It’s not personal, Sonny. I don’t hate anyone.
It’s strictly business.
No Malarky! Just a wet noodle for a backbone. We like candidates with a little sand in their craw. That’s why we will cut Joe Biden some slack for calling that Iowa voter “a damned liar.” Or Nancy Pelosi telling a reporter, “Don’t mess with me.” (There’s bound to be a tee shirt in that.) But heaven help us if Trump did that (which he pretty much has).
But it doesn’t help that the Iowa voter challenging Biden is an 83-year-old retired farmer and former U.S. Marine. (We would NOT challenge the guy to a push-up contest.) Or that more voters surely will be asking the same questions about Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Democrat(ic) quid pro quo.
Now we shift to Adam Schiff. We reprint a portion of this Friday’s (12-06-19) Wall Street Journal editorial:
Schiff Impeaches Biden
Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that Mr. Schiff’s bribery definition is correct and should be the impeachment standard. Why then wouldn’t Joe Biden’s actions in Ukraine in 2015 also be an impeachable bribe?
Mr. Biden has admitted that he threatened Ukrainian officials with the denial of U.S. aid if they didn’t fire a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, which was paying Hunter Biden some $50,000 a month. That sure looks like an official act that had “some personal or political reason,” under the Schiff definition. It was certainly something “of value personally” under the Blumenthal definition.
Mr. Biden might object that he was representing the Obama Administration “in the nation’s interest.” But defining national interest is in the eye of the beholder. Is it in the U.S. interest for Ukraine officials to see that a company can escape scrutiny for corruption if it hires the son of the U.S. Vice President? Is it in the nation’s interest if other countries and companies observe this behavior and hire relatives of other American politicians?
At the very least, this is a question the U.S. Senate should be eager to explore in Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial. Mr. Biden would be essential to call as a leading witness, perhaps for the Trump defense team.
Adventures in identity politics
1. Why the Left is losing America’s middle
I’m a woman and I’ve got paper to prove it. In today’s New York Times (12-06-19):
I Won a World Championship. Some People Aren’t Happy
This is not the beginning of the end of women’s sports
Trans women are women
Many want me to race against men. I have news for them: I’m not allowed. I’m legally female. My birth certificate, passport, driver’s license, U.S. permanent resident card, medical records and my racing license all have an “F” on them. … I transitioned in 2012.
F for female! It’s on paper!
2. Is the Pope pro-life?
Speaker Pelosi twice asserted at her press conference Thursday (12-05-19) that her Catholic upbringing and faith (despite her ardent support of abortion) precluded her from hating anyone, even the President.
Every Thanksgiving it is the custom of Maureen Dowd to turn over her New York Times column to her Trump-loving brother Kevin Dowd. It is a hoot! He writes:
How I can still support Donald Trump? My short answer is always the same: Have you looked at the alternative?
The liberals still sneer at religious conservatives. I wouldn’t let them come with me to the Knights of Columbus bar. In August, the D.N.C. passed a resolution saying “religiously unaffiliated Americans” are the largest “religious group” in the party and “overwhelmingly” share Democrats’ values. And certain House chairmen are waiving the words “So help me God” from swearing-ins.
God help me.
3. Losers cry racism
Cory Booker and Julian Castro are accusing the Democrat(ic) party of racism after Kamala Harris exits stage left. Dunno what they’re barking about. No minorities? The party still has Elizabeth Warren, right?
4. The Hallmark channel is too white.