Schiff show does not deliver

Julie Kelly:

In what presumably was his final encore Thursday afternoon, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) bid an emotional farewell to his long run as the lead role in his impeachment inquiry, a.k.a. “The Schiff Show.” As the lights dimmed and folks headed for an early exit, Schiff choked up during his closing monologue.

“In my view, there is nothing more dangerous than an unethical president who believes they are above the law,” Schiff emoted, voice trembling, tears welling. “And I would just say to people watching here at home and around the world [dramatic pause] . . . we are better than that!” Voice breaking, Schiff then gaveled his theater to a close.


But the Schiff Show didn’t go as planned. The original script from the wannabe screenwriter was a dark drama of collusion, animated by raven-haired Russian lawyers, secret Kremlin operatives, shady Manhattan attorneys, and the president’s eldest son. The climax—Bad Orange Man ousted from the Oval Office—would end with a thunderous standing ovation from the Beltway gallery.

Instead, Schiff starred in what Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) memorably called the “low-rent Ukrainian sequel.” Schiff’s off-Broadway cast included not marquee White House advisors but Foggy Bottom B-listers airing their personal grudges on national television. Rather than produce a damning highlight reel of impeachable offenses, the bitter bureaucrats displayed the sort of arrogance and entitlement that Americans are sick of seeing from well-paid public employees who are supposed to work for us.

Sure, Schiff coaxed a few dramatic moments. An ousted ambassador struggling to keep her emotions in check while describing how she got fired and had to quickly depart the Kyiv mansion she had (literally) called home for three years.

An expert on Ukraine costumed in full Army dress uniform demanding he be addressed by his military rank while complaining about mean tweets. (Oddly, Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman was spotted the next day wearing a civilian business suit and preening for news cameras.)

A self-important foreign-affairs advisor with a stuffy British accent lecturing Republican lawmakers. Another ambassador complaining about “irregular channels” of diplomacy between two heads of state that didn’t involve his self-important counsel.

A lot of listless dialogue about feelings and innermost thoughts and interpretations and assumptions.

But the trailer for “12 Angry Bureaucrats” happened toward the end of Schiff’s two-week run on Thursday afternoon. One State Department aide acted-out how the U.S. ambassador to the European Union handled his cell phone during a conversation with President Trump when the two allegedly discussed the “quid pro quo” with Ukraine.

Holding an imaginary cell phone to his ear, eavesdropper David Holmes explained that during “the initial part of the call, Ambassador Sondland . . . when the president came on the call, he sort of winced and held the phone away from his ear.” Holmes then demonstrated to Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) how Sondland moved his cell phone several inches from his ear to soften the president’s voice then back to his ear.

That actually happened: Not necessarily the incident but the full depiction of it. (By the way, Ratcliffe’s stink-eye as Holmes struggled to describe the scene is priceless.)

The visualization, however, demonstrated how ludicrous Schiff’s entire charade has been. Impeachment, as many have noted, is based on a game of modern-day telephone tag with Trump-hating partisans whispering to each other what they heard someone else tell someone else. Trouble is, we already have the script.

Schiff will be especially remembered for one moment: His frequent gaveling down of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.). Schiff unwittingly recreated “A Star is Born,” catapulting Stefanik to hero-status in the Republican Party and helping fill her campaign coffers with new donors.
The Bidens will probably face questioning in the Senate on the corruption allegations against them.  Schiff will face questions on his collusion with the alleged "whistleblower" whose allegations were not supported by the witnesses as Schiff tried to rewrite the script of his screenplay again. 

 Democrats will also face up to the fact that their latest allegations are not supported by the facts and their hoaxes have finally caught up with them. 

They have also managed to blunder into losing the 2020 election and if the country is lucky they have also lost control of Congress too.


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