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HORIST: Democrat timing could not be worse

HORIST: Democrat timing could not be worse

In any successful effort – from business to sports – timing is often a most critical factor.  It is equally true in politics. Setting aside the debate over issues and the process of impeachment – and looking only at the calendar – Democrats appear to have no strategic sense of timing.

Their political clock appears to have gone kerflooey early on.  Simply put, they waited too long.  By September or October, most political pundits figured that impeachment was off the table.  They reasoned that there was just not enough time to run a comprehensive and compelling case for impeachment before January of 2020 – and that running impeachment into the election year would be very bad for Democrats.  Those pundits were right.

Why so bad?

First of all, lateness makes impeachment the dominant news story of the day – taking much-needed media exposure from that gaggle of presidential candidates.  It would be particularly hard on those Democrat senators running for President, since they will be forced to sit silently in the Senate chamber for days – maybe weeks – while their opponents are out on the hustings.

It would also raise the question as to why it is necessary to create so much division, so much drama and trauma to remove a President just weeks before the American public can cast its opinion in an election.  It makes the Democrats appear to place partisan political interests ahead of the decision of the people in 2016 – a decision the left-wingers hated from day one.

This also ran the impeachment hearings into a season in which our national legislators have a lot of time away from Washington – ostensibly celebrating holidays of peace, love and unity.  In a very real sense, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was leading a team of congressional Democrats who were playing the lead in “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” – and Thanksgiving, too.

This crammed-schedule rush-to-judgment meant that the impeachment process had to continue even as President Trump attended the NATO summit in Europe.  Pelosi announced that she would not criticize a President while he is overseas – as has been the bipartisan tradition.  Her congressional lieutenants, however, were non-stop in their attacks on Trump – even criticism of everything he said or did in Europe.  Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler launched his impeachment hearings while Trump was in Europe.  Very bad timing.

Ironically, Pelosi’s back-patting announcement actually made the rest of the Democrats – and their media allies – look worse by ignoring her example – insincere has it may have been.  Had Democrats allowed for more time to deal with impeachment, perhaps they could have hit the pause button for a few days and adhered to the old policy that partisanship ends at the water’s edge.

Trying to squeeze an issue as important as impeaching a President into an arbitrary condensed timeframe meant they would have to go off halfcocked.  Law Professor Jonathan Turley made that point during his testimony before the Nadler committee.  According to Turley, the evidence against Trump is neither complete nor compelling – and certainly not enough to remove a duly-elected President from office.

While there are certainly enough Democrat votes to impeach Trump on a purely partisan basis, more time and more evidence may have prevented the defection of a few Democrats.  Pelosi previously said that impeachment must be bipartisan.  So far, it is not.  Not one House Republican voted to launch the impeachment inquiries – and it is unlikely that any will vote to impeach.  But a few Democrats did vote against launching the impeachment – and some have already announced their intention to vote against the Articles of Impeachment.  In other words, the only thing bipartisan is the OPPOSITION to impeachment.

Democrats could have – and should have – taken the time to compel the witnesses they, themselves, declared to be critical.  Had they begun the impeachment process earlier, Democrats could have waited for the federal courts to resolve the issue of presidential executive privilege.  That is the proper constitutional method of resolving issues of “powers” between the White House and Capitol Hill.  In the Nixon impeachment, it was the Supreme Court that ordered the all-important tape recordings to be released to Congress.  But Democrats left no time for that.

Instead, they are short-cutting the process – claiming that they have sufficient evidence of wrong-doing by Trump to proceed with Articles of Impeachment.  They do not.  By trampling over all considerations of timing, Democrats have painted themselves in a corner and have to now live with that reality.

In sending half-baked – no, unbaked – Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, the House Democrats are going to look very bad as the trial proceeds and ends in Trump’s acquittal.  By short-circuiting the process, Democrats have given the Senate even more reason – and greater credibility – in acquitting Trump.  That is as likely an outcome as is the Democrats’ vote to impeach.

There is an expression that “timing is everything.”  It may not be everything, but it is a lot more than nothing – a lesson that Democrats are about to learn.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Klaus J Christoph

    May it destroy the Democrats. They have gone so far left you might as well call them the Communist party.

    • Moe

      My left wing family members get pissed when I call the New Democratic Party the Democratic Communist Party of Open borders, and propaganda news.

  2. Daniel Parks

    I’m sure most of us are sick and tired of hearing about the impeachment, but it continues to go on and on. It is true, the Christmas season, a time when we all get together to celebrate peace and love with the advent of the birth of our Savior has been cast aside by political wrangling and contempt by the very people who claim to represent us in the Nations Capitol. I see it on every street in town where Christmas decorations are few and far between. I feel it in our hearts where the usual greeting of Merry Christmas is absent from public discourse, replaced by political bickering and contempt in Washington. This will long be remembered as the Christmas that wasn’t, and we can thank our political leaders for that. What a legacy they’ll leave behind with very little thought about how we, the people, fill about the time and money they’ve wasted. All that we can hope for is that they will pay dearly for their indolence.

  3. tiffany dayton

    Can they be charged with anything, knowing they do not have any evidence against Trump.?But, leading this bogus impeachment anyway, not doing anything for the people, not doing the job they were elected to do.Wasting time and money.I really hope something can be done to them to keep them from doing it again.Vote these do nothing Democrats out of office.Get people in who will work with the President and for we the people.