While the presidential candidates desperately sought attention, the most impressive speaker of the convention was not a candidate for the White House but impeachment czar Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank who, in a calm, prosecutorial but passionate speech told the delegates Saturday morning:
“The most profound threat to democracy today is not from Russia, or Putin’s desire to rebuild a lost empire. Nor is it from China, though China is busy exporting its digital form of totalitarianism to other nations.
“No, the most grave threat to the life and health of our democracy comes from within, from a president without an ethical compass, without an understanding of, or devotion to, our Constitution and the beautiful series of checks and balances that it established, setting ambition against ambition so no one branch of government could overwhelm another, and most importantly, so no despotism could take root.”
Said Schiff: “There is nothing more dangerous than an unethical president who believes that he is above the law…Two years ago, I stood before you and I urged you to resist. And you did. But we are more than a resistance now, we are a majority, we are a majority in one house and we will become a majority in the other. And we will send that charlatan in the White House back to the golden throne he came from. And you know why? Because we vote.”
What’s next for Schiff? Democrats asked themselves. Senate, Governor, Cabinet post? Speaker of the House? A most impressive guy who’s proving himself in the most unforgiving of spotlights.
This piece was originally published at Calbuzz.