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This vulgar man has squandered our decency, by Dana Milbank

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'From the birth of the Republic it has been an article of faith that self-governance cannot survive without leaders of character. Hamilton, in  Federalist 68, predicted that the Constitution would prevent those with “talents for low intrigue” from reaching the highest office:Though a majority of senators agreed that Trump had done wrong, they cleared him of wrongdoing. The Post identified more than 30 distortions in his State of the Union address, where he awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor to a man who joined him in spreading the “birther” libel & popularized the tune “Barack the Magic Negro.” Schiff said, “Truth matters little to him. What’s right matters even less, and decency matters not at all. Truth matters to you. Right matters to you. You are decent. He is not who you are.” With the GOP's  latest embrace of this man of the lowest character, they are becoming who he is.'

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Sherrod Brown says: "Fear has a way of bending us." "History has indeed taught us that when it comes to the instincts that drive us, fear has no rival. As the lead House impeachment manager, Representative Adam Schiff, has noted, Robert Kennedy spoke of how "moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle."

Playing on that fear, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, sought a quick impeachment trial for President Trump with as little attention to it as possible. Reporters, who usually roam the Capitol freely, have been cordoned off like cattle in select areas. Mr. McConnell ordered limited camera views in the Senate chamber so only presenters not absent senators could be spotted.

"Late in the evening on day four of the trial I saw it, just 10 feet across the aisle from my seat at Desk 88, when Mr. Schiff told the Senate: "CBS News reported last night that a Trump confidant said that Republican senators were warned, 'Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.'"

"For the stay-in-office-at-all-cost representatives and senators, fear is the motivator. They are afraid that Mr. Trump might give them a nickname like "Low Energy Jeb" and "Lyin' Ted," or that he might tweet about their disloyalty. Or worst of all that he might come to their state to campaign against them in the Republican primary. They worry:"Will the hosts on Fox attack me?" "Will the mouthpieces on talk radio go after me?" "Will the Twitter trolls turn their followers against me?"

"One journalist remarked to me, "How in the world can these senators walk around here upright when they have no backbone?"

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Schiffs final remarks are the truth.


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