How’s that unity and no divisive rhetoric theme working out for you, Democrats? Joe? Both Senator Schumer and Nancy Pelosi insulted the Republican Senators who voted against conviction in their post-acquittal remarks. What happened to respecting good faith disagreement among colleagues? When Bill Clinton, who had, unlike President Trump, committed impeachable crimes, was acquitted by a straight partisan vote, no Republican leaders impugned the judgement or “morality” of the Democrats who chose to ignore a President of the United States engaging in conduct that would get any lawyer in the country disbarred for lack of trustworthiness, honesty and integrity. Comity, you know. Respect. Professionalism.
And so it begins...Senator Lindsay Graham suggested that a GOP majority in the House might well decide to adopt the precedent set by the Democrats and impeach, for example, Kamala Harris. Talking to Chris Wallace on Fox New, he mused.
“If you use this model, I don’t know how Kamala Harris doesn’t get impeached if the Republicans take over the House. Because she actually bailed out rioters and one of the rioters went back to the streets and broke somebody’s head open. So we’ve opened Pandora’s Box here and I’m sad for the country.”
Tit for tat! Revenge! Who could have predicted that?
Won THAT argument! While the Senate vote was, unknown to us, going on yesterday, I was debating with a close friend who has been Trump Deranged for years now. I discussed how Trump had good reason to feel the election had been stolen/fixed/rigged based on the last four years, and how the Democrats engaged in utter hypocrisy after their #MeToo posturing and Brett Kavanaugh sliming by nominating a man who had been accused of sexual assault by a staffer. Yet the news media literally ignored the issue during the campaign, while also burying any news that reflected well on the President and badly on Biden—like his son’s influence peddling. Well, she said it may have been hypocritical to nominate Biden, but Democrats felt that it was the only way to win “and save the country from Trump.” “And the news media?,” I asked. Why did they refuse to cover negative aspects of Biden’s record? “Same reason,” she said. I felt like Clarence Darrow in the Scopes Trial after he got William Jennings Bryan to say that a “day” of creation wasn’t necessarily a literal day, but could have lasted millions of years., essentially conceding Darrow’s point that the Bible story of creation did not necessarily contradict the Theory of Evolution.
But deciding who should be President is the job of the political parties—it’s not the job of journalists, though they seem to be under a delusion to the contrary. Leftists, like my friend, are so steeped in bias and “by any means necessary” ideology that they have to be reminded that journalists are obligated to report the news objectively, and not to manipulate what the public gets to know in order to achieve their preferred policy goals.
My friend thus conceded one reason Donald Trump was convinced that the election was rigged against him, and why he said that democracy was at stake. Because it was, and it is.
Althouse again, writing on the case against Trump as it was presented in the Senate largely eschewing such niceties as evidence and legal reasoning, relying on creating a general impression that he was at fault for something bad:
When do we get to bypass studying the factual details and legal standards and all the links in a chain of reasoning? When is it okay to just look at the whole thing and rely on instinct and just know that something is right or wrong?
The answer can’t be: When it helps my side win.
People who liked [House impeachment manager] Raskin’s appeal to “common sense” — as opposed to “lawyers theories” — need to realize it’s also the way Trump argued that he won the 2020 election. You just look at what you can see and feel what you feel. And that’s how Trump has been talking to his people all along. In your heart, you know he’s right… or, in your guts you know he’s nuts. Bias has become the preferred form of reasoning. Better not get bogged down in lawyers theories. The other side is off and running.
Okay, here’s an easy game: which loudmouth, politically ignorant, uncivil Trump Deranged Hollywood celebrities had social media meltdowns in response to the acquittal vote in the Senate? You get a gold star if you can name five. The results of the Seante vote were pre-ordained, and anyone with a smidgen of civic literacy, education, historical perspective, and logic had to know that there was no way a purely partisan impeachment that the House had never proven, being voted on by a polarized Senate while having no legitimate jurisdiction, was going to come close to the two-thirds necessary for conviction. Who gets furious when something that everyone knew was certain to happen, happens?
If you had three out of usual suspects Patton Oswald, Jimmy Kimmel, Alyssa Milano, Debra Messing, Rob Reiner, Rosie O’Donnell, Bette Midler, and Ron Perlman, you have been paying too much attention to too many stupid people.
I am worried that we haven’t heard from Robert DeNiro, though. I hope he’s all right.
And finally, a personal note. When I was just learning about the American Presidents ( I memorized their order and did a 90 minute presentation about them all and what was notable about each for mu fifth grade class, thus earning the enmity of my classmates, some for life), I assumed that Andrew Johnson had to be the worst President because he was the only one to be impeached. Even though he was acquitted (by a single vote), it seemed like that was the ultimate indictment. Much later I learned that Johnson was impeached for defying an illegal law, in part passed to provoke him; still, impeachment seemed to be a fatal stain on any President’s reputation. No longer. First the Democrats continued to lionize and worship Bill Clinton after his impeachment (until they were forced to accept what should have been obvious years before: that he was corrupt and a sexual predator). Then they turned impeachment into a pure weapon of partisan warfare, instead of a bi-partisan, last resort device to remove genuine power-abuser in the best interests of the nation. Donald Trump hasn’t been reduced by the two sham impeachments, he has been strengthened by them. He won. And impeachment is no longer anything to fear, for any President.
Some day, we will regret that.