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The howling


Last week in several cities around the United States, most notably in New York City, good, card-carrying members of the resistance took to the streets, lifted their faces towards the firmament and howled or screamed into the sky to vent their frustration with the fact that, despite their best efforts, despite having closed their eyes and stamped their feet, and in some cases clicked their ruby slippers together three times while repeating “There’s no place like Obama, there’s no place like Obama,” that Donald Trump is still president.

That street demonstration was one of the most well-reasoned arguments I have heard from a liberal in a long time. But we can’t always rely on our progressive friends to be that restrained and judicious.

Anyway, I’m going to tell you what’s going to happen in the next two years. Take notes, because I’m not going to cover this territory again and I’m going to be typing pretty fast. Remember, as Mark Twain said, history doesn’t repeat itself, but sometimes it rhymes.

The Russian “collusion” investigation is going to turn out to be a big, fat bust, because of the fact that the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation are so dirty in the deal that gave 20% of our uranium supply to Russia that in order for the Trump investigation to go forward, so would the Clinton investigation. After all, what are the chances of a Clinton being found to have clean hands if there’s any possibility of graft or bribery being involved? So, Ross predicts that both investigations will fade away.

That doesn’t mean President Trump won’t be impeached. I expect the list of particulars in the article of impeachment to include, and possibly be headed by “He ate two scoops of ice cream at a presidential dinner when everyone else only had one.”

The Democrats will run next year on the issue of impeaching the president and they will take the House under that banner. They will pass articles of impeachment and the Senate, even if they flip that body, will carefully consider the articles and acquit the president. In about five minutes. It takes a two-thirds vote to convict. But it will be a five-minutes marked by probity and dignity. Or . . . maybe not.

Then, in 2020 the inflamed supporters of the president, who will NOT have vanished into the woodwork while all of this is going on, will rise up in a mighty wrath and beat on the Democrats like they are drums.

How do I know all this? Because it’s happened before.

Cast your minds back to 1998 when President Bill Clinton was under fire, and fighting off impeachment by a frustrated Republican Congress that had caught him with his pants down—quite literally— and imprudently decided to go after him for lying under oath, and a bunch of charges that were generally true, but which the public really didn’t care anything about.

The Republicans passed articles of impeachment, and the president was not convicted in the Senate. That year the voters punished the Republicans in a wave election.

I see the same thing happening again, but with the roles reversed. But, given that history rhymes, expect to see the political memes of both parties beaten to within an inch of their corporate lives.

Expect also to see former Vice-President Joe Biden run for president in 2020, but not without one last hurrah from Hillary (“I’m entitled!”) Clinton. If Black Flag won’t get rid of cockroaches, all of the revelations about the Democrats’ 2016 rigged election in Donna Brazille’s tell all book won’t prevent Hillary from wheezing back to life. The Democrats, the party of “new ideas,” might also field a few other septuagenarians and maybe an octogenarian as well. Maybe the next nominee of the Democratic party will deliver his or her acceptance speech from a walker or a wheelchair. Shades of Franklin Delano Roosevelt!

Think the current generation of politicos is quietly giving up? This is the Baby Boomer generation, a generation that never thought about anything other than themselves since they first drew breath.

They will only give up when dragged out on a bier. Especially Hillary.

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