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What WSJ won't say about impeachment



Gerald F. Seib, executive Washington editor of the Wall Street Journal, wasted 1,587 words on an analysis of the impeachment. I say wasted because he did not use the one word that best described this effort.

Failure.

The story of this impeachment is not as historic as Seib and his kind in the press describe it.

The impeachment failed.

Democrats have tried since his inauguration to impeach President Donald John Trump. Time magazine reported within an hour of his taking the oath of office, "Two civil rights groups trying to boot President Donald Trump from the nation’s highest office have launched an online campaign to get the brand new commander-in-chief impeached.

"Their website, www.impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org, went live on Friday just as Trump was officially sworn in. It is run by two groups, Free Speech for People and RootsAction, which believe Trump’s possible conflicts of interest are grounds for his ouster, the Washington Post reports."

And after 3 years of a Russian hoax, false claims of emoluments, psychoanalysis in abstentia by Yale loonies, and assorted noise, Democrats finally rolled out the reason that of the 44 men who have served as president (in 45 presidencies) Donald John Trump is the only one who should be removed from office because... (drumroll) he made a phone call.

To be fair, the first 18 were protected as the telephone had not been invented until Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th president, came along.

People in Washington are too polite (and frankly scared) to laugh in the face of Adam Schiff and all the little Schiff heads in the media.

But history will roll its eyes, point its finger, and mock the dickens out of these pencil-necked geeks.

Seib wrote, "That will be the case in the aftermath of President Trump’s Senate trial, which now is virtually certain to end with a decisive and largely partisan acquittal on Wednesday. The reverberations will roll out for years to come, affecting the state of presidential power, the national political climate and the byplay between the two parties in Washington."

No, it won't. The two parties will continue to go after one another tooth and nail as always.

He wrote, "It is Trump’s party now."

It has been since November 8, 2016, when Donald Trump won the presidency. To the victor goes the spoils. Never Trumpers bet on the mare and lost. Bigly.

He wrote, "The country is even more polarized."

The polarization is the refusal by Never Trumpers and Democrats to accept Donald Trump as their president. The astonishing revelation is it doesn't matter. Life goes on without them.

He wrote, "The impeachment process appears to have continued a yearslong process of tilting the balance of power within Washington toward the executive branch and away from Congress."

The media always worries about an imperial president when a Republican is in office. Democrats are the real authoritarians. The media feared retribution from Obama -- with good reason. Ask James Rosen how that works.

He wrote, "When the impeachment process was getting under way in October, Mr. Trump’s job-approval rating was at 45% among all voters, at 91% among Republicans, at 6% among Democrats and at 38% among independents in the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Polling now shows those job-approval ratings basically unchanged — except that Mr. Trump’s approval actually seems to have ticked up among independents."

So the impeachment has meant squat politically, at least according to the polls. This was another 6-month waste of time by Democrats and the media — while Mister Trump concluded trade deals, killed bad guys (al BagDeady and General Scribblename), and oversaw the best economy in a half-century.

Seib mercifully ended his piece enigmatically, which one does when one wants to dodge the truth. He wrote, "The ultimate impeachment political test may lie not in conclusions reached, but in intensity of feelings aroused."

I agree because as a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan I know it comes down to winning. When the team wins, Clevelanders set attendance records. My mother remembered 1948 when they drew 2,620,627 fans. I remember when they topped that in 1995 with 2,842,745. They sold out 455 consecutive games -- five seasons worth of home games.

I also remember when they averaged less than 10,000 fans a game in an 80,000 seat stadium.

That is the difference between winning 100 games and losing 100.

Donald Trump was wrong only once, and that was when he said we would get tired of winning.

Losing is far more tiresome than winning. He would not know that, being a Yankees fan and all.

Surely Seib and his Wall Street Journal comrades know this. Democrats are the 1971 Indians. The impeachment failed. History will laugh. Trump supporters already do.

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