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Adam Schiff’s Leadership Ambitions Underscore Crisis for Democrat Brand

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AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris

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While Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries remains the odds-on favorite to replace Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democratic Caucus should she decide to retire after this term, there are growing signs that another high-profile Democrat, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, may also be eyeing the top post. But after years of pushing baseless conspiracy theories about former President Trump and engaging in shameless political pandering for media attention, Schiff’s reputation may already be too damaged for Democrats to legitimately consider him for the job, lest the party risk further damaging its image with the American people.

According to reports from Democratic insiders, Schiff plans to visit the districts of more than 10 Democratic candidates over the next two months, clearly in an effort to build up his national profile and gain important standing with members ahead of a potential leadership struggle next year. A longtime ally of Pelosi and a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC, it is no surprise that Schiff is now eager to test the waters for his own bid at what will likely be the House Minority Leader post should Republicans do as expected and retake control of Congress this fall.

Notably, Schiff is a successful fundraiser – second only to Nancy Pelosi – a factor that could go a long way in deciding a leadership race. Both Schiff and Pelosi have the benefit of being from California, with no shortage of liberal megadonors ready to fill their campaign coffers. California is also home to a whopping 42 House Democrats, which may give Schiff a baked-in base of support among the Democratic caucus.

Despite these advantages, however, Schiff’s career in Congress has been defined by a series of embarrassing incidents that have both undermined his personal credibility and made the party as a whole look foolish in the eyes of the public – two things that are sure to loom large in a potential power struggle next January.

Like so many of Democrats’ most radical figures, Schiff is a career politician, and has served as a Congressman from the Los Angeles metro area since he was first elected in 2000. His first few terms were largely unremarkable and even moderate, as Schiff joined the Blue Dog Democrats and worked to avoid the polarization that was beginning to creep into American politics. He voted in favor of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the Patriot Act, and his biggest legislative fights were largely issues of local importance like reducing helicopter noise over Los Angeles.

That all changed with the election of Donald Trump in 2016, as Schiff became one of the most unhinged opponents of the former president and pushed seemingly every baseless conspiracy theory about his election and administration.

In March of 2017, Schiff told MSNBC that he couldn’t “go into particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now” of Russian collusion in the 2016 election. Similarly, in December of 2017, Schiff told CNN that “the Russians gave help and the President [Trump] made full use of that help.” In August of 2018, he told CBS News that there was “plenty of evidence” of collusion. He also directly contradicted then-House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes’s famous memo in 2018 detailing federal targeting of the Trump campaign, calling it “unsupported by the facts.”

Of course, we now know that all of these statements were false, and Schiff knew they were wrong when he said them. According to documents released in 2020, Schiff had access to dozens of interviews with top Obama administration officials and intelligence personnel who all said the same thing – they had seen no evidence that anyone at the Trump campaign was conspiring with the Russians. The entire narrative was fabricated, a complete fantasy. Yet Schiff continued to block the release of the documents affirming as much, intent on continuing his media tour gaslighting the country into believing a lie in the hopes that it might advantage Democrats in an election.

As Democrats’ lead impeachment manager for their first effort to remove President Trump in 2019, Schiff also engaged in a slew of lies and falsehoods that quickly revealed the entire incident for the sham that it was. Most damningly, Schiff was exposed for fabricating an account of the call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, putting words into Trump’s mouth that the transcript showed he never spoke. Schiff later tried to save face by arguing that his supposed verbatim rehashing of the call was just a “parody.”

Following Biden’s victory in 2020, however, Schiff suddenly found himself facing the prospect of a Trump-less media landscape – thus threatening his one claim to fame with the mainstream press. He soon found his opportunity to cling to relevance with the January 6 Commission, and has made the most of it by again continuing to make the rounds on the nightly talk shows and repeatedly hinting at “big developments” soon to come. Much as was the case with the Russia Collusion hoax and Democrats’ first impeachment effort, Schiff has strung the country along in what will inevitably look to be a shameless attempt to raise his own national profile should he indeed seek a leadership post next year.

In many ways, Schiff’s conversion from timid moderate into full-throated radical progressive is indicative of the direction of the Democratic Party generally. At a time when voters are most concerned about rising inflation, sky-high gas prices, a crime wave, a border disaster, and a host of other crises, even elected Democrats can be expected to recognize that selecting as their leader a man who built his reputation on harassing conservatives rather than attempting to better the lives of American families would send exactly the wrong message about what the party’s priorities are.

