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This Is a Fight to the Finish

The war in Washington will not end until the presidency of Donald Trump ends. Everyone seems to sense that now.

This is a fight to the finish.

A post-election truce that began with Trump congratulating House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi—“I give her a great deal of credit for what she’s done and what she’s accomplished”— was ancient history by nightfall.

With the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his replacement by his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, the long-anticipated confrontation with Robert Mueller appears at hand.

Sessions had recused himself from the oversight role of the special counsel’s investigation into Russiagate. Whitaker has definitely not.

Before joining Justice, he said that the Mueller probe was overreaching, going places it had no authority to go, and that it could be leashed by a new attorney general and starved of funds until it passes away.

Whitaker was not chosen to be merely a placeholder until a new AG is confirmed. He was picked so he can get the job done.

And about time.

For two years, Trump has been under a cloud of unproven allegations and suspicion that he and top campaign officials colluded with Vladimir Putin’s Russia to thieve and publish the emails of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

It is past time for Mueller to prove these charges or concede he has a busted flush, wrap up his investigation and go home.

And now, in T.S. Eliot’s words, Trump appears to have found “the strength to force the moment to its crisis.”

His attitude toward Mueller’s probe is taking on the aspect of Andrew Jackson’s attitude toward Nicholas Biddle’s Second Bank of the United States: It’s “trying to kill me, but I will kill it.”

Trump has been warned by congressional Democrats that if he in any way impedes the work of Mueller’s office, he risks impeachment.

Well, let’s find out.

If the House Judiciary Committee of incoming chairman Jerrold Nadler wishes to impeach Trump for forcing Mueller to fish or cut bait, Trump’s allies should broaden the debate to the real motivation here of the defeated establishment: It detests the man the American people chose to lead their country and thus wants to use its political and cultural power to effect his removal.

Even before news of Sessions’ departure hit Wednesday, Trump was subjected to an antifa-style hassling by the White House press corps.

One reporter berated the president and refused to surrender the microphone. Others shouted support for his antics. A third demanded to know whether Trump’s admission that he’s a “nationalist” would give aid and comfort to “white nationalists.”

By picking up the credentials of CNN’s Jim Acosta and booting him out of the White House, Trump has set a good precedent.

Freedom of the press does not mean guaranteed immunity of the press from the same kind of abuse the press directs at the president.

John F. Kennedy was beloved by the media elite. Yet JFK canceled all White House subscriptions to the New York Herald Tribune and called the publisher of The New York Times to get him to pull reporter David Halberstam out of Vietnam for undermining U.S. morale in a war in which Green Berets were dying.

Some journalists have become Trump haters with press passes. And Trump is right to speak truth to mainstream media power and to accord to the chronically hostile press the same access to the White House to which Robert De Niro is entitled. Since the days of John Adams, the White House has been the president’s house, not the press’s house.

Pelosi appears the favorite to return as speaker of the House. But she may find her coming days in the post she loves to be less-than-happy times.

Some of her incoming committee chairs—namely, Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters and Elijah Cummings—seem less interested in legislative compromises than in rummaging through White House files for documents to damage the president, starting with his tax returns.

To a world watching with fascination this death struggle convulsing our capital, one wonders how attractive American democracy appears.

And just how much division can this democracy stand?

We know what the left thinks of Trump’s “base.”

Hillary Clinton told us. Half his supporters, she said, are a “basket of deplorables” who are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it.” Lately, America’s populist right has been called fascist and neo-Nazi.

How can the left “unite” with people like that? Why should the left not try to drive such “racists” out of power by any means necessary?

This is the thinking that bred antifa.

As for those on the right—as they watch the left disparage the old heroes, tear down their monuments, purge Christianity from their public schools—they have come to conclude that their enemies are at root anti-Christian and anti-American.

How do we unify a nation where the opposing camps believe this?

What the Trump-establishment war is about is the soul of America, a war in which a compromise on principle can be seen as a betrayal.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of  Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.

