House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s been standing firm in her strategy since mid-December of not sending the Articles of Impeachment to the Republican-controlled Senate until Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agrees to a fair trial with key direct evidence and witnesses. It’s been a bitter standoff, but Pelosi and Democrats are the clear winners.
To be sure, there’s only one party desperately trying to get to the truth, and another that’s desperately trying to hide it. And let’s face it, no one works so hard to obstruct…so hard to conceal…so hard to manufacture conspiracies to distract from the truth…if they’re innocent.
Consider what McConnell declared in December:
“I’m coordinating with the White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this…”
“I’m not an impartial juror. This is a political process. There is not anything judicial about it. Impeachment is a political decision.”
Think about that. The individual who’s Constitutionally mandated with conducting a fair trial has publicly stated it’s going to be a partisan circus, held in cahoots with the accused, absent the facts and with a predetermined verdict. This is justice? This satisfies the oath McConnell took?
The public is smart. It sees what’s happening. It understands that the Republican Party cares about one thing and one thing only: shamelessly protecting the most corrupt, treasonous president in American history even at the expense of our national security.
The public is perceptive. It sees McConnell and Republicans willfully covering their eyes and ears when direct witnesses like former National Security Advisor John Bolton, who was on the infamous Ukraine call and was witness to what he called the quid pro quo ‘drug dealing’ by Rudy Giuliani and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, have stated they’re willing to testify if subpoenaed.
The public sees the deception. It sees how Republicans are disingenuously claiming that ‘Democrats failed to call witnesses’ in the House impeachment hearings and therefore shouldn’t be able to call them in the Senate trial.
The public wants the truth. And we can only obtain the truth through direct evidence and witnesses.
The longer Pelosi demands the truth, and the longer McConnell is forced to publicly defend his refusal to allow it, the bigger the win for Democrats. Because no one runs from the truth unless they’re guilty.
So while McConnell might be victorious in his weak feckless cowardly servility to Trump, he is a loser in the eyes of the American public. You know…those people who vote.
And if we truly believe that elections are decided not by those on the far right or far left, but by the ‘20% in the middle’ — the moderates and independents — then McConnell’s lost way more than just this impeachment battle with Pelosi. He’s cost his party the election.