In the GOP-controlled Senate, Democrat leadership’s only hope for conviction of Trump lies with potential Republican defectors, and for a few weeks, it looked like Democrats had made some headway on that front.
That possibility abruptly came to an end, as impeachment managers Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jerry Nadler’s (D-NY) conduct during the first days of the trial offended and alienated those vulnerable GOP Senators.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski is one of the more moderate Republicans in the Senate, and made headlines in December when she said that she was “disturbed” by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) vow to coordinate with the White House throughout the impeachment process.
Many took this as a sign that she wasn’t willing to fall in line with Senate Republicans on impeachment. However, Schiff and Nadler’s grandstanding during the first two days of the impeachment trial has backfired in a major way.
After Nadler accused Republicans of engaging in a “cover-up” for Trump, Murkowski told reporters on Wednesday that “I took it as offensive. As one who is listening attentively and working hard to get to a fair process, I was offended.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) remarked “I mean, that’s an extraordinary thing to say on the floor of the United States Senate, the middle of the trial … I can tell you, there was an open, open gasping on the Senate floor when Nadler was saying these things. I mean, it’s really, really extraordinary.”
Additionally, Schiff and Nadler’s demagoguery isn’t changing hearts and minds simply because of how long-winded they were during the presentation of the arguments.
An unnamed Senate GOP source told Fox News on Thursday that “The House is completely miscalculating how to handle this. They’re putting far too much emphasis on the time they use than the substance of what they’re delivering.”