Lucky for them that international terrorism has been defeated. Otherwise this could have been deeply embarrassing, a real-life punchline to a joke about how obsessed Democrats are with taking down Trump.
It’s not Republicans who leaked this information to attempt to rating some extent on Pelosi’s caucus, both. This is Democrats themselves boasting to reporters about the place their priorities lie. Trump first, then terrorism someplace down the listing. Down beneath the, ahem, “Green New Deal” someplace.
Congressional committees, just like the priorities of the politicians who run them, change with the occasions. On Wednesday morning, Eliot Engel, the Democratic congressman from New York who has simply taken over the chairmanship of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sank into an outsized leather-based chair in his workplace and advised me that his first act as chairman shall be to create a brand new subcommittee dedicated to investigating President Trump.
After the 9/11 assaults, Engel’s predecessors on Foreign Affairs arrange a brand new terrorism subcommittee, which underscored America’s sudden, obsessive deal with countering such threats. It is telling that that is the subcommittee that Engel will now remove in favor of his new investigative panel. There “wasn’t a fantastic clamor” to maintain the terrorism panel, Engel advised me, whereas there isn’t a finish to the Trump foreign-policy scandals that his members are pushing to research. “We simply thought, if we’re going to do one thing related on this period the place Congress goes to reassert itself, the place there are such a lot of questionable actions of this Administration vis-à-vis overseas coverage, that it made sense to have this.” Trump, in different phrases, is a much bigger risk than terrorism. At least for now.
Terrorism’s by no means an enormous risk till it’s. Engel could be calculating that there’s no political threat to shutting down a House terrorism watchdog when the president belongs from the opposite celebration. If, in any case, God forbid a bomb goes off someplace in America tomorrow, the general public received’t be clamoring to know why some House subcommittee didn’t sniff out the plot. They’ll wish to know why and the way Trump and Kirstjen Nielsen dropped the ball.
But what about all of the grief Engel and Pelosi will take for this transfer earlier than any bombs go off? There was loads of indignant chatter yesterday, understandably, about POTUS saying that he finds fascist China “frankly in many ways, to be far more honorable than cryin’ Chuck and Nancy.” Meanwhile, “Trump, in different phrases, is a much bigger risk than terrorism” within the Democratic thoughts. We have the leaderships of each events evaluating home enemies unfavorably to overseas ones. If Engel’s hellbent on investigating Trump, he ought to have discovered a solution to employees that subcommittee with out sacrificing the terrorism subcommittee to do it.
But there’s one other query. Why does the Foreign Affairs Committee want to research POTUS within the first place? The House Oversight Committee is already on the case, as is the House Intel Committee, as is the House Judiciary Committee. Literally each committee within the chamber will find yourself with an arm wanting into Trump, if solely to point out progressives that they’re capital-R Resisting. Maybe it’s Pelosi who ought to begin eliminating redundant subcommittees and collapse the entire Trump investigations into one huge Committee to Defeat the President.
Anyway. It’s political malpractice, it’ll be focused quickly by POTUS as evident proof of Trump Derangement Syndrome, and inevitably the terrorism subcommittee shall be rapidly and quietly reinstated. The subsequent time you hear Dem leaders grumbling that Rashida Tlaib went off-message by howling that it’s time to impeach the MFer, remind them that a minimum of Tlaib didn’t attempt shuttering any terrorism watchdogs to feed her impeachment fantasies. Good lord.