That odor wafting from Speaker Pelosi’s rank and file could be the smell of fear. The sham impeachment hearings that Pelosi foolishly assigned to Adam Schiff were essentially unhappy diplomats on parade. The fear is that the impeachment plan is in the sewer.
Those petulant State Department officials were a disgruntled gaggle of State Department Ukrainian specialists. Two, on the first day, added nothing factual to the Democrats’ case. Then there was a former, fired ambassador, whose testimony was essentially that President Trump hurt her feelings.
If the latest polls are any indication, the Democrats have not only failed to turn public opinion against the President, but they have lost ground, especially among independents.
Democrats pay attention to polling, and they listen to their constituents.
Undoubtedly, Schiff’s Hollywood voters are enjoying his smarmy theatrics, but there are over 30 Democrat representatives in districts President Trump won. What those purple district representatives are worried about is being muddied by the loony-left splash back from the likes of math-impaired Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
That math should be easy: Democrats need 67 votes in the Senate to remove President Trump. Common sense would dictate that they stop this silliness and get back to work and do something that will convince a skeptical electorate that Democrats should run the country.
However, when you value partisan politics above the good of the country, you get to the heart of Democrat philosophy. That partisanship has also blinded the Democrats from recognizing the mess and the blowback of turning out a President, when the voters could easily do it in 2020.
Here are the facts, consequences, and backwash of the bitterly partisan impeachment proceedings:
First, President Trump sought answers to Ukrainian involvement in the 2016 U.S. election. He asked the new Ukrainian president’s help in getting to the bottom of the intertwined corruption, collusion, and payoffs to the likes of Hunter Biden and his protector Father Joe.
Moreover, Americans had to listen to the insincere and hypocritical pronouncements of insufferable Adam Schiff:
Yes, America, this brave whistle blower was vital to the noble quest to save the country. Do not believe those reports that the Chairman spoke with the whistle blower. It was, uh, only the staff, which I forgot to mention before.
Yes, America, the CIA managed to revise the whistle blower report form to accept hearsay just in time for the hearings, but that’s OK. Hearsay evidence is perfectly acceptable—and in our case preferable.
Secondly, Schiff’s hearings were a despicable railroad job. They were one-sided, and the testimony was orchestrated. Any fair-minded observer could only believe that the outcome was predetermined.
Nevertheless, it was all hearsay and opinion. Every witness, under the effectively skeptical cross-examination by Republican committee members, had to admit they had no firsthand knowledge that the President accepted or offered bribes.
Finally, the usual suspects in the mainstream press heard one thing and reported another. When they heard a witness say, “There was quid pro quo,” they blasted it as a devastating indictment of the President. What they didn’t report was that the witness crumbled when he had to admit that he didn’t actually know that was the case.
So, in the end, it wasn’t President Trump who was harmed by this process. What was damaged was American foreign policy and the President’s ability to work with other world leaders. For that, we can thank the Democrats who put smelly partisanship ahead of what’s best for the United States.