Happy Hour News Briefs
A lot of the media and virtually all of the Republicans are in lock-step telling us that today’s hearings are a snooze-fest, the most obvious one being Tiger Beat who had this title for their afternoon email thingie: POLITICO Playbook PM: Zzzzz … or not:
IT’S EASY TO SAY this hearing is boring — because it is. It’s an hourslong Con Law seminar, anchored by four professors who are arguing the history and finer points of impeachment…
And so, sleepy and boring, here is what they missed:
In his opening statement, ranking member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) complained that the committee’s first hearing had not called any fact witnesses and was relying on constitutional scholars called by Democrats to discuss the basis for impeachment. Stanford University Law Professor Pamela Karlan was criticized by Republicans for having a bias against Trump, but she rejected that argument by citing the “evidentiary record” before the committee, which she said shows that the president solicited foreign election interference for his own political gain.
But don’t take my word for it, listen to the Professor:
A Star is Born. pic.twitter.com/X9EhDAN9aq
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) December 4, 2019
Back to Tiger Beat:
BUT THE LARGER QUESTION is this: Will there be clippable moments for Democrats, who are trying to make the case that voting to remove President DONALD TRUMP is airtight?
See above, Tiger Beat. Or see below, this quote from the GOP witness:
“I get it. You’re mad. The president’s mad. My Republican friends are mad. My Democratic friends are mad. My wife is mad. My kids are mad. Even my dog seems mad. And Luna’s a goldendoodle, and they don’t get mad. So we’re all mad. Where has that taken us? Will … a slipshod impeachment make us less mad? Will it only invite an invitation for the madness to follow every future administration? That is why this is wrong. It’s not wrong because President Trump was right. His call was anything but perfect.”
That’s not exactly an air-tight defense, or as Scissorhead D-Cap says:
— Distributorcap (@distributorcap) December 4, 2019
Of course, we also know that the Politburo, er, Fox News was encouraging their orcs, minions, and assorted mouth-breathers in Possum Hollar to pay no attention to the impeachment hearings. So, per usual, I don’t expect much resonance from Possum Hollar other than repeating whatever Hannity tells them to say.
[Full disclosure: I was busy in meat-world today and so I paid no attention to the hearings, and now I’m kinda scrambling to catch up. There will probably be more tomorrow AM once I’ve put on my
pointy hat, er, thinking cap.]