Its that time of the year when people are sniffling and fighting off nasty illnesses as the folks around them struggle to avoid infection.
Whatever your position on vaccines, the best way to avoid contracting a viral disease is to never allow yourself to be infected to begin with.
That’s exactly the thinking of Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) as he weighs in on the subject of who the GOP will select as their impeachment managers for Donald Trump’s upcoming Senate trial, already more imminent than any planned attack on U.S. embassies by Iran.
The impeachment managers essentially play the roles of the prosecution and defense attorneys in the Senate trial and present the arguments on behalf of both the aggrieved party, in this case, the House of Representatives, and the defendant, the president.
Capitol Hill scuttlebutt has Trump’s Republican allies seriously considering handing the defense duties over to one of those scrappy Congressmen who so disrupted the House impeachment hearings with their desperate antics determined to deter the incriminating testimony that resulted in the necessity for managers to be appointed.
The names being bandied about include Representatives Jim Jordan (R-OH), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) who all gained reputations for their ability to ignore the evidence presented in the hearings they attended in favor of blindly combative stances to protect Trump at all costs to their credibility.
One would think that their failure to actually impede impeachment’s forward motion would paint these Republican Congressmen as partisan hacks who were unable to accomplish their mission due to their incompetence and general ugly surliness, but apparently these are the folks that the president in his infinite wisdom feels are best suited to fight the charges that only he and those either blinded by his propaganda apparatus or directly benefiting from his administration’s wretched policies believe are unjustified.
Count Senator Cornyn among the few GOP luminaries who realize the liability that importing the politically brawling styles of the other chamber of Congress to the Senate floor would impose upon both the decorum of the upper chamber and the outcome of the president’s trial.
Cornyn added: “And I think there would be an increased risk of doing that if you start inviting House members to come over to the Senate and try the case."
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 13, 2020
While Senator Cornyn may garner some laudatory support from Democrats over his comments declaring that his tony neighborhood shouldn’t allow the likes of that sort of riff-raff to congregate in their hallowed halls, he fails to realize that the ringmaster and his impeachment strategists are unlikely to see a “circus-like atmosphere” as a negative attribute.
Cornyn and some of the other old school Republican Senators may think that the long-standing Congressional traditions of respect for colleagues of both parties are still in effect, but they fail to realize that Trump is a cornered rat caught in a street fight for his life with no scruples against using every dirty trick that he can think of to keep from being removed from office and subsequently subject to prosecution for the multiple offenses that he should have been investigated for and sent to prison long before he took office.
If only Senator Cornyn’s fantasy of an ideal and dispassionate deliberative body conducting the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump was even close to the reality that we will soon face.
Unfortunately, expect to see the same rabidly partisan attack dogs let loose in the Senate trial that you saw making a mockery of the House investigations. If that’s the way Donald wants it, then all the advice from smarter, more strategic counselors won’t do a thing to change his mind.
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Original reporting by Bob Brigham at RawStory.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.