Only in D.C. is it considered normal to call out of work, head to your local bar at 9:45 a.m. and throw back impeachment-themed cocktails while watching a congressional hearing.
And yet, that’s exactly what’s happening this week in the shadow of Capitol Hill.
If the Swamp wasn’t depressing enough, DC-area bars reportedly opened early Wednesday morning so customers – who apparently either don’t have jobs or don’t find them worth going to – can sit and watch the House's impeachment hearing while sipping on discounted, politically-themed drinks.
Even more sad is the fact that this isn't an uncommon occurrence in the nation's capital, making it no surprise that D.C. is ranked No. 1 in the country for heavy drinkers.
Local news outlets report at least a dozen local bars will be screening the 10 a.m. hearing live, with some even opening early and almost all of which offering deals on alcohol (which, to be fair, one would probably need to get through the total Schiff show that is this hearing).
From the AP:
Attendees will be able to choose from a variety of themed specials, such as Union Pub’s “ImPEACHment Please” and The Partisan’s combo that features Colonel E. H. Taylor whiskey. The whiskey was chosen for Ukraine Ambassador William Taylor, who’s set to testify Wednesday along with George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary in Washington.
Duffy’s Irish Pub is hosting its regular “Happy Hearing Hour” featuring drinks like the “Subpoena Colada” and “James and Giant Impeachment.”
Meanwhile, across the rest of America, ordinary people who don’t live in a corruption-plagued bubble of partisan hackery still have jobs to do, and will sadly have to wait until 5 p.m.