Originally published November 20, 2019
The partisan impeachment inquiry is in full swing, with testimonies from third and fourth parties, lifelong bureaucrats, and other people who are called before Congress to complain about Trump in the books. All the testimony has not realistically changed one mind in the country. If you thought Trump was guilty and worthy of impeachment before, you still do. If you thought that Trump was innocent and the Democrats are just trying to undo 2016 election results they didn’t like, that thought hasn’t changed either. The only thing that is painfully obvious is that this whole inquiry is the Democrats trying out a new electoral strategy because they know that they will lose 2020.
First, let’s examine the slate of candidates that lead in the national and state polling for the Democrats. Joe Biden can’t speak two coherent sentences in a row. Elizabeth Warren’s cynicism and insincerity is being revealed with every word she utters. Bernie Sanders just had a heart attack. Pete Buttigieg is a 37-year-old mayor. Kamala Harris is basically gone at this point, so is Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, Tulsi Gabbard, and the slate of Democrats (who are still jumping into this primary) who hope to take the nomination. Things are so bad for the Democrats right now, there are heavy rumors of Hillary Clinton jumping in. Michael Bloomberg is throwing his hat in the ring just because everyone knows that whoever wins the primary has no shot against Trump in the election.
Second, let’s look at the evolution of this Ukraine impeachment inquiry. Originally, it was about a phone call that a whistleblower claimed contained a quid pro quo that Trump was using the power of his office to pressure Ukraine into investigating his chief political rival, Joe Biden. Adam Schiff, the High Inquisitor himself, called for the whistleblower to testify. Then it became known that Eric Ciaramella, the alleged whistleblower, was a partisan Democrat who worked with Joe Biden and coordinated with Adam Schiff’s office, so having him sit through Republican questions, in public or private, was out of the question. Polling data wasn’t showing that the American people were howling for Trump to be dragged out of the White House, drawn and quartered, over a “quid pro quo,” so that was phased out as well.
Over the last week, the word “bribery” has been thrown around more often than a beach ball at a Phish concert. This is not accidental. “Bribery” is actually an impeachable offense, as opposed to a quid pro quo, which occurs in literally every political transaction throughout history. It’s more than that, though. The word “bribery” resonates more with the voters. This is not speculation; this was focus tested by the Democrats.
According to the Washington Post (hardly Trump’s biggest fans), “[t]he shift [from quid pro quo to bribery] came after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee conducted focus groups in key House battlegrounds in recent weeks, testing messages related to impeachment. Among the questions put to participants was whether ‘quid pro quo,’ ‘extortion’ or ‘bribery’ was a more compelling description of Trump’s conduct. According to two people familiar with the results, which circulated among Democrats this week, the focus groups found “bribery” to be most damning. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the results have not been made public.” So this is no longer an issue of national security or keeping the executive branch in check for the president’s actions, it’s merely an electoral strategy in key House battleground areas.
Third, and most damning of all, Democrats are just saying the quiet part out loud. While Nancy Pelosi claims that the Democrats “have not made any decision to impeach,” and Inquisitor Schiff laughably said he “did not take any pleasure” leading the impeachment inquiry, Democrat thought-leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped the ball. “At the end of the day,” she said to Wolf Blitzer on CNN, “we have to be able to come together as a caucus and if it is this Ukrainian allegation that is what brings the caucus together, um, then I think we have to run with however we unify the House.”
“We also need to move quite quickly because we’re talking about the potential compromise of the 2020 elections,” AOC continued. “And so this is not just about something that has occurred; this is about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year.” While everyone knows that this, to use Trump’s language, partisan witch hunt is merely an electoral strategy, AOC actually saying it on CNN is ludicrous.
That’s not the end of the story. AOC reiterated her point during a press conference later in the week. She claims that impeachment is necessary because Trump doesn’t want to go along with her comically expensive and impractical Green New Deal. After Bernie Sanders, who has been bringing AOC along on his campaign since she endorsed him, said, “Trump should be impeached and he will be impeached,” AOC continued talking about her climate agenda and linking that agenda to Trump’s impeachment. “But let’s not act or pretend that Donald Trump is not a climate crisis unto himself,” she said, “because he has put foxes in the hen house, in the charge of EPA, in charge of public housing, in charge of virtually every federal agency that we have. And so, if we want to protect our planet, we also, you know, we also need to make sure that holding the president accountable in this White House is a part of that too.” So if a president is elected who doesn’t toe the leftist policy line, they must be removed from office, regardless of the will of the people.
Attorney General William Barr said it best this past weekend at the Federalist Society’s 2019 National Lawyers Convention in Washington, D.C. “In any age, the so-called progressives treat politics as their religion,” he said, quoting Federalist Fisher Ames. “Their holy mission is to use the coercive power of the state to remake man and society in their own image, according to an abstract ideal of perfection. Whatever means they use are therefore justified because, by definition, they are a virtuous people pursuing a deific end. They are willing to use any means necessary to gain momentary advantage in achieving their end, regardless of collateral consequences and the systemic implications. They never ask whether the actions they take could be justified as a general rule of conduct, equally applicable to all sides.” Politics is not simply a method of governance or a service to the country to the left. Rather, they are on a holy quest, and they do so with the purpose of a brainwashed religious cult. That is why it is acceptable to use hearsay, conjecture, and circumstantial evidence to use the nuclear option against the president. Hopefully, the American people will see through this and deliver a resounding electoral defeat to the Democrats. They certainly deserve it.
Moshe Hill is a political analyst who has written for The Daily Wire, The Queens Jewish Link, The Jewish Link of New Jersey and JNS.org. He is regularly featured on ‘The Josh M Show’ podcast. Subscribe to aHillwithaview.com for more content from Moshe Hill. Like him on Facebook at facebook.com/ahillwithaview and follow on Twitter @TheMoHill.