HOWARD’S (ADAM’S) END

Howard’s End is a novel by E. M Forster published in 1910. In 1992 they made a movie about this, which was nominated for 9 Oscars. It starred Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Emma Thompson among others. My wife and I have tried to watch this movie on several occasions. We have no idea what this is about and certainly cannot tell you anything about the plot. The reason is that neither of us has ever managed to stay awake during the entire movie. It has been years since we even tried. I would strongly recommend Howard’s End for anyone suffering from insomnia and unable to find relief.

Under the direction of Adam Schiff, Democrats in the United States House of Representatives are producing a more current substitute cure for insomnia. This is insane and the only people who think this great come from the same cultured elite who thought Howard’s End was a masterpiece. Most recent example was Chris Wallace, who fawned over the impeachment hearings, until he eventually admitted they didn’t actually involve a crime.

Incredibly, neither Wallace nor anyone on his panel even discussed the obvious. It is not digging up dirt to investigate someone for something they obviously did. Joe Biden is not immune from prosecution just because he joined the 14,000 other candidates for the DNC nomination.

If Joe Biden did bribe Ukraine into firing a prosecutor and his son just happened to be paid a lot of money by one of the targets of that prosecutor that would sure appear to be a crime. It would be appropriate for President Trump, or any other President, to ask the Ukraine to investigate that. He doesn’t even need to ask nicely.

No one has hinted that Trump or anyone else asked the Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election. Actually, they did the exact opposite. They asked Ukraine to explain why it did exactly that during the 2016 election. This is beyond obvious, except to Democrats and their fawning supporters in the MSM.

The result is some of the most boring television in American history. There is no potential for anything resembling a bombshell, because Adam Schiff already leaked anything with the potential to damage Trump.If there are bombshells, they will come from Republicans cross examining witnesses and the MSM will just ignore that. The result is a lot of really boring people explaining how their feelings were hurt by Donald Trump. We can get that anytime we want now by just tuning in to CNN and watching Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Wolf Blitzer or any of their so called panel of experts.

In addition these are held during the day and they make even the dreadful daytime shows look exciting in comparison. I suspect that most people watching this will experience a serene experience similar to that gained from watching Howard’s End.

Ultimately, impeachment is doomed to die of boredom. Even the MSM will start looking elsewhere, just in time for the IG report and John Durham frog marching names you know into federal court. My current prediction is that there won’t even be enough Democrats in the House willing to vote for impeachment. It is extremely unlikely to gain any Republican votes. Political suicide is a lot of things, but it is definitely not painless. It is one thing to vote for an inquiry. It is quite another to vote to remove a President because you don’t like his personality.

This is all over but the shouting and fewer and fewer people are even pretending to listen.

TDM

WHETHER WARNINGS!!

Friday William Barr spoke in front of the Federalist Society. It is now clear that if Democrats do not find a way to destroy William Barr, he will destroy them. The following article is from Bloomberg:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-16/barr-attacks-trump-opponents-democrats-in-fiery-speech

“Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they called the Resistance,” Barr said. “They essentially see themselves as engaged in a war, to cripple by any means necessary, a duly elected government.”

The sheer volume of what we see today – the pursuit of scores of parallel investigations through an avalanche of subpoenas – is plainly designed to incapacitate the executive branch and, indeed, is touted as such,” Barr said. “While the president has certainly thrown out the traditional Beltway playbook and punctilio, he was upfront about what he was going to do and the people decided they wanted him to serve as president.”

“One of the ironies of today is that those who oppose this president constantly accuse this administration of shredding constitutional norms and waging a war on the rule of law,” he said. “Of course there is no substance to these claims.”

“In waging a scorched earth, no-holds-barred war of resistance against this administration, it is the left that has engaged in the systematic shredding of norms and undermining the rule of law,” Barr said.

The full statement, reported below on the Gateway Pundit, is even stronger:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/11/ag-barr-defends-president-trump-says-democrats-are-using-every-tool-and-maneuver-to-sabotage-the-functioning-of-the-executive-branch/

As I said the framers fully expected intense pulling between Congress and the Executive.  Unfortunately just in the past few years we’ve seen these conflicts take on an entirely new character.  Immediately after President Trump won election opponents inaugurated what they called ‘the resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the Executive Branch and his administration.  The language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power.  It obviously connotes, it obviously connotes, that the government is not legitimate.  This is a very dangerous and indeed incendiary notion to import into the politics of a democratic republic.

