To impeach or not impeach. That is the question.
There are compelling arguments on both sides of the impeachment question.
My reason for opposing impeachment would be Pence would only pardon the crook. Better to vote him out and arrest him. Although something tells me Trump will get away with his crimes, just as Bush/Cheney got away with torture and war crimes.
Polls show a majority against impeachment, but what does that mean?
I would be interested in knowing what the breakdown would be in those opposing impeachment. How many are just Democrats afraid of the process backfiring, compared to Trump loyalists?
Why do people think impeaching Trump will make him more popular?
Just because his toadies in the Senate love him, doesn't mean anybody else will join the cult. Either way, Trump will gloat about not being impeached, as much as he would crow about the senate's non-conviction.
I wonder if there are really that many independents who would shrug and say, "Gee, Trump's fellow Republicans in the Senate voted not to convict. I'll have to side with them."
If that is the state of our democracy, we are doomed.
Who bears the greater shame? Authoritarians defending a criminal, or Democrats showing courage of their convictions, who dare to draw the line that has been so flagrantly crossed? Democrats can call on Republican senators to side with either the Constitution or Trump. They cannot stand for both.
The message would be bumper sticker simple. Constitution or Trump?
How will history reflect the Democrats' lack of conviction in the face of a rogue president, especially if he wins? Voters want to see Democrats stand on principle, and show resolve and purpose. This is their chance.
I understand Pelosi's long game is all about political calculations. Maybe she's right and defeating him is more important than impeaching him. I say go for both. Impeachment is the moral high ground and the Constitutional course of action.
Democrats would be taking a stand for the Constitution and rule of law. They can fairly accuse the Republicans of undermining the Constitution in favor of an autocrat.
At least holding impeachment hearings sends the message that something is very wrong with the Trump Administration. Call them "pre-impeachment hearings" if need be. They will spell out Trunp's crimes and misdemeanors and abuses of power. Imagine the Democrats' message being, "Constitution or con? Choose wisely!"
Perhaps, despite appearances, its not just spineless waffling. Maybe it's Pelosi's plan to time the impeachment hearings closer to the election.
If not, what will the Democrats stand for, if not the Constitution and rule of law? There's no reason they can't promote health care, women's reproductive rights, environmental protections, regulation of commerce, etc. as well as following the Constitution's provision for impeachment.
My concern is if Trump is not impeached, then nobody, or only Democrats, will ever be impeached. And that would end all illusions of a Constitutional Republic.