September 19, 2019 - Thursday
Impeaches and Screams
September 19, 2019
For once, Democrats and Republicans finally agree on something -- Tuesday's impeachment hearing was a mess. As outrageous as the five-hour spectacle was to conservatives, CNN reports that some of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) own members are quietly seething at how the caucus is squandering its time in control. "If I'm sitting at home, as a person who's struggling to pay [my bills], I'm saying to myself, 'What the heck is going on in Washington?" Freshman Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.) complained. "It seems like nothing is getting done."
Well, something is getting done, all right. Liberal extremists are showing the nation why they don't belong in power. After an investigation that took two and a half years and cost taxpayers $32 million, the Left refuses to call off the dogs. They'll do anything to thwart the president and keep him from accomplishing the promises he made to voters back in 2016. But this "sideshow," as one House Democrat called it, is costing them.
Even their mainstream media allies subtly jabbed the speaker for trying to distance herself from the Judiciary Committee's proceedings. "At her weekly news conference [last] Thursday, Pelosi once again declined to say the committee was conducting an impeachment investigation -- which happened minutes after the committee adopted its resolution stating that's what it was in fact doing," CNN half-mocked.
And the case against the president now, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) pointed out, is even weaker than Democrats had before.
"I mean, this is the bizarre part," the new House Freedom Caucus Chair told me on "Washington Watch." "Mueller had a team that was dedicated to this. And for some reason the Democrats think that the... Judiciary Committee can do a better job than  full-time agents and  full-time attorneys... They got 500 interviews or interviews of 500 people. They had over a million documents! For some reason, the Judiciary Committee Chairmen and members of his committee think that they can do better job find[ing] something that doesn't exist more than the Mueller mother team could. It's just craziness."
While Democrats poked and prodded former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, the real tension seemed to be outside the committee room, in Pelosi's own caucus. Republicans like Biggs sense it, and they're more determined than ever to expose the Left's motives. "It's all about politics -- it's not about facts. It's not about reality," he argued, "it's about power." Power, some Democrats are starting to realize, they won't have if they continue down this unpopular path.
"It's toxic to do [this] when the House hasn't passed major... legislation," one unnamed Democratic aide told reporters. "The members who flipped districts red to blue in 2018 campaigned on getting things done for their constituents." Based on polling, impeachment wasn't what most of those constituents had in mind.
Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.