Annual ‘Dingell Jingle’ brings impeachment to the holidays

Rep. Debbie Dingell is continuing a holiday tradition — unveiling her eponymous, politically charged December jingle — on the same day the House is expected to vote on impeachment.

The Michigan Democrat released this year’s “Dingell Jingle” on Wednesday. Set to the 1945 tune, “A Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” it begins with the lines: 

“Democrats feeling the president’s ire,
Impeachment causing too many woes.
Republicans all members of the Trump Choir,
The House is reflecting how the country goes.”


Another verse takes aim at the upper chamber, saying:

“Everybody knows 400 passed House bills and how it goes.
The Senate should be doing it right,
But confirmations are all aglow.
And they just seem to want a good fight.”

Dingell was seen Wednesday walking into the impeachment debate hand-in-hand with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

The lawmaker — who in a New York Times op-ed this week wrote that while “no one enters Congress hoping to impeach the president,” lawmakers now “have no other choice” — ends the rhyme with a call for unity.

“And so I’m offering this simple phrase,
To kids from one to 92.
Although it’s been said many times, many ways —
We are all Americans, too.”

The congresswoman’s holiday ditty is a continuation of a tradition first started by her late husband. Former Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), who died in February at 92, released a song every year beginning in the 1990’s. 

In a message to supporters from her campaign on Wednesday, Dingell wrote that “this holiday is a hard one for me — I miss John greatly, and it is my first without him — but his words and love remain in my heart and soul.”

“May 2020 be a far better year than 2019 for all of us,” Dingell wrote.

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