From the Senate floor yesterday, McConnell said
“After weeks of delay, the Speaker of the House decided yesterday that a trial could finally go forward. She signed the impeachment papers.That took place, at a table with a political slogan stuck onto it. And they posed afterwards for smiling photos.And the Speaker distributed souvenir pens to her own colleagues, emblazoned with her own golden signature – that, literally, came in on silver platters...Golden pens on silver platters. A souvenir to celebrate the moment.
Now I seem to remember Democrats falling over themselves to say they did not see impeachment as a long-sought political win. House Democrats said over and over that they recognized the gravity and seriousness of this action and had only come to it reluctantly.
Well, nothing says seriousness and sobriety like handing out souvenirs. As though this were a happy bill-signing instead of the gravest process in our Constitution.
This final display neatly distilled the House’s entire partisan process into one perfect visual.
It was a transparently partisan performance from beginning to end...”