The die is cast. We’re on the sidelines of the most political moment in modern history, a moment characterized by petty, party politics instead of what is important and vital for our nation. House Democrats have attempted a hostile takeover of our government, but, they’re losing big time.
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Not that I’m keeping score, but, I am. The Democrats are 0-for-11. You see that, Nancy Pelosi? Adam Schiff? 0-11. After 13 hours of debate, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, failed to get any of his amendments passed.
You know, I recall a time when there was all this talk of bipartisanship. That there would be no impeachment without having a few people from the other side on board.
Remember when Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. said: "Unless you have bipartisan consensus, impeachment is a divisive issue in the country, many people would think it was being done for political reasons."
Or when Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY said: "What I've said is that impeachment can't be partisan."
Oh, what a difference the threat of President Trump winning again seems to make, and The Squad’s disturbing influence over party stalwarts.
Throw in Pelosi's thinking that perhaps this process would give former Vice President Joe Biden a leg up on the campaign trail in Iowa and New Hampshire – two states he’s got a pathetic showing in for someone of his background – since it ties up the likes of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. and media darling Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for weeks ahead of those key primaries – and you have the makings of a real political disaster.
This is a sham impeachment that’s bad for the country and bad for the people.
But the Democrats don’t care, right?
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has proven himself to be a chief partisan hack.
It appears – and this should come as no surprise as we learn more and more about his underhanded way - that Schiff conveniently misidentified Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky in some materials concerning Lev Parnas, the so-called fixer who was working to uncover corruption in Ukraine for Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. That, of course, Schiff is trying to sneak into evidence now.
There was a text message from Parnas in which he writes that he “continued to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky” citing the text in question. Only problem? That text, from Parnas to Giuliani reads: “Trying to get us Mr. Z.”
And, because Schiff doesn’t dot his i's and cross the t's – it turns out Parnas was referring to Mykola Zlochevsky – the founder of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings, whom Parnas referred to as “Mr.Z.”
So, you get it? Schiff jumps to conclusions and wants to frame evidence that means one thing as something else entirely.
It's kind of like he did with this entire process from the beginning – insisting Trump was trying to enforce a quid pro quo when his own witness, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, said that did not happen.
Sonland testified: "President Trump, when I asked him the open-ended question, as I testified previously, 'What do you want from Ukraine?' His answer was, 'I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing.' That's all I got from President Trump."
We also know that Schiff has a tendency to, well, get loose with the truth. Remember when Schiff tried to make the world believe that he and his office had no contact with the so-called “whistleblower?” Only, it turns out, he did.
His office actually met with the whistleblower before any of this was made public, and Schiff had to eat his words, and his own office needed to issue a correction.
Meanwhile, I would just ask: Really, Democrats? Really. Is Schiff the very best you can do?
Schiff referenced Alexander Hamilton at least eight times during Wednesday's trial. I guess he saw the Hamilton musical. Maybe he wishes he was in it. Sometimes, I get the feeling he’s trying out for his community version of the Broadway musical with all his theatrics.
But, despite the theatre, not even the most anti-Trump of senators is buying the performance.
Senator Mitt Romney said: "I think the Democrats make a mistake when they claim outrage time and time again. If everything is an outrage, then nothing is an outrage."
So, the Democrats are right back where they started. They will get nowhere on this. But, I want you to think about something. Think about the fragile state they’re willing to put us in. Consider how they’re trying to downplay a successful jobs market, 29,000 on the Dow and median wage growth. Consider how they are trying to accuse him of assassination for taking out the world’s No. 1 terrorist.
And, consider this: If the Democrats had won the Senate in midterms like they did the House? Trump would be gone and, most likely, if they had their way, Vice President Mike Pence would be too.
We could have very well been looking at President Nancy Pelosi right now.