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Scenes From one of the World’s Deliberative Bodies

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It’s not a lie if you believe it:

After a fiery presentation from Jerry Nadler, Pat Cipollone looked positively crestfallen when he approached the mic.

“We’ve been respectful of the Senate,” he said. “We’ve made our arguments to you. And you don’t deserve, and we don’t deserve, what just happened. Mr. Nadler came up here and made false allegations against our team. He made false allegations against all of you — he accused you of a cover-up.”

That wasn’t all. Simmering with presumably righteous anger, Cipollone later asserted that “President Trump is a man of his word.” Nadler, he said, owed Trump, the Senate and “the American people” an apology for his remarks.

It’s just chilling that these guys can say this stuff with a straight face. It’s like watching interview footage of Ted Bundy.

Meanwhile, the Chief Justice is upset that there is fighting in the war room:

The Senate exploded in acrimony after midnight on Wednesday as the House impeachment managers and White House counsel traded insults, prompting Chief Justice John Roberts to scold their lack of decorum during President Trump’s impeachment trial.

“I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and president’s counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body,” Roberts said, in a rare comment. “Those addressing the Senate should remember where they are.”

The Senate is the world’s greatest deliberative body in the same sense that John Roberts currently presides over the world’s greatest judicial tribunal.

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