Going into today, the Democrats needed 4 GOP Senators to vote to hear from witnesses. One of those Senators, according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), on his fantastic podcast “Verdict with Ted Cruz,” was Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN).
Alexander took to Twitter Thursday evening and put a nail in the coffin that impeachment will end with witness testimony.
I worked with other senators to make sure that we have the right to ask for more documents and witnesses, but there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the U.S. Constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense.1/15
— Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) January 31, 2020
So it would appear that our long national impeachment nightmare may be coming to an end. Although, there is some discussion that the vote for witnesses could end in a tie and, because precedent on that matter is unclear, that could be a final wrinkle that needs ironing. But that’s certainly an easier problem – and a shorter one — than months of witness testimony.
If this is all true, then the campaigning from both sides (Trump laughing about their impeachment effort; Democrats saying he’s a corrupt autocrat they did their best to get rid of) will begin in earnest. But at the very least, no more 12 hour days of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) posturing and lying on the sacred Senate chamber floor.
Impeachment ending, however, should not stop you from checking out Cruz’s “Verdict” podcast. I spoke with Michael Knowles, who interviews Cruz each night following impeachment proceedings (more on that conversation later), and he told me that so many Americans had submitted questions to the Senator that he was convinced the people of this country want desperately to connect with their government officials. They are involved, Knowles told me. That seems like a hopeful sign.
On the podcast this week, I review Guy Ritchie’s newest film, “The Gentlemen,” starring the always watchable Matthew McConaughey (trailer below); of course I liked it. It’s maybe not Ritchie’s best (“Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels” will always be his best I suspect), but it’s pretty good fun. And I also discuss whether or not celebrity endorsements and GOTV efforts have any real effect on Americans at the voting booth. You may be surprised (in as much as you may find you know more than celebrities and perhaps they should be listening to you about who you vote for, not the other way around).