Let’s step back a bit and take stock of what has happened today. First and foremost a battle was won. Specifically that there will be no vote tonight, in fact there will be no vote until Wednesday, on the final disposition of the impeachment of the President. While I’m sure this seems like cold comfort to some, it is a win. When faced with an opponent whose capabilities overwhelm your own, when facing a situation where you are at an asymmetric disadvantage, a key strategy is to play for time. The inability of Senator McConnell to call for a vote to dismiss the impeachment charges against the President this evening creates time. While it doesn’t create time for Senator Schumer to move, it creates time for other events to occur.
Between now and Monday morning when closing arguments begin, let alone Wednesday when the vote to dismiss is currently scheduled to be taken, a lot of events can occur. Ambassador Bolton can continue to leak out and tease what he knows. If he was smart, given that his information’s shelf life is now set to expire on Wednesday, he’d get himself booked on all the Sunday AM news talk shows and get his story out. Because if he doesn’t take advantage of this opportunity, it will close and he will then face whatever consequences the President and his closest advisors have cooked up for him.
Between now and Monday morning when closing arguments begin, let alone Wednesday when the vote to dismiss is currently scheduled to be taken, Joseph Bondy, on behalf of his client Lev Parnas can leak more audio and video and documents that further implicate the President, the Vice President, the Acting Chief of Staff, the Secretary of State, the White House Counsel, the Attorney General, the President’s private attorney Rudy Giuliani, Senator Graham (R-Fainting Couch), Congressman Nunes (R-Mooooooo), his staffer Derek Harvey, and several others. If Bondy was smart, and he is, he’s right now in discussion with the Sunday AM news talk shows to get at least some of this material out. His letter this afternoon to Senator McConnell, which seems to have caused Senator McConnell some dyspepsia, laid down this marker.
Below is the letter Stephanie Schuman @LeafLegal and I sent to Senator McConnell earlier today, (202) 224-2541, summarizing the testimony Lev Parnas would be able to provide, were he called as a witness. #LetLevSpeak #AmericansDemandWitnesses #CallTheWitnesses #LetBoltonTestify pic.twitter.com/WPn7ppz2rG
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) January 31, 2020
Between now and Monday morning when closing arguments begin, let alone Wednesday when the vote to dismiss is currently scheduled to be taken, a lot of events can occur. The President is currently scheduled for an extended sit down interview with his personal sycophant and Fox News media fluffer Sean Hannity to air at half time during the Super Bowl. And he is, of course, currently scheduled to give the State of the Union on Tuesday evening. Senator McConnell, as well as every other Republican senator, a lot of Republican members of the House, and senior members of the President’s staff such as White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Attorney General Barr, and likely anyone and everyone within earshot and arm’s reach is going to face an increasingly unhappy President over the next five days. A President who will not be able to take a victory lap because the impeachment charges against him have been dismissed during his interview with Sean Hannity that airs during half time of the Super Bowl on Sunday. A President who will not be able to take a victory lap because the impeachment charges against him have been dismissed during the State of the Union. A President who has to spend the entire weekend, as well as Monday and Tuesday and part of Wednesday, twisting in the wind while we all wait to see what else leaks out or is openly divulged over the next five days. A President who has exceedingly poor self control at the best of times is now faced with a situation that he cannot stand, a situation that is completely beyond and outside of his control.
Right now, because Senator McConnell’s plan failed, there is an opening, an opportunity. Senator Schumer and his minority Democratic caucus may not have the votes to ultimately stop Senator McConnell. Speaker Pelosi and her lead impeachment manager Congressman Schiff may not be able to force the GOP majority Senate to do anything. But Congressman Schiff has proven to be an effective strategist in his management of this process. As has Speaker Pelosi. And Senator Schumer has done his part. So take a step back, look at the bigger picture, and recognize that today’s small victory provides opportunities for future ones. Both in the short term of the next five days and the longer term.
Live today, fight tomorrow!