 

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#1 Comment By Louism On November 8, 2018 @ 11:21 pm

I agree with Pat partially. Democrats hate Trump because:
1) Trump dared to drag Bill Clinton’s rape victims to the Presidential debates.
2) Trumps followers with Trumps blessing want Hillary locked up. Trump dared to demonize and damn the democrats every bit as much as the democrats demonized Trump and his followers as dregs and deplorables. Democrats can dish it out but they cant take it.
3) Trump is dismantling globalism and undermining or withdrawing from the global institutions the left built over the last 50-100 years. THIS THREATENS MANY OF THE FIFEDOMS OF THEIR POWER.
4) Every Presidential Administration leaves a legacy of loyal employees and that leaves power for prior administrations and for the prior party machine that got them elected. TRUMP IS SLOWLY CLEANING HOUSE FROM OBAMA AND BUSHII AND BILL & HILLARY CLINTON. THAT THREATENS THEIR POWER AND INFLUENCE AND THEY DONT LIKE IT.

SOME OF IT WILL END WITH TRUMP BUT ITS NOT GOING TO END UNTIL ALL THE TENTACLES OF THE DEEP STATE (IE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES LOYAL TO GLOBAL INSTITUTIONS AND PRIOR ADMINISTRATIONS AND FOREIGN GOVT LOBBYISTS) FEEL SAFE, BACK IN CONTROL AND CAN CONTINUE TO BETRAY OUR COUNTRY FOR MOTIVES OTHER THAN THE WELFARE OF THIS NATION.

#2 Comment By citoyen On November 8, 2018 @ 11:35 pm

I have come to a few conclusions:

1) Leftism is the cult of death.

2) The Democrat party is the Party of Hate – for America.

3) The only people who support open borders or mass immigration are people who hate America, and want to see her destroyed from within.

#3 Comment By Kurt Gayle On November 8, 2018 @ 11:39 pm

“The war in Washington will not end until the presidency of Donald Trump ends. Everyone seems to sense that now. This is a fight to the finish.”

Coming out of Tuesday’s mid-term elections President Trump’s base appears to be unusually strong and ready to fight:

Daniel McCarthy, Editor of The American Conservative from 2010-2016, current Editor-at-Large at TAC, and the new editor of Modern Age: A Conservative Quarterly points to this post-election strength in yesterday’s New York Times:

“Republicans lost fewer seats in the House of Representatives than Democrats lost in 1994 or 2010, when Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were in their first terms as president. Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama both went on to win re-election two years after those midterm routs. And while Democrats also lost Senate seats in the first midterm elections under Presidents Clinton and Obama, Mr. Trump’s Republicans defied the historical trend by adding to their Senate majority…Mr. Trump did something unusual by increasing turnout among his defenders as well as his opponents. Republicans felt that Mr. Trump had an agenda still worth fighting for, and they were heartened that on several key issues — perhaps most important, judicial appointments — the president had delivered what he promised. That helped to make Tuesday a good night for political engagement overall, and it kept Republican losses below what they would have been if Mr. Trump had simply been an unpopular and polarizing figure…Far from bringing about Mr. Trump’s repudiation, whether by a defeated and regretful right or by the country as a whole, the midterm election has only firmed up the lines of conflict for the future. President Trump will be at the center of that conflict, not as an aberration or departure from the norms of politics but as an integral part of the Republican Party — its head as well as its right arm.”

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#4 Comment By citoyen On November 8, 2018 @ 11:44 pm

I strongly suspect that many non-citizens voted in both 2016 and 2018. Too many states are purposely and fraudulently registering foreigners to vote when they apply for their driver’s license. There is no way for DMV to check for citizenship status.

Trump urgently needs to sign an EO that says any foreigner who has illegally voted in the US will have his/her future green card or citizenship application DENIED. Voting records are very easy to verify. He also needs to appoint a council to check for voter fraud ASAP. Do this or GOP is toast in 2020.

