You have to remember: Donald Trump wasnt elected to fit in with these people the political intellectual class to make them happy or to become one of them. He was elected the American people to break them. And apparently thats what hes done.
- When the politicians are mad so mad that they have shut down all policymaking to impeach the President of the United States on what constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley (at far right) called wafer thin evidence Trump is winning.
- When the liberal law professors are neglecting their Thanksgiving turkeys to read congressional transcripts and snarking about Trumps 13-year old son Trump is winning.
- When the global elite are aligned against him and laughing like the immature cool kids you hated in middle school President Donald Trump is winning.
After Wednesdays House Judiciary Committee hearing (featuring three liberal law professors) and Thursdays announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that her conference is moving forward with impeachment the die is cast Donald Trump will be the third president in American history to be impeached by the House of Representatives.
And honestly thats just fine with Trumps supporters.
What better evidence is there that youve shaken Washington to its core when the minders of a system youve come to despise are leveling the gravest punishment the system permits against the very President who is doing the shaking up?
We can lawyer this to death but for many Americans this comes down to a simple observation Trump said he was going to rattle their cages and by golly... they seem rattled.
Trumps supporters have known since election night that this day would eventually come. After all his sworn enemies have been openly promising it since before he was sworn into office!
Theyve used words like resistance coup insurance policy and impeachment so often that now that they are actually doing it the American people and Republicans especially are offering a collective yawn.
Rueful analysts stare into television cameras lamenting and wondering why Republicans arent fleeing from the President over the impeachment hearings (he stands at 90 approval among his party in the latest Gallup poll). But there wont be massive convulsions in public opinion because everyone has known for three years what was going to happen.
Sure some Democrats gamely argue that Pelosi didnt really want to go through with it but she had to out of a sense of duty to the Constitution. But its a half-hearted argument at best.
Its true that Pelosi had no choice although its not because of the Constitution.
Rather her partys left flank and their inflamed left-wing grassroots activists overwhelmed her.
This is a one-sided partisan impeachment.
Its the exact kind of thing Congressman Jerry Nadler now chairman of the House Judiciary Committee warned Republicans about in 1998 during Bill Clintons impeachment.
But political party leaders almost always do what the bulk of their partys supporters want them to. Republicans no matter how moderate got in line to cut taxes and confirm an avalanche of conservative judges because thats what their activists expected.
- And what have Democrats wanted more than anything since Trumps election?
- Since the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh?
- Since Trump made Twitter his private channel to the electorate?
- Since the Mueller probe?
- Since the Trump Hotel story?
- Since questions over Jared Kushners security clearance?
- Since... well you name it?
The answer is obvious: to undo the 2016 election by any means necessary. Its a political itch that had to be scratched and Pelosi could hold off her tormented partisans no longer.
So here we are headed for a rushed hyper-partisan (and futile) exercise put on by the very elites Trump railed against to get himself elected in the first place.
But for all the relief they might feel in finally striking this blow against Donald Trump I wonder:
Have these Trump opponents even considered what this impeachment signals to the American people
That partisanship is more important than policymaking?
That House Democrats have no confidence in their partys ability to beat Donald Trump in an election?
And perhaps most alarmingly that impeachment once reserved for the gravest of situations is now just another tool to inflict damage on their political opponents.
Scott Jennings is a former special assistant to President George W. Bush and a former campaign adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He is a partner at RunSwitch Public Relations in Louisville Kentucky. Follow him on Twitter @ScottJenningsKY.