Considering how somber and prayerful she has been over the solemn duty of having to impeach the president, Speaker Nancy Pelosi put on a brave face yesterday during the televised signing of the articles of impeachment. In fact, she looked downright jubilant, grinning broadly as she handed out party favors in the form an official gold signing pen to each of her Democratic co-conspirators. Rep. Maxine Waters, clearly choking back the tears, beamed with delight as she held her pen up for all to see.
The one portion of yesterday’s ritual that actually did look somber was the impeachment managers’ slow walk to the Senate to deliver the signed documents. They almost looked like pallbearers as they marched dolefully in two columns led by House Clerk Cheryl Johnson, who held the signed document in front of her like a little coffin. Some described the spectacle as the death march of the Democratic Party. Even the mainstream media found the ritual to be over-the-top.
I think we can all safely dispense now with the professed sobriety nonsense and with Pelosi’s phony umbrage over being accused by reporter James Rosen of hating Trump. Trump is “impeached forever,” she said yesterday, repeating the comment she made to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. That is simply not the mantra of a person with no animus carrying out a grave responsibility.
What comes next is a given. There will be a trial in the Senate. There may or may not be witnesses. The outcome, even if Lev Parnas is permitted to testify, is foregone. Either the case will be dismissed on the grounds that the charges against the president hold no weight or he will be acquitted. In either case, expect the smiles to vanish from the lips of Democratic lawmakers.