When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says: “It’s time for politicians to put the country before their party’s interests” we are left to wonder if she is preaching to the Republicans, her fellow Democrats or the partisan liberal media. There’s hypocrisy on all sides.

It’s eerie watching these partisan impeachment proceedings in the U.S. House. If you watched the December 1998 debate regarding the impeachment of President Bill Clinton it does not look all that dissimilar from the current debate by President Donald Trump haters.

The narrative and the script is nearly identical, just reversed. In both situations, House members who opposed impeachment characterized the proceedings as a “coup” meant to overturn the results of the previous presidential election.

In 1998, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said, “I rise in strong opposition to this attempt at a bloodless coup d’état, this attempt to overturn two national elections.” Today, Engel is arguing the other side. Maybe there will be a bipartisan compromise to censure Trump?

In 1998, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said, “You may have the votes, you may have the muscle, but you do not have the legitimacy of a national consensus or of a constitutional imperative. This partisan coup d’état will go down in infamy in the history of this nation.” Today, Nadler knows the Republican Senate is unlikely to oust Trump.

In 1999, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “A president doesn’t even have to be convicted of a crime to be impeached. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.” Today, Graham is one of Trump’s most vocal defenders.

JM Reiger, who covers national politics for The Washington Post, recently wrote, “The impeachment rhetoric reversals are revealing, if not surprising, given that impeachment is an inherently political process with few set procedures.

“Indeed, much of the rhetoric employed by Republicans and Democrats in 1998 about obstruction of justice and criminality can be flipped to match what lawmakers are saying about the same issues in 2019.”

Just two weeks after Trump’s inauguration in 2016, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said, “I hope he’s not there for four years. My greatest desire is to lead him right into impeachment.”

Two days before the House impeached Clinton in 1998 by a vote of 228-206, Waters tore into Republicans, “They hate Bill and Hillary Clinton so much, they will stop at nothing to bring him down.” Sound familiar? That year, the Senate voted 55 to 45 against removing Clinton from office.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says, “This is a rush to judgment by Democrats. It confirms that their priority is not make life better for the American people but their nearly 3-year-old fixation on impeachment. It’s strictly a political ploy to sabotage this administration.”

There is a video of Delaware Sen. Joe Biden from 1998. Biden says, “Even if the president should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense.”

Biden later apologized for having used the word lynching. That didn’t stop fellow Dem. Rep. Charles Rangel of New York from using the forbidden racial term.

Rangel took to the House floor to say, “This is about getting rid of the president of the United States…the whole idea is a lynch-mob mentality that says, this man has to go.”

The 1998 record shows Rep. Nadler accusing Republicans “of running a lynch mob.” As did Dem. Senators Harry Reid and John Kerry. Engel and Nadler, along with Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) are leading the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

In 1998, then Rep. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said, “It is time we move forward.” Now, Sen. Schumer urges, “This document validates the wisdom of the decision to open a formal impeachment inquiry.”

Still not convinced history doesn’t repeat itself? Politics is mostly about winning the next election. All is fair, apparently. Both parties are willing to do whatever it takes to win. If you don’t win, or don’t think you can win, go dirty. Divide the country and pit the tribes against each other.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has been on both sides. Recently he said, “Democrats have been searching for any reason to impeach Trump because they refuse to accept the results of the 2016 election, and don’t think they can win in 2020 with the candidates they have.”

Here’s what then Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on the House floor, Dec. 18, 1998, according to the Wall Street Journal. See if it sounds familiar.

“Today the Republican majority is not judging the president with fairness but impeaching him with a vengeance. In the investigation of the president, fundamental principles which Americans hold dear—-privacy, fairness, checks and balances—-have been seriously violated.

“And why? We are here today because the Republicans in the House are paralyzed with hatred of President Clinton. And until the Republicans free themselves of this hatred, our country will suffer.

“I rise to oppose these unfair motions, which call for removal of the president of the United States from office,” Pelosi said.