Congressman Will Hurd doesn’t particularly care for Donald Trump. He is leaving Congress, in part, because of Donald Trump. Hurd’s district has swung towards the Democrats, he barely won last time, and he and the President have criticized each other more than once.
But Hurd does not think there is an impeachable act in the President’s behavior towards Ukraine. He does not like it; he does not think it should have happened; but he does not think it rises to the level of impeachment.
One might think that given Hurd’s departure, his views on the President, and the President’s views on Hurd that perhaps those in a rush to throw the President out of office would pause to consider Hurd’s views.
Nope. Instead, Hurd is now under attack from those who hate the President, have always hated the President, and want the President gone yesterday.
It is a remarkably telling bit of dogma for those who believe the national politics is poisoned by Trump. These have been so poisoned themselves they cannot conclude reasonable people might disagree. In fact, this is a problem on both sides, but with Hurd it is very telling. Reasonable people are now defined as having to agree.
I actually think Hurd takes a very reasonable position. It is one I largely agree with. It puts us both in the middle of those who think the President did nothing wrong and those who think the President must be thrown out of office.
It’s amazing to see so many good people, many of whom are friends of mine, arrive in corners and plant their feet into intractable positions where those who refuse to be in the same corner are bad or worse — the enemy.