[Screenshot from TheDC Shorts, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evYAA_jkZGY&feature=emb_logo]
On Fox News Tuesday, Chris Wallace wondered aloud: How much would House Impeachment Manager Jerry Nadler pay to get a vintage Clinton impeachment video “expunged from the earth”?
Trump’s defense team wrapped up their opening statements, which included footage of Democrats — surprise — singing a very different tune back in 1998-99.
Speaking on remarks made by Trump attorney Pat Cipollone, here’s how anchor Martha McCallum opened things up:
“Pat Cipollone making his closing argument there, saying why not trust the American people with this decision, why tear up ballots, the importance of the Constitution. With that, I want to bring in Chris Wallace, for your thoughts, Chris, as the President’s side essentially rests their case.”
Chris thought they made good:
“Well, they made a good case today. I think that Cipollone was smart. ‘We’ve said everything, we’re at our high point, let’s get out of here.’”
They did make a good case — for the absurdity of politics.
To put it to the GOP, Jerry Nadler had used throwback clips of Republicans championing impeachment over 20 years ago.
But two can play that game: Pat pulled out some oldies but goodies of Chuck Schumer, Zoe Lofgren, and even Jer himself — and made them all look like world-class goobers:
Rep. Jerry Nadler used old clips of, Graham and Dershowitz during Clinton impeachment to boost argument for impeachment – and to show contradictions from the President's supporters.
(Inevitably) Trump's attorney Pat Cipollone just pulled out footage of Nadler & McConnell pic.twitter.com/Xw9V5SNctt
— Salvador Hernandez (@SalHernandez) January 28, 2020
Chris loved it:
“I would love to have been in the room when they were going over those tapes of what the Democrats, I think at that point they were all members of Congress, not senators, during 1998-1999, during the Clinton impeachment. Getting these sound bites from House Managers, also some just senators like Zoe Lofgren, Jerry Nadler, Chuck Schumer.”
Then came the big question, accompanied by a well-warranted laugh:
“I also thought to myself, I wonder how much Jerry Nadler would pay to have that videotape of him from 1998 expunged from the Earth so that nobody could ever see it again.”
How much, indeed.
This whole process has been completely absurd. It’s made the entirety of Washington look so idiotic as to be in dire need of us shaking the whole Etch A Sketch and starting over.
You have two teams completely opposed, running two chambers of Congress. One team decided they wanted a fight that could only end one way: with two teams completely opposed, running two chambers of Congress.
A colossal waste of time, money, and effort.
And in the meantime, even less than usual got done for the good of the country.
And with the Democrats’ push for the process, they’ve likely ensured defeat in November, therefore another 4 years of Trump, therefore another 4 years of them trying for more impeachment.
How do we expunge goofiness from the earth?
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