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Sat Dec 21, 2019, 04:14 PM

Impeachment Hurts, and Trump Knows It

President Trumpís almost inevitable acquittal doesnít mean impeachment wasnít worthwhile.

Trump, and Trump alone, will be the central issue of the coming election ó the core concern for most voters. Heís the reason pollsters are predicting high turnout; heís the reason voters on both sides are deeply engaged and ready to take action. In that environment, impeachment is the loudest, clearest message Democrats could send to the electorate. They donít just oppose him because he is a Republican and a conservative; they oppose him because he is unfit. They oppose him because he is a threat to the values and aspirations of the Republic.

Yes, this has been a partisan impeachment. But thatís the norm. Democrats werenít eager to impeach Andrew Johnson; Republicans drove the case against Bill Clinton. By making this case now ó by sanctioning Trump in the strongest, most consequential manner available to them ó congressional Democrats have set the terms for the next election. Will voters affirm shameless corruption and lawlessness, or will they reject Trumpís open attempt to subvert the Constitution?

Arguably, this impeachment is less partisan than it could have been. Democrats could have pressed their advantage to shape the entire terrain of the presidential election. Iíve argued before that they should have embraced a more leisurely process. They should have taken their time to build the most comprehensive case against Trump, calling as many witnesses as needed and pursuing contempt of Congress if witnesses refused. With majority support for an inquiry, Democrats could have cataloged Trumpís criminality and covered the full scope of his wrongdoing.


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Sat Dec 21, 2019, 04:38 PM

1. There's still time

More Investigations to come.

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