#5 Comment By Andrew On November 8, 2018 @ 11:48 pm

Remember kids, if you’ve never properly stewarded a thing in your life, and you have utter contempt for the values that made us both powerful and respected, Pat thinks you’re qualified to lead the free world.

He’s wrong, of course.

#6 Comment By D F COLLINSON, PHD On November 8, 2018 @ 11:57 pm

The author should be more careful of his words: to say Trump is “the man the American people chose to lead their country ” is to ignore the fact that he lost the popular vote by nearly three million. Trump is a busted flush, and there is no way he can manage an Electoral Collge hidden card now the public knows what he’s got up his sleeve.

#7 Comment By Alex On November 9, 2018 @ 2:10 am

I love when Pat quotes poetry he doesn’t understand. Prufrock was portrayed as an old coward, not some Caesar crossing a Rubicon. It does work, weirdly enough, but not at all as Pat planned–Pat, for all your yammering about the glories of Western culture, do you actually know or love anything about it?

#8 Comment By EliteCommInc. On November 9, 2018 @ 5:35 am

I for one thought he was winning the collusions battle. While the voices were loud, I don’t think most of the country bought it. N ow that he has signed on to the intel report, I would agree his footing is much better situated to “politically”” to end the matter.

Damocles sword has had its effect. I agree with Pres. Nixon – the special prosecutor was over reaching then and he is over reaching now. Either they have evidence the president colluded with the Russians or they do not and neither the intel report nor anything provided thus far supports that the president colluded with the Russians.

it was a mistake not to tailor Sp areas of investigation in the same manner we ought to tailor search warrants.

#9 Comment By Mel Profit On November 9, 2018 @ 7:03 am

Civil war

#10 Comment By Ricardo On November 9, 2018 @ 7:46 am

Right on Pat! You’re a national sage and treasure! Love your commentary!

#11 Comment By JeffK On November 9, 2018 @ 8:18 am

Mr. Buchanan. Such hysteria. The amazing thing is it sure looks like you may prefer a coverup over the truth. If that’s not the case, then you should support Mueller’s final report (said to being written at this moment) be released for all to see. No suppression. Get it out there.

“It is past time for Mueller to prove these charges or concede he has a busted flush, wrap up his investigation and go home.” – Yes it is. But complex financial crimes take time to prove. Especially if the actors use every trick in the book to suppress evidence. But Mueller used some of the best forensic accountants and tax lawyers to get to the truth.

“What the Trump-establishment war is about is the soul of America, a war in which a compromise on principle can be seen as a betrayal.” – What the Trump-establishment war is about is the fact a criminal has conned his way into the Whitehouse. You know it. I know it. The world knows it.

There’s significant appearance of conspiracy to defraud the US election by conspiring with hostile actors to use stolen emails for electoral advantage.

There’s plenty of evidence that the Trump family enriched themselves by laundering money illegally out of Russia by selling real estate to Russian oligarchs through Deutsche Bank (which paid hundreds of millions of dollars in fines for it).

There’s plenty of evidence that Trump illegally evaded inheritance taxes in the 80’s and 90’s using shell companies and mafia-like schemes. Thank you failing NY Times for the investigation.

There’s plenty of evidence that the Trump family used their ‘charity’ as a slush fund to illegally pay for business and personal expenses.

There’s plenty of evidence that Trump actively attempted to obstruct justice by illegally impeding Mueller’s investigation.

You have zero credibility. Zero integrity. You prefer whitewash and falsehoods over truth. Because your guy will give you the judges and tax cuts you covet.

Muellers report will come out now that The Democrats have taken The House. Trump will do everything he can to suppress it. But it won’t work. Eventually the truth comes out. It always does. Then what will you say?

Here’s a deal I would accept in order to save the US the social unrest that will come from trying and jailing the Trump criminal enterprise: No jail time for Trump and his grifter family. On the condition that they admit to all crimes, pay all evaded taxes, with penalties and interest, implicate those that assisted them, and just GO AWAY.

