The Democrats could have proposed a resolution in support of Mother’s Day and it would have been rejected 53 to 47 in the Republican-controlled Senate. Those were the repetitive numbers of the hour — after hour after hour after hour — on Tuesday as the Senate debated the rules for the impeachment of President Trump on articles accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Day II featured a strong presentation by Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead impeachment manager, that led to the hashtag #AdamSchiffROCKS trending on Twitter. In his calm, deliberative way, Schiff laid out the case for the removal of the 45th president from office in opening arguments that exceeded two hours.
Will it change many minds in this deeply polarized nation?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to be doing his utmost to make sure it doesn’t. Beyond his resistance to witnesses and new evidence are the disturbing restrictions on journalists trying to cover this historic proceeding. Margaret Sullivan, the terrific media columnist for the Washington Post, details the constraints and their seeming attempt to keep the trial “as boring and pallid as possible.” Americans deserve better on a matter of this importance.
What we’re saying in editorials
Impeachment upshot: President Trump “has an able accomplice in Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a consummate cynic willing to violate principles and precedents in the name of partisan victories.”
Google to government — regulate us: “Whenever a powerful technology CEO encourages government intervention, everyone who depends on that technology should pay attention.”
Alameda County Measure C: “Child care is an increasingly crushing expense for families, and research shows strong social returns from investments in high-quality care.” We recommend a yes vote.
Moms 4 Housing: “It was gratifying to to see a legal, peaceful, amicable resolution to the conflict between the homeless mothers who occupied a West Oakland house that owner Wedgewood Properties was intending to sell.”
Coming in Sunday Insight
Howard Fishman: What we’re losing as streaming becomes the media of choice in the arts — at the expense of live performances that provide an essential and irreplaceable connection with an audience.
Yoo Eun Kim: What’s in a name? Plenty in corporate America, where “foreign sounding” names can put someone at a disadvantage.
John Diaz: The need for news literacy has never been more apparent — or more critical.
Editorial: Our recommendation on Proposition 13, the $15 billion education bond, on the March 3 ballot.
Letter of the Week
Kimberly Guilfoyle’s scathing assessment of new San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin — “handcuffing the prosecutorial process and Lady Justice herself” —drew strong reactions.
Stephen Schmid of San Rafael was among the readers who noted the disclosure of her role in President Trump’s re-election campaign: The irony was rich in Kimberly Guilfoyle’s screed against new San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. Her last paragraph begins: “For criminals, actions should have consequences.” Immediately below that we learn that she is the national chair of the Trump Victory Finance Committee and a senior adviser to Donald J. Trump for President Inc. Hmm, it seems she makes an exception for the criminal in the White House.
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