Then again, selecting Hakeem Jeffries, Pramila Jayapal, or any other of the names being tossed around for Democratic Caucus Chair would still send that same message. Having no answers for the harm their policies have caused, Democrats seem unable to define themselves by anything other than cynical identity politics and sensationalist claims about nebulous “threats to democracy” for which no actual evidence exists, and the only solution is giving Democrats more power.

So, while Schiff is unlikely to be the next Democratic leader in the House, he is perhaps the best stand-in for why, whoever that leader is, he or she will likely find themselves in the minority for some time to come.

Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @Shane_Harris_

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Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
2 years ago

Truth. That entire narrative of Russian collusion was run by him, and it was all false, and you can’t ever tell me that he didn’t know it. For some reason, I think he did. I should say, I KNOW he did.

Bill on the Hill
Bill on the Hill
2 years ago

I don’t believe the ” Pencil Neck ” will be the next speaker of the house. He has already long since betrayed his oath of office with his constant stream of lies since the beginning of the Trump era alone…His personal hatred of Trump is once again on full display as he sits on the ” unselect J6 committee.” Come Nov. & thereafter I expect to see many impeachments & hopefully the REMOVAL of the many Democrat & RINO conspirators involved in the ” Inside Job ” at the Capital on Jan.6, 2021…
Most of us already know Pelosi’s & the Sargent of Arms refusal of 10,000 National Guard troops at the capital for extra security for lawmakers during the ballot certification ceremony done by the President of the Senate, VP Mike pence was a deliberate act of sedition & that woman should have been REMOVED from office shortly thereafter, jailed & a complete LOSS of governmental pension benefits…
Gollum, i.e. Pencil Neck deserves more of the same for the man is a total disgrace & he NEVER cared about the people he supposedly represents…
” The eyes are the window to the soul ” & Adam Schiff is soulless…
Bill… :~)

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Dems FAIL in ALL under Biden

Staber
Staber
2 years ago

Schiff is a total indictment of what is wrong with those who infest the political ranks. He’s a POS, a scumbag, and an overall annoying bunghole who could use a well seasoned 2×4 across that smirking puss.

LMB
LMB
2 years ago

The Smirk on his face, as a smile says it all!!! Pathological Liar!!!

Corbin L Douthitt
Corbin L Douthitt
2 years ago

I guess, IF you are a Democrat- Schiff is a hero. But if you have 2 or more brain cells that function… you see Schiff for what he is.

jake the snake
jake the snake
2 years ago

Adam schiff is a perfect democrat. he lies constantly, married into money, is arrogant, and constantly looks for illegal ways to harm others.

pkv
pkv
2 years ago

This last election results gave Schiff over 70% of the vote in his district. His egotistical grappling for new power and position (none of which he is qualified for) is fueled by the stupidity of California voters.

jocko
jocko
2 years ago

THIS CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, LYING, CHEATING, SUB HUMAN, NEEDS A BULLET

stephane peltier
stephane peltier
2 years ago

It is evident that the man is not satisfied with his position in his committees. He is a Real demon RAT. Liar. Unabashed untruth teller, worthless to the tip of his bald head, and nothing but a hound for camera time. Just as much as every other DEMON RAT in the government and all the worthless animals who want to turn our children in schools into queers and homosexuals!
There is NOTHING GOOD about that liar that he can bring to the Democratic party. Extreme left has destroyed the Old Party and installed in its place a bunch of queers, unstable psychologically and mentally unhinged people who cannot even define “””What is a Woman”””, putting a FREAK in charge of Health care!
The senile racist corrupt to the core in the White House is definitively destroying the best country on earth, under the orders of the CCP and Soros traitor.
Do I make myself clear enough for you?

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
2 years ago

Following Pelosi’s “precedent” (since DIMMs love precedent), in January 2023, GOP should strip Schitt of ALL committee assignments due to his leaking of secret testimony (Don Jr.) and perjury (“conclusive evidence of Trump-Russia collusion”). They might do likewise to Chinese spy-lover Swalwell, also.

Robert
Robert
2 years ago

Adam, piece of Schiff, like ALL Democrats in “public service” jobs, whether county, state, or federal, is nothing more than a low-life, self-serving opportunist. He will change positions on a dime and lie his scrawny, pencil necked, ass off, as frequently as public sentiments change.

