Analysis: The first two witnesses called Wednesday testified to President Trump’s scheme, but lacked the pizzazz necessary to capture public attention. https://t.co/1UfkaeZ3I4
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 14, 2019
By Jonathan Allen
WASHINGTON — It was substantive, but it wasn’t dramatic.
In the reserved manner of veteran diplomats with Harvard degrees, Bill Taylor and George Kent opened the public phase of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Wednesday by bearing witness to a scheme they described as not only wildly unorthodox but also in direct contravention of U.S. interests.
And the Left goes nuts!
Why? Because it didn’t say something like “The first two witnesses clearly demonstrated impeachable behavior.” In fact, “lacked the pizzazz necessary to capture public attention,” pretty well says “kinda interesting for policy wonks but certainly nothing that anyone can grab onto as impeachable. Or even worth waiting for Act II.”
Let’s look at a few tweets for fun:
We heard how the president engaged in bribery and extortion yet NBC News wanted “pizzazz.” This is so fucking embarassing (sic) and helps explain why we’re in the mess we’re in. So many in media just do not grasp the magnitude of the moment.
The substance of what they testified is ALL THAT MATTERS. This is absolutely despicable reporting. To lend credence to the idea that the purpose of politics and political reporting is to be “dramatic” and not “boring” is to normalize Trumpism.
What an insulting headline. Citizens and democracies live or die by what went on today.
“Pizzazz” is for children with nothing at stake. Get off the “Consequential Historical Events” beat and go cover the Kardashians or something. Democracy doesn’t die darkness. It dies at NBC.
I think you get the idea. It seems that the MSM is the enemy of ALL the people now! Seems only rather fitting.
I’ll probably make more than a few of you mad when I say that I saw exactly the same behavior with the scandals under the Obama Administration. There was a lot going on that we disagreed violently about but, at least so far, none of it has risen to a level that would get anyone in any serious trouble. If you have thought that Hillary was ever going to be locked up, you were in the same place as the Democrats are today.
Yes, I know, Uranium One, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Obamacare, the email server, and the dossier and a few others that I can’t think of off the top of my head. Perhaps we’re all a little wiser now to realize that it’s not worth getting spun up about until we have a real victory to hang our hats on. Trying to be the point of the spear wasn’t a particularly useful strategy. I’d love to be proven wrong but I’m not putting a scintilla of my life energy into any of it.
The Democrats have not learned this lesson as we’ve watched them try and fail time after time to invent something they could use to remove Donald Trump from office. As we’ve known forever, there simply is no “there, there” and the best they have is that President Trump is unconventional and career diplomats don’t like it much. That’s just not going to get the job done!
The question for the Democrats is “now where?” My personal view is that Nancy has long ago lost control of the situation and the only outcome I can see is a vote on impeachment. I’d say there’s an 85% chance of that and I’m going to say a 65% chance of voting to impeach the President.
I rate the chance of impeachment lower than I suspect many of you because there’s some obvious unintended consequence such as the likely probability of the Senate having a protracted trial that Senators running for the Democrat nomination would be required to attend. Also, if there’s anything Donald Trump is an expert at is running a Reality Show particularly when he gets to kick all of the other contestants off the show and declare himself the winner!
We’ll see if there are any halfway level heads left in the Democrat side of the House or whether they’ll just run the train right off the end of the tracks. Nothing would surprise me anymore!