It’s the left’s very own moronic version of “If X doesn’t happen, then the terrorists have already won.” With “X” in this case defined as his appointment to the chairmanship of the House Intel Committee and “terrorists” loosely defined as anyone who’s ever spoken at CPAC.

I hope that my fate is not determined by Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Michael Barone, Drudge, anonymous bloggers, and other assorted misinformed fools. Nor should faceless and nameless people at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, the L.A. Times, the Dallas Morning News, and others take liberties without at least giving me an opportunity to respond.

Alas for poor Hastings, the boss has already completed her magical journey through time back to August 3, 1988, where she’s fiendishly rigged the House vote to make it look like every major politician in today’s Democratic universe assented to impeaching his ass.

She did a really thorough job, too:

One of the newcomers to the House was the future Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had been in office a little more than a year. She voted to impeach Hastings.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, the future Majority Leader, also voted to impeach. And so did the lawmakers who will soon chair powerful House committees. Rep. Conyers, now in line to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, voted to impeach. Rep. Charles Rangel, soon to chair the Ways and Means Committee, voted to impeach. Rep. Barney Frank, in line to head the Financial Services Committee, voted to impeach. Rep. Henry Waxman, next chair of the Government Reform Committee, voted to impeach. Rep. John Dingell, in line to chair the Energy and Commerce Committee, voted to impeach…

So did other well-known Democratic lawmakers like Rep. John Lewis, Rep. (and later Sen.) Barbara Boxer, Rep. (and later Sen.) Charles Schumer, Rep. (and later Sen.) Richard Durbin, Rep. Ed Markey, Rep. Ron Dellums, Rep. Julian Dixon, and Rep. Richard Gephardt.

By emphasizing his acquittal in federal court and downplaying the subsequent impeachment proceedings, he’s essentially asking Pelosi and co. to rebuke themselves for having voted as they did and admit that their findings of fact at the time were wrong. Which is precisely the message a new Democratic majority wants to send to a public in the process of forming opinions about their judgment.

That takes something special. Something Alcee Hastings has plenty of.