Chuck Schumer needs to have a talk with Nancy Pelosi to keep their impeachment propaganda line straight

Normally, message discipline is a great strength of the Democrats.  They send out their preferred propaganda line to the media, and the talking heads obediently repeat the mantra of the day.  The latest example, the repetition of the word "masterful" to describe Nancy Pelosi's accomplishment of getting the House to pass two articles of impeachment and then holding onto them in the hopes that the Senate will not hold a trial.

But when it comes to actions by their elected officials, not mere media subservience, that discipline falls apart.  On the one hand, we have oleaginous Chuck Schumer pretending that executive privilege doesn't exist, so President Trump's deliberations with his closest advisers are a legitimate target for sworn testimony.  Variations on "What have they got to hide?" is the mantra.

But when it comes to actions, it is the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, with the protection of "masterful" Nancy Pelosi, who are hiding testimony from the public.  Joshua Caplan of Breitbart highlights Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas)'s complaint about the still secret testimony the Dems are keeping secret:

Partial transcript:

MOLLY LINE (anchor): Democrats and Nancy Pelosi have said they are waiting on these articles to ensure there's a fair trial in the Senate, but there have been a lot of other theories floated by Republicans, by folks from the other side of the aisle that think that Nancy Pelosi is stalling for all sorts of reasons. So I want to get your thoughts on why these articles are being held.

REP. MICHAEL BURGESS: My first take is that they're holding the articles of impeachment because they really had nothing in the first place, so if they send them to the Senate and it crashes and burns, the president is exonerated and they did not accomplish what they set out to accomplish, which was to politically harm the president at the beginning of a political year.

MOLLY LINE: So you think they're stalling, in essence, to continue digging, that they're hoping they find something more?

REP. BURGESS: Look, they had all the tools at their disposal on the House side, they made it secret. They had armed guards outside the doors. They still haven't made all of the transcripts available to members of Congress. And according to House rules, any committee hearing, the transcript is supposed to be available to other House members. But they have not done so, and no one has asserted that these are classified briefings. They were just simply secret hearings because it behooved the speaker to have secret hearings. That doesn't pass muster. That's not a constitutional part of the process.

Photo credit: Senate Democrats.

Normally, message discipline is a great strength of the Democrats.  They send out their preferred propaganda line to the media, and the talking heads obediently repeat the mantra of the day.  The latest example, the repetition of the word "masterful" to describe Nancy Pelosi's accomplishment of getting the House to pass two articles of impeachment and then holding onto them in the hopes that the Senate will not hold a trial.

But when it comes to actions by their elected officials, not mere media subservience, that discipline falls apart.  On the one hand, we have oleaginous Chuck Schumer pretending that executive privilege doesn't exist, so President Trump's deliberations with his closest advisers are a legitimate target for sworn testimony.  Variations on "What have they got to hide?" is the mantra.

But when it comes to actions, it is the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, with the protection of "masterful" Nancy Pelosi, who are hiding testimony from the public.  Joshua Caplan of Breitbart highlights Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas)'s complaint about the still secret testimony the Dems are keeping secret:

Partial transcript:

MOLLY LINE (anchor): Democrats and Nancy Pelosi have said they are waiting on these articles to ensure there's a fair trial in the Senate, but there have been a lot of other theories floated by Republicans, by folks from the other side of the aisle that think that Nancy Pelosi is stalling for all sorts of reasons. So I want to get your thoughts on why these articles are being held.

REP. MICHAEL BURGESS: My first take is that they're holding the articles of impeachment because they really had nothing in the first place, so if they send them to the Senate and it crashes and burns, the president is exonerated and they did not accomplish what they set out to accomplish, which was to politically harm the president at the beginning of a political year.

MOLLY LINE: So you think they're stalling, in essence, to continue digging, that they're hoping they find something more?

REP. BURGESS: Look, they had all the tools at their disposal on the House side, they made it secret. They had armed guards outside the doors. They still haven't made all of the transcripts available to members of Congress. And according to House rules, any committee hearing, the transcript is supposed to be available to other House members. But they have not done so, and no one has asserted that these are classified briefings. They were just simply secret hearings because it behooved the speaker to have secret hearings. That doesn't pass muster. That's not a constitutional part of the process.

Photo credit: Senate Democrats.