Because Democrats hold a slim majority in the House of Representatives, even the mildest attempts at holding back their abuses of power come to naught, unfortunately. That was seen in stark clarity this week when every single one of the 186 Republicans in the House voted to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for purposely mischaracterizing a phone call President Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Despite having full-party solidarity and a damn good reason to hold Schiff accountable for his lies, the resolution to censure the California Democrat was defeated by a 218-185 vote.

After being protected by his fellow rats in the Democratic Party, Schiff celebrated on Twitter by casting himself as a hero of our times.

“It will be said of House Republicans, when they found they lacked the courage to confront the most dangerous and unethical president in American history, they consoled themselves by attacking those who did,” he wrote on Monday.

But of course, if you want to talk “dangerous and unethical,” you need look no further than Schiff himself, who has lied continuously about the Ukraine scandal. First, he lied to the public about his staff having had “no contact” with the CIA whistleblower. It later emerged that Schiff’s staff and the whistleblower had conferred plenty before the (still anonymous) CIA official went to the inspector general with his report.

Then he lied on the House floor about the content of Trump’s call with Zelensky.

On September 26, Schiff engaged in what he later termed a “parody” of Trump’s call.

“‘We’ve been very good to your country,’” Schiff said, pretending to be Trump. “’Very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what? I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you, though. And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand?’”

While Schiff prefaced this little stage-play by admitting they were not the president’s exact words, this characterization of the call was wildly at odds with the official transcript. At no point in the call does Trump suggest that any “reciprocity” is required. He certainly never tells Zelensky that he must “make up dirt” about Joe Biden. We don’t doubt that this is the nonsense that Democrats actually hear in their own heads when they read that transcript, but it has nothing to do with reality.

“On numerous occasions, as outlined in this resolution, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has used his position to mislead the American people,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “When false evidence is entered into the official record, or communicated directly to the American people, the people’s House loses the credibility it needs to function properly.”

Well, if the credibility of the House rests on the likes of Adam Schiff, then we’d say it’s a lost cause.