I know I am about to engage in a bit of wishful thinking, but humor me for just a moment.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, the lead House manager in the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, delivered one of the more stirring political speeches I’ve heard since, oh, I can’t remember.
He made the case — to my admittedly biased ears — for the conviction and removal of the current president of the United States, whom the House impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Those two allegations are enough to kick the president out of office. Furthermore, he said that Trump cannot be trusted to do the right thing, that he has no moral compass that guides him toward the light. He’ll never change, Schiff said.
I couldn’t help but think what some of the senators who listened to him might be thinking, particularly those who are known to be ready to acquit Trump of the charges leveled against him.
I had to wonder: Are any of them moved to at least reconsider their decision?
Here is Schiff’s closing argument. He speaks with absolute clarity.
I know that he was preaching to the proverbial choir when he spoke to me. I just want to share this historic example of statesmanship.