19 January 2019

Unimpeachable

Democrats had their hopes up yesterday when a reporter claimed that Michael Cohen had told investigators that President Trump had told him to lie on a specific question. The special prosecutor himself has since disputed the BuzzFeed story, but as long as he hasn't specifically and absolutely refuted it many will  keep hoping that Trump's smoking gun has at last been found. I can't help wondering why they still bother. Donald Trump will not be removed from office unless Republican senators are willing to risk political suicide to make the more ideologically reliable Mike Pence President. Think what you will of the GOP, but they can't be that stupid. Voting to convict an impeached Trump would only guarantee the emergence of a populist-right party that might finally end the Republicans' 160-year reign as the official opposition to the Democratic party. The Democrats should understand thus as well -- but understanding it, why would they bother pushing for Trump's impeachment if they know he won't be convicted or removed? Is theirs simply a long game of tit-for-tat, to avenge President Clinton? That's really the most it can be, for if they hope that impeachment somehow will discredit Donald Trump and demoralize his movement, let them recall how much impeachment discredited Bill Clinton. If anything, the sort of toothless impeachment most likely to happen will only reinforce Trump's image as a persecuted man. Seeing Donald Trump as the Republican Clinton, however ironically, may put post-Cold War American politics in a more revealing light.

2 comments:

hobbyfan said...

Making Pence President should've been the call in the first place, Sam. The media loves portraying Trump as a spoiled child who's never gotten over that phase of his life, and is desperately looking for anything at all to ensure Trump doesn't finish his term. It is not political suicide for GOP lawmakers to stop genuflecting toward this walking embarrassment.

The more people realize everything Trump has said & done in the last 3 1/2 years has been a facade based on The Apprentice, the sooner reality will set in for Trump and the GOP. He's making W look like a genius by comparison.

Anonymous said...

" The Democrats should understand thus as well -- but understanding it, why would they bother pushing for Trump's impeachment if they know he won't be convicted or removed? Is theirs simply a long game of tit-for-tat, to avenge President Clinton? "

This has nothing to do with Bill-the-rapist Clinton. This is revenge for tRump having the audacity to beat the other Clinton and not allowing her coronation. Unfortunately, their hatred has allowed them to all but destroy the office of President and has caused far too many of them to tread into the areas of sedition and insurrection. The best thing that could happen to this country, at this point, would be for tRump to make good on this threat, declare a national emergency, impose martial law and root out every member of the "deep state" and have them tried for treason. While he's at it, he could suspend habeus corpus and root out every single drug cartel, human-trafficking group and organized crime syndicate and execute the lot of them.