Impeachment and Horserace Miscellany

Thanx to Professor Mondo for the title suggestion.

  • I think Mitt Romney has a good point.  He tweeted, “When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated.”
  • I think it’s fitting for how bad this President has been and, I think, will be considered by history, that he’s only the 4th President to have faced impeachment.
  • At some point in the course of his campaign so far, Biden has made the argument, explicit and implicit, that he’s the candidate that can get things done across the aisle.  He’s worked with and gotten things done with Republicans before and he can do it now too.  On the other hand, both Warren and Sanders know what the Republicans have become and aren’t pretending that they can make deals with them.  Mayor Pete and Booker have the “bring everybody together” campaigns.  I think Harris might actually have the best way forward in this respect.  I’ve said before that I like how she’s suggested that she’ll give Congress the first 100 days to take some action and, if they won’t, she’ll start with executive action.  I think the topic was immigration, but that tack probably works for any of a number of issues.
  • Evidently, Elizabeth Warren was asked if she had seen enough evidence to convict Trump and remove him from office.  She said yes without qualification.  I saw some criticism on twitter that she is a member of the “jury” and she shouldn’t prejudge the case.  Harris and Klobuchar have both said they’ll wait to see the evidence that comes to the Senate.  If this were a true criminal proceeding, then maybe I would be with the critics.  But impeachment is an inherently political process.  And, evidently, Moscow Mitch has seen enough evidence to say in his fundraising pitches that the impeachment stops with him as majority leader.  So, I support Warren sticking with her answer unless and until Moscow Mitch figures it’s inappropriate for him to prejudge the outcome as well.

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