Impeachment, Part Deux
Viewed from the standpoint of Democrats’ desire to consolidate power in Washington, impeaching President Donald Trump a second time may be at least somewhat understandable, but doing so may be the dumbest act in modern political history, possible ever, especially at a time when the Jurassic mediocrity they settled on is nervously calling for “national unity.”
Passing a second House vote to impeach – merely an indictment, not a conviction – one week before Mr. Trump leaves office just recycles the stupidity that began during the 2016 campaign when the criminal Clinton campaign-funded Russia collusion hoax was launched, followed by left-wing rioting before/on Mr. Trump’s Inauguration Day, the Democrats’ fainting couch affectations over an anodyne telephone call, and their first frivolous impeachment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s pretense for another impeachment just as Mr. Trump’s presidency is ending is a January 6 disturbance at the Capitol that, according to media-suppressed/misrepresented, time-stamped on-site videos, actually began thirty minutes before the president concluded his remarks at a rally up to forty-five minutes walking distance away, following which most rally-goers just left.
Impeachment Part Deux is non-serious political theater as farcical as the last. Democrat and media impeachment mania began even before President Trump was sworn in. Both successful House impeachment votes were fueled by Democrats’ blind hatred for him.
Oddly – ironically – in playing out old animosities rather than looking forward, congressional Democrats aren’t acting as if they’re convinced their candidate actually won.
Unsurprisingly, their impeachment vote attracted the friendly press Democrats crave, and mollified a few other like-minded petty partisans, but Part Deux may not end well for Mrs. Pelosi and fellow zealots in an historically-narrow House majority.
The Washington Examiner covered a survey of impeachment sentiments among a cross-section of Americans, including Democrats:
– Only twenty-three percent prefer impeaching President Trump.
– Sixty percent of all voters said it is “another waste of time and money.”
– Seventy-seven percent said Congress should work on the coronavirus response instead.
– Seventy-four percent said impeachment is “politically motivated to prevent the president from running again.”
– Sixty-five percent said Biden and Pelosi are “keeping the country divided.”
Putting prior impeachment clown show House Managers – Reps. Adam Schiff, Eric “Fang Fang” Swalwell, Jerrold Nadler, and their conspiratorial colleagues – back onstage will impress no one. No thinking person would consult any of them for tips on style, probity, modesty, civility, constitutional order or good governance.
In fact, that lot proved to be among the nastiest, least-principled, least-appealing people in Washington, so their reappearance would further sink congressional approval, and, in two years, help dismantle Mrs. Pelosi’s already-thin House majority.
Another House impeachment vote at this late date is a preview of how Democrats will pursue “unity” and “healing” with Mr. Trump’s voters, which is to say, not at all.
Some left-liberals are already talking about “deprogramming” all seventy-four million of them – the classic Soviet/Chinese Communist Party approach to political disagreement.
Rather than targeting Mr. Trump directly, another impeachment may be meant to seed the notion of Trump-voters’ “collective guilt” in an attempt to “criminalize” their opposition.
In that context, an impeachment distraction may reveal Democrats’ anxiety about and desire to discourage, silence and/or discredit, in advance, negative public reaction to their radical agenda.
As a matter of law, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said that, in impeaching President Trump this time, the House violated six constitutional guarantees.
In any case, impeachment has no legitimate future if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t call an emergency session to try it. He won’t.
In that case, constitutional experts say the House vote is moot, because Congress has no authority to impeach Mr. Trump after he leaves office, and, even if newly-installed Democrat leaders attempt a show trial post-presidency, they lack the votes to convict.
Nonetheless, Speaker (for now) Pelosi – the woman who, on camera, childishly tore up transcripts of the president’s State of the Union message, who last summer wondered aloud, “I don’t know why there aren’t uprisings all over the county,” and who, as Antifa and Black Lives Matter anarchists torched the city and threatened the White House, accused the president of “turning DC into an oppressive militarized zone”– has indulged her visceral hatred for him with another impeachment farce that would only exonerate Mr. Trump a second time – and reenergize his supporters.