Normally, when a political party loses an election, especially if the loss can be considered an upset, it embarks on a four-year mission to overturn the result.
It lines up and vets candidates, gauges support, adjusts platform planks and re-tools for the fight ahead.
But Democrats can't wait that long. They want President Trump's head, and they want it now. They want him impeached or forced to resign, and they seem ready to use all tools at their disposal to make it happen.
From former President Barack Obama's home in the tony Kalorama area of Washington, D.C., to major news operations to some in the intelligence community, Trump's opponents are doing all they can to undermine him.
Obama left the White House weary of eight years in office and ready to take a back seat, according to the Daily Mail. But as Trump began to dismantle his legacy — moving quickly to overturn Obama's legacy on healthcare, immigration and the environment — the former president changed his mind.
Now, his home has been called the "nerve center" of the resistance, and his former attorney general, Eric Holder, told reporters recently, "It's coming. He's coming. And he's ready to roll."
So is the media.
They refer repeatedly to Russia's alleged "hacking" of the U.S. elections, even though, as the Washington Examiner's T. Becket Adams carefully documented, there is no evidence Russia or anyone else altered votes or voting machines in any way.
Last Tuesday, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC obtained two pages of Trump's 2005 tax return. The return revealed Trump paid $38 million on about $150 million in income — an effective of rate of about 25 percent. This was more than Obama, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton or NBC itself paid.
But for 20 minutes before she revealed the no-news return, Maddow recited every Trump-Russia, Trump-Flynn, Flynn-Russia, Jeff Sessions-Russia conspiracy theory she could think of. Even Mia Farrow, no fan or Trump's, finally tweeted, "9:19" in exasperation at the long wait.
This followed the media frenzy surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contacts with Russian officials before he took office. Responding to a question from Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., during his confirmation hearing, Sessions said he had not met any Russian officials as a surrogate for the Trump campaign.
But it turned out he had met with the Russian ambassador twice — once at the behest of the Obama administration — in his function as a senator from Alabama and member of the Armed Services Committee.
According to NewsBusters, Sessions' meetings with the Russians netted 72 minutes, 33 seconds of coverage on the big network news shows. Reports in June 2012 of Holder being held in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal netted only 10 minutes, 38 seconds.
The same story says 88 percent of network coverage of Trump has been negative, which was never more evident than in the coverage of the House Intelligence Committee hearing this week.
All the headlines on that hearing focused on FBI Director James Comey confirming an ongoing investigation into collaboration between the Trump campaign and elements of the Russian government and that the FBI had found no evidence Obama ordered Trump Tower wiretapped.
No one in this anti-Trump innuendo festival noted that it was Trump's Justice Department, headed by Sessions, that authorized him to make public the investigation.
For now, the attacks do not seem sustained nor substantial enough to force Trump from office. Russia did not hack the election, as many on the Left claim. It is also not 100 percent clear that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee. At most, Russia promoted stories that made Hillary Clinton look bad — as if those were in short supply or even necessary for her defeat.
But they — and the sometimes-withering friendly fire he has taken on from fellow Republicans — are enough to distract Trump from his mission, to force him to counterpunch and engage in day-to-day battles to reclaim the narrative.
But Trump was not elected to be president of the Republican Party. He was not elected to be a doctrinaire conservative, although doctrinaire conservatives in his administration are quietly making his a most consequential presidency.
He was elected to get things done and put Americans back to work. If he can stick to his tasks and get some of his big-ticket items through — Obamacare repeal, tax reform, infrastructure, securing the borders — it won't be two or three or four years Democrats are in the desert, but eight.
It's not that easy. But it is that simple.
Ford O'Connell (@FordOConnell) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. He is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, worked on John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, and authored the book "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery."
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