William Barr is uniquely positioned to take this on. He had the advantage that the law, the constitution and the facts are on his side. While Trump’s opponents have been throwing silly arguments against the wall desperately hoping that something will stick, William Barr appears to have been preparing for war. The night before he gave this speech, William Barr met with Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Following this meeting, Trump sat down with Grisham, Gidley, Mulvaney and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. He did not meet with his personal legal counsel. He delayed his trip to Louisiana and did not take any questions as he departed the White House.

In short, Democrats rushed to the TV’s with their best evidence against Trump and it exploded in their face. While the MSM was gushing over the honesty and integrity of these people, none of them could identify a single crime committed by the President of the United States. All of them backed off when asked if they supported his impeachment and removal from office.

Barr turned over this critical investigation to John Durham. No one, in either party, has dared criticize John Durham. That means it is going to be hard to criticize Barr for appointing someone highly respected on both sides of the aisle.

It sure looks like William Barr is about to go on offense and he will have no difficulty in explaining what crimes have been committed. Unlike Adam Schiff, he can obtain indictments, arrest people and prosecute them. If this speech is any indication of his real feelings about this, that is exactly what is going to happen.  

I really believe this week is going to be explosive. It is hard to imagine Barr meeting with Trump and then giving that speech unless he is about to drop the hammer. There are many reports in the media that both the IG report and actions by John Durham are imminent. While many of us are used to disappointment when it comes to holding people accountable, and one must caution against irrational optimism, it would be naïve to ignore some pretty serious whether warnings.

TDM

SCHIFF HAPPENS

I have a hat from Hagerty Insurance. Hagerty specializes in insuring classic and exotic cars. It has a logo showing a shift pattern and says shift happens. I think the same slogan, with a minor change in spelling, is appropriate today. The House Impeachment hearings are already a complete disaster.

Day one, Democrats called their two star witnesses. Both of them looked fairly impressive, in responding to leading questions from the DNC counsel, but were humiliated in cross examination. If anything, they made a strong case regarding why Joe and Hunter Biden needed to be investigated. In addition, when Ratcliffe asked them if the President had committed any crime worthy of impeachment, they were both absolutely speechless.

This is so bad even CNN is starting to back off. Wolf Blitzer was reduced to trying to show Kelly Ann Conway videos of her husband bad mouthing Trump on another network. She ate his lunch. She made Blitzer look ridiculous. She told him she was embarrassed for him and she was right. It was beyond bad.

Yesterday Kevin McCarthy was speaking to reporters when MSNBC report Garrett Haake said this:

“You just asserted that several Republicans did yesterday at the hearing – Adam Schiff either personally met with the whistleblower or knows the identity of the whistleblower, which he continues to deny. Can you just say it plainly? Do you think him lying?”

McCarthy said: “Yes, and I don’t think it’s the first time he’s liked to us either.”

The gloves are off regarding Adam Schiff. Republicans are not playing the game anymore. Who knows where this will end, but right now the Republicans are the ones who act like they smell blood in the water.

Republicans are thrilled with the performance by Adam Schiff. This is so bad the RNC would probably consider sponsoring the broadcast of these hearings. If there are any smart Democrats left, they have to be appalled. A lot of them are probably dreaming of ways in which Schiff could gracefully exit stage right. He would be wise to consider what happened to Jeffrey Epstein and take heed.

We can summarize the hearings this way. Democrats have done a good job of giving people who already hate Trump a reason to hate him more. They have managed to make Yovanovitch look sympathetic. But they have not come close to providing any evidence of Trump being guilty of a crime. Being a rude bully, yes. Being guilty of a crime, not even close.

In addition, Schiff has been absolutely hammered. He routinely cuts off Republicans from asking questions and fawns over Democrats. The problem is not that he does this, but that he is so obvious. He clearly is trying to micro-manage this hearing and is failing.

Ultimately the big loser is Joe Biden, because even Yovanovitch helped make the case regarding why Joe and Hunter Biden needed to be investigated. She also made the case that it was Trump, not Obama, who actually helped Ukraine.

The bottom line is that Trump looks like Trump. Those who hate him, will hate him more. Those who love him will love him more. There is no chance that he will be impeached and removed from office.

It should also be pointed out that this is the high point of the hearings for Democrats. It can only go downhill from here. Combine that with the very real possibility of the IG report being released and some people being indicted and it is hard to see this helping Democrats.

