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With fruitless attempts by Senate Democrats to prematurely vote on witnesses and documents for the impeachment trial stretching deep into Tuesday night, something they and the liberal media decried when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wanted to do it for opening arguments, CNN’s heavily liberal panel praised the Democratic impeachment managers for doing what they were doing.
During a late-night break in the 11:00 p.m. hour, former presidential adviser David Gergen was the first on the panel to celebrate the Democrats. “But let me just say this. I thought that Democrats were very smart today. On this first day, they went for substance right in the opening statements,” he said.
Gergen then commended them for having this play out at night when people were watching and putting Senate Republicans on their heels:
They didn't go to process. They laid out the case behind the whole effort. And at night, which is probably going to get one of the biggest audiences, first time the senators have heard all of that. And I thought they were very smart to go for that and for the witnesses.
They've created a situation now that it's just going to be a hard call. If you call -- if the Republicans now vote to call witnesses they're voting for the unpredictable. But if they don't go for witnesses, they've got 70 percent of the country who thinks they're wrong. That's not a very good choice.
As of the writing of this piece, the debate looked as though it would run until 1:00 a.m., and possibly beyond. It was the exact thing the left condemned McConnell for proposing for the opening arguments. Then they would vote on witnesses.