Democrats are jazzed up about EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland modifying his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. Headlines all over the place have shouted to the public that Sondland “confirmed quid pro quo,” putting Donald Trump’s presidency in jeopardy. He’s trapped, we heard. He’s got nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, we were told. It’s all over but the shouting, put a fork in him, etc, etc. We haven’t heard the Democrats and the media so certain of Trump’s impending downfall since…gosh, it’s been at least a month.
Throwing cold water on their excitement, however, was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who assured reporters on Tuesday that nothing had changed as far as Republicans in the Senate were concerned. Asked what would happen if the Senate were to hold Trump’s impeachment trial today, the Kentucky senator was implacable.
“I will say I’m pretty sure how it’s likely to end,” McConnell said. “If it were today I don’t think there’s any question — it would not lead to a removal. So the question is how long does the Senate want to take? How long do the presidential candidates want to be here on the floor of the Senate instead of in Iowa and New Hampshire?”
In other words, McConnell is saying that when and if the House sends their party-line impeachment articles over to the Senate, he’s going to put the trial on fast-track, preside over the inevitable acquittal within a week’s time, and then everyone will get back out to the campaign trail. Put yet another way, he’s saying: Let’s get this over with, Pelosi. There’s no conceivable fantasy world in which your silly push to undo 2016 is going to get past me.
Indeed, far from convincing Senate Republicans to change their minds on impeachment, the House Democrats may have actually warmed them up for a political firefight on Capitol Hill.
The Washington Post reports: “Among a group of Trump’s allies inside and outside Congress, there is intense and growing interest in countering the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry with their own scrutiny of Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings in Ukraine and China. Because his father was vice president at the time, these allies believe it could be a way of explaining why Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to ‘look into’ the Bidens, who have denied any wrongdoing.”
This would be epic. Go ahead, pass your little impeachment, Nancy. And when it comes over to our side of the Capitol, we’ll turn it into the Joe Biden Show and crush your only viable 2020 contender for all the country to watch.
Trump has finally taught these Republicans how to fight back against Democrat smear attacks, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch. By the end of this circus, Nancy Pelosi is going to be sorry she ever mentioned the word “Ukraine” to the American people.