— Eleven Films (@Eleven_Films) February 5, 2020
I didn’t have the strength, so commentor Zhena Gogolia generously bricolaged this tribute:
As recounted by Maxwell King in his biography of Mister Rogers (The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers, Abrams, 2018), when Rogers was young and saw upsetting things happening in the world, his mother would tell him, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
We are all too prone to easy cynicism: “The Republican majority in the Senate will never convict and remove Trump, so why should I pay any attention to the impeachment hearings or trial?” Well, I did pay attention, and what I saw was deeply inspiring and hopeful. Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, and their Democratic colleagues, as well as the counsel for the Democrats on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, Daniel Goldman and Barry Berke, did not get cynical, they did not give up or phone it in. They went to BATTLE for this country, day after day, and used everything in their arsenal: intelligence, hard work, and most of all, that unfashionable thing, patriotism. Despite the obstruction of the president and his allies, the Democrats proved Trump’s guilt so decisively that even the Republicans had to admit it. They were left with no fig leaf other than, “Yeah, he did it, but he’s giving us tax cuts so it’s okay.” They were left with no defense.
But although it was a team effort, it was Adam Schiff who carried the biggest burden, especially during the trial. He spoke for hours on end, often without looking at notes. (Compare Pam Bondi.)
Every time I tuned in, I expected to see him tired, or hoarse, or fuzzy. It never happened. Here are some highlights:
‘Give America a fair trial. She’s worth it,’ Schiff urges senators
Jefferson once said:
“I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its Constitution.”
Remove that anchor, and we are adrift.
But if we hold fast, if we put our faith in the truth,
This storm will pass. pic.twitter.com/mh0Ju6ZHZK
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 31, 2020
Jennifer Rubin has summarized:
…Along the way, House managers stripped the bark off phony Republican hawks who could find nothing wrong with extorting an ally in a hot war with Russia; decapitated “constitutional conservatives” who have become defenders of autocracy; and showed off some of their brightest stars, including Democratic Reps. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), Jason Crow (Colo.), Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) and Val Demings (Fla.).
History will treat them all well and take note that when truth and constitutional government were on the line they did their jobs in exemplary fashion. That is “winning” by any legitimate measure. And for that we can say, well done.
And I’ll let Jon Zal have the last word:
Excuse me, Mr. Schiff? You dropped this.
Goddamn American hero. pic.twitter.com/zFJvYaX4VL
— Jon Zal (@OfficialJonZal) January 30, 2020
Rep. Adam Schiff’s Closing Argument