What happens next in the impeachment saga will be surprising to all parties, I think.
It’s over. John Halvicek stole the ball and the buzzer went off. Done. Finished. Fini.
Impeachment, that’s all.
You might sputter, This. Can’t. Be. It! We haven’t had a trial! Donald J. Trump must be brought to justice! This is not good enough, dammit! What we’ve been through for the last 3 years…
Whoa, there. Simmer down.
It’s over. Really. Stalemate. The good prevailed over the perfect in politics for once. The Dems got their indictment, not just of Trump but of the whole corrupt Republican establishment. It’s a stalemate now.
But elections are coming, there will be a poster “Game of Thrones “ style. There are 22 GOP senators looking to renew the leases on their desks, same in the whole House too. Ditto the White House. Some senators will lose their seats and the senate could flip. Think not? Polling suggests otherwise.
It’s not a good time to be a member of what used to be the Grand Old Party. Political winter is coming. Mitch McConnell (R-KY, up for re-election and with an approval rating in the toilet) won’t let a real trial go forward.
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, candidate for beatification) won’t serve the indictment and give Mitch the chance to clear Trump’s “good” name or even do the right thing to save his party. He’s on a salvage operation for the luxurious Trump-Hindenburg. Nancy has a book of matches. The GOP can’t have it all. It’s time to choose: Trump and minority status and a political winter, or something with a future for conservatives? As they say in rural Maine (are those words redundant?) you can’t get there from here. And you can’t have it both ways
With no trial comes no exoneration and Trump Is on track to be the only person in history to attempt to run for re-election under the cloud of impeachment. Indicted. It’s a record he will no doubt cherish. He’d better win too because the Southern District of New York (federal) and the Attorney General of NY will likely want to indict Trump on a whole passel of RICO associated charges (tax evasion, bank fraud, insurance fraud, obstruction of justice, money laundering) as soon as he’s “promoted” (Harry Truman’s word) to private citizen again.
It will get ugly in the months ahead as the drowning man clings to the flotsam of his administration like some refugee off Mar-a-Lago. Look for a Tsunami of Tweets, falsehoods and sleaze.
But here’s the interesting part. The political parties have dueled to a draw, firing all their bullets into the ground and now they are almost irrelevant. They’ve left it to the citizenry to figure out. Call it profiles in whatever we have to replace courage. Later, if the numbers are right, the Dems can pass some amendments that prevent this kind of farce from recurring. If.
Meanwhile remember what Mahatma Gandhi once said. In the middle of sectarian rioting and a minor civil war following partition of India and Pakistan and their independence from Britain in 1948, a Hindu man asked the Mahatma what he could do to heal the scar of partition. Gandhi told the man, a Hindu, to find a Muslim orphan and to raise him as a Muslim.
It was a tough ask and few if any members of either sect could bring themselves to do it but in retrospect it’s hard to argue that if some people had, it might have made a difference since the two nuclear tipped nations are on a hair trigger to this day.
So my advice to you my fellow Americans is simple. I am not Gandhi or even close. But Dems, find a Republican to hug. Republicans find a Democrat.