Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 5/12/17
My friend Chris Plante, who does a morning talk show on WMAL Radio in Washington, D.C., has the line of the year. Says Chris,
If it weren’t for double standards, Democrats would have no standards at all.”
The most recent example of this verity comes in the wake of President Trump’s sacking of FBI director James Comey. Democrats are in full screech. They are comparing it to the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre” of 1973 in which President Richard Nixon forced the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. In that vein, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is calling for a special prosecutor.
“We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis,” says Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii. Chris Matthews on ever-more-unhinged MSNBC says he detects a “whiff of fascism” in the air. USA Today’s editorial page calls the firing “worse than breaking a law.”
Someone please tell these lefties to take a deep breath. There is no constitutional crisis. There is nothing fascistic at work. Comparisons to the Archibald Cox firing are laughable.
It is no more complicated than this. If the president loses confidence in any director of any agency in the executive branch, the president has the absolute right – one might even argue, the duty – to fire that individual.
With that said, I concede that President Trump could have been an order of magnitude more artful. The way the firing was handled unnecessarily gave Democrats an exploitable issue.
James Comey should not have found out about his sacking via TV reports while in Los Angeles giving a speech to his own employees. There would be less hysteria (not none, mind you, but perhaps less) if Mr. Trump had summoned Comey to the White House and given him the news in a face-to-face meeting. The much vaunted “optics” surrounding the way the Comey firing was handled do not work in the president’s favor. And they certainly don’t work in favor of those in the heartland of the country who want to support and defend President Trump.
But with that said, the president had every right to do what he did. (Again, one might argue, the duty.)
If the Democrats want us to believe that Mr. Trump fired Comey in order to thwart the investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, they need to quit comparing Comey’s firing to the ‘Saturday Night Massacre.’ They need to remember that Archibald Cox was replaced by Leon Jaworski, who went on to hound Richard Nixon from office as surely as Archibald Cox would have. If there are any goods on Donald Trump, firing Comey will do nothing to keep them from coming to light and Donald Trump knows it.
Here’s the truth. The Democrats were for James Comey in July 2016 before they were against him in late October before they were for him in early November before they were against him when Hillary lost before they were for him again this past Tuesday.
Like Chris Plante said, double standards standing in for no standards at all.