At best, Democrats have put their full hatred of Donald Trump on display. It is easy to understand, but what they have not done is make a case for impeachment. Instead, they have once again demonstrated that Trump continues to control the agenda, every day, on every subject. I have a saying on my desk: “The size of the person is directly proportionate to the size of the person or thing that makes them angry.” In their attempt to destroy Donald Trump, at best Democrats have done nothing more than prove they are no bigger than him.

In the meantime, while this hot mess is going on, the fourteen thousand candidates for the DNC are desperately trying to get a word in edgewise. It is hard to imagine anything that would do more harm to Democratic changes to win the 2020 election. The DNC is desperately left with a choice between Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. No one, in either party, really thinks these people can possibly beat Trump. That is why Michael Bloomberg and now Deval Patrick are entering the race. It is why Hillary Clinton is waiting desperately in the wings.

Democrats were already in deep trouble. Then Schiff happened and it is now going rapidly downhill.

TDM

TICK TOCK

Either Trump or the White House is absolutely losing it, for real, or Durham and Barr about to deliver some serious bombshells. White House Communications Director Dan Scavino posted a tweet that said:

 “Tick-Tock.”

Then today, during his press conference on the White House lawn Trump said the following:

“You know what I did? A big favor.. I caught the swamp, I caught them all. Nobody else could have done that but me. I caught of this corruption that was going on.”

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/11/i-caught-the-swamp-i-caught-them-all-lets-see-what-happens-president-trump-drops-a-bombshell-and-communications-director-dan-scavino-teases-major-development/

This is either insane, or things are about to pop. Always remember that Trump knows things you do not know. He is either incredibly naïve or stupid, or those trying to impeach him are incredibly naïve and stupid. Actually, I would add incredibly incompetent and desperate.

Who would you fear the most: Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell or John Durham and William Barr? Silly question.

So while Democrats are trying and failing to impeach Trump, Durham and Barr are waiting to pounce. Even if this does not blow up on Democrats, which seems likely, no one can even pretend that any of the DNC candidates are remotely capable of being President. The only reason Biden still does well in the polls is that everyone else is unbelievably bad. No matter how bad Biden does, no matter how many times he stumbles, no matter how many obvious lies he tells, not matter if he is obviously corrupt, no matter if he even starts talking to a wall, they will still chose him because at his worst he is still better than the rest of the class.

In the meantime, if Trump is not insane a lot of people are about to be indicted and this is going to get really ugly.  What makes this worse is that even Republicans smell blood and are moving in for the kill. Republicans are not going to play the game anymore. That is why they just put someone like Jim Jordan on the House Intelligence committee.

When those hearing go public next week, each of these complainers are going to be asked a simple question. Who cares if you do not like Trump’s foreign policy, nobody elected you? He is the one who gets to decide on our foreign policy, not you. If you don’t like it, just leave and don’t let the door hit your but on the way out. They have the advantage of knowing that this is obviously true.

The clock is either ticking and a really big bomb is about to go off, or Trump is actually losing it. The smart money is on orange.

TDM

THE PAST DUE BILL

Hillary Clinton sure looks desperate to jump into the DNC race for the presidential nomination. She reportedly believes she was put here to be President of the United States. Unfortunately for her, that belief was and is not shared by nearly enough people.

Recent developments have probably ended Hillary’s political career once and for all. Ironically, the woman who only gained power in the first place because of her willingness to protect Bill, is being destroyed by him.

Two stories are a stark reminder of why Hillary would be insane to throw her hat into the ring. One is the shocking Veritas video that proves ABC knew all about Bill, Bonnie Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein during 2016. That would be during the 2016 election. You know, when Hillary was the candidate. Does anyone really think it is a total coincidence that ABC News, heavily influenced by George Stephanopoulos, would find a way to spike that story? Please!

Then we have Ronan Farrow saying Bill should be investigated regarding the alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick. She claimed that then Governor Bill Clinton raped her in April 1978. She also believes that Hillary knew about it and did nothing. If this is investigated at all it is nothing but bad news for Hillary.

Now combine the renewed interest by the DOJ in Uranium One, the email server and interference in the 2016 election by Ukraine on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the problem becomes worse. Throw in any kind of investigation of the Clinton Foundation and you have the perfect storm.

