The Mid-Terms' Split Decision

Setting the stage for the big battles ahead.

Democrats gained control of the House on Tuesday but President Trump still had good reason to call the results a “Big Victory,” and tout Republicans’ stronger majority in the Senate. Even so, the proceedings surely packed a warning for the battles ahead.  

“The Democrats haven’t even accepted that they lost the election in 2016,” proclaimed Rush Limbaugh in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on election eve. “That’s what this was all about.” Skeptics would do well to consider the back stories.

In Columbia, Missouri, on October 30, 2008, Democrat Senator Barack Obama told a cheering crowd, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Liberal Democrats such as FDR and LBJ had already transformed the USA into a top-heavy welfare state, so many wondered what, exactly, the Democrats’ 2008 candidate had in mind. Ten years later it should clear to all but the willfully blind.

The fundamentally transformed USA would be more akin to the “guided democracy” of Indonesia, in which the strongman leader chooses his successor. POTUS 44 chose former first Lady Hillary Clinton and to ensure her election the president leveraged the deep state forces of the FBI and intelligence community, which he already deployed against journalists such as James Rosen and Sharyl Attkisson.

The former First Lady and Secretary of State is a prodigious liar and blatant lawbreaker but FBI boss James Comey declined to recommend prosecution. Then, even with the deep state in her corner, Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump and his “deplorable” voters. Leftist Democrats couldn’t deal with it.

Progressives believe history is moving inexorably toward a “social justice” society in which the people get only what the government wants to give them. If the progressive candidate loses, therefore, the election must have been stolen. So Democrats created the Russia collusion narrative, and as FBI drones Strzok and Page texted, POTUS 44 “wants to know everything we’re doing.”

The Russia narrative secured an institutional base under former FBI boss Robert Mueller, who hired a squad of Clinton supporters. Mueller found no evidence of collusion but conveniently kept the investigation going past the midterms. Now that they have retaken the House, this gives Democrats the chance of a lifetime.

The likely new boss of the intelligence committee is Adam Schiff, who talks Russian collusion any time he sees a camera. Certain to head the judiciary committee is Jerrold Nadler, a defender of Weather Underground terrorist bombers who had declared war on the United States. Schiff and Nadler will form an axis with Mueller aimed at a coup de Trump, otherwise known as impeachment, by any means necessary. For Maxine Waters, likely head of the finance committee, “Impeach 45” is a steady refrain.

If Trump’s election was illegitimate, as Democrats believe, that makes his judicial appointments illegitimate. Judge Andrew Napolitano told Fox News Nadler might even attempt to impeach Justice Brett Kavanaugh. If so, “they would be removing him from office for something he didn’t do while in office,” and no one has ever been impeached on that basis.

In his marathon press conference Wednesday, President Trump said if the Democrats want to play the investigation game, “we can play it better,” in the Senate. The wild card in that deck is newly elected Mitt Romney, who replaces retiring Orrin Hatch in the Senate.  Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, was the Republicans’ presidential hopeful in 2012.

That year Paul Kengor released The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis: the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor. As professor Kengor showed, Obama’s beloved “Frank” was a pro-Soviet Communist the FBI had designated a security risk. Also in 2012, filmmaker Joel Gilbert made a strong case that Frank was more than a mentor, and provided more background on Frank’s Chicago network, from which White House advisors David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett emerged.  

In 2012 Romney failed to deploy any of this information but in 2016 he charged that Republican frontrunner Donald Trump was “a phony, a fraud.” And the 2012 loser became a strident voice in the “Never Trump” chorus. As such, Romney could be one of those who, as

Trump said Wednesday, won’t go along with the president. As he also said, the Democrats always stick together, and they still haven’t accepted that they lost the 2016 election.

Despite talk of cooperation, Democrats will be all-in for investigations. In response, President Trump and his Senate allies might investigate more than leaks.

Donald Trump, still the most powerful man in the world, might order the NSA, the most powerful surveillance agency in the world, to dig up all those emails Hillary Clinton thought she had destroyed. She is on record that she would like to be president.

If Nadler, Schiff, Waters and company continue to mount a surge, President Trump and his allies might conduct an investigation of POTUS 44, whose own official biographer, Pulitzer Prize winner David Garrow, says that Dreams from My Father is a novel, not an autobiography or memoir, and the author a “composite character.”

After all, nobody is above the law, and that composite character, previously known as Barry Soetoro, is certain to be as vocal in 2020 as he was in 2018. As President Trump likes to say, we’ll see what happens.