The next time Speaker Pelosi talks about the solemnity of impeaching President Trump, throw this story into her face:

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., may have been distracted on Thursday during the marathon impeachment hearing focused on President Trump. Richmond appeared to have been watching a golf tournament on his laptop during a procedural roll call, which aired in full-view on CNN.

“What on earth is Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond watching on his laptop during this impeachment markup?” GOP rapid response director Steve Guest asked. “To me, it looks like Rep. Richmond is watching the President’s Cup golf tournament. Richmond’s actions are a DISGRACE.”

Rep. Richmond couldn’t have gotten the memo telling him that this week was ‘Solemnity/Impeachment Week’ in the House. If a picture is worth a thousand words, is this video worth 5,000 words?

On a different aspect of impeachment, Democrats will move it another step closer to the finish line when it votes impeachment out of the Judiciary Committee. After that, freshmen Democrats will be forced to make the most important decision of their political lives. These freshman Democrats will have to decide whether to vote with Chairman Schiff or vote with their constituents. They can’t do both. A vote for impeachment is a vote for early retirement. It’s that simple for the 31.

Most likely, these freshmen Democrats’ votes won’t matter that much. These freshmen Democrats promised their constituents to be different. They told their constituents they’d be different. Then these Democrats voted with Speaker Pelosi’s and AOC’s agendas. This is typical:

Rose is among the 31 House Democrats from districts where Trump won in 2016. Those swing districts were critical to Democrats’ winning control of the House last year, and now those members are needed by the party leadership if Trump is to become the third president ever impeached.

Rose announced he was against impeachment in the wake of the Russia report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but then supported the inquiry over Trump’s request for Ukraine to investigate Democrats. Whether he and other swing-district Democrats would extend that support to impeachment itself remains unclear, and may continue to be right up until the floor vote.

Good luck with the ticket-splitting, Max. Rose spent his first year doing nothing.

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