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Obama’s minions gave us the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, the Benghazi cover-up, the Iran deal, the NSA unmasking, the surveillance of the adversarial press and now, as we know, FISA abuse and the arrogant, clandestine, likely illegal, investigation of a political opponent.

Minions within the federal bureaucracy are used to taking their cues from leadership, eager to please, to push past their shared agenda while a complaint press provides cover. Sondland and his cronies naturally assumed that the aid promised Ukraine would be used as leverage. It was a perfect storm of opportunity; corruption was a given; the aid was held up; a quid pro quo could easily be accomplished while providing the comfort of the usual cloak of deniable plausibility.

Except that these were not Trump’s minions and that cloak is not designed for Republicans. They were anti-Trump minions. They were part of the resistance meant to thwart all things Trump. And when they recognized the cues, the bureaucratic winks as opportunity met circumstance, they assumed that the end goal was to drub Biden, their great white hope, from the 2020 race and they panicked. This Hunter Biden thing looked really bad and the more you stared at it the more it grew, beyond Ukraine, beyond Burisma, to China, to Romania, to crack cocaine, strip clubs, and baby mamas.

Out of their panic came the whistleblower, the Schiff show, and now the articles of impeachment. Lacking any crime or wrongdoing, Trump is charged with process violations – dubious charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. The original edifice of the inquiry, the presumption of demands that the Bidens be investigated by the Ukraine government, is cast aside to be buried next to the DNC server, Weiner’s laptop, and Jimmy Hoffa in some faraway marshland.

How convenient.

There is a name for these kinds of political standoffs, where one side accuses the other of refusing to accept its authority, judgment and sentence predicated on an otiose claim of superior moral imperative. The only thing that comes of it is soiled shoes.

And don’t tell me it’s raining.

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  1. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Doug Kimball:

    Out of their panic came the whistle-blower, the Schiff show and now the articles of impeachment. Lacking any crime or wrongdoing, Trump is charged with process violations – dubious charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. The original edifice of the inquiry, the presumption of demands that the Biden’s be investigated by the Ukraine government, is cast aside to be buried next to the DNC server, Weiner’s laptop and Jimmy Hoffa in some faraway marshland.

    How convenient.

    Its so convenient, that I dont believe there is a whistle blower. The whistle blower is a ‘composite character’ who is credited with providing information that is really coming from wiretaps and the NSA. As Schiff has demonstrated he’s not above publishing phone records of his rivals and press critics. He has had such routine access to this information that he didnt see the harm in releasing it.

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  2. Jim McConnell Member
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    “And don’t tell me it’s raining.”

    Perfect. I hadn’t heard that expression in a long time, @dougkimball, but it fits perfectly what the Democrats are trying to do.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 10:53 AM PST
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  3. Ralphie Member

    As more and more is brought to light, it truly is disappointing that officals are pretty much corrupt, especially the liberal type of thought. It is a good thing that most citizens are worried about working and paying bills, and not looking for con games to play, otherwise we’d be in an anarchy.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 11:15 AM PST
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  4. MarciN Member

    I am so frustrated about this “impeachment.” Not only has Trump not done anything wrong, he hasn’t done anything to disrupt our way of life. All he has done is smooth out some things like the tax code and the way we treat pregnant women prisoners in our prisons. He’s gotten rid of so many stupid regulations for business that it has been able to take a deep breath for the first time in a long time. He has not gotten us into a war, and he has not changed radically the way we do anything. When I compare the harm caused to individuals due to Bill Clinton’s welfare reform act and Obama’s 3,000 pages of heath care reform acts, Trump is the most benign president we’ve ever had. He’s fixed some things that his predecessors broke. That’s all he’s done. Correct some things.

    I can’t believe I’m thinking this, but if the Republican Party doesn’t act to protect his presidency and the presidency in general, I don’t think I will be voting for another Republican in my lifetime. I know that means handing the government to the Democrats. So I hope some new people I don’t have a grudge against come along and start up a new party that resembles the old Republican Party in its Coolidge-era ideas and principles. Sigh.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 12:41 PM PST
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  5. Randy Webster Member

    MarciN (View Comment):
    So I hope some new people I don’t have a grudge against come along and start up a new party that resembles the old Republican Party in its Coolidge-era ideas and principles. Sigh.

    Now’s the time to jump in and be one of the “new people” Marci.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 3:01 PM PST
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  6. Boss Mongo Member

    Great post. Well said, sir.

    Doug Kimball: And don’t tell me it’s raining.

    It’s not. I’m peeing down your back.

    Otiose. I didn’t know that word. So, double thanks. One for the post, one for the word.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 3:14 PM PST
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  7. Guruforhire Member

    Trump’s stripper paid him.

    just sayin.

     

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    • December 10, 2019, at 5:13 PM PST
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  8. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    Trump’s stripper paid him.

    just sayin.

     

    Blackmail is not that successful an enterprise when the mark does not cooperate.

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  9. Skyler Coolidge

    I’m tired of people giving Hunter Biden grief for getting a stripper pregnant. There is a whole lot of holier than thou-ism going on. I mean who hasn’t gotten a stripper pregnant? I’ve done it eight times myself, and I don’t know anyone who hasn’t done it at least once. Anyone who says otherwise is a damned liar. Just let it go. He’s just your typical, everyday career politician’s son who joins the navy as an ensign at age 46, gets booted out for using cocaine without getting jail time, who slept with his brother’s wife and made millions getting graft from foreign countries. We need to remember that he’s just like us.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 5:59 PM PST
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  10. Skyler Coolidge

    Reince Priebus also got commissioned as an Ensign in his late forties. I think that’s a way to get a free security clearance and it stinks. There is no reason for the Navy to be doing that.

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    • December 10, 2019, at 6:59 PM PST
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