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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Peak Crazy

It seems that whenever you think the Democrats and their trained hamsters in the media have reached peak crazy, they do something even more nutty to make you a liar. For example, I though peak crazy was reached when the Dem's attempted to destroy the reputation of a nominee for SCOTUS, Bret Kavanaugh, because they didn't like the fact that he was a conservative. During a Senate hearing that displayed their pre-disposition for the politics of personal destruction, they insisted that we all believe Christine Blasey-Ford even though her evidence=-free accusations were 35 years old, bizarre on their face, unsupported by friends and acquaintances who knew her at the time, and suspicious given that she lied about things like being afraid to fly. But as if to prove me wrong, the Dem candidates for President then relied on poorly researched and obviously partisan book on the Kavanaugh hearings that suggested that when he was in college (30 years ago) the now-Justice wagged his penis in the face of a woman (who by the way, told the writers that she remembered no such incident). The Dem candidates demanded Kavanaugh's impeachment based on ... well ... nothing.

And speaking of impeachment. It was okay, I suppose, when leftist crazies like the Squad demanded impeachment of Trump, because, well ... Trump. Many thought we had reached peak crazy on the subject. But nope. Now the whole of the Dem hierarchy are on board because of a phone call. No matter that lots and lots and lots of suspicious stuff has gone on in the past few months including: (1) a secret and conveniently timed rule change within the intelligence community that allowed hearsay to be introduced as evidence by a whistleblower; (2) a "whistle blower" who the IG noted is arguably partisan and who unquestionably got help in prepared his/her report in a way that made it look like a brief to the Supreme Court; (3) the fact that Joe Biden in his own words admitted to obstructing an investigation into his son's Ukrainian dealings, and (4) serious questions about why the younger Biden was paid $50K a month to consult on energy matters he knew nothing about. Given these questions and a whole lot more, it's truly crazy to suggest that impeachment is a reasonable political response, but ... well ... crazy is as crazy does.

Roger Kimball comments:
Just last week, an all-points bulletin was blaring from the Get Trump media and the assorted fantasists in the Democratic Party. “Now we’ve got him, lads. Impeachment is just around the corner.” The New York Times said so. So did CNN and MSNBC. So did Nancy Pelosi, soon-to-be-former speaker of the House. Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) was so certain of it that he thought he could get away with pretending to read the transcript of Donald Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president while actually just making stuff up.

Really. There he was, piece of paper in hand, addressing the House Intelligence Committee (and millions of viewers at home), exuding his signature “the-President-is-not-above-the-law-deer-in-the-headlights-automaton” countenance. The whole thing, Schiff said, was a “mafia-like shakedown.”

“I want you,” he pretended to read, “to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand, lots of it, on this and on that. I’m going to put you in touch with people, not just any people, I’m going to put you in touch with the attorney general of the United States, my attorney general Bill Barr. He’s got the whole weight of the American law enforcement behind him.”

When it was pointed out that Donald Trump said none of that, Schiff replied that his words—his lies—were a “parody.” Oh.

In general, one tends to admire perseverance. We like to think it betokens a certain seriousness of purpose. We remember The Little Engine That Could from our childhood and want to root for the blundering but stalwart underdog. “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” But in this case, the Democrats are not bringing the Christmas presents of impeachment and the destruction of a duly elected president they dislike to the boys and girls on the other side of the mountain. On the contrary, they are making fools of themselves. What we are seeing unfold before our eyes is not a reprise of The Little Engine That Could but a signal illustration of Chesterton’s observation that madness means “using mental activity so as to reach mental helplessness.”
The Dem's trained hamsters in the media are scurrying around trying to make crazy look like sober, considered thought. It's absolutely comical to watch. They keep telling us the Biden and son are NOT the story, that despite the hard evidence that payments to young Biden were made and demands to obstruct justice by Biden-the-older resulted in the dismissal of a prosecutor inverstigationg corruption in the Ukraine (oh, BTW, Biden was Vice President of the United States at the time he obstructed justice), there's nothing to see here. The Dems and their hamsters keep telling us that Trump's concern was purely to "get" his potential 2020 opponent—as if a brief mention in an otherwise unrelated phone conversation was somehow infinitely more serious than the phony Russian dossier bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC in 2016. And as if to punctuate peak crazy, that episode doesn't seem to concern the Dems.

Kimball goes on to discuss the bigger picture:
I think Thomas Lifson, writing for The American Thinker, is right. The whoops of the impeachment war dance are echoing in an otherwise silent and most severe chamber. All this frenetic activity—the screaming front-page headlines, the salivating attacks on Trump in the now-routinely anti-Trump Drudge Report—all that, as Lifson says, is but the “prelude to the coming time bombs about to explode in their faces.”

The bombs in question, Lifson points out, have names: Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general whose report on malfeasance in the FBI and the “intelligence community” is due any day; John Durham, the U.S. attorney looking into the origins of the attempted coup against Donald Trump; and John Huber, the U.S. attorney who is looking into the FBI’s surveillance of Carter Page and connections between the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One scandal.

Those time bombs are indeed ticking, and even the Dems must be able to make out the tick-tick-tick above the fury of their anti-Trump skirling. Some people say that what we are witnessing is just an instance of hardball politics. They hate us, we hate them, let the game begin.

I think it is much worse than that. There were plenty of hints and adumbrations before, but it really took shape with Donald Trump. What we have seen over the last few years is an effort to render a large part (indeed, a majority) of the electorate illegitimate.

Donald Trump won the presidency in a free, open, and democratic election. And yet a sliver of the population—the Antifa thugs, the Hollywood brats, the media sissies, the beautiful people with expensive degrees, and, of course, the radical fringe of the Democratic Party—all refused to accept the results of the election.

It’s not just that they disliked Donald Trump. They declared him illegitimate. By implication, they declared anyone who supported Trump illegitimate, too. In essence, they bowed out of the social compact that underwrote the legitimacy of the American regime ...

What has been happening these last three years is not just an effort to destroy Donald Trump. That, indeed, is merely incidental to the larger project of destroying the fundamental American consensus. I do not think it will succeed. But I am sufficiently disillusioned to realize just how grave a threat these forces pose to what we used to be able to call, without irony, the American dream.
The threat is real and unprecedented. It is crazy. But with the new leftist Democratic party, it appears that we'll never reach peak crazy.