This evening, for the third time in the United States’ history, a sitting President has been impeached. Biff Tannen, esq, joins the ignominious likes of Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton with that particular distinction. Nixon should be part of this list, but he resigned prior to any vote.
The votes were, as expected, basically on party lines. Article 1, Abuse of Power, passed by a margin of 230-197. Article 2, Obstruction, passed 229-198. Apparently someone wasn’t convinced on both?
Whatever the case, this sets the stage for a trial by the Senate that will be a dog-and-pony show, if that. Mitch McConnell, who earlier in the week stated he’s in no way impartial, gets to preside and make a complete joke out of what the House just did.
I’ve cautioned all along that while I wholeheartedly agree with impeachment, and that Biff needs to be booted so fast it makes his head spin, the political realities have told me to be wary that this will galvanize his supporters even further. Proof? I got ya there. Here ya go.
Yeah, this is what it looks like. If Republicans could muster a shred of decency or respect for their offices, or stop sucking on the maniac’s teat because he’s one of theirs, they’d remember the oaths they swore and act accordingly. But that won’t happen. They do not plan to call any witnesses(gee, I wonder why), and 20 would need to defect to convict. I’m calling it now, there is zero chance that many will do so. If half that do, I’ll be floored. This is the climate we live in. Political favor with the President, no matter the level of corrupt, and the name of the party they belong to goes ahead of all else.
Don’t be popping the corks on the champagne, or singing any songs celebrating, because there’s nothing to celebrate. We shouldn’t even be here, because we’re supposed to elect better people than this. Our discourse should never have gotten this bad. And it’s meaningless because Republicans value power more than anything else, and they will protect their own.
Sorry to be Debbie Downer, guys. I really am.