If there has been one clear takeaway from the Democrat House managers’ opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial, it is that they are taking full advantage of their allotted 24 hours to repeatedly drive home their points against President Donald Trump — over and over again.
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, part of the network’s crew providing analysis of the ongoing trial, even went so far on Thursday as to compare the Dems’ incessant antics to the classic comedy film Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray’s character relives the same day over and over again.
Same thing, different day
“Here we are, we’re only in day three of this process and it’s already beginning to feel like ‘Groundhog Day,'” Wallace said before the start of Thursday’s proceedings, according to Fox News. “And as has been pointed out, we’ve got more than 16 and a half more hours and two more days, today and tomorrow, for the Democrats to make their case.”
Wallace went on to say that Dems “have made a powerful case. They have a lot of witnesses, they have a lot of graphics, they have a lot of evidence,” he added.
But they don’t have anything more to say, in Wallace’s eyes.
“I can’t imagine what they have for 16 more hours,” he opined.
Facing the facts
Later in the day, Wallace returned to his earlier reference to the film Groundhog Day while praising House impeachment manager Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) for her “compelling” and “effective” style of presentation, in comparison to that of Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY).
“I’m a little surprised because — let’s face it, it has not generally been riveting TV — that as many people are watching it as, in fact, are,” Wallace said later of the opening arguments.
“Adam Schiff’s speech about why the president abused power and obstructed Congress seemed awfully similar to Jerry Nadler’s speech about why the president abused power and obstructed Congress,” he added before suggesting that Dems switch up their act.
He said: “It seems to me that by focusing on specific issues and dealing with them and trying to answer them, it’s much more compelling than just a general argument against the president did wrong on this or he did wrong on that.”
On this point, Wallace is right for once: Schiff, Nadler, and the other impeachment managers — Garcia included — have indeed been incredibly repetitive and have spent hours going over and over well-trodden ground.
These points have been hashed out repeatedly since the House’s inquiry last fall. When are the Dems going to give it a rest?