The Bill is long past due. This should have happened long ago, but at least it is happening now. This time there is one big difference. While Hillary retains the illusion of being relevant, the Democratic Party has moved on. I have not heard anyone beg Hillary to enter the race and save the day. I have heard numerous people say her day is done. Some practically beg her to stay home. Even people who used to scream their support of her to the heavens have stopped doing that. The truth is even Democrats are just sick and tired of the Clintons. Remember the last time anyone asked Hillary her opinion about anything? Me neither.

The Clinton protective shield has been permanently breached.  At some point it either has or will become obvious to a lot of people that throwing the Clintons under the bus is a good option. They can blame all the crap that is coming out on them and pretend Obama was oblivious. Few will believe this nonsense, but as they say, any port in a storm.

The Clintons would be wise to simply fade away and try to disappear. However, no one has ever accused either Bill or Hillary of being wise.

TDM

THE POLL VAULT

Have you noticed all the recent polls showing that an astonishing number of people want Trump impeached. The MSM is convinced that there is a public tide to remove our President. This reminds me of the 2016 election. On November 1, 2016 I wrote a blog saying that if the polling data was right, Trump just might win. I almost didn’t write that, because every network, including Fox, was clearly expecting Hillary to win easily. They either expected Hillary to win big, or at best, Trump would come up just a little short.

http://scotshonor.com/?p=3509

I also wrote about this in September 2016. The same pollsters were making the same false assumptions then as they are now. It was obvious then. It is even more obvious now.

http://scotshonor.com/?p=3452

The problem then, as now, is oversampling of Democrats. The most recent Fox News Poll sampled 49% Democrats and only about 11% independents. That is absurd. No one even pretends that this is realistic. If these polls are extrapulated to use more realistic assumptions, impeachment is a big loser.

There is also something else. I also noticed this in 2016. It is even truer today. People don’t like Donald Trump because: “he insults people, demonstrates immaturity and is a self-centered narcissist.” But people not only didn’t like Hillary, they didn’t trust her.

I really think the choice today is very similar to that made in 2016:

“This election is between a spoiled brat and an adult serial offender. Donald Trump is a spoiled brat, but there is hope that at some point he might just grow up. Hillary is an adult serial offender. There is zero chance she will change. The choice is beyond pathetic but hope is a better option than insanity.”

Donald Trump has not changed, but Hillary has been replaced with far left radicals promising to destroy our most basic values. A more honest poll would show that the American people understand that. All of the DNC candidates are running on a platform that is opposed by a majority of people in both parties.

The sad truth is that the MSM wants an impeachment trial, because it will result in record ratings. Sadly, not enough of them are acknowledging the tremendous damage being done to our country. Donald Trump is very good at multi-tasking and he has not allowed this to distract him from handling business. That is fortunate, because if one of our enemies foolishly assumes that he has lost the ability to take the action necessary to protect us, we will pay a very high price indeed.

There are signs that the MSM secretly knows the polls are crap. When the MSM actually interviews people it consistently finds everyone sick and tired of this impeachment crap. Even Democrats are tired of it, because it never comes close to actually removing Trump. Republicans are furious at those who will not and cannot accept the results of a national election. The people who should be most upset are the DNC candidates, because they can’t get a word in edgewise.

The recent polls are an attempt to vault the rapidly evaporating impeaching inquiry into undeserved credibility. They are doomed to fail, because in the end, truth always outs.

TDM

THE GIANTS DOES NOT SLEEP TONIGHT!

Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff have achieved a miracle. I have been a Republican for all my life. For decades I have watched the party repeatedly seize defeat from the jaws of victory.  While Democrats always seem to be united and resolute, Republicans seldom show such resolve. They seem to always want to compromise, even when it is neither necessary nor prudent. For example Democrats are always willing to shut down the government for some unnecessary spending proposal, knowing that Republicans will always get the blame and they will always cave.

But, that has all changed, overnight, thanks to Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff. The Republican Party is united, as never before, and they are outraged. Even never-Trumpers are outraged. It is like they suddenly realized that although they were not at war with Democrats, Democrats were at war with them.

Democrats are seriously trying to impeach a Republican President of the United States, for a crime they can’t define and for which they have zero evidence. Even Republicans who hate Trump will not tolerate this. Republicans are confronted with the reality that if they don’t unite and fight back to defeat this, Democrats will seize complete power with disastrous results. When all but two Democrats voted to give Adam Schiff all the powers of a special prosecutor, even the illusion of fairness is completely gone.

