Face it. Despite Adam Schiff’s plans to sabotage any and all Republican witnesses in the hopes of giving his party an edge during the up-coming open hearings, the Democrats have a heavy lift in making their case for articles of impeachment. “CBS This Morning” recently acknowledged as much, noting that the Dems “have one of the most limited evidentiary records in history.”
That sentiment was echoed by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius, who admitted on this past Sunday’s “Meet the Press” that it will be “difficult … for the Democrats to convince the country that this is extraordinary behavior that disqualifies the President from office.”
Igantius then went on, however, to explain how Democrats could improve their chances:
The one thing that will break through, I think, is if this can be dramatized so that our diplomats struggling against the President feel like soldiers in a battlefield, and their commander abandoned them.
PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor took Igantius’s idea and ran with it:
I will say that Democrats are very, they’re very focused on how to tell the story this week. And I’m told, from Democratic aides, that they wanted [William] Taylor to be there because he’s a Vietnam vet. He’s gonna be able to tell this story in a simple way. And they wanted Marie Yovanovitch there because I’m told she cried in her testimony, and they essentially want someone who’s going to be emotional to say, “I was a victim of the President trying to do this for his own political gain.”
There may be something to that, especially the part about Yovanovitch crying. We saw the effect of tears during the Blasey Ford fiasco. So moved were Democrats on the Senate panel who heard her testimony that they went after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his family with a passion. Liberal viewers of the spectacle were also moved, donating more than $1 million to the would-be victim’s GoFundMe page.