We already knew how this was going to go down, didn’t we?
Courtesy of Politico:
Chuck Schumer demanded Tuesday morning that Republicans allow witnesses to testify during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. But Mitch McConnell already knew he had the votes to roll over his adversary.
It took just a few hours for McConnell and Senate GOP leaders to clinch a final whip count in support of moving forward with a trial framework that ignores Democratic requests. And all 53 Republicans — even moderates such as Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Mitt Romney of Utah — have agreed to the majority leader’s proposal, according to senators involved in the process.
McConnell had spent months cultivating his caucus to get to this point. And after McConnell told his colleagues of his plans at the GOP’s weekly lunch, he went out and told a media horde the same.
“We have the votes,” McConnell declared, meaning Republicans can start the Trump trial with no Democratic input once Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends over the articles of impeachment.
Of course as we know Pelosi has still not sent over those articles of impeachment so perhaps she still has another trick up her sleeve.
I would also like to point out to all of those people who kept hoping that Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, or Lisa Murkowski were going to ride in and rescue us from McConnell’s obstructionism, that you guys are suckers.
I mean I hate to say I told you so, but guess what?
Republicans are always going to do what Republicans do, and that is rarely if ever going to benefit a Democratic agenda.