It is impossible to overstate the importance of this. Democrats have been routinely accusing Trump of everything from being racist or homophobic. They routinely accuse him of crimes, with no evidence. Adam Schiff has personally accused Trump of crimes on a regular basis. He never bothers to define these crimes, based on evidence only he can see. Yet Republicans have been hesitant to fight back. Few would even point out that yes, there is some pretty convincing evidence that Joe Biden is corrupt. While they are terrified of criticizing Democrats, Democrats show no restraint at all in criticizing them.

That all changed when Steve Scalise said this impeachment process was a Soviet Style investigation. Republicans not only did not back away from those comments, they stood united behind him and applauded.

I really think Democrats have made a huge mistake; they have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve. Kevin McCarthy warned Democrats that history would judge them harshly for that totally partisan impeachment vote. He said this is the moment history will write. “You’re elected to represent the people of American, not to deny their voice.

I can’t even imagine Paul Ryan giving that speech. I am not sure Kevin McCarthy would have given that speech six months ago. He was not speaking just for himself; he was speaking for uniquely unified Republican Party. A united Party that finally appears to be ready, willing and able to fight. This is the kind of change that can literally change our world. It is about time.

TDM

FLODDEN AWAY

Once again, Democrats have fallen in a trap created by their own bias and incompetence. Everyone knows that the only reason Nancy Pelosi called for a vote to approve an “impeachment inquiry” is that Lindsey Graham got 50 Republicans to call the current process a sham. What that means is that any articles of impeachment forwarded to the Senate would have been instantly rejected. Democrats were intimidated into providing a fairer process.

They should have done that, but they didn’t. Instead, they are apparently going to vote on the same process, with pretty much the same rules. The only difference is that Devin Nunes can now submit requests for subpoenas, but he must do this in writing and Adam Schiff must approve. Based on past performance, there is zero chance that Adam Schiff will handle this with anything approaching fairness.

Democrats have locked themselves into a lose-lose scenario.

There are rumors of a delay in scheduling the vote. That would be a real clue that Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have the votes. Even a delay would be a devastating rebuke for both Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff.

If there is a vote, and it fails, it is even worse. In addition to the obvious rebuke of both Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff, this would infuriate a large portion of the Democratic base. It would also embarrass every current candidate for the DNC nomination, assuming they are capable of feeling shame. Adam Schiff would have a very difficult time continuing with the current process.

But even if it wins Democrats have a huge problem. This is an admission that the current process is fatally flawed. Whether Adam Schiff realizes it, or not, it will be a public rebuke of him. To make this worse, the proposed rules are so obviously tilted toward Democrats that it will be still be difficult to defend the process. It is even more difficult to justify letting Adam Schiff handle this.

To make things worse, at best this is still not a vote for impeachment; it is not even a vote for an impeachment inquiry. It is only a vote to continue with the current process and at some point, turn it over to the House Judiciary Committee, which can then start an actual impeachment inquiry. This will satisfy no one other than the usual left wing pundits on the MSM who view anything and everything as evidence the noose is tightening on Donald Trump. Take comfort in the knowledge that these people have a well-earned reputation for being wrong about everything.

This is the ultimate lose-lose scenario. The IG report will be released shortly. Odds are high that John Durham is going to start indicting people. There is a very real possibility that a report will conclude that the Hillary Clinton campaign colluded with Ukraine in a failed attempt to influence the 2016 election.

While Democrats are hyperventilated over the very thought of colluding with a foreign government to influence an election, while they are screaming this is grounds for impeachment, they missed something. They could be confronted with actual evidence that the Obama administration did this and more.

Perhaps, somehow, somewhere, Adam Schiff has real evidence that will save the day, but I doubt it. It is pretty clear that if Democrats had anything, we would already know all about it.

Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field by Walter Scott, published in 1808.

“Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practise(sp) to deceive!”

By the way, the Battle of Flodden Field is very interesting. King James IV, of Scotland invaded England in defiance of his advisers. At first it looked like he was winning, but the Battle of Flodden Field was a disaster and he was killed along with most of his nobles.

TDM

A SELF-INFLICTED WAR ZONE

The MSM, including Fox News, is totally incapable of reporting objectively on this “impeachment” inquiry. This is astonishing, because many of the critical facts are well documented. They are just ignored. I don’t know if this is because of ignorance, incompetence or mere wishful thinking. It is just really obvious. Here are the undisputed facts.

There was an investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. This has been admitted, under oath, by James Comey and others. It was named “Crossfire Hurricane.”

