Adam “Pathfinder” Schiff: Stalking the Kremlin or the Chupacabra?

My radio colleague John Batchelor has pegged U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-NY) as “the Pathfinder.” The reason being that, as ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff has been most vocal and visible in trying to divine the truth behind the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia—and, in a fortuitous confluence of circumstances for Schiff, find a path to taking Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat.

Whether the truth will out and the Pathfinder will oust Feinstein remains to be seen, as does any evidence the Pathfinder insinuates exists to prove the Trump-Putin collusion allegation.

Thanks to the tender mercies of his friends in the media elite, Schiff’s failure to produce any shred of evidence regarding collusion—let alone a crime—has not proven problematic for the Pathfinder. Obviously, the media elite dislikes the president and will brook no facts—or the absence thereof—from getting in the way of a good smearing. The Pathfinder facilitates this mutually advantageous, tawdry political theater by ascribing the “appearance” of the most insidious motivations and actions to President Trump and his campaign in relation to Putin’s Russia; then artfully dodging his lack of evidence with the limp two-step, “I’d love to tell you more, but it’s classified.”

And how the Left-wing applauds and approves! For the media elite, ratings, circulation and “clicks” soar; and the Pathfinder treks ever closer to his coveted senate seat. Yes, their off-Broadway/on-Beltway production of “Trump Done It (Whatever It Was)?” is the smash hit of the post-Obama season.

But what of the country’s sane center praying its president didn’t commit treason by colluding with a foreign power to attain his office? Yes, they realize that sometimes where there’s smoke there’s fire. But they also know that when dealing with the Left, oft times where there’s smoke there’s reefer.

Thus, fair minded citizens respectfully ask for evidence before impeaching a president for “high crimes and misdemeanors” and withhold their judgement of the Pathfinder and media elite’s anti-Trump production, despite the Pathfinder and the media elite’s self-bestowed rave reviews.

In sum, in terms of “Russia-gate”, the disconnect between the nonpartisan public and the Pathfinder and his media cohorts is this: the former don’t want to believe it; the latter need to believe it. Or as one character  memorably put it in Werner Herzog’s “Incident at Loch Ness,” when asked if the monster was real: “They say show me the evidence. I say show me the non-evidence.”

Certain President Trump is a monster capable of monstrous deeds, for months Pathfinder Schiff has been parading across the media stage dolloping out his Russia-gate non-evidence to Democrats howling for more. Yet, one of the things nonpartisan Americans find off-putting about politics is how normal rules of reason are abrogated for political gain. Perhaps then, to accommodate their wish to find our own path the truth about Russia-gate, let us depoliticize the discourse in order to objectively assess the veracity of Pathfinder Schiff’s schtick.

But how? One can take a contested debate between two apolitical camps, such as scientists and cryptozoologists, and endeavor to settle it to one’s satisfaction. Thus, what if Pathfinder Schiff was alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin but, instead, was alleging the existence of the chupacabra—the bloodsucking critter alleged to feast upon livestock in the Americas? Hmm…

On the March 5, 2017 episode of “Meet the Press” came this statement from…

Former National Security Advisor James “The” Clapper: “We did not include any evidence in our report, and I say ‘our,’ that’s NSA, FBI, and CIA, with my office, the Director of National Intelligence, that had any reflection of the chupacabra. There was no evidence of the chupacabra included in our report.”

Moderator: “I understand, but does it exist?”

“The” Clapper: “Not to my knowledge.”

Now, you’re probably thinking that if a top federal bureaucrat assigned the task of determining the matter has found no evidence, then the chupacabra doesn’t exist. But you’re not trying to find a path to Sen. Feinstein’s senate seat by pandering to an aggrieved mob of Democrats and elite media celebrities.

