On the day where we should all be honoring a hero of racial harmony, you’d think official DC and its myriad hangers-on would cast a nod in the direction of Dr. King.
Not today. They’re too busy sweating bullets.
All are fixated on the drama that is certain to unfold tomorrow in the U.S. Senate. Votes, witnesses, surprise ploys, presidential testimony, legal celebrities, and every subject to do with the trial is the only topic fit for the federal holiday on the nation’s capitol hill.
Here’s what we expect:
The defense- The president’s defense team is aggressive and their team personifies it. They have already come out swinging in their contention that no crime was committed and thus the whole thing is a charade much like past democrat distractions and time-wasters the country has endured since 2017.
They will run into several GOP senators and more than several Dem members of the Senate that want a full blown trial to cover their tails in case they decide to vote for acquittal.
But the Dems know calling witnesses is a two way street and one they could get run over on very quickly if the defense calls the original whistleblower, CIA leaker Eric Ciaramella.
Can you imagine what a brilliant attorney like Alan Dershowitz would do to that guy on the stand?
Little Eric would be left whimpering into his fave blankie, later cozying up in his onesie and lamenting to his stuffed animals what the mean lawyer man did to him in public.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be looking for the procedural and political opportunities not just to exonerate the president but to hold the Dems and their case up to national ridicule. Odds are he gets it.
The prosecution- They will hammer and hammer that not only was the Ukrainian phone call a crime but that permitting Donald Trump to stay in office is a threat to the republic (if they feel comfortable calling us that).
Sadly for them their case will be presented by the less than telegenic duo, among others, of Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff. They are likely to huff and puff to very little avail.
The DC line right now is 51 to acquit, 49 to convict. The Dems need 67 votes to convict to remove the president from office.