One-Liner Wednesday — Crack in the Wall


“Cracks in the GOP Wall Against Witnesses”

The words above appeared on a chyron (or text bar) at the bottom of a cable news show yesterday evening. I was watching MSNBC at the time and I think everyone agrees that MSNBC is the most left-leaning of the three major cable news networks in the U.S. So seeing those words on the chyron on MSNBC shouldn’t surprise anyone.

And then there was this headline in a Wall Street Journal article that showed up on my iPhone’s newsfeed:82ACE3A3-F417-4284-9602-F57BE56B82CEPer the Journal, “At a meeting of all Republican senators late Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the vote total wasn’t where it needed to be on blocking witnesses or documents, people familiar with the matter said.”

Yeah, well I think it’s a Democratic wet dream; wishful thinking on the part of liberals who are hoping to get witnesses such as John Bolton, Trump’s former National Security Advisor, and Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s acting Chief of Staff, to testify in the Senate impeachment hearings.

Here’s a reality check. The hard facts are that there are presently 53 Republican senators, 45 Democratic senators, and two senators who are “independents.” In order for the Republicans to lose the vote on having witnesses testify during the impeachment trial, it would take four Republican senators to defect and to vote in favor of calling witnesses plus every democratic Democratic senator as well as the two independent senators to vote for witnesses.

As much as I’d love to see that happen, it won’t. There just aren’t four Republican senators who, when push comes to shove, have the backbone to defy Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump.

What a sad state of affairs.

Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Sorry about this post running a little longer than one line.

13 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Crack in the Wall

  1. Maggie January 29, 2020 / 7:12 am

    It turns my stomach. No wonder they slither — they have no backbones.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. CARAMEL January 29, 2020 / 8:12 am

    May I ask…does that mean that whether or not the testimony of witnesses is examined comes down to a vote. Most judicial decisions involve presentation of evidence and testimony from witnesses.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango January 29, 2020 / 12:46 pm

      Yes, it comes down to a vote of the senators. And yes, in most trials, the ultimate verdict depends on the presentation of evidence and testimony from witnesses, not on politics or ideology.


  3. Laura January 29, 2020 / 11:44 am

    Agreed. This headline gave a brief spurt of hope but I know deep down it’s not going anywhere.


    • Fandango January 29, 2020 / 11:15 pm

      I feel as if we have entered Dante’s eighth circle of hell, fraud. Or maybe his ninth circle of hell, treachery, which is occupied by history’s greatest traitors: American Republican Senators in 2020.


  4. leigha66 January 30, 2020 / 11:50 am

    If only it were true. I still don’t see how they can have a real trial without witnesses and evidence. That’s politics for you!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Marleen February 1, 2020 / 9:08 am

      The lawyers on the Trump side “donated” to senators right before the vote.

      Liked by 1 person

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