. WASHINGTON. Democrats have taken petulant whining to a whole new level. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls it a constitutional crisis. Ever since Special Counsel Robert Mueller exonerated President Trump of the charge he spied for Russia, Democrats have been beside themselves.
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The grumbling began when Attorney General William Barr refused to appear before lawyers representing the Democratic majority on the House Judiciary Committee. Barr said he would be more than willing to testify before elected members of the committee but would pass on the pleasure of speaking to their underachieving ambulance-chasers.
And so, the committee’s Democratic majority voted to recommend the House find Barr in contempt of Congress, which would make him the second US Attorney General to win such a distinction.
A contrast in Attorney General contempt – William Barr vs. Eric Holder
- Barr’s pending contempt citation centers on his unwillingness to answer meaningless questions already covered in Special Counsel Mueller’s 400-plus-page report. An expanded version of which no Democratic lawmaker, despite Barr’s urging, have availed themselves.
- Attorney General Eric Holder’s contempt citation centered on his unwillingness to produce Justice Department documents. Those pertaining to the Obama administration’s sale of thousands of weapons to Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel in Operation Fast and Furious. Weapons used in the wanton murder of hundreds of innocent Mexicans and US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Compare and contrast, Republican’s took over 100-days before filing contempt charges against Eric Holder. Democrats waited less than two weeks. (As Democrats Threaten Barr, a Look Back at What Happened With Holder’s Contempt Charge)
Nonetheless, the two contempt citations listed above, which one is more deserving of a constitutional crisis?
A contrast in parties – Republicans vs. Democrats
You see, the scrappy House Democratic majority will do whatever it takes to remove Barr from office. Especially since he’s determined to expose the Democratic Party cabal behind the Russian hoax and coup de’ Etat plot against President Trump.
Back when House Republicans were the majority, they never could muster the courage to impeach Eric Holder, let alone President Obama, for the death and suffering resulting from the pair’s gun-running escapade.
That’s because GOP lawmakers have been embroiled in a crisis for decades. Not of a constitutional nature but of character.
A case in point, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr’s subpoena of Donald Trump Jr. to rehash the Russia collusion hoax. A hoax every rational person knows ended with Mueller’s recent exoneration of junior’s dad.
But weak-kneed Republicans haven’t the courage to disengage from the sick, pathological need to curry favor with Democrats. What the deluded Sen. John McCain did call “bipartisanship” while receiving praise for their “courage” by the editorial board of The New York Times.
The Times they are a-changin’
Speaking of the Times, its opinion columnist Michelle Goldberg is pessimistic Democrat’s will prevail against Attorney General William Barr (If This Is a Constitutional Crisis, Act Like It).
However, this is only if all their whining coalesces into a legal challenge.
Goldberg fears the Democrats panicked shriek will fail to shatter the eardrums of the high court’s new majority.
“That’s little comfort for many Democrats, who despair of a fair hearing before our Supreme Court, whose conservative majority includes two judges chosen by Trump in part for their expansive view of executive power.”
The real constitutional crisis, at least for Democrats, is that a strict-constructionist Supreme Court majority will uphold the Constitution as written. Especially in matters concerning the separation of powers between the branches.
And without phony crises to propel them forward, there’s little chance their lackluster crew of bizarre presidential candidates stands a chance against Trump come 2020.
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