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Public urges several more days of impeachment debate from House lawmakers

Like one of those movies you wish would never end, the American public can’t get enough of U.S. House members’ remarks regarding articles of impeachment against President Trump.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Friday on articles of impeachment, setting up a vote by the full House next week.  However, some Americans wish lawmakers would spend an additional week or two endlessly preening and bloviating, in order to get a clearer picture of what’s at stake ahead of this crucial and historic vote.

“Oh, I’m glued to the tube,” said one New York City resident.  “Jerry Nadler is my man. He’s kind of like the Hitchcock of House committee chairmen.  He knows how to strike just the right balance of humor, suspense, and intrigue to keep viewers on the edge of their seat.” 

“It’s like C-SPAN on steroids,” said one Washington DC viewer.  “With so much riding on those votes for proposed amendments, it’s an emotional roller coaster for me, and I never want it to end.”  

Much of the day Thursday was spent in debate with lawmakers on both sides engaging in an engrossing volley of brief but insightful arguments for and against the proposed articles of impeachment.

“Wow!  That twelve hours flew by,” commented one observer from the gallery.  “What a captivating duel of penetrating and thoughtful analysis.”

Of course, every party has to have at least one stick-in-the-mud.  Rep. Tom McClintock of California was not enthralled by the proceedings, commenting,  “The same talking points have been repeated over and over again ad nauseam by both sides.  Repeating a fact over and over doesn’t make it true and denying a fact over and over doesn’t make it false – everybody knows this, everybody watching knows this.”   

Congressman Buzzkill continued, “This hearing’s been enough of an institutional embarrassment without putting it on an endless loop so if I could just offer a modest suggestion — if no one has anything new to add that they resist the temptation to inflict what we already heard over and over again.”