This investigation continued after Trump was inaugurated and was deliberately designed to circumvent normal channels in the DOJ. It started with James Comey, then transferred to Andrew McCabe and then to Robert Mueller.

That means the real questions are: When this this start? Why did it start? Who was involved? Who authorized this? Virtually every honest person agrees that a counter-intelligence investigation into a political campaign, during a Presidential Election is unprecedented. It is the worst form of abuse of power.

William Barr has said there was spying on the Trump campaign. He has never backtracked on that statement. The question was whether or not that was appropriate. Both the IG and John Durham are investigating how this happened.

John Durham’s investigation was recently changed to a criminal investigation. He was not investigating the possibility of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia. Mueller had already handled that. He also was not investigating potential obstruction of justice by Trump. William Barr and Rod Rosenstein advised there was no obstruction of justice. This means he was investigating why the investigation was started in the first place, who was involved and who authorized it.

If Durham found that this investigation was started in error, this would not be a criminal investigation. This means that Durham has already found that this was intentional. It is significant that at least some of this information came from overseas. That seems to imply involvement of the CIA. That may also involve the FBI, because the FBI also has overseas counter intelligence operations.

Some democratic pundits are trying to spin this away as if the worst possible charge here is perjury. That is absurd. These charges are far more serious than that. Andrew McCabe has already admitted, under oath, that they continued after Trump was inaugurated.

John Durham is also looking into Ukrainian involvement in the 2016 election. No one has even suggested that Trump had asked the Ukraine for help in 2016. The country administrative court of Kyiv released a statement admitting Ukraine had interfered in the 2016 election. You can read this statement for yourself:

https://off-guardian.org/2019/04/14/ukraine-admitted-to-interfering-in-the-2016-us-election-on-clintons-side/

Admit unlawful acts of the director of the NABU A. Sytnyk and the Ukrainian MP S. Leshchenko concerning the disclosure and distribution of the information about D. Trump’s campaign chairman P. Manafort and the presence of P.Manafort’s name and signatures in the lists of “The Party of Regions’ black ledgers” in the materials of the pre-trial investigation, which was the result of interference in the electoral processes of the United States of America in 2016 and harmed the interests of Ukraine.

Now compare that with the potential charges against Donald Trump. According to Democrats, he illegally asked the Ukraine to dig up dirt regarding a political opponent. He did this by telling the President of the Ukraine that Joe Biden bragged about forcing Ukraine to fire a prosecutor by threatening to withhold $1 billion in aid. That happens to be undeniably true. There is even a video of this. In a remarkable coincidence, Hunter Biden, who had just been kicked out of the Navy for drug abuse, was hired by Burisma. No one, including Hunter Biden, can give a good reason for this miracle. This, of course, is not enough evidence to impress the MSM who consider this claim to be discredited.

There is a lot of huffing and puffing about a Quid Pro Quo. The theory is that if Trump demanded something from the Ukraine that would benefit himself, that would be an impeachable offense. A Quid Pro Quo means: “a favor or advantage granted in return for something.” Mulvaney pointed out, correctly that the U.S. does this all the time. It is one way of getting foreign governments to assist us in our foreign policy. It is called diplomacy.

The only real argument that Democrats have is that asking Ukraine to check out Joe Biden was nothing more than Trump asking Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political opponent. That, when you think about it, is absurd. One strong counter argument would be: “Do you think Joe Biden is above the law?

They are also forgetting that the Hillary Clinton campaign did ask Ukraine to dig up dirt on Donald Trump, possibly with the support of the CIA, NSA, DNI, FBI and the Obama Administration. The louder they scream about the seriousness of this crime, the more justification for John Durham to indict people.

The old saying about people in glass houses has never been truer. Literally everything being used as grounds to impeach Trump appears to have been done in by his accusers on steroids.

Republicans have figured this out and they have lured Democrats into a huge trap. Lindsey Graham got 50 out of the 53 Republicans in the Senate to demand that the house stop holding mock impeachment hearings in secret, with no hint of due process. Nancy Pelosi is apparently going to call for a vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry. This is a desperate politically motivated attempt to retroactively justify what they are already doing. This is so obvious that even CNN might eventually notice.

