I’d think better of Jerrold Nadler if I thought he believed a word of his opening statement today.
As for Doug Collins (R, Ga.) . . . ye gods. Between the faux folksiness (“scrubbed up and lookin’ purdy”), the cornpone, the undisciplined and incoherent non-argument he put forward, and the gotcha-hypocrisy stuff (you will be shocked to learn that Nadler took a dimmer view of impeachment when it was Bill Clinton in the dock), the anti-intellectualism (who needs fancy-pants constitutional-law professors!) he sounded, as so many Republicans now do, like a poorly prepared Fox News panelist or talk-radio caller. He sounded to me like he had not even prepared his remarks and was winging it.
The Democrats were clever in their choice of witnesses.
Republicans: “Constitution! Constitution! Constitution!”
Democrats: “Okay, here are some leading constitutional scholars. Fire away.”
Republicans: “Harrumph! Harrumph! Harrumph!”
I do not think Trump’s presidency is likely to be made or ended by opening statements, but, goodness. Even Jack the Ripper would be entitled to a competent defense.