#12 Comment By CLW On November 9, 2018 @ 9:06 am

Enough of the sycophantic, reflexive apologizing for Trump, Pat: he’s not a victim, he’s a scofflaw, and your wanting it to be otherwise because he’s a poke in the eye to Liberals doesn’t change that.

If Trump is a “victim” of anyone, it’s himself: his inherent dishonesty and rampant egotism seem to make him incapable of not lying and breaking the rules. This served him well as a corrupt real estate speculator, but if he continued this pattern as a candidate for office and then as an officeholder, he deserves exposure and punishment via the Mueller probe.

#13 Comment By Bluestem On November 9, 2018 @ 9:08 am

Why does the worst part of Hillary’s “deplorables” statement rarely get mentioned? Remember . . . in addition to calling many Trump supporters “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it”, she also called them “irredeemable.”

Irredeemable means nothing they ever do, think or say can make up for being deplorables. Even if they come to abandon Trump — even if they embrace the social justice warrior agenda and end by praising Allah, peace be upon him — irredeemable means it won’t be enough in Hillary’s eyes to make up for once having been deplorables.

#14 Comment By PAX On November 9, 2018 @ 9:19 am

Pat’s statement: ” As for those on the right—as they watch the left disparage the old heroes, tear down their monuments, purge Christianity from their public schools—they have come to conclude that their enemies are at root anti-Christian and anti-American.” Is (Pat’s quote) quite a mouthful. As we canter down the field toward Big Holiday (Verily Vacation) – I suspect there is a lot of truth in what he has the courage to state.

#15 Comment By Dennis On November 9, 2018 @ 9:23 am

I’m sorry, but I have to say this. You and only a handful of few others like Robert W. Merry and Paul Gottfried on TAC seem to understand this. Everyone else who doesn’t understand that this fight is about the heart and soul of America, and that the moderates *never* were moderates. There was no such haggling, hassling, violent attacks and demonstrable protests when the tenets of life broke down in the legalisation of abortion, Obergefall, and so on, and the ‘right’ wing is somehow to consolidate ALL the attacks, without ever punching back, and somehow they’re to be demonised for selecting a man who precisely does all to push back.

“Out of power by any means necessary,” even when they commit evil acts all across the board. This is a war for the heart and soul of America, no compromise can be offered. But we too mustn’t sin, but act in accordance with a righteous anger. For sin has her wages, and all must pay, regardless of who it is. Let us not sin, and keep fighting on. Fight on America! Punch on, Buchanan, Merry, Gottfried, punch on, Trump!

#16 Comment By JeffK On November 9, 2018 @ 10:26 am

The Mueller team has played this very close to the vest. If Trump would just shut up about the investigation then it would rarely be discussed. He’s the one that keeps it front and center.

#17 Comment By MauriceClementine On November 9, 2018 @ 10:52 am

Pat, you can do better than carrying Trump’s bacteria-infested water. I get that you view him as a protégé as he stole most of your platform en route to victory over an equally deplorable candidate in Clinton. Still, accepting Trump’s countless faults and warts just because he presently considers himself to be a Republican and lib-basher makes you as hollow as he is. Just sayin’…

#18 Comment By Johann On November 9, 2018 @ 10:59 am

The Mueller investigation is winding down anyway. Let it go. There is no evidence of Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

What the new AG should do is appoint another special council to investigate the previous administration’s collusion with Russia to produce the dossier, and the use of intelligence agencies to spy on a rival presidential campaign.

#19 Comment By Mark Thomason On November 9, 2018 @ 11:24 am

“The war in Washington will not end until the presidency of Donald Trump ends.”

True, but it also will not end until the defeated establishment slinks away from power. They cannot come back, or the war continues.

If Trump must end, so much Hillary end, and all her neocon and neo-liberal friends who slither from one Administration to the next.