It is not certain this will even pass. If it does pass, it does not mean a vote to impeach. It only means a vote to investigate whether to impeach. But the vote itself is significant because it is an admission that the current process is unfair.  Democrats are giving the power to handle this impeachment inquiry to Adam Schiff, but with different guidelines. Unless Adam Schiff has a major, unseen rabbit to pull out of his hat, this is likely to go down as one of the worst political blunders in American history. So far Adam Schiff has seen a lot of rabbits not visible to anyone else. It is hard to believe that Democrats are really willing allow someone like Adam Schiff take the lead on this.

Apparently Democrats cannot read a calendar. We are less than 30 days away from Thanksgiving and the House won’t even be in session for much of this time. Nothing in congress ever moves quickly and this is unlikely to be an exception. What are they going to do, impeach Trump for Christmas? Iowa Caucus, February 3, 2020 here we come.

I know there are pundits claiming the noose is tightening around Donald Trump. These are the same people who made the same prediction on a regular basis during the Mueller investigation. It wasn’t true then, it isn’t true now. But this time, there is a critical difference. Mueller totally ignored the real collusion by the Hillary Clinton campaign. The IG, John Durham and William Barr are not repeating that mistake. It is hard to imagine an end game that does not leave Democrats standing naked on a field of total destruction with no one to blame but themselves.

TDM

THE FLEE MARKET

There are a lot of very significant things happening. Even the MSM has noticed. They are trying to spin this as an unethical investigation by William Barr at the direction of Donald Trump. That is an idiotic argument, because all of the people being investigated either work or did work in departments that report directly to the President of the United States. If Donald Trump cannot order the Attorney General to investigate this, who could do such an investigation? Adam Schiff? Like I said, idiotic.

It is important to focus on known facts. The best way to do that is to pay attention to exactly what William Barr said back in April:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/doj-watchdog-fbi-informant-in-russia-probe

“I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated. … I think it’s my obligation. Congress is usually very concerned with intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane, spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”

This article also points out that the DOJ IG is scrutinizing the role of FBI information who contacted members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

Horowitz was also investigating wrongdoing related to the FISA warrants authorizing surveillance of Carter Page during the election.

Barr also said the following during testimony to the House Appropriations committee:

“More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all of the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted in the summer of 2016,”

It is undisputed that the FBI and the CIA were spying on the Trump campaign and later on the Trump administration. Democrats do not like the word, but whatever you call it; the FBI and the CIA were both investigating a political campaign during a Presidential election. William Barr is on record as saying if this was not justified; it is a very big deal. He also said this went on after Trump became President.

He appointed John Durham, a highly respected U.S Attorney to conduct that investigation. We know that both Barr and Durham traveled overseas as part of this investigation.

Horowitz has announced that his review is soon to be published. Sources familiar with his report say it will explain everything. It should be noted that Horowitz previously made a criminal referral with regard to the actions of James Comey. The DOJ declined to prosecute Comey for leaking documents to the press. Perhaps they have more serious charges in mind.

William Barr just announced that John Durham’s investigation has been changed from a review into a criminal investigation. That authorizes him to issue subpoenas and impanel a Grand Jury. It also authorizes him to indict people and arrest them.

While the MSM is trying to downplay the significance of this, they are doomed to failure. When you combine this with Democrats in the House, led by Adam Schiff, trying to impeach the President for asking the Ukraine to investigate interference in our 2016 election you have a perfect storm.

This is about to explode and unless there is a lot of factual information not yet disclosed, this is going to be a devastating rebuke of the CIA, the FBI and the Obama administration. That is particularly true when at least some of this continued after Trump had been elected.

When Barr said this is a big deal, he is not talking politics; he is talking about abuse of power, sedition and treason. We can expect Democrats to launch a vicious personal attack on Barr. The New York Bar Association has already asked him to recuse himself from investigating interference in our 2016 election by Ukraine. This was so absurd that even Andrew Napolitano, who has routinely trashed Trump lately, admitted there was no basis for this.

We are about to see a real flee market. This is where people caught up in this are going to desperately look for ways to distance themselves. It is similar to ways prominent Nazis tried to avoid punishment by claiming they were just following orders. Adolph Eichmann tried that. He was executed by hanging.

There is an old saying: “If you take a shot at a king, don’t miss.” The reason is that the price for such failure is beyond severe. A lot of people tried and failed to take down Donald Trump. There is another old saying: “time to pay the piper.” That means it is time to accept the consequences of bad decisions. It probably refers to a serious hangover after a night of partying. While investigating Trump was great fun, this fun may come at a great price. By the way, William Barr is a piper.

TDM