Democrats Just Overplayed Their Hand

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It would have been hard to orchestrate a worse week for Democrats. From Iowa to impeachment, the political winds shifted against them.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, only a few months ago, had been praised by the American political press as a strategic genius. Her role in orchestrating the impeachment of President Donald Trump had her declared a political winner by a host of news network reporters, not just pundits. The Democrats started by coordinating with a whistleblower whose name everyone in Washington seems to know but only Sen. Rand Paul will dare utter.

After that coordination, Democrats opened an investigation the media found absolutely devastating. The number of reporters who declared everything terrible for the President increased. But the number of Americans who wanted the President tossed from office barely budged from around 47%, tied with those who wanted him to remain.

Then, having helped orchestrate the impeachment, Pelosi held on to the articles of impeachment. The media proclaimed it to be another strategic victory designed to build pressure on the Senate for fair rules. Ultimately, Pelosi sent the articles, and the Senate created rules that had no relation to the delay. Pelosi and the Democrats then demanded witnesses they had never called in the House.

 

Media allies proclaimed the Senate had heard from no witnesses, despite having 17 witnesses entered into the record. As an aside, it is amazing how much the mainstream American press, from news networks to newspapers, was willing to parrot the Democrats' talking point on witnesses.

The Republican objection had always been that the Senate should hear from no witnesses the House had not first heard from. It was a fair point. Since the first impeachment in the late 1800s, the Senate has rarely heard from witnesses who have not first testified before the House. It has happened only a handful of times, in the trials of Walter Nixon, Bill Clinton and Thomas Porteous. In the President's case, the House failed to get the White House chief of staff or former national security advisor to testify. They blamed the court system but failed to push for an expedited court review. They just passed their job to the Senate.

The Senate rejected calling witnesses. Then, despite media hysteria, they acquitted Trump. It remains underappreciated that the House Democrats got only one Republican, Sen. Mitt Romney, to vote for impeachment, given how many House Republicans privately loathe the President. And one House Democrat actually became a Republican over impeachment.

On the week the Senate acquitted the President, Democrats had an embarrassing spectacle in Iowa. The former vice president of the United States, who served for two terms under Barack Obama, utterly failed to gain traction. The technology-focused Democrats, who spent four years lecturing Americans about voter security, managed to roll out an app to count the vote in Iowa, and it crashed. We now know the Department of Homeland Security offered to help vet the app's security, and the Democrats refused. The spectacle of the Democrats' failure helped to overshadow both Joe Biden's collapse and Bernie Sanders' momentum.

The next day, Trump delivered a remarkable State of the Union address tailor-made for a nation that no longer remembers lines of speeches but will remember Instagramable moments. One of those moments was honoring the last surviving Tuskegee Airman, and another honored an African American mother whose daughter is about to get a great education. For both, the Democrats sat. The end of the speech saw Pelosi rip up the printed copy of the President's speech. Even a lot of Democrats were appalled.

For months, Democrats and the press have been in a feedback loop of self-congratulatory back-patting. Guided by elite opinion on social media, Democrats marched themselves off a cliff to applause from the left. They now face a President with higher approval ratings than Obama had when he began his campaign for a second term.

22 thoughts on “Democrats Just Overplayed Their Hand”

  1. The Republicans should now to on the offensive; proactive not reactive
    They need to have something coming out from Barr and Durham; they need to have testimony from the Bidens; they need to go after Hillary and Obama. This is a 2 way street, not one sided
    No more defense, just offense to reflect justice and truth to the entire nation!!

    1. In addition to your advice, Republicans need to use the Democrat playbook blueprint “Rules for Radicals” to label EVERY Democrat as a socialist, a racist for what they did to the blacks, and every other negative label for them you can think of, true or not, just like the Democrats have been doing to Trump and other Republicans.
      Go for the KILL!

  2. I am outfitted in all black and in mourning for Pelosi. It is so hard for me to have to persevere though these terrible times. I am praying for her daily.

  3. Nancy pelosi should be removed from office for wasting taxpayer money and time. I am glad to see the democrats shooting themselves in the foot. That’s what happens when you think you are better than everyone else and know what they want. The dems are a bunch of elitist socialists who want to create a society of haves and have nots. They have forgotten what makes America great which is the individual living the way they want and achieving goals for themselves.
    They should take a look at the countries that have socialism and see how they are failing.

  4. Is this even worth the time to read, and considering we have heard this for years!
    The democrats are the abusers of our laws, and system that took many lives to get to where we are today.
    Unfortunately, they press on with this politically motivated losing syndrome that has wasted millions of tax payers dollars.

  5. WELL TO SAY WHAT EVERYONE IS THINKING ——THE DEMS BRAINWASHING DIDN’T WORK . IT STARTED WITH THE SECOND HALF OF OBAMA TERM. IT STARTED WAY BACK THEN. AND THE DEMS DIDN’T SEE IT COMING. THE PEOPLE STARTED WAKING UP TO WHAT WAS GOING ON. OBAMA PUSHING US TO A ROAD WE DIDN’T WANT TO TAKE. THEY DIDN’T TAKE IN THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ALOT STRONGER THEN THEY THOUGHT. THEY FOOLED US ONCE WITH OBAMA’S 1ST TERM AND WE HELD TOGETHER THROUGH THE 2ND TERM AND THEN WE LET LOOSE OUR FEELINGS.——-NO MORE OF THIS CRAP AND THEN WE LISTENED REAL CLOSE AND SAW THAT IT WAS TRUMP WHO WE WANTED. NOT ANOTHER OBAMA IN HILLARY. NO WAY IN HELL. SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN OUR WORST NIGHTMARE FOR SURE.!

  6. Pelosi condemned Trump to his impeachment FOR LIFE. Fine. Then as a QUID PRO QUO let’s elect Trump as PRESIDENT FOR LIFE in Nov!

    The Dems are Enemies of the State and traitors to the US. They need to be expunged.

    I look forward to the Durham Report and AG BARR actions.

  7. How long before the most entrenched democrats wake up to see the futility of Washington democrats trying to use the same old failed tactics. Maybe Americans are starting to see through the moronic tactics of the Washington democrats who think everyone is stupid.

  8. In a lawsuit the losing party is often made to pay all of the Court Costs, this should be applied to the Democrats with regard to this sham of an investigation and trial. They have cost the Tax Payers of this country Millions. All of the investigations that have been started should be expanded and pushed forward so that the results are made public before the elections. The trials for the Biden, Pelosi, Clinton Crime Families should be brought to court as soon as possible.

  9. Stick a fork in them, They are done. They will no longer be a viable force in this country ever again. Every single stupid stunt they pulled has blow up in their commie faces.

    Now we will REALLYmake our country great again.

  10. Any person elected to, or appointed to a government office who falsely makes statements to help promote political lies, unsubstantiated documents to deceive the public , should be prosecuted, and upon found guilty, will be demanded to reimburse the government of accumulated wages and then be given the same respect and courtesy that the Italians gave Mussolini in 1945. HIS HONORABLE RETIREMENT, for the world to seecarlo

  11. Any individual elected to, or appointed to a government 0ffice who falsely makes statements to help promote political lies, and makes unsubstantiated documents to deceive the public, should be prosecuted, and upon found guilty, will be demanded to reimburse the government of accumulated wages ,,, then be given a respected, and courteous retirement party like the Italians gave Mussolini in 1945. for the whole world to see.

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