#20 Comment By Mike On November 9, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

“What the Trump-establishment was is about is the soul of America.”

You’ve said something like that before, Pat, and it turned out to frame the political debate in the 1990s. I suspect the same is true of the coming decade with your present comment.

#21 Comment By Patrick Constantine On November 9, 2018 @ 12:19 pm

I don’t understand”Andrew” who above comments to the effect that Trump has never stewarded something through in his life. Huh? Isn’t there a skyscraper in Manhattan with his name on it?

#22 Comment By Roy Fassel On November 9, 2018 @ 12:28 pm

This is a fight to the finish.
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Anyone….repeat….anyone with any sense of history is aware that America is drifting toward an authoritarian government in which our democracy and our established rules of law, with checks and balances is under stress. The admired leaders around the world in this Oval Office admires “strongmen” and calls those in democracies as weak. Yes, compromise is now out of the question. Without compromise, democracy is finished.

#23 Comment By Steve Naidamast On November 9, 2018 @ 12:38 pm

I have no liking for Trump at all. To me he is just as bad as Hillary Clinton could have been. I didn’t vote for either.

However, Mueller is nothing more than a political hack and has been for a long time. His Russia investigation has produced nothing of any consequence in close to 18 months that would link Trump to some level of collusion with President Putin of Russia.

And why would any intelligent person even consider that Putin would tie himself to such a moron in any way is beyond belief. However, this just goes to show how bone-stupid the majority of Americans really are.

There was a far easier way to go after Trump through the use of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which is actually being pursued by many states’ Attorney General offices.

Mueller’s investigation has always gone way beyond its initial scope making I believe any convictions based on it open to successful appeal.

In any event, Trump has been a complete disaster for the United States who has accomplished absolutely nothing in his term as president except for one thing… He has done an excellent job in alienating many US allies who are now turning to Russia in a realignment of the Post WWII West, while fostering policies that will only hasten the economic decline of the United States.

Why Pat Buchanan is writing articles that appear to support Trump is beyond me as I have found many of his writings quite cognizant…

#24 Comment By The Other Sands On November 9, 2018 @ 1:20 pm

“It detests the man the American people chose to lead their country”

He got 3 million fewer votes than his opponent and has never been close to having 50% approval. The American people hate Donald Trump, with good reason.

A revanchist rump of personality cultists worship him regardless of what he does or says. When he said he could kill a man on 5th avenue and his supporters would still love him, he was calling his supporters idiots. For all his flaws, spotting suckers is one thing at which he is a grand master.

#25 Comment By M. Orban On November 9, 2018 @ 1:42 pm

@Johann
Why let it go? (the Muller investigation) The very purpose of this presidency is to be a circus act. If it will create outrage, they will do it. That will allow the other performers to shine too.

#26 Comment By james On November 9, 2018 @ 1:43 pm

Did I just click into a Daily Caller article?

#27 Comment By One Guy On November 9, 2018 @ 1:54 pm

The really funny part, to me, is that, with Trump’s tendency to turn on his own people and supporters, it won’t be long until Trump tweets that Mr. Buchanan is a low-energy loser. Sad.

#28 Comment By fabian On November 9, 2018 @ 2:36 pm

JeffK
“Here’s a deal I would accept in order to save the US the social unrest that will come from trying and jailing the Trump criminal enterprise: No jail time for Trump and his grifter family. On the condition that they admit to all crimes, pay all evaded taxes, with penalties and interest, implicate those that assisted them, and just GO AWAY.”
GOOD DEAL, then we can start with the Clintons

There’s plenty of evidence that the Clinton family enriched themselves by laundering money illegally out of Russia by selling American uranium.

There’s plenty of evidence that the Clintons illegally evaded inheritance taxes in the 80’s and 90’s using shell companies and mafia-like schemes. Thank you failing NY Times for never doing an the investigation.

