There’s a smell in the air, but it’s not of impeachment

There’s a smell in the air, but it’s not of impeachment
Douglas Brinkley and friends (Brinkley is in the center) (Image: YouTube screen grab)

The title of the post is borrowed from an observation made on CNN on May 16, 2017 (video below) by “presidential historian” Douglas Brinkley, who was one of a number of the liberal intelligentsia that were sure Donald Trump would be impeached or indicted after leaving office for colluding with the Russians.

This is the same Brinkley who had said several months earlier to justify his ranking of Barack Obama as just above James Monroe:

There tends to be kind of an upward mobility, particularly if you are a president who had no major scandals. If the Trump presidency is problematic, people may judge Obama even higher yet. [Emphasis added]

By the second year of Trump’s presidency, Brinkley had made up his mind about the kind of president Obama’s successor would be, stating on C-SPAN that Trump was a “bully” who has shown “cruelty” toward immigrants, and thus represents a darker side of America.

Brinkley, who declared in that May 2017 appearance that “the smell of impeachment” was “in the air,” was not the only liberal to make that prediction. The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra has compiled a list of names and composite video of congressional Democrats, members of the media, and one Hollywood D-lister who were banking on the likelihood the Mueller investigation would turn up impeachable and/or indictable dirt on the president.

The scandal that has arisen out of the scandal that never was has indeed filled the air with a stench that is unlikely to clear until heads on the Left roll.

Let the real investigation begin.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."