Hugh Hewitt talks with Byron York about his book, Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump, which reveals who was the driving force behind the impeachment of Donald Trump.Read More »
On March 3rd, Americans in 14 states will vote in primaries collectively known as “Super Tuesday,” but the day before, Israelis will cast ballots for the third time in less than a year and few citizens see anything “super” about it.
Polling indicates yet another tight race, with neither the center-right Likud Party of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu nor the center-left Blue and White Party of General Benny Gantz winning enough parliamentary seats to assemble a government. This time the pressure for the two big parties to join a “national unity government” may become overwhelming, with Netanyahu and Gantz taking turns as Prime Minister. Israelis want leaders to put aside ambitions and animosities for the sake of the country.
In America, after the bitterness of impeachment and the brutal battle for the Democratic nomination, the public may want our leaders to do something similar—placing patriotism above pettiness and compromise above confrontation.Read More »
It turns out Nancy Pelosi was right on one thing: The Democrats should not have pursued impeachment in an election year. Now, President Trump has won on both the law and the politics of the impeachment battle.
The 2020 election will again be about turning out a candidate’s base, rather than winning the middle. Trump, especially, has devoted himself fully to turning out and winning his base. Meanwhile, the Democrats—split between progressives and moderates—are still looking for their base.
Without question, the Democrats’ move to impeach the president has stirred up Trump’s base more than theirs. The Trump team successfully argued that the relatively weak impeachment case brought in an election year was, in effect, an effort to take away the people’s vote. On the heels of impeachment, the president’s approval rating is up.
Democrats now face a high price for their political miscalculation.Read More »
With “The impeachment pageant” largely behind us, get ready for the flood of “What did we learn?” essays.
But there are no “lessons” here other than the abuse of power by members of a partisan majority in the House to raise profiles and profits for themselves. This chapter leaves a constitutional scar. This behavior is not what impeachment was intended for. President Trump’s phone call did not include any offense, much less any impeachable one.
We won’t know for 50 years what impeachment does to Trump’s place in history.
My guess? Not much, given his outsize personality and growing list of achievements, including:
• rebuilding of the U.S. military
• appointments of—so far—two Supreme Court justices and a growing list of appeals court and district court judges
• a massive tax cut
• a very strong economy
• 3.5 percent unemployment
And I could go on.
All that remains are ashes of the left’s hopes and a scar on the Constitution.Read More »