There’s plenty of evidence that the Clinton family used their ‘charity’ as a slush fund to illegally pay for business and personal expenses.

There’s plenty of evidence that Killary actively attempted to obstruct justice by illegally impeding Benghazi’s investigation.

And this one is from myself; There is no evidence yet, but people around the Clintons drop dead faster than an Isis terrorist in Syria.

You have zero credibility. Zero integrity. You prefer whitewash and falsehoods over truth. Because your guy will give you the judges and tax cuts you covet.

Enjoy.

#29 Comment By JeffK On November 9, 2018 @ 3:25 pm

@fabian says:
November 9, 2018 at 2:36 pm

I have no love, at all, for Bill or Hillary Clinton. If they broke the law like you describe, then investigate and prove it. If proven, jail is fine for me. I am sick and tired of the well-connected using their influence to break the law and then brazenly laugh about it.

Trump, Sessions, et al have had 2 years to investigate HRC. They should have used that time to do a real investigation of them, instead of demonizing them without proof. They didn’t even need a special prosecutor to do it. I wonder why they never did.

I was not pleased, at all, when the Democrats nominated HRC for president. I thought there were much better options out there, starting with Bernie.

But now we have Mueller getting ready to drop a bunch of indictments on Trumps ‘friends and family’, along with the Russians already indicted and Flynn, Gates, Manafort already pleading guilty.

Grifters and criminals should not run for president if they don’t want to be investigated. But this odious group did, and it looks like the investigation, or part of it, may be coming to a close. The sooner the better.

Not investigating HRC is not an excuse for looking past Trumps criminality. Investigate them all, prosecute the criminals, and let justice take its course. If that means Trump and family are threatened with jail, so be it.

Resignation will be fine with me, even though I think Pence is worse in many ways than Trump.

Or would you rather Trump throw every remaining Republican under the bus in a deal with the Democrats to stay out of jail. Would you prefer that instead?

#30 Comment By sglover On November 9, 2018 @ 3:32 pm

…it won’t be long until Trump tweets that Mr. Buchanan is a low-energy loser. Sad.

Still funny, though. And essentially true.

Buchanan, the Beltway habitue and regular on Sunday “public affairs” gasfests, has never been more ridiculous than when he took up the Trump “drain the swamp” banner.

#31 Comment By wake On November 9, 2018 @ 5:07 pm

Johann
“The Mueller investigation is winding down anyway. Let it go. There is no evidence of Trump campaign collusion with Russia.”

Trump asked Russia to commit cybercrimes, to benefit the Trump campaign, on national TV.

This right after Trump’s son, son and law, and campaign manager met with Russians in an admitted (!) attempt to obtain Russian sourced illegally hacked espionage info. For the benefit of the campaign.

#32 Comment By Minnesota Mary On November 9, 2018 @ 6:12 pm

Anarchy is coming. Then comes the man on horseback.

#33 Comment By Bart Fried On November 9, 2018 @ 10:35 pm

The new NY State Attorney General said, “New Yorkers, we can spot a con man,” [Letitia]James, the first African-American and the first woman elected to the office, said to a cheering crowd in Brooklyn. “We can spot a carnival barker. I will shine a light into every dark corner of his real estate dealings, and every dealing.”

Trump can’t silence James. He has no authority in the State’s business. Can’t fire her; cannot replace her; cannot stop her subpoenas; can’t stop the state lawsuits. He cannot keep her from getting his tax returns either. Because, in addition to the IRS, he must answer to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Overseen by a Governor that despises him and a State AG that despises him even more. Good luck with all this, Donald. Your spineless Republican cohorts cannot protect you here. In your own home town and state.

#34 Comment By Ellimist000 On November 10, 2018 @ 12:37 am

citoyen,

“I have come to a few conclusions:

1) Leftism is the cult of death.

2) The Democrat party is the Party of Hate – for America.

3) The only people who support open borders or mass immigration are people who hate America, and want to see her destroyed from within.”

