Democrats said that since the White House has declined to take part, President Donald Trump can’t claim the process is unfair.
The argument that Trump is winning this thing
Republicans are coming home to Trump
So here we are, headed for a rushed, hyper-partisan (and futile) exercise put on by the very elites Trump railed against to get himself elected in the first place. But for all the relief they might feel in finally striking this blow against Donald Trump, I wonder: have these Trump opponents even considered what this impeachment signals to the American people?
That partisanship is more important than policymaking? That House Democrats have no confidence in their party’s ability to beat Donald Trump in an election?
And, perhaps most alarmingly, that impeachment — once reserved for the gravest of situations — is now just another tool to inflict damage on their political opponents.
It’s certainly notable that Jennings, not the happiest backer of Trump, is in this role defending him. That speaks to how impeachment has not at all splintered the GOP. Quite the opposite.
One nit I have with Jennings’ argument is that asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens is a grave situation. Jennings is complaining about Democrats using impeachment to inflict damage on their political opponents. Trump attempted to use US foreign policy and US tax dollars to inflict damage on his. This impeachment may be political. It’s not JUST political.
Biden is in serious danger of being redefined by Trump’s scandal
She makes this key point, which I’ve tried to make before, but not as well:
As much as Biden has tried to avoid getting tangled up in Ukraine conspiracy theories, GOP members mentioned Joe and Hunter Biden countless times during the impeachment hearings on Ukraine, leaving some Americans confused about the Bidens’ ties to the controversy. Clarity in squelching unsubstantiated charges will be key to whether Biden can survive. He was easily provoked Thursday because the retired farmer who confronted him essentially outlined Trump’s false accusations against the former vice president.
Minus one Democrat
He warned Democrats to “be careful what you wish for” and added that impeachment “is tearing the nation apart. … And I want to bring people together.”
Plus one (former) Republican
Flashback: Not proved, therefore not guilty
I’ve been spending some time watching elements of Bill Clinton’s Senate trial. Friday I came across the two successive votes on articles of impeachment.
The room is packed and every senator is in their chair and they all say either “Guilty” or “Not guilty.” Foreshadowing a Trump trial, perhaps, neither article comes anywhere near the 67 votes needed to remove a President from office.
What are we doing here?
The President has invited foreign powers to interfere in the US presidential election. Democrats want to impeach him for it. It is a crossroads for the American system of government as the President tries to change what’s acceptable for US politicians. This newsletter will focus on this consequential moment in US history.