We should be able to objectively acknowledge the Democrats are rushing impeachment. They are. The Nixon impeachment took months just to investigate. The Clinton impeachment was based on a multiyear independent counsel investigation. This is a few weeks of Adam Schiff coordinating with a whistleblower, a few weeks behind closed doors, and now the spotlight before a year end rush to get Articles of Impeachment drafted.
A trial will come at the beginning of next year. The election is less than a year away.
Friends who really feel strongly will tell me the rule of law matters, but this is a political process. It is not a court of law process. If it were really about the rule of law, Democrats would not be in a rush to justice. They’d be methodical.
In fact, we are in a funny game where Republicans say we need to hear from the whistleblower because that is the accuser and the President has the right to face his accuser. Democrats tell us that this is not a judicial process or a criminal process. It is a political process.
But then the Democrats turn around and say, with gusto, “If this isn’t impeachable, nothing is.” That’s the impeachment argument equivalent of “a vote for a third party is a vote for the guy I want to lose.”
Only Andrew Johnson was impeached in an election year and it is pretty clear from the history of that impeachment that it is not really apt to the present situation. Nixon and Clinton were impeached outside election years. Given the political nature of impeachment, I find it quite reasonable to assume that something could be impeachable in 2018 or 2019 that would not be impeachable less than 365 days from the general election. In politics and political processes, timing matters. Letting the voters decide is reasonable.
Impeachment now, particularly when it will not be successful in the Senate and given the Democrats really have made no effort at bipartisan coalition building on this with even the 19 Republicans preparing to walk out the door, seems foolhardy and will become a more divisive issue in an already bitterly divided nation.
Democrats have, since President Trump won in 2016, treated him as an illegitimate usurper. The very people who hated him then still hate him and they have done nothing to earn the trust of those who might be inclined to side with them on this issue. Since election day in 2016, it has been abundantly obvious we would get to this point if the Democrats took back the House of Representatives. Just because the screaming and righteous indignation are louder now, does not mean there is more.
This is a political issue. It is not a court of law issue. The grand jury, so to speak, has been clamoring for this for years just waiting. The Senate Democrat jurors have been calling for it for years. Some of these people have fundraised off the issue.
The President cannot get a fair trial because several of the Democrats have long been on record demanding his impeachment. But, you might say, this isn’t a court and the jurors are politicians in a political process.
Exactly, I say.
Elections are a political process too. And this, at this time, very clearly should be decided in that political process and not one that half of America will view as the Democrats just finally doing what they’ve been wanting to do for three years.