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With impeachment, Democrats strike at the king -- and miss

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SAN DIEGO -- In the march up to impeachment -- the first steps of which began this past January after Democrats seized control of the House and set out to, as newly sworn-in Rep. Rashida Tlaib put it, "impeach the [blankity-blank]" -- I've had a movie scene playing in my head.

In "A Few Good Men," the iconic character of Marine Col. Nathan Jessep (played by Jack Nicholson) taunts Navy lawyer Daniel Kaffee (played by Tom Cruise) about the circumstantial evidence presented to exonerate two Marines being court martialed. The evidence includes the fact that the fellow Marine that they're accused of killing hadn't called his family to tell them he was coming home, suggesting that he was never going to leave the base.

"Please tell me you've got something more, Lieutenant," Jessep says sarcastically. "These two Marines are on trial for their lives. Please tell me that their lawyer hasn't pinned their hopes to a phone bill."

Democrats pinned their impeachment hopes on a phone call -- between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Now, as a Never Trump'er, I'm sad that my Christmas stocking is empty.

I never thought Trump was fit for the office in the first place -- and, time and again over the last three years, he has proved me right. I want him out, done, gone.

 

But the Scrooges on the left remind us there is no Santa Claus. Democrats promised to get rid of Trump, but they didn't deliver. They went after the dragon with pea shooters, so they could brag about going to war.

They approved two articles of impeachment against Trump -- for alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The second one makes sense, but the first one will make your head spin.

Political observers point out that impeachment isn't a legal process but a political one.

True. But Americans can be excused for being confused -- given that the process is provided for in the Constitution, it is supposedly triggered by "high crimes and misdemeanors," evidence is presented, and the Senate holds a "trial" presided over by the chief justice of the United States.

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