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[WATCH] Pelosi Has to Shush Very 'Solemn' Dems Who Couldn't Resist Spiking the Impeachment Football

[WATCH] Pelosi Has to Shush Very 'Solemn' Dems Who Couldn't Resist Spiking the Impeachment Football
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On Wednesday, PJM’s Matt Margolis reported that Democrats were being warned by House leadership not to celebrate the impeachment of President Trump, because bad optics or something:

Desperate to give the false impression that impeachment isn’t what Democrats have always wanted since the moment Trump was elected, House Democrats have received strict orders on how to handle themselves as the impeachment vote proceeds. Axios reports that “House Democratic leaders told caucus members not to cheer or applaud when today’s impeachment vote totals are announced.” One Democrat from a Trump district reported they were told, “Don’t cheer, keep it solemn.”

And “solemn” was the word du jour, as Democrat after Democrat after Democrat invoked it in their floor speeches during the lead-up to the impeachment vote. (To quote the brilliant sage Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”)

Aside: I wish someone would make a supercut of all the times they said “solemn.” If you come up with one, shoot me an email and I’ll post it.

The order to remain solemn proved to be challenging for some unruly Democrats, who had to be shushed by The Great and Terrible Pelosi after she announced that the House had voted to impeach the president. The Speaker of the House, clad in black for dramatic effect, had to shush her members not once, but twice, as some apparently refused to comply with her order to remain very, very, oh-so-solemn, leading to jeers in the chamber:

(For what it’s worth, I have to give Pelosi credit for whipping out a tried and true shushing move — I used it myself when my kids were little and acting up in church. A sharp “shht” with a finger snap and a sideways glance usually straightened them right up.)

I wasn’t the only one to notice the classic “shush” move:

Indeed she did, my friend,

Let’s not kid ourselves: Democrats were happier than a dog who miraculously happens upon steak hanging off the end of the kitchen counter.


Sorry, Alex, they just don’t have it in them.

Meanwhile, Trump seemed to be enjoying every minute of the proceedings, alternately mocking and ranting about the historic vote at a raucous rally in Battle Creek, Mich., Wednesday night.

And don’t miss this: While Dems were putting on their show-trial in the House, over in the Senate, the quietly-cunning Mitch McConnell was methodically getting a slew of conservative judges confirmed to the federal bench.

Who came out on top today? Let me know in the comments.

Addendum: On a more serious note, the impeachment of a president, regardless of the party, is a very serious event, and this is a very sad day for our country. Unfortunately, Democrats have not been serious in their attempt to oust the president — they’ve made a farce of the hearings, impeaching the president on the flimsiest of grounds. And now, Pelosi is indicating that she doesn’t even want to send the articles of impeachment over to the Senate, likely because she knows this is hurting her party more than the Republicans. No, Trump’s call to Zelensky didn’t look good, but it most certainly didn’t rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” as required by the Constitution. The whole thing is just depressing, and knowing we’re not even close to the end of this debacle just makes it worse.

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