Dave Ruthenberg

If you are a Republican, that smile you have been wearing since election day may never leave. And as a long as the Democratic Party and its acolytes continue in their unhinged, manic pursuit to tear down the Donald Trump presidency, you have reason to continue to smile, if not let loose with a few out-and-out guffaws.

While it may be a bit unnerving and frustrating to read daily reports of impending doom for Trump and company, relax. The net effect is very likely going to be the exact opposite result being sought. Every day they put forth another “bombshell” about the president, it reveals desperation and reinforces the wisdom of the American people in the 2016 presidential election and disturbingly shows the lengths they will go to undo an election result they can’t accept.

They are the gift that keeps giving.

The best proof of the electorate’s wisdom remains Trump’s vanquished foe, Hillary Clinton. It is hard to keep track of her list of villains that kept her from what she perceived as her rightful throne as she seemingly comes up with more each day during her excruciatingly boorish blame tour. The litany of reasons seem endless. In fact, Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett actually compiled a list of 43 excuses she has put forth for her election defeat, from misogyny, sexism, racism, Russians to suburban women to Macedonian content farms. That number has likely at least doubled since Jarrett compiled that list way back in September.

She was at it again this week in an interview with far-left publication Mother Jones where, in between blaming the ubiquitous Russians (and by association no doubt those worrisome Macedonian content farmers) she whined there is no method for contesting an election. Yes, she is calling into question the legitimacy of the election.

She must not remember this tweet she sent out on Oct. 24, 2016: “Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election. That’s a direct threat to our democracy.” Ouch, talk about stepping on your own rake.

For somebody so self-absorbed, her lack of self-awareness is amusing.

But it’s not just Hillary. 

Since election day we have had a steady drumbeat from those unable to handle defeat, such as Maxine Waters, D.-Calif., seemingly calling for Trump’s impeachment from the moment he declared victory. Never mind there is zero basis for any impeachment talk and the fact impeachment is only a first step and being impeached does not mean removal from office. Just ask that other Clinton.

We continue to be deluged with a never-ending barrage of more Russian investigative nothingness that not just the Democrats, but the national media, have pounced upon, only to wind up either having to backtrack or take a forced vacation, maybe farming content in Macedonia.

ABC’s Brian Ross this week was given a four-week suspension for “incorrectly reporting” that “candidate” Trump had instructed Michael Flynn to “reach out to the Russians.” Certain corners went into NFL end-zone touchdown-style celebrations, declaring special prosecutor Robert Mueller had uncovered obstruction. In fact, Joy Behar on “The View” was so excited she declared Christmas had come early.

One problem, Ross was wrong. Again. (Recall it was Ross who erroneously reported in 2012 the Aurora, Colo., theater shooter was a tea party member.) Once it was clarified it was President-elect Trump who asked Flynn to make contact, well, the champagne had to be re-corked. 

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz put it succinctly in a radio interview on Monday: “You cannot charge a president with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional power.” He added what we are witnessing is “hope over reality.”

Dershowitz was on the mark. 

The smart move for opponents would be to lick their wounds, cut their losses (and their dead weight) and put forth ideas and candidates that offer something positive. Or maybe they know they have no such card to play.

Short of that, they are going a long way toward ensuring their second-worst nightmare: Trump’s reelection come 2020. 

Smile.

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Ruthenberg is sports editor and columnist for the Enid News & Eagle. He can be reached at daver@enidnews.com.

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