Maybe it’s just me, but I am getting this nagging notion in my noggin that this presidential impeachment saga is about to end where it began.
That is to say that the House of Representatives vote to impeach Donald Trump will not advance anything other than putting Democrats and Republicans on the record: do they support impeaching the president for high crimes and misdemeanors or do they stand with someone who many of us — including me — believe broke the law?
The House will receive two articles of impeachment. House members will vote on them, likely approving them on partisan grounds; Democrats will vote “yes,” with Republicans voting “no.”
Then it goes to the Senate. Senators will have a trial. Democrats will vote to convict; Republicans will vote to acquit.
What is gained? As near as I can tell, we’re going to complete a weird circle with this impeachment and trial.
Republicans remain beholden to Trump for reasons that escape me. Democrats have embarked on an impeachment journey they hoped would persuade enough Republicans to cross over, to vote their conscience, to support a Constitution they believe has been violated by a president who put his personal political future ahead of what’s good for the country.
He solicited a foreign government for political help; he sought a foreign government’s help in torpedoing the fortunes of a political foe; he withheld military aid until the foreign government delivered the goods; he benefited a hostile power — in this case, Russia — by withholding that military assistance.
None of that is impeachable? Is that what Republicans are telling us?
C’mon! It most certainly is!
However, the circle will be complete once the House impeaches Trump and the Senate likely acquits him.
To what end? All that likely will be left will be to defeat the president in the next election. On that score, I am all in.