Watching the first Judiciary Committee hearing concerning the impeachment of Donald Trump was a somewhat educational event. Now, as someone who taught government for over 20 years I really did not learn much that I didn’t already know (he humbly admitted). The facts and law are pretty clear.
At the start of the hearings the Republican, as expected, tried to slow down the process and gum up the works. All legal. They used parliamentary tactics to attempt to disrupt. One thing they did was demand a roll call vote on issues usually passed by a voice vote.
The legal parliamentary move was striking to me. I watched the roll call vote and it was instructive. Each congressman or woman had to be called by name and have their vote counted. As they voted the camera focused on each one. It was telling.
Taking a count, it looked like this. 24 Democrats voting yes and 17 Republicans voting no. One by one they voted. The visual was stunning.
On the Democrat side the members were a real cross section of America. There were 13 men and 11 women. There were 13 white faces. 7 African -American faces. Four faces of other ethnic groups. A real reflection of America.
On the Republican side the contrast was sharp. 15 white men. 2 white women. Not a single African-American. Not a single person of any non-white ethic group.
Nothing demonstrates the differences between the Republicans and Democrats more than how each party attracts and supports their “constituencies”. The contrast is astounding.
The link below is a powerful visual.