Entering stage left trailing along in the “Meet the Press” footsteps of “The” Clapper, on March 19, 2017, thus opines…

Pathfinder Schiff: “I was surprised to see Director Clapper say that, because I don’t think you can make that claim categorically as he did. I would characterize it this way at the outset of the investigation. There is circumstantial evidence of a chupacabra. There is direct evidence, I think, of deception [by those denying the existence of the chupacabra].”

Hot on the chupacabra’s spiky tail, during the March 22 edition of “Meet the Press Daily,” Pathfinder Schiff remains adamant in the face of a less than skeptical moderator:

Moderator: “But you admit all there is a circumstantial case.”

Pathfinder Schiff: “Actually, no, Chuck, I can tell you that the case is more than that, and I can’t go into the particulars but there is more than circumstantial evidence [of the chupacabra] now.”

Moderator: “You have seen direct evidence of the chupacabra?”

Pathfinder Schiff: “I don’t want to go into specifics, but I will say there is evidence that is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of investigation.”

Still, in the face of all the Pathfinder’s proffered non-evidence, some obstinate citizens refused to accept the chupacabra exists and compelled a forceful response during “State of the Union” on April 2, 2017.

Pathfinder Schiff: “I don’t think we can say anything definitively at this point.”

A Chupacabra feasts on its prey.

For her part, during a May 3, 2017 interview with Wolf (Wolfman?) Blitzer, the Pathfinder’s other quarry, Sen. Feinstein, counted herself among the sane who had yet to seen any evidence of the chupacabra.

Blitzer: “Last time we spoke Senator, I asked you if you had actually seen evidence of the chupacabra, and you said to me, and I’m quoting you now, ‘Not at this time.’ Has anything changed since we spoke last?”

Feinstein: “Well, no it hasn’t.”

Following Feinstein’s lead, as is his wont, a backtracking Pathfinder Schiff switches horses in midstream—even if the chupacabra doesn’t exist, the Yeti (i.e., “obstruction”) does! From “This Week” on June 18, 2017:

Pathfinder Schiff: “I think there is evidence of the chupacabra, I can’t go into the particulars of our closed . . . but I also think there’s evidence of a Yeti. But in both cases I would say whether there is some evidence doesn’t mean there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Unwittingly, like a plethora of his Democratic comrades and the media elite, Pathfinder concedes he’s lost the scent along with his credibility. Just because I can’t prove there is a chupacabra and a Yeti doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

Ergo, in the real world, the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia or the president’s attempts to “obstruct” justice. Sadly for them, Pathfinder Schiff, the Left and their colluders in the media elite have concocted a kitchen sink thriller with a villain—President Trump—and with no plot to pin on him. Russia-gate isn’t a scripted play as much a fundraising dinner theater of the absurd wherein the Democratic Party and the media elite’s Trump Derangement Syndrome is passed off as performance art.

Fortunately, for the future of our free republic (and dinner theater everywhere), the nonpartisan public isn’t buying tickets.

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About Thaddeus G. McCotter

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003 to 2012 and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars, and a Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show" among sundry media appearances.

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30 responses to “Adam “Pathfinder” Schiff: Stalking the Kremlin or the Chupacabra?”

  1. Adam Schiff likes to give the impression he has some hidden, classified information to prove collusion, yet he’s admitted numerous times that he’s seen no evidence of collusion. IN those cases he’s commented, “but we need to investigate this further to see if there is evidence of collusion.” The Russian lawyer that the media is going ape over right now is tied to Fusion GPS (the dossier) and Prevezon. In fact, it was Fusion that assisted her in getting a special visa when she was originally denied a visa to enter the US. The main plot of this was to have a Russian meet with Donald Trump Jr. in order to give the appearance of wrongdoing. That’s why when she met with DJT Jr. only thing she could talk about was the legal issues regarding a policy about adoption pertaining to Russia.
    Democrats like to scream that the Trump’s colluded with a foreign power, yet ignore they used Fusion GPS along with Christopher Steele using Russian contacts to build the Trump dossier. This is hypocrisy at the highest levels possible. If the meeting was originally stated to be “damning information” on Clinton, then DJT Jr. would be obligated as an American citizen to learn what this supposedly damning information was considering it may have possibly been a national security issue regarding Hillary’s emails or anything else for that matter. If a person, American citizen or not, has credible information on a politician that is “damning” then that individual is obligated as a citizen to learn what it is and pass it on to the appropriate authorities. It doesn’t matter who the politician is or even if it were just an American citizen that may pose a danger to the population at large. The Democrats are only trying to deceive and distract to satisfy their base.

