For a Brief Moment
Polls courtesy of FiveThirtyEight, anecdotes mine.
The New York Times reports With White House Absent, Impeachment Devolves Into Partisan Brawl.
President Trump is refusing to engage and Democrats have concluded they will press ahead anyway, rendering a historic undertaking little more than a foregone conclusion.
Excuse me for pointing out the result was a foregone conclusion whether the White House was present or not.
“That is a tragedy,” said Philip Bobbitt, a Columbia University law professor and a leading expert on the history of impeachment. The framers of the Constitution were careful to design a process for removing a president from office that they hoped would rise above the nation’s petty political squabbles, he said.
Yes, witch hunts are a tragedy. Republicans found that out when they foolishly went after Bill Clinton.
Boycott the Process
Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general under President Barack Obama, called it “deeply dangerous” for the target of an impeachment like Mr. Trump to simply boycott the entire process.
Does the law prohibit a boycott? Does the law require the president to testify against himself? Is it dangerous to accept the advice of legal council?
“The fact is that the House Democrats are essentially giving Trump the same process as previous presidents have received, and it’s Trump who is trying to throw out the rule book” and attack the process at every turn, he said. “Our founders put impeachment in the Constitution as a critical safeguard for the people, and what Trump is trying to do with these baseless attacks is read the impeachment clauses out of the Constitution.”
His response has been an all-out attack on the process itself. He has ordered administration officials not to testify or hand over documents. And he is urging Republicans not to cooperate with their counterparts the way they did during Mr. Clinton’s impeachment.
Excuse me for pointing out that the law is the rule book.
What law has trump violated by boycotting the process?
Of course it is.
Trump continually followed the advice of legal council instead of sticking his foot in his mouth and Tweeting about it.
Hijacking the Committee
Here's an interesting take.
Business Insider reports Republicans Hijacked the House Judiciary Committee's Impeachment Hearings and Turned them Into a Circus.
I expect better from the Business Insider than that kind of mushy nonsense.
The only way Republicans could "hijack" the hearings is if inept Democrats called on inept witnesses and Republican made them look like fools.
That is precisely what happened.
Democrat Impeachment Star Witnesses Useful as Dust
In case you missed it, please consider Democrat Impeachment Star Witnesses Useful as Dust
Click on that link for an amusing video and transcript.
Comments on the Unreal World
Back in the real world, or do I mean unreal world, I get accused of having TDS every time I attack Trump's idiotic trade policy.
I also get accused of being an extreme Left-Wing nutcase when I defend Trump.
The fact is, I don't like Trump but I voted for him and would again vs Hillary.
I am a staunch anti-war, fiscal conservative, Libertarian, who does not give a damn about anyone's race, religion, sex, or age. I believe in equal rights. I also believe in the right to choose. If two women or two men want to get married, I believe it's none of my business.
I believe that's a winning platform.
Alas, one cannot get nominated on that platform. Thus, I always have extreme voting compromises to make.
Independents the Key
The 2020 election will depend on independents.
Democrats may make the choice easy, as explained in How to Re-Elect Trump in One Easy Lesson.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock