I assume that the impeachment NOW hysteria gripping Left/Progs in Congress is a function of two--no, make that three--things:
1. The steady drumbeat of damaging revelations--with the promise of MUCH MORE to come;
2. The patent futility of their efforts to slow AG Barr down or faze him;
3. The realization, based on Barr's latest interview that, as I said, Barr has bigger fish to fry than the texting duo of Strzok and Page--and one of those fish is named Barack Obama.
I've just now read Steve Grammatico's thoughtful piece at American Thinker, Impeachment is now the only play the Left has. I agree entirely with the thesis. However, Grammatico makes four points, not all of which I can buy into. Let me deal with each of Grammatico's points in turn:
1. The instant the president is impeached, he will be proclaimed tainted and unworthy of holding the office. Hillary's charge that he is an illegitimate president will become the new narrative, the inescapable truth.
Yes, of course, that's the goal. But is public acceptance of that new narrative an "inescapable truth"? Only in the world of the old media. Even the presumably preemptive efforts of Big Social Media to control this narrative are far from "inescapable." This is the goal. I predict it will fail.
2. Deathly afraid of Ruth Bader Ginsberg's passing, Schumer will declare that an impeached president has no business making appointments to the Supreme Court. Thousands of left-leaning lawyers and academics will sign petitions. The news will be about nothing else. In this climate, McConnell might be unable to herd all his cats and get a Supreme Court nominee through.
Again, yes, of course. But consider--if Ginsberg's seat should become vacant, is that such a bad thing? Instead of a 5-4 split there would be a 5-3 split for the duration of the vacancy--in favor of conservatives. I like that. Further, that makes the SCOTUS a huge issue for 2020. Is that so bad? On the contrary, all indications are that that was a major plus for Trump in 2016, and the crazed agenda of Left/Progs assures that the SCOTUS as a campaign issue would be a major plus for Trump again.
3. On immigration, trade, Iran, Venezuela, and a host of other matters, squishy Republicans in the House and Senate will determine that Trump is weakened and desert him to bask in the praise of Colbert, Schiff, and the New York Times for abandoning partisanship for the good of the country. (Barf.) I'm thinking of you, Senator Romney.
Is this really something new? When was Romney ever going to stop sniping at Trump? The solution lies in McConnell making sure that impeachment is handled ASAP. And it will be, IMO, because McConnell has his own campaign to run as do other GOP senators.
4. Impeachment in the near future obliterates coverage of the DOJ's I.G. report, the Huber inquiry, and anything Bull Durham has come up with since he began his investigation. Smoking guns? Brennan, Clapper, Comey indicted? Who cares? Section B, page 13, maybe. Trump's impeachment is the only story.
Here I disagree entirely. The Russia Hoax is an enormously powerful narrative--as we already see in public opinion polling. Impeachment will rightly be seen as an attempted do-over of the Hoax, and that won't be acceptable. On top of that, yes, people WILL care about the upcoming smoking guns. Brennan, Clapper, Comey indicted? People will care because, as I've said, if there's one thing the American people can understand it's the FBI and CIA spying on them and on the POTUS.
Further, try this on for size:
Brennan, Clapper, Comey indicted--and Barack Obama and Joe Biden implicated in the conspiracy, if not indicted themselves.
Make no mistake about it: Barr has bigger fish to fry than the texting duo of Strzok and Page--and one of those fish is named Barack Obama.
The Impeachment Play is a play born of sheer desperation, driven by fear of what the Left/Progs know is coming.
UPDATE 1: As I comment below in response to Unknown's prodding:
While the news reports claim Pelosi is under extreme pressure to go down the impeachment road, I have to suspect that these accounts are driven by media desires--the big show of impeachment and their own Left/Prog preferences--and fail to take into account the fairly significant number of Dems who come from districts that could flip back.
UPDATE 2: Hopefully GOP Solons are paying attention to what's currently going on in the UK, with the collapse of the Tories in favor of the Brexit Party. Not to mention the populist wave that's been sweeping the West. The notion that the GOP can detach itself from Trump risk free? Uh, don't bet on that. From tomorrow's WSJ editorial:
Britain’s Conservative Collapse
Voters seem ready to crush the Tories for their bungling over Brexit.
British voters head to the polls Thursday for a European Parliament election they weren’t supposed to vote in, and the biggest loser is likely to be the ruling Conservative Party. Ignoring Brexit for a moment—yes, it’s possible—the most consequential development in Europe the last two years is the collapse of the Tories as a governing party.
Polls suggest the Conservatives are on track to finish fourth with less than 15% of the vote. The big winner is likely to be the Brexit Party founded by Nigel Farage, which has soared to more than 30% in the polls since it was formed in January. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party probably will waddle in an anemic second.