Larry W.
Larry W.
2 years ago

There is no such thing as “leadership” anymore in the democratic party. There is only dictatorship.

paul
paul
2 years ago

why isnt he in jail

gina
gina
2 years ago

Hakeem Jeffries pushed false narratives as well. He’s just as radical and useless to his constituents as Schitz and Peloser.

Kay
Kay
2 years ago

This man is a joke, he is a liar and that smerk on his face should be slapped off
This is the time to MARCH FOR TERM LIMITS

Jdub1031
Jdub1031
2 years ago

Schiff is another worthless subhuman…incapable of understanding the meaning of truth or integrity. Massive, epic, liar.

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
2 years ago

Does Schiff remind anyone else of Beetlejuice when he was that nasty person with the large head and the little neck and bug eyes? He seriously has a major problem. He isn’t just nasty and a major liar. I believe he has a health problem because his eyes bug out.

KJHanover
KJHanover
2 years ago

Silly question, I guess, but why isn’t Schiff in jail?

Sean Richman
Sean Richman
2 years ago

This schiffty character is even nuttier and more vindictive than pelosi,if that’s possible.

Michael Venaccio
Michael Venaccio
2 years ago

Hi..
My question has always been. Why to the people continue to re-elect him given the fact that he is a proven liar and fabricator?? Do not know which is worse, Mr. Schiff or the uninformed people who keep electing him.

J. Farley
J. Farley
2 years ago

It would serve the Democrats just right, to have a leader that is less popular than Pelosi, but whoever they pick, will be one of the worthless maggots that will run their mouths off with nothing but lies and half-truths at best. The best way to tell a Democrat is lying is to watch and see if their lips are moving. I hear people say they I have a Democrat friend, well I don’t I have more self-respect than that.
God save America from the Democrats

Tom Claridge
Tom Claridge
2 years ago

The only question is why is “Bull Shiff” not in jail for lying to Congress and the Country?

John Riley
John Riley
2 years ago

Why not. How much more can they screw up. Let them go out the same way they came in. In a blaze of BS and lies.

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
2 years ago

The leadership of the long line to HELL? Nah, Pelosi will be in front.
On another topic, To keep my kids safe from calling people by the wrong pronoun they would be taught to address everybody with, “HEY YOU”.

David Millikan
David Millikan
2 years ago

SHIFTY schiff and rest of FASCIST Party are same. They ALL LIE and Use FEAR MONGERING to push their FASCISM Agenda.
Take COMMUNIST harris. Today she creates a NEW VIOLATION of PRIVACY Task Force for Internet on Harassment and Abuse. COMMUNIST harris states the Internet is a place of FEAR. She ought to know since she and her FASCIST Party use it EVERY DAY to PUSH FEAR ONTO the AMERICAN CITIZENS.
COMMUNIST harris Task Force is ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL and is their NEW WAY of SPYING ON AMERICANS. ALL INTERNET PROVIDERS KNOW THIS IS ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
TIME TO START LAWSUITS FOR INVASION of PRIVACY and VIOLATION of the 4th AMENDMENT AMONG OTHER U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS.
As SHIFTY schiff constantly LIES and says, ‘We have tons of overwhelming evidence.’
Translation: ZERO EVIDENCE.

tika
tika
2 years ago

let’s build the house back better and win the majority. then fry this sxxt-eating fly in impeachment. i’d love to see his political wings pulled off publicly in prime time and then tried for sedition/treason. he’d look wonderful in a bright orange Ralph Leavenworth onesie and lead-plated cry-baby shoes.

Adelle
Adelle
2 years ago

If justice were truly served in the U.S., Schiff would be out of office in November. He is a liar, a self-interested, somewhat psychotic hypocrite, a nasty dishonest SOB. Why his constituents do not recognize his grandiose,personal goals instead of his lack of service to them is way beyond understanding. He is exactly the kind of politician who should be roundly defeated by voters really interested in preserving and protecting our nation. I suppose it’s the huge amt. of Soros $ supporting him, Soros money to undermine the foundations of OUR country.

