Re: Do we miss Informant?
As much as I would like Trump out of office, I have to ask: what exactly can he be charged with to oust him? Collusion with Russia? If this loudmouth worked with Russia, he'd never shut up about it. Obstruction of justice? He failed at every turn.
Numerous experts say that Trump's intent to obstruct is established through ordering subordinates to shut down the Mueller investigation only for his staff to ignore him or refuse. And that it's solid grounds for impeachment. To me (and to Pelosi, I think), it would be very easy for the Trump administration to spin that as Trump expressing wishes that he knew would not be carried out. To me, impeachment is currently a dead end.
Yeah, I don't think impeachment and removal is possible. My favorite idea is to go through the motions and then not call for a vote. I'm for impeachment in the same way that I'm in favor of a doctor doing one last round of CPR on a man he knows is probably dead. Because it's the right thing to do. Because there's that small chance that it could work. Because you never know.
Would it be a waste of Democratic political capital? I don't know. It wouldn't affect Biden or Mayor Pete or Beto or Julian Castro or DeBlasio or anyone not currently in Congress. If you don't bother with a Senate vote, it wouldn't affect Warren or Bernie or Booker or Gillabrand or Kamala or Klobuchar. The only person who might be involved in a House impeachment proceeding is Tulsi, and maybe you let her campaign and let the other Democratic Reps do it. For Democratic people in the House, I'd suspect that the impeachment proceedings would *be* their campaign. "Did my House rep participate in the impeachment proceedings? Were they big players? Cool, they have my vote"
I'd rather them do that than keep wasting 9/11 first responders' time. Or work on legislation that McConnell will kill.
Would it be a dog and pony show? Would there be evidence to get any sort of conviction? I don't know. I'd just feel a lot better about my government if a president tried really hard to break the law, and even if he failed because he's an idiot, that the checks and balances at least tried to make him pay for it.
Maybe Pelosi is right. I just don't really see the downside. I don't think you lose any votes. I'd love to present a ton of evidence and make Republicans (either in the House or the Senate) formally side with Trump in history. And maybe you disrupt some republican campaigns or Trump's campaign by getting them crazy off topic for the most part.
Just like I've gotten us crazy off topic