July 27 carries some political weight as we look back through history.  Two events in particular come to mind with ties to recent political events.

The first occurred in 1974, when on this day the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to recommend President Richard Nixon's impeachment on a charge that he'd tried to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.

The specter of a disgraced Richard Nixon was dredged up repeatedly during the sham impeachment of President Trump.  "Worse than Watergate" was the charge.  But the Watergate scandal was real. In the end the one thing worse than Watergate was the behavior of House and Senate Democrats who pursued impeachment based on a Hoax they themselves perpetrated.

The second event of historical impact and interest took place on July 27, 2004. On this day Illinois state Senator Barack Obama delivered his star-making keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. He was elected to the U.S. Senate just over three months later, and elected president in 2008, a little over four years after the speech.

Suffice it to say that President Obama's performance as the leader of the free world was a racial breakthrough but his vision of a "fundamentally transformed" America and his ideas about what would be America's "new normal" set the stage for the rebellion that allowed outsider Donald Trump to reach the White House.

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