The only way the Dems had a shred of a chance of convicting President Donald Trump in the current Senate impeachment trial was by bringing over several GOP Senators on early votes that could start a rockslide towards GOP guilty votes.
So what do they do?
They insult the Senate.
Specifically House impeachment manager Jerry Nadler, who this analyst has had a run in with in the past, told the Senate they were engaged in a “cover up” if they did not vote with him and that the Senate itself was also “on trial.”
In rebuttal, presidential counsel Pat Cipollone gave as good as he got.
As we reported earlier on Friday, Nadler’s tone did not sit well with possible swing vote Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) who publicly registered her distaste and signaled her non-happiness with Dem tactics. That cannot help their case with her.
Now Politico is reporting that fellow possible swing trial vote Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) was so ticked off at Nadler that she sent a note to presiding judge U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
She commented to Politico, “It reminded me that if we were in a normal debate in the Senate, that the rule would be invoked to strike the words of the senator for impugning another senator.
So, I did write a note raising the issue of whether there’d been a violation of the rules. I’m going to cast my vote regardless of the congressman’s performance. His negative comments about the Senate will not have any impact.”
Oh yes they will.
That note, and no doubt his own observations, caused Roberts to tell the assembled pols and lawyers, “It is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and the president’s counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body.”
He continued, “One reason it has earned that title is because its members avoid speaking in a manner, and using language, that is not conducive to civil discourse.”
If the GOP 53 vote shield wall holds then the Dems not only have come all this way for nothing, dragging the nation and the government along with them, but they may be forced to give their own Senators vote waivers to protect those who hail from Trump states.
If that comes about, Nadler may regret his words. But the president won’t.