In their three weeks of televised hearings (the previous weeks were shrouded in secrecy), the Democrats have worn their thesauri thin attempting to come up with new and ever-more-hyperbolic metaphors to characterize the need for impeachment. That mission reached a new high (low?) at last night’s after-hours markup session for articles of impeachment when Georgia Democrat Hank Johnson declared the need to impeach Donald Trump to be a national “emergency.” Explaining the long period of deep introspection that ultimately led him to conclude impeachment was the only remedy for the president’s “crimes,” Johnson explained:
I simply felt that impeachment should be reserved for moments when our democracy itself is in danger. When the sign says, “In case of emergency, break glass,” there better be one heck of an emergency.
I did not call for impeachment before. But I call for impeachment today, because this is one heck of an emergency.
You can watch the congressman’s impassioned declaration in the video that follows (beginning at 1:20):
Now before you scoff at the notion that permitting Trump’ to remain president through November 2020 is a national emergency, be aware that Hank Johnson knows an emergency when he sees one. Here he is in 2010 sharing his fear that the island of Guam “will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize” (1:16):
But if the immediate removal of Trump from the Oval Office is a matter of such grave importance, then why did the Democratic caucus agree to take off for the entire month of August? Ditto for the entire last week of September and the first two weeks of October (the Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur break)?