Chris Buck
Chris Buck
2 years ago

Shane has hit the nail squarely on the head regarding Adam Schiff. The man is both a serial and pathological liar. When you combine that with the sympathetic propaganda wing of the Democratic party, commonly referred to as the news, you get what we all see as Adam Schiff. The fact that the first fake impeachment trial was held in the skiff (sound-proof basement bunker of the Capitol building) where the house and senate intelligence committees hold their secret meetings, is telling. This was done so that the pesky prying eyes of someone that might be a truth teller would not be possible, and only the leaked stories, pretty much all manipulated lies would emerge into the light of day. Liars don’t like being challenged nor caught. At the very least Schiff should be disbarred in California for what he has done.

Ralph
Ralph
2 years ago

All the DEMs care about is money and power , so the corrupt Schiff should be a shoe in.

BAE
BAE
2 years ago

Adam Schiff should be in jail for his lying and dramas. Just another creepy politician, but one that stirs the pot and causes harm to others. And this phony awful man is safe. Unbelievable…

Old Papa
Old Papa
2 years ago

Adam Schiff will lie about anything and everything. Nothing is sacred to him. How anyone could vote for that creep is beyond me.

Casey C Matt
Casey C Matt
2 years ago

Lets all pray that “wise sages” like Adam Schiff do indeed become the next leader of the Democrats. Look at what that drunken skank Pelosi has done to the party……..think of what Schiff could do!! Hoo Rahhh!! Go pencil neck!!

Hal
Hal
2 years ago

Adam Schiff is a prime example poster boy of the need for passage of a term limits amendment for Congresspersons.

Mario Capparuccini
Mario Capparuccini
2 years ago

Democrats are synonymous with corruption, deceit, incompetence, and obstruction. Collectively, they are evil. The American people need to vote them out of office.

Robert M De Angel
Robert M De Angel
2 years ago

Adam Schiff has very little standing with the majority of American voters. He has lied, schemed, and did everything to try to implicate President Donald J. Trump to no avail. Now he wants to lead the Demoratic Party in the House of Representatives. Nancy Plousy is bad enough, with him, the House will be totally in the toilet. I have said more and more, to be a Demorat, you must 1st attend the Adam Schiff school of telling great lies!

Karen
Karen
2 years ago

Adam Schiff is the devil’s best friend. Look into his eyes…….he looks satanic. Hoping when we get back into the WH, they fire this evil, evil piece of garbage.

Gary Lee
Gary Lee
2 years ago

Adam Schiff: Lying, mealy-mouthed, and treacherous snake-in-the grass.

Simon Blowfahrts
Simon Blowfahrts
2 years ago

Pencil Neck is dooming the Democrat party!! Good.

Gil
Gil
2 years ago

Why is it that this position is always filled by the most corrupt, outrageous person possible? He is the biggest liar of them all and seems to be oblivious to any fallout from it. He is the epitome of what the democrat has become.

CynicalAmerican
CynicalAmerican
2 years ago

I suspect it’s due to Gerrymandering and, as the article notes, lots of $$$ donated by wealthy California liberals – you know the ones who excel at virtue-signaling and hypocrisy by lecturing the rest of us about who we should embrace all these idiotic leftist positions on climate change and illegal immigration while they have insulated themselves from the disastrous consequences of these policies.

Chuckiechan
Chuckiechan
2 years ago

Pelosi merely represented the end of bi partisanship. Schiff represents the coming out of the real democrat thug party.

JBS
JBS
2 years ago

Schiff, like Biden, carries no expectation of honesty or competence. For this reason alone he will be selected by the regime until they figure out the next scam.

Henker
Henker
2 years ago

He’s a dirty, treasonous Berliner Marxist Jew trying hard to destroy the USA.

Henker
Henker
2 years ago

Any patriot can frag the traitor Schiff, with a perfectly clean conscience.

Hal
Hal
2 years ago

If you want to know why an Amendment for Congressperson Term limits is needed, all you have to do is be a little bit familiar with that donkey-hold Schiff!!

Hal
Hal
2 years ago

Voting for him??? Nah, rigging the election to his favor is more likely the explanation.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago

VOTE OUT ALL DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jocko
jocko
2 years ago

adam IS A MALIGNANT CANCEROUS TUMOR AS ARE ALL libs

Tom M
Tom M
2 years ago

Schiff used to be an AUSA. Every conviction he was involved in should be re-examined now that we know what kind of ethics he has as a prosecutor. Consider what he was willing to do under the spotlight of national attention against a sitting President. Now think what he would be willing to do against some innocent nobody

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