Just like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff seems to possess an innate talent for inspiring bipartisan unity among Republicans and Democrats.
Case in point: As he rambled on and on about President Donald Trump’s alleged guilt during the second day of the president’s Senate trial Wednesday, both Republicans and Democrats reportedly joined together in dying of utter boredom.
— Sam Sandmire (@SamSandmire) January 22, 2020
According to The Washington Post, Sen. Rand Paul felt so bored that he desperately scribbled “S.O.S.” (which is a Morse code distress signal) on a piece of paper.
He followed up the “S.O.S.” with “THESE R NOT MY PARENTS!” (presumably in reference to Schiff and his Democrat colleagues) and “PLEASE HELP ME!”
He basically made it sound like he was being held hostage, after which he reportedly pulled out a concealed crossword puzzle and began completing it while Schiff spoke.
Being as The Washington Post is a radically far-left outlet, it, of course, framed Rand’s boredom as a sign of Republicans not treating “the proceedings with dignity.”
“No one expected senators truly to honor their oath to be impartial. But Paul and some of his Republican colleagues aren’t even pretending to treat the proceedings with dignity,” the Post’s Dana Milbank condescendingly wrote.
Not surprisingly, he had little to say about the Democrats also seen dying of boredom.
“Senator Bernie Sanders could be seen nodding off, slouched deep in his wooden desk with his chin bobbing on his chest,” the nonpartisan Courthouse News Service reported.
“A Democrat in the back row leaned on his right arm, covered his eyes and stayed that way for nearly a half-hour,” the Associated Press added in its own report.
“Some openly snickered when lead prosecutor Adam Schiff said he’d only speak for 10 minutes. And when one of the freshman House prosecutors stood to speak, many of the senator-jurors bolted for the cloak rooms, where their phones are stored.”
FYI, Schiff wound up speaking for TWO HOURS:
“The agony of the senator-jurors had begun to show the night before, with widespread but more subtle struggles to pay attention to opening arguments. Gum-chewing, snacking, yawning and alleged napping could be seen throughout the cramped chamber,” the AP’s report continued.
The keyword there was “agony.”
As reported by CBS’s Chip Reid, some of the senators “look[ed] bored out of their minds.”
Chip Reid reports on how Senators are faring so far in the impeachment hearing – without phones or snacks.
"It’s a bit like a college lecture hall. Some of them are busily taking notes, some of them look bored out of their minds." pic.twitter.com/qn2PuogXd5
— Norah O'Donnell🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) January 21, 2020
Even failed 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker was bored.
“Even Democrats strongly backing impeachment drifted to the back of the room to stretch their legs as Schiff’s opening drew to a close,” the Courthouse News Service reported. ” Booker, towering at 6 feet 2 inches, leaned up against a marble pillar at the back end of the room, [allegedly] still focused on Schiff’s remarks.”
To calm the boredom, both Republican and Democrat senators slowly and methodologically went about breaking every single rule for a court of impeachment.
“It has a tradition of civility — and for grave and rare impeachment trials, specific rules: No coffee or snacking on the floor. No pacing, note-passing, working on other matters or chit-chat. Technically, only water is allowed in the Senate chamber, but there have been exceptions in years past for milk and even eggnog,” the AP noted.
Yet Sen. Ben Sasse was seen “chewing a mouthful of a snack snagged from the halls,” according to the AP, while presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar was spotted “subtly chewing something at length, possibly gum,” according to The New York Times.
“As the debate stretched past 1 a.m., senators became looser with the rules. Several senators stood at their desks, walked around the back of the chamber or chatted quietly among themselves as Democrats continued to offer amendments. Some members sat with their eyes closed,” the Times added.
It was a madhouse in there, by golly.
But through it all, there were three stalwart Republicans who actually stuck to the task at hand and listened as Schiff and other Democrats blabbered endlessly.
And those three senators were Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney. According to the AP, all three “vigorously took notes through Schiff’s opening.”
But did Schiff and his crew actually convince anybody? Probably not.
“Senators had heard the Trump-Ukraine story before, many times,” the AP pointed out. “Their boredom, one Republican senator suggested, had become a challenge to the prolific House managers’ strategy. Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota said the less wordy president’s legal team had ‘read the Senate’ better.”
“It was a long day and the House managers did a lot of repeating the same material,” Rounds added. “I’ve got 20 pages of notes, and towards the end, we were basically hearing the same thing over again. It was a diatribe.”
A factually inaccurate #OrangeManBad diatribe full of lies, that is.
Adam Schiff keeps repeating statements from people like Gordon Sondland and George Kent who admit they either based their testimony on 3rd and 4th hand accounts, or had zero knowledge at all.
Someone needs to remind Schiff: a few assumptions put together does NOT = a fact
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 22, 2020
Today, Adam Schiff lied his ass off on the floor of the Senate and the #Media hailed him as one of the great legal orators of all time.
Dear #Media – HE IS LYING!
Doesn't that even matter to you?
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) January 23, 2020
Today @RepAdamSchiff lied, claiming that the President told Sondland that Zelensky “must publicly announce the two political investigations and he should want to do it.”
The truth is Schiff falsely passed off second and third-hand hearsay as a direct quote from the President.
— Ben Ferguson (@benfergusonshow) January 23, 2020
The Democrats & Shifty Schiff, whose presentation to the Senate was loaded with lies and misrepresentations, are refusing to state that the Obama Administration withheld aid from many countries including Ukraine, Pakistan, Philippines, Egypt, Honduras, & Mexico. Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2020
Author: Vivek Saxena