I’m not going to waste time watching the impeachment trial, nor will I waste time reading what the media says about it. The ethics issue was settled before the House vote impeaching Trump was even completed. That issue is simple: the effort by the Democrats to abuse the impeachment clause in the Constitution as a partisan tactic designed to obstruct and harass the President and harm his chances for re-election is one of the most dishonest, dastardly, undemocratic political schemed in U.S. history. It is terribly damaging to the stability of the republic and creates a disastrous precedent that threatens all future Presidents.
For this reason, the impeachment effort must fail. It would be important for it to fail even if the Democratic Party’s articles of impeachment stated genuine impeachable offenses, which they do not. Only failure, followed by an overwhelming public rejection of the party responsible for in the coming election might begin to heal the gaping wounds the past three years have opened.
Since the House process was a sham, the Republican majority’s determination to give the impeachment articles the bum’s rush and end the trial as quickly as possible is fair, legally justified and politically wise. The Democrats want to use the process as a free anti-Trump infomercial, much as they exploited the Mueller Report for the same purpose. Some measure of that is unavoidable, but it must not be permitted to go on one second longer than absolutely necessary (though some Republican rebuttals may have their own strategic value).
It is apparent that the news media commentary on the “trial” (it really isn’t a trial) will continue to strive for spin value rather tahn accuracy, seeking to influence members of the public who either didn’t watch or don’t understand the proceedings. I read accounts of the President’s lawyers performance yesterday that said they eviscerated the Democratic impeachment claims, and other account that said they embarrassed themselves. I could find out the truth by watching myself, but to what end? It literally doesn’t matter. After the vote acquitting the President occurs, Democrats will say it’s a dark day for Democracy, and that the GOP has rejected the rule of law, and then craft it all into fundraising appeals and election talking points. Then, as we have been warned by Representatives Al Green and Maxine Waters, the Democrats will look for another excuse to impeach Trump again.
There is no there there, as Gertrude Stein memorably said of Oakland. The Democrats are not serious, and are simply using the impeachment follies as bread and circuses for their angriest, most coup-minded base.
I was informed via email that Rep. Schiff even had the gall (and stupidity) today to echo one of the Democrats’ hyper-partisan “resistance” law professor witnesses (I don’t recall, which, and it’s not important enough to check) and say, “If this isn’t impeachable, then nothing is impeachable.”
Now, if Schiff had an ion of respect for the public, and any fear at all that he could say anything that might cause impeachment supporters to say, “Wait a minute, that’s ridiculous. If a President isn’t impeached for using his unquestioned Constitutional power to pressure a foreign government to investigate a high U.S. official for corrupt financial influence peddling benefiting his ne’er do well son, that means treason isn’t impeachable? Murder? Taking bribes? Conspiring to take over the government? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard! Who ARE these people?”, then he would never dare say something so idiotic.
Absent some major, unforseen development, I am going to stick with long-standing blanket diagnosis that this is the culmination of the epic unethical tantrum thrown by Democrats, the resistance and the mainstream media upon losing the 2016 election. Trump’s impeachable “high crimes” are that he a) won and b) is Donald Trump, and I am truly sick of writing about it.
There are better uses for an ethics blog than rehashing the obvious, even if so many people have been rendered incapable of seeing the obvious.