The Morning Briefing: #FullOfSchiff Friday Edition

Rep. Adam Schiff speaks to reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a break in the Committee's questioning of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Text Me!

Last night, the Democrats released transcripts of administration officials' text messages about the Ukraine situation. Here is a synopsis from The Hill that also includes all of the transcripts. I read through several pages of them until I felt as if I'd been placed in a medically induced coma and no longer cared.

If there is a smoking gun in there, I didn't smell it or see it. They're making a weak attempt to lump Pence into the whole thing, obviously dreaming of passing "Go" and getting straight to President Pelosi (h/t to my editor Paula Bolyard for that heads-up).

Full disclosure: I was watching baseball when I was sent that and read it, so I may have missed something. Because I'm a good American.

Hashtag Fun

It took far too long, but the GOP seems to finally have gotten around to embracing President Trump's use of Twitter as a bully pulpit.

After Adam Schiff was caught just making stuff up and it was learned that he was playing footsie with the whistleblower long before anything became official, Trump and other Republicans began using the hashtag #FullOfSchiff on Twitter.

Now, I've been at the Twitter thing for a very long time and usually cringe when politicians try to get clever with the hashtags. This one isn't bad though.

They aren't just playing on social media, however:

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday formally pressed Speaker Pelosi to clarify this chaotic mess she hastily created.

My friend Ed Morrissey has some good analysis at our sister site Hot Air:

Alea iacta est in haste, repent at leisure. Kevin McCarthy’s trying to toss Nancy Pelosi a lifeline here, but she’ll never grab at it. As House Democrats careen from one rationalization to the next on impeachment and refuse to explicitly authorize an inquiry at all, the House Minority Leader  called for a halt to the chaos. Either put together a “transparent and equitable” process for evidence and testimony, he tells Pelosi in a letter released earlier this morning, or hang it up altogether:

...and:

Put simply, Pelosi’s impeachment Rubicon has become an impassable mess. Her chair for the effort, Adam Schiff, just got exposed by the New York Times as misrepresenting his role in cultivating the whistleblower complaint that has been its catalyst. Schiff has now had to  backpedal from his earlier public denials that he or his staff having had contact with the whistleblower well before he claimed that the White House had withheld that information from him. Having cast her die without bothering to wait for the evidence Schiff claimed the White House was covering up, she has tossed her caucus into the proverbial Rubicon creek without a paddle.

The most bizarre aspect of all of this is that Pelosi had been the deliberate and mature voice in the room regarding impeachment. It would have been a safe presumption that, if and when she finally decided to proceed with an inquiry she would have done it in a less haphazard fashion. Now she appears to merely be getting her marching orders from the hysterical "Squad" wing of the Democratic caucus.

Bonus Never Trump Anguish

The few remaining Nevers who are unable to grasp why their ranks have thinned are sad to watch. Most, like Matt, are people I've known a long time and used to agree with on many things. Now they're reduced to creating a fantasy land where William Weld is their savior.

Also This

Time for some deep linking.

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It was a good run, POTUS: GAME OVER: Celebrity 'Impeachment Task Force' Is Formed to Hold POTUS 'Accountable for Crimes'

"How many times have I told you kids not to play with the blood hose!" London Climate Protesters Hilariously Lose Control of Hose Spewing 'Fake Blood'

VodkaPundit: Bogus Poll Supports Bogus Impeachment

Not creepy at all: Clapper Says He's 'Fantasized' about a 'National Fact-Checker' for Social Media

From the Mothership and Beyond

Pelosi Isn't the First Politician to Herd Voters Because 'the Iron Is Hot'

‘Maybe you should stop scaring people’: AOC condemns ‘right-wing’ reaction to climate change freakout at her town hall (and people have thoughts)

He's running: Michael Avenatti: Stormy Daniels Owes Me $2 Million For My Excellent Legal Work

Ya think? Co-Host Of “The View” Asks Rachel Maddow If She Might Be Part Of The Reason People Don’t Trust The Media

So there's that...Poll: By Two-To-One Margin, Americans Say There Are Valid Questions About The Bidens’ Conduct In Ukraine

New Poll Shows How Badly Media Has Misinformed Public On Guns

See It: Biden Campaign Threatens Fox News Over Explosive Trump Campaign Ad On Ukraine Issue

Sports Illustrated Makes Massive Staff Cuts Four Months After Sale To Authentic Brands

Buehler, Muncy lead Dodgers past Nats 6-0 in NLDS opener

Man Freed, Conviction Tossed in NYC Killing After 26 Years Behind Bars

MGM Resorts to pay families of Las Vegas mass shooting victims up to $800 million

Watch NBC’s ‘Today’ spin the New York Times story about Adam Schiff and the whistleblower

A fundraising bonanza for the GOP: Mitch McConnell raises money vowing to stop impeachment

LOL. Now the MSM loves Bannon: Trump allies continue to blame ‘deep state’ despite Bannon’s rejections of it

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PJ Media Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author ofDon’t Let the Hippies ShowerandStraight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.”