Kimberley Strassel diminishes Schumer’s failed impeachment strategy to an ‘inconvenient stunt’

Conservative author and columnist Kimberley Strassel ripped Sen. Chuck Schumer for failing at his “one job” in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

In fact, Strassel contends in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that not only did the New York Democrat fail to make the case for Democrats, but he has also apparently succeeded in unifying the opposition.

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Thanks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Senate minority leader was handed “the weakest impeachment case in U.S. history,” Strassel contended in her piece published Thursday.

“He began this exercise facing 53 Republican senators who spent months watching the most liberal House Democrats use secret hearings, leaked transcripts and strong-arm tactics to produce two vague and legally dubious articles of impeachment. The highly partisan nature of the House process also put Republicans under pressure from their base to move on,” she wrote.

But Schumer failed to take the proceedings seriously, Strassel noted, as he dropped the ball on reaching out to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on a bi-partisan agreement. She further argued that “had he privately spoken of the need for the Senate to come together and publicly refrained from partisan jabs—he’d have had an audience.”

“Republican senators—in particular those up for re-election or retiring—don’t want to be accused of bias. As of last weekend, enough GOP senators to matter were still on the fence about Democratic demands for more witnesses,” Strassel wrote.

Instead, the New York Democrat “managed to annoy them,” she argued, calling Schumer’s “motionathon” nothing more than “an inconvenient stunt” as he kicked off the first day of the impeachment trial by “keeping the chamber in session until nearly 2 a.m., forcing vote after vote on witness motions that he knew would fail.”

Strassel went on to level a scathing assessment of Schumer’s antics, noting how he “managed to offend Republicans,” and “derided the president’s legal team” while he “excoriated Republican witness proposals” as well as insulting “his colleagues’ intelligence.”

According to the piece by the Wall Street Journal editorial board member:

Mostly, Mr. Schumer’s partisan accusations and threats have further exposed for Republicans his real goal with this trial: becoming Senate majority leader. Mr. Schumer knows the trial will end with acquittal. His nonstop attacks on Republican integrity are designed to squeeze vulnerable senators and help his party pick up seats in states like Maine or Colorado. Yet the senators from those states aren’t stupid; they see him hijacking a serious event for naked politicking, and they resent it.

 

The “danger” for Republicans is really to be seen as cooperating with Democrats in their obviously politically-biased enterprise, Strassel noted.

“Mr. Schumer’s job this week was to secure the cooperation of a handful of Republicans for his demands to drag this trial out further; he has likely failed,” she concluded. “This week was Mr. Schumer’s audition for majority leader, and Republicans certainly weren’t impressed. Mr. Schumer’s bigger concern—when the dust settles after acquittal—is that his own party realizes how badly he served them.”

Twitter users heartily agreed that Schumer clearly “overplayed his hand.”

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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