• ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Not Getting It Done? Well, Then, How About ‘Bribery’?

    Surge Summary: In their undying efforts to kick Donald Trump out of the Oval Office, Democrats are now accusing him of “bribery” instead of a “quid pro quo”. Focus groups revealed the former accusation is more persuasive with voters than is the latter.

    Keep your eyes on the Impeachment Inquiry merry-go-round, but be careful … dizziness and nausea could follow …

    National Review’s Tobias Hoonout writes:

    During a press conference late last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a sudden switch, accusing President Trump of committing “bribery,” rather than repeating the tireless “quid pro quo” charge. This change occurred after House focus groups found the former term to be more effective in persuading voters.

    The shift in messaging strategy took place after focus groups organized by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in key battleground states found the term convinced voters of Trump’s wrongdoing more reliably than the legal term of art, “quid pro quo,” the Washington Post reported Thursday.

    The findings of the study were shared with House Democrats this week, and the shift first began with House Intelligence Committee Member Jim Himes (D., Conn.), who said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that “it’s probably best not to use Latin words” in the impeachment inquiry surrounding the president.

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    On Thursday, Pelosi awkwardly seconded her colleague’s sentiment opting for the shift herself.

    “Talking Latin around here: E pluribus unum — from many, one. Quid pro quo — bribery. And that is in the Constitution, attached to the impeachment proceedings,” she said.

    Republicans meantime responded with a suggestion the shift exposed the Democrats’ lack evidence.

    “They’re trying a different narrative to see if that works,” said House Intelligence Republican Brad Wenstrup (R., Ohio). “‘Quid pro quo’ was squashed. If it wasn’t, they would still be saying it, right? And, so, now they’ll try a different term.”

    This is just the latest iteration of Pelosi and Company’s get-Trump obsession, something that’s been going on for a long time now: the Donkey Party’s relentlessly evolving argument for impeaching the man voters duly selected three years ago.

    H/T: National Review/Tobias Hoonout

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