Was this a comment by a CNN commentator, or a flooring speech by Sen. John Avlon (D-NY)? You would be forgiven for being confused. On CNN’s New Day this morning, “senior political commentator” Avlon engaged in some hysterical hyperbole. He implied that the “republic” would actually be misplaced if Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) voted towards permitting witnesses within the impeachment trial.
They had been counting Republicans who’d vote for witnesses: Romney and Collins appear like Sure, Murkowski is murky, so their highlight turned to Alexander. Avlon was responding to a query from co-host John Berman as as to whether he noticed anybody apart from Alexander who might present a fourth Republican vote for witnesses. Avlon:
“No. And so I feel quite a bit goes to be decided by Lamar Alexander. Form of, you already know, will the headline be, Lamar Alexander saves the republic, or saves the Republican celebration?”
Chill out, John: we’re fairly positive that even when Alexander votes towards witnesses, the nice previous republic will handle to outlive.
This is the transcript.
6:05 am ET
LAUREN FOX [CNN reporter]: All eyes are on Lamar Alexander.
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JOHN BERMAN: Yeah, however past that, it’s exhausting to give you one Republican senator [in addition to Romney, Murkowski, and Collins] who appears like she or he could be contemplating listening to witnesses, John Avlon. I listened very carefully to each query that was requested. We talked about Rob Portman. Rob Portman was on a variety of the questions that had been these softball lobs to the president’s defenders right here. Questions like, why is the president’s case so nice? I’m not being literal there. However they had been principally alongside these traces. So it’s fairly clear the place Rob Portman goes there. Did you see another wiggle room for anybody past Alexander?
JOHN AVLON: No. And so I feel quite a bit goes to be decided by Lamar Alexander. Form of, you already know, will the headline be, Lamar Alexander saves the republic, or saves the Republican Get together?
After which he added: “And that is not essentially an overstatement. The longstanding conservative argument is a republic, not an empire.”
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