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Warren’s Impeachment Question Is A Fumble

Warren’s Impeachment Question Is A Fumble
February 03
19:11 2020

Of the hundreds of questions read by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, the most head-scratching question may have been posed by Massachusetts Senator and Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

If you have had the pleasure of avoiding the painfully prolonged and repetitious impeachment trial in the Senate, you should know that all questions are handed to the Chief Justice to be read.  Most of the questions were nothing more than solicitation for both sides to repeat … and repeat … what they have been saying for days and weeks.

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The entire process relegated the head of the highest court in the land to the level of an office secretary.  As former Chief Justice William Rehnquist said after presiding over the impeachment of President Clinton, “I did very little, and I did it very well.”

Warren took a unique approach in posing her question – and not a smart one.  She put Chief Justice Roberts in a very awkward position by asking:

“At a time when large majorities of Americans have lost faith in government, does the fact that the chief justice is presiding over an impeachment trial in which Republican senators have thus far refused to allow witnesses or evidence contribute to the loss of legitimacy of the chief justice, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution?” 

Ouch!  Although it is dangerous to infer meaning from a facial expression, it did appear that Roberts took a bit of umbrage from the implications.  Essentially, Warren suggested that unless Roberts becomes more active in favor of the Democrat position, it would not only reflect badly on the Constitution and the Supreme Court but for him personally.

Her hypothetical inquiry struck at the heart of everything we believe about Roberts – that he is a great defender of the Constitution, the Supreme Court and especially his own reputation.

It was obviously designed to shame Roberts in advance should he not step in and insist on witnesses, impose an extension in the proceedings and favorably respond to other demands of the Democrat House Managers.

Were she a Republican, the elitist media would make her maladroit inquiry the talk of the evening.  But under the double-standard of the left-wing press, her question was largely ignored – but not entirely.  CNN and their panel did make her question the subject of one quick round of discussion – and it was mostly critical.

To some measure, Warren’s question is likely to have three effects.

  1. It likely angered the Chief Justice, but he will never reveal his gut. He is just too good of a poker player and presiding officer.  It will not change his mind since he is very loath to enter himself – and by extension the Supreme Court – into the political fire pit.
  1. She makes the Democrats look bad, but again, it is not likely to move opinions or votes.
  1. It reflects badly on her and could cost her some grassroots support. It looks like a pathetic plea for attention.  It reinforces her image as a whiny scold without any limits of civility or propriety.

Warren’s snarky question was not a defining moment in terms of the impeachment trial, but it sure says a lot about her.  On a positive note, it did offer a bit of diversion from the droning debate and gave me something new about which to comment.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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