detroit exceeded the number of registered voters. Oops.
Losing on the recount front, they tried to bribe, cajole, and threaten presidential electors to ignore the will of the people.
When that failed, national security officials in the permanent government laid elaborate traps to spring on the newly inaugurated president. This Jumpin’ Jack Flash would be born in a crossfire hurricane indeed. Not only would they kick him out, they’d make sure no outsider would even think about stepping into their sandbox ever again, “Yessirree!”
As part of the trap, they changed the rules so raw intelligence—unverified rumor and hearsay in many cases—would be shared among a wider circle of officials, ensuring it would leak to the media.
They made it easier for American citizens caught on wiretaps of foreigners to have their identities exposed—”unmasked”—and leaked to the press.
They took sordid opposition research that never gained traction during the campaign and recycled it to inflame the elites to demand a special investigation into a Russian collusion plot that never existed.
Yeah, that’s the ticket, that’ll get Orange Man impeached, for sure.
But two years and a bunch of millions of dollars later, and they’ve got nothing. It didn’t happen.
The investigation came up a dry hole.
Not only that, but the daily news updates promising a gusher any moment turned voters off to the whole enterprise.
A reasonable person might try a different approach at that point, but these days reason is rare in politics and even rarer in the #Resistance.
So, having failed to impeach President Trump over (allegedly) colluding with Russia and obstructing justice in the 2016 election, they now seek to impeach him for (allegedly) colluding with the Ukraine and obstructing justice in the 2020 election.
The #Resistance Democrats have learned a few tricks in their never-ending impeachment series.
They learned that hanging their story on an over-the-hill British spy, Christopher Steele, didn’t play so well in Season One. Spies are used to assuming covers and false identities, so in Season Two they’d disguise the spy as a “whistleblower.” This is an especially useful cover as it cloaks the accuser in anonymity. That takes care of the Chrissy Blasey Ford problem. No examination of the witness. Bye-bye Sixth Amendment.
The first time around, they had the Mueller grand jury that operated in secret with cherry-picked leaks advancing the Democrats’ narrative. This time, the “inquiry” takes place behind closed doors, in classified sessions of the House intelligence committee and, again, the Democrats can release or leak only what advances their story. The first time around, the coup plotters unmasked the other team’s players. This time, they mask their striker.
Another lesson: rather than rely on a 33 page dossier, they’d boil the bill of particulars down to a seven page complaint and leak a few phrases that make the most damning charges.
Doesn’t matter if none of it is borne out by the facts. The spin will be fixed in people’s minds before the truth comes out. Of course, that’s exactly what the Democrats accused of AG Barr of doing with his Mueller report findings memo. Since they think it worked so well for him, they reasoned they’d try it themselves. As they say in acting, only steal from the best.
But the facts—the transcript and the “complaint”—came out much sooner than expected and the whole scheme started to fall apart in real time.
When the “promise to a foreign leader” was nowhere to be found in the telephone call transcript, that charge was jettisoned in favor of a “quid pro quo” accusation which, again, could only be imagined, not seen in the evidence.
A compliant media helped the Democrats pull off their sleight of hand. But there’s only so much it can do when one of the leading men muffs his lines. That’s exactly what happened with Rep. Adam Schiff (D.-Calif.), Chairman and Inspector Clousseau of the House intelligence committee.
He’s proven himself to be a liar, and a not very good one at that. When the New York Times reported Agent Smith, the anonymous CIA agent-cum-whistleblower, met with the intel committee majority staff, it was time to go to the video of Schiff claiming “we” never met with the CIA agent.
And as day follows night, and just as the first collusion story was replaced by a second collusion story, when the first CIA agent proved ineffective he was replaced by a second.
We are promised there are even more whistleblowers to come. No surprise—there’s an endless number of Agent Smiths waiting in the deep state matrix to be called into action as needed.
But it’s not just a lack of imagination that has Democrats recycling the foreign interference plot line.
The Justice Department is poised to release findings on its investigation into the origins of the 2016 Russia collusion ghost story that haunted the nation for three years. It is imperative that Democrats recast Attorney General Barr’s investigation into 2016 election interference as interference in the 2020 election.
We say 2016, they say 2020, we say investigation, they say interference. We say to-may-toe, they say to-mah-toe.
Let’s call the whole thing off.
-Curtis Ellis is Senior Policy Director for America First Policies.