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Monday, November 18, 2019

Republicans feelin' Trumpy



Ba da-da da-da da-da, feelin' Trumpy.

The impeachment inquisition is the political equivalent of a participation trophy for Democrats. Every day, they trot out witnesses who offer no proof whatsoever of any crime by President Donald John Trump. Every day, the media rewards the Democrats with headlines that say the testimony was devastating.

And every day, the president's re-election committee collects another million dollars in donations from Americans fed up with these shenanigans.

But the big news is Republicans are showing spine. They are feisty. They are fighting back. They are winning.

In short, they are feelin' Trumpy.

And that is a very good feeling indeed.

Consider Elise Stefanik. Five years ago, voters in New York's Adirondack Mountains and the Thousand Islands region elected her to Congress as its youngest member. She was not a firebrand grabbing headlines, but she is sharp and wound up on the House intelligence committee.

Last week, she earned national attention by pushing back at Adam Schiff who kept trying to hush her.

Fox News reported, "The 35-year-old lawmaker featured prominently as tensions boiled over between lawmakers on Friday during the questioning of former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., attempted to give up the remainder of his time to her. But as Stefanik spoke, Schiff slammed down the gavel, arguing that it was not allowed under committee rules: 'The gentlewoman will suspend.'

"'What is the interruption for now?' she shot back.

"What followed was a debate between Nunes and Schiff as to whether the Republican could offer his time to a fellow member of Congress, rather than minority counsel. Stefanik repeatedly tried to speak, only for Schiff to bang his gavel again.

"'You're gagging the young lady from New York?' Nunes laughed at one point.

"'This is the fifth time you have interrupted a duly-elected member of Congress,' Stefanik told Schiff, who repeatedly told her she was 'not recognized' to speak."

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The Twisted Sister brigade is rising in the Republican Party, named that because TS's top song was "We're Not Gonna Take It."

Anymore.

Devin Nunes has pushed back for some time. And Jim Jordan also was tough on the committee. But Stefanik is the rising star.

Fox News reported, "She also scored some key narrative points for the Republican side too. In the questioning of Yovanovitch, she asked the ex-ambassador whether it was accurate that 'defensive lethal aid' that she had pushed for was provided to Ukraine not by the Obama administration, but by the Trump administration.

"'That’s correct,' Yovanovitch responded.

"Her performance in the hearings drew praise from fellow Republicans."

When my doctor's nurse draws blood, I don't feel it. Stefanik drilled a pipe in Yovanovitch's arm.

This is not how Democrats expected things to go. They expected soft Republicans to roll over on the president.

But not only are they defending the president but they are enjoying it because they are winning.

Make no mistake. This is the impeachment trial. They have to convince 67% of American that the 2016 election should be overturned because the only way they can flip 20 Republican senators to convict President Trump is to show voters back home want him gone.

If they cannot flip 20 Republican senators, then what is the point of impeachment? To show their ineptitude? To show their psychotic obsession with the man? To disappoint the Democrat base again?

Republicans meanwhile are enjoying the show because the Democrats are melting in front of the eyes of America.

This is only one front of the Republican fight. The No. 1 Republican in the House, Kevin McCarthy, sent a scorching letter to ABC's president on Sunday asking why ABC covered up the pedophiliac crimes of Jeff Epstein.
McCarthy wrote, "Although it is unclear whether anyone thought to alert authorities...it is clear that ABC News’ enabling of Mr. Epstein has consequences: fewer victims willing to come forward."

Who is afraid of the Big Bad Media?

And without fear, fascists have no hold on free men.

Washington does not get this. Matthew Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon is hoping the Trump Era ends soon.

He wrote, "The latest entry in the post-Trump conservatism sweepstakes was Marco Rubio's speech at the Catholic University of America in early November. The Florida senator made the case for a 'common-good capitalism' that looks on markets in the light of Catholic social thought."

Post-Trump conservatism is a Never Trumper wet dream. Never Trumpers believe they get the party back in 2020 or 2024.

That won't happen.

His column told why.

He wrote, "62% of Republicans identified as either a member of the traditional GOP or a member of the conservative movement. 32% identified as part of the Trump movement."

Republicans cannot win without that 32%. It is that simple. They won without the Never Trumpers. But they cannot win without his supporters.

And the party is cool with winning under President Trump because he has given Republicans everything they wanted: 46 circuit judges, tax cuts, the best economy since Woodstock, an embassy in Jerusalem, regulatory relief, and a punch in the nose to the media.

The impeachment has not awoken the sleeping giant. It merely gives the giant another venue to strut its stuff.

And Elise Stefanik is strutting. Jordan and Nunes too.

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