Yes, sure. And we beat you by 3 million votes in the prior election and 12 million in this one. And we aren’t going anywhere.

So what exactly do you plan to do about it, huh?

#35 Comment By PETE SMITH On November 10, 2018 @ 11:41 am

I have come to a few conclusions:

1. The right wing spews hate, anger, and destruction of the institutions that made America great.

2. The Republican Party is comprised mainly of cowards.

3. The civil war is coming, and right wing blowhards are going to be surprised to learn they don’t have all the guns

#36 Comment By William Foster On November 10, 2018 @ 1:50 pm

“Some journalists have become Trump haters with press passes.”

True enough. But some have become Trump fluffers with press passes.

#37 Comment By JimDandy On November 10, 2018 @ 1:54 pm

Just look at this attempt at a logical equation by The Other Sands:

1.) “He got 3 million fewer votes than his opponent”

and

2.) “he has never been close to having 50% approval.”

Therefore

3.) “The American people hate Donald Trump.”

I know it’s irritating when people type “LOL” but I am literally laughing out loud as I type this. Yeah, Sands, even if #2 was true (which it is not) never mind those 50+ MILLION AMERICANS WHO voted for him and all the other millions who did not vote but support him–THEY DON’T COUNT! The American people hate Donald Trump. Period. Cuz Sands said so.

#38 Comment By Ken Zaretzke On November 10, 2018 @ 3:24 pm

“Trump has full declassification authority. Walk over there while you still have the majority, have him sign the paperwork, and then bring Federal Marshalls into the FBI office.” [Mike Cernovich]

I like the idea of sending Federal Marshals to the FBI headquarters to ensure compliance when Trump belatedly (but possibly calculatingly, as per Conrad Black’s speculation) orders declassification.

#39 Comment By JeffK On November 10, 2018 @ 3:49 pm

@Bart Fried says:
November 9, 2018 at 10:35 pm

That was the most righteous synopsis of Trump’s upcoming problems that I have ever read. He’s screwed. Nailed to the wall. Absolutely fantastic.

#40 Comment By Mark B. On November 10, 2018 @ 8:55 pm

“The war in Washington will not end until the presidency of Donald Trump ends.”

The culture war in the whole of the US will continue after the presidency of Trump ends and will not end untill…(make your pick).

“To a world watching with fascination this death struggle convulsing our capital, one wonders how attractive American democracy appears.”

Not much attraction there, but that was already the case long before Trump. When somebody who looses the popular vote wins the election, it’s safe to say that is a weird kind of democracy. Then there is the US Senate, where a few thousand people in state A have about the same power as a few million in state B. Then there is gerrymandering and voter-suppression. Last but not least: SCOTUS, now with the real possibility that in the future some appointed judges can undo anything a majority of the electorat chooses for. Not really worthy of the name democracy in my European eyes.

#41 Comment By JeffK On November 10, 2018 @ 9:39 pm

@PETE SMITH says:
November 10, 2018 at 11:41 am

“3. The civil war is coming, and right wing blowhards are going to be surprised to learn they don’t have all the guns”

Amen to that. Also, I often wonder what the right wing nut job modern civil war proponent thinks it will look like.

Do they believe they will be able to ride into the hood or barrio and shoot people indiscriminately?

Do they believe they will be able to round up legal immigrants (or even illegal ones) using some type of civilian arrest authority and deport them?

Do they believe they will be able to analyze state marriage records and invalidate valid licenses for gays?

What does this civil war look like? Not some abstract concept. Reality on the ground.

None of the above (as proxies for what RWNJs believe will happen) will happen.

Again, I ask you RWNJ civil war proponents directly: “What does the civil war look like? And how will you convince the majority of the American people to agree with what you propose and do? Especially if it includes random violence, which war certainly has.

#42 Comment By Josep On November 11, 2018 @ 3:42 pm

@Bluestem
Hillary’s condemnation of Trump supporters as “deplorables” is bad enough. What I also find surprising is how many Trump supporters have embraced the term “deplorable” like a badge of honor despite the original word’s negative connotations.

