Media driven ceremonies usually are centered on big, happy legislation.
And yes, with many pens, as Peggy Noonan points out in the WSJ. (A smiling Pelosi passed out golden taxpayer-funded pens as souvenirs.)
Lyndon B. Johnson liked clutching bunches of them in his thick, meaty fist and handing them out personally.
But the impeachment of a president is a grave and unhappy event. It’s not celebratory. Enacting triumphalism was shallow and looked like a tell.
Why pens, why not a scalp?
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