We live in an era of ill will to men (and women)
Apologies to Elton John, but in Washington and throughout so much of the country, can you feel the hate tonight?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked by reporter James Rosen if she hates President Trump. She responded with an "if looks could kill" fire in her eyes and denounced Rosen for his question while claiming she doesn't hate Trump.
Former Vice President Joe Biden verbally attacked and challenged an 83-year-old man in Iowa to a push-up contest at a gathering of Democrats. The man asked about Biden's son and how he managed to get a lucrative job with a Ukraine gas company while lacking any experience in the field. Biden called him a "damn liar."
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley testified before the House Judiciary Committee that although he didn't vote for President Trump and is not a Trump supporter, he doesn't believe the president has committed impeachable offenses. He wrote in an op-ed for The Hill on the subject. and for his honesty, "My home and office were inundated with threatening messages and demands that I be fired from George Washington University."
While some blame President Trump for the rhetorical escalation, that is too simple an explanation. I think the real problem for Democrats in general and the far left, which dominates the party, in particular, is that the president is winning. He has stolen success from failed Democrat policies, and the only response Democrats have is impeachment. They must destroy his presidency or risk their own destruction.
Consider last Friday's jobs report and the stock market reaction. CNBC summarized the good news:
-- "Nonfarm payrolls surged by 266,000 in November, better than the 187,000 expected by economists polled by Dow Jones."
-- "The unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5 percent from 3.6 percent, back to the 2019 low and matching the lowest jobless rate since 1969."
-- "The end of the GM strike had a big effect, boosting employment in motor vehicles and parts by 41,300, part of an overall 54,000 gain in manufacturing."
-- "Average hourly earnings rose by 3.1 percent from a year ago, slightly above the 3 percent expected by economists polled by Dow Jones."