    • Yeah, the Democrats have been unable to get Trump no matter how hard they try, so they’re stooping way down low and going for his son. They’re going to strike out with him, too, then maybe go for the grandkid.

      Also, I can see why some would call this witch hunt “Russiagate”, but it’s really “FakeNewsGate”.

      • The son … posted emails … in which he agreed to meet …. with a person connected to the Russian government … for the purpose of getting dirt on Hillary.

        Again: Trump Jr. posted the emails for all to see.

        What’s fake about that? And what, really, is “Fake News” but news you don’t like? Is it possible for you to recognize news you don’t like as being real?

      • “… connected to the Russian government …”

        Really??? How, exactly???

      • Let me be more precise: A person he THOUGHT was connected to the Russian government.

        “The documents “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” read the email, written by a trusted intermediary, who added, “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.””

      • Do you know he thought this lawyer was connected to the Kremlin? People represent themselves to us everyday as being this or that but we don’t always assume they’re being 100% truthful to us. Unless, that is, we’ve never been mislead by anyone. How do you know he wasn’t sceptical about her. Afterall, her alleged Kremlin connection wasn’t what attracted his attention.

      • Ahhh, well wasn’t that an oblique manner of admitting President Trump’s ‘kallooding with the Roossians’ is a complete figment of the delusional self induced intellectually retarded left wing liberal Democrats!!!

    • Yeah, on the national level, it’s been nothing more than Fake News and Very Fake News.

      On the local level, it’s just arson, DWIs (usually commited by diseased illegal aliens who’ve been deported multiple times), robberies, rapes, sports and the weather.

  2. To be blunt and cold-blooded about it, Schiff probably cannot win in California because he’s a white male, possible diversity points fo sexuality outweighed by those inherent traits. Schiff’s demagoguery cannot overcome demographic realities in California. Gov. Jerry Brown very well may the last white male to hold statewide office.

    • well…he could change genders…..then hed have science on his/they/neutrois et als side!

    • Newsom will be Guv.
      Schiff”s problem is he’s not part of Willie and Jerry Brown’s suck up NorCal crowd. No one from Socal gets the plum statewide jobs. Look at what Kamala had to do to get her sinecure.

  3. “U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (R-Calif.)” … I thought he was a “D” as in democrat.

      • I figured the same. Really wish someone would correct that.

    • Yeah, I saw that too. Sort of a stupid stupid mistake.

    • He must have corrected it, reads D in my version. Here’s what I think happened. When McCotter went to write Shits, I mean Schiff’s title the thought in his head was “Schiff, what a retard, and he mistakenly put down R.” It could be true.

  4. Shiff is the biggest load of crap to hit Washington since Debbie Washerwoman-Shultz.

  5. he is absolutely beloved by the msn[itwit]bc [un]intelligentisia!

  6. “Adam “Pathfinder” Schiff: Stalking the Kremlin or the Chupacabra?”

    Not even God knows what goes on in the mind (if it can be termed a “mind”) of a LYING, America-hating, self-loathing, self-induced intellectually retarded left wing liberal.

    Oh, and FYI, Adam Schiff is a “Democrat”.

  7. I am ashamed to admit that I live in the Pathfinder’s district – but I never voted for him.

  8. Most of the public is so tired of this story that even if something does come of it they won’t care. What ever small damage eventually falls on the administration will be nothing compared to the damage done to the media and the Democrats come what may.