Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said yesterday, “I think this door of impeachable whatever has been opened. Joe Biden should be very careful what he’s asking for because, you know, we can have a situation where if it should ever be President Biden, that immediately, people, right the day after he would be elected would be saying, ‘Well, we’re going to impeach him.’”
No, no, no. Someone should wash Ernst’s mouth out with soap. That door needs to be slammed shut, and Ernst is a fool for suggesting otherwise, even hypothetically.
What the Democrats did, by deciding from the moment Donald Trump was elected to seek a way to remove him, undermined our democracy and its institutions. It also threatened—threatens-— to institutionalize a precedent that would make every elected President to come a permanent target of a soft coup by those who lost the contest to decide who was “fit” to be President. From the beginning, one of the main reasons the Democrats’ undemocratic strategy was so evidently dangerous was the powerful “tit for tat” reflex in politics. Sometimes, the understanding that in politics “what goes around comes around” is a restraining force on irresponsible and unethical partisan warfare. This time it wasn’t, but that does not mean that the Republicans should reciprocate in kind. That is exactly what they must not do. If that is their approach, they will complete the destruction that the Democrats started.
It is reassuring to know there is very little chance that Joe Biden will be nominated, much less elected. ( I will note that Ethics Alarms has been pointing this out all along.) His poll numbers are crashing everywhere, notably South Carolina, which was supposed to be his firewall after losing in Iowa and New Hampshire. It’s pretty simple, and, again, should have been obvious long ago: even Democrats are not going to support a rapidly declining, doddering candidate whose attempts at oral advocacy make Donald Trump sound like Cicero. This inevitable development further reveals the idiocy of the claim that President Trump was trying to “rig” the 2020 election by seeking evidence of Biden’s corruption. I can’t imagine the President being overly concerned about any of the wan contenders for the Democratic Party’s nomination, but especially not Joe, who lately has also been tarnishing his “nice guy” image ( he was never a nice guy) by lashing out at citizens and journalists.
As for impeachment, it is imperative for the survival of the nation that it be put back in the metaphorical locked box where the Founders placed it, the one with the sign that reads, “In Case Of Emergency Break Glass.” The felt need to strike back at the opposing party by repeating its most irresponsible conduct does not create address an emergency, it manufactures one. Nor should the glass in a party’s frustration after losing the Presidency in an election it was so, so certain it would win.
Shut up, Senator.
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