Definition of deplore:
1. To feel or express strong disapproval of; condemn.
2. To express sorrow or grief over.
3. To regret; bemoan.

#43 Comment By Dr. Diprospan On November 11, 2018 @ 7:15 pm

“How much division can this democracy stand?” It depends.
American society is permeated with the cult of success.
Success divides people into successful and unsuccessful.
In English, success means the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
In Russian, the word success is derived from to be in time.
The child should not be born ahead of time, but he also should not linger in the uterus more than the prescribed period. He must have time to develop, be born, grow up, learn, marry.. Each period ends sooner or later: the era of stone axes, the era of metals, slave labor, feudalism.. We cannot ride horses, ride in cars, fly in airplanes, sail ships for millions of years indefinitely. Life cannot exist in this solar system for billions of years. There is something else besides paws, wings, fins, hands receptors, brains, brain derivatives: wheels, atomic energy, a computer that allows life to spread in the universe and this is definitely not a space rocket. This something is so complex, huge, perhaps dangerous, that requires joint collective efforts for a new awareness of reality. And American Christian Conservatives are closest to this realization.
People from ancient times stopped enmity, wars, and united to accomplish a large, important task, but it was definitely not a democracy. Grief and danger unites all.

#44 Comment By Joe Taylor On November 12, 2018 @ 8:08 am

To all of you that resort to saying that Trump lost the popular vote… You are exactly the reason our founders set up the electoral college. They knew that elections were vulnerable to fraud, voter intimidation, and mass immigration from authoritative regimes, all of which are SOP for HRC. Everyone running for office knows what it takes to win the election, which states have the most electoral votes, how many electoral votes it takes to win, etc. For that doesn’t understand this, I can reduce it to a football analogy. Team A scored 3 TDs and team B kicked 5 field goals. Who is the winner? Team A wins, 21-15, or 18-15 w/o the extra points. Anyone that argues that Team B wins because they scored 5 times and Team A only 3, is one of two things, ignorant of the rules, or purposely advocating subverting the rules to get their way. So to all of you that know the rules, saying that Trump lost because he did not win popular vote, is a clear indication of your motives, to win by any means necessary. Lie, cheat, and steal, and kill in the case of Seth Rich, to get power. When it mattered, Americans showed up and made sure HRC lost. In spite of all the fraud, she lost. What does that tell you. Just look at what’s happening in Florida. Fraud, lots of fraud. When the truth comes out, the democrat party will disappear, it’s name will become a slur akin to communists, and those involved that escape prosecution will slink back into obscurity, hoping no one remembers who the are or what they were did.

#45 Comment By BobS On November 12, 2018 @ 10:58 am

“When the truth comes out, the democrat party will disappear…”
Joe, “the truth” is that all the old white folks that are keeping the Republicans going are dying off quicker than they’re being replaced.
Demographics don’t lie.

#46 Comment By Arlen Blechman On November 12, 2018 @ 2:20 pm

As the GOP moderates have abandoned the educated center, the Democrats should seize an opportunity.

Do everything possible to make Congress the co-equal branch of government envisioned by the constitution.
This means bi-partinship, and focusing on what’s best for the country first and always.

#47 Comment By Peter On November 22, 2018 @ 6:17 pm

“2) The Democrat party is the Party of Hate – for America.

3) The only people who support open borders or mass immigration are people who hate America, and want to see her destroyed from within.”

This is crackpot thinking and why the republicans lose the culture wars long term.

Democrats are no less American than fellow republicans.

Now put the tin foil hats down folks. For every conservative there are equal number liberals in this country.

As for the article, Trump is now a sinking ship. And worse he’s not triangulating, I don’t know if it’s possible for him.

The question is if he takes more republicans with him. The moderates in the party have been pushed out in some states.

While other states have double downed.