Why the GOP Should-but Won’t-Impeach Donald Trump
The obvious reason is it’s the right thing to do. The man is simply not fit for high office. And his win is tainted and tarnished beyond repair between Comey and Russia-not to mention voter suppression.
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) February 15, 2017
But I think we all know that’s not reason enough for the hyper partisan, sociopathic GOP. For the GOP it’s not ‘My country right or wrong’ it’s ‘My party right or wrong.’
I’m making the case why it’s in the GOP’s own interest to impeach Trump. If anything it’s more in their interest than the Dems’ interest at least in the long term.
First of all, there are very good reasons why the GOP doesn’t want to impeach Trump or even go after him too hard, and let’s be clear-I don’t think the GOP will heed this post and impeach Donald Trump, even though in their hearts some at least would agree with it.
“Oversight committee leaders have historically treaded lightly when it comes to investigating presidents of the same party.”
“Traditionally what you have when there’s unified government is the majority party tends to protect its quarterback. That’s been true for 50 years,” said former Rep. Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican who chaired the oversight committee during George W. Bush’s administration. “If you start going after them, it destroys your legislative agenda.”
It’s perfectly understandable why the GOP after eight years in the wilderness doesn’t want to destroy their legislative agenda before it starts. But then, that’s just it. What legislative agenda?
From the NY Times:
- Republican lawmakers and President Trump have yet to deliver on any of the sweeping legislation they promised.
- Disagreements, a lack of clarity from the White House and a slow confirmation process have stymied their plans.
“Congressional Republicans, who craved unified control of the government to secure their aggressive conservative agenda, have instead found themselves on a legislative elliptical trainer, gliding toward nowhere.”
“After moving to start rolling back the Affordable Care Act just days after President Trump was sworn in last month, Republican lawmakers and Mr. Trump have yet to deliver on any of the sweeping legislation they promised. Efforts to come up with a replacement for the health care law have been stymied by disagreements among Republicans about how to proceed. The same is true for a proposed overhaul of the tax code.”
“The large infrastructure bill that both Democrats and Mr. Trump were eager to pursue has barely been mentioned, other than a very general hearing to discuss well-documented needs for infrastructure improvements. Even a simple emergency spending bill that the Trump administration promised weeks ago — which was expected to include a proposal for his wall on the Mexican border — has not materialized, leaving appropriators idle and checking Twitter.”
“At this point in Barack Obama’s presidency, when Democrats controlled Washington, Congress had passed a stimulus bill totaling nearly $1 trillion to address the financial crisis, approved a measure preventing pay discrimination, expanded a children’s health insurance program, and begun laying the groundwork for major health care and financial regulation bills. President George W. Bush came into office with a congressional blueprint for his signature education act, No Child Left Behind.”
Part of it is the GOP is the dog who caught the car and has no idea what to do now. There is no way out for them on the Obamacare impasse. But Trump has certainly not been helping. He is giving no guidance in what he wants to do. And his scandals suck all the air out of the room.
Would the GOP impeach Trump? I doubt it. But they can read the polls.
“No legislative logjam will be resolved without a less self-destructive president. “Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says President Trump’s approval rating would be ’10 to 15 points higher if he allowed himself to stay on message.’ … His tweets and comments often make it ‘harder to achieve what you want to achieve.’”
David Frum argues the GOP would be better off without Trump. This is clearly true. Is there any doubt they’d rather have Mike Pence?
“Without presidential leadership—and with the visible and traditional disagreements between House members who mostly hold safe seats, and senators vulnerable to state-wide electorates—it’s hard to see how anything gets done in the next session. Congressional Republicans are now at risk of wasting this rare chance, risking an all-Republican government accomplishing nothing beside Trump’s self-aggrandizement and corrosion of constitutional government. That will suit Donald Trump fine. It can hardly suit Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell.”
“Suppose Mike Pence were president now. Tax-reform legislation would be hitting the floor of the House. A competent White House staff, headed by people with intact reputations for honesty, would be hammering out the compromises necessary to repeal healthcare reform. A functional National Security Council would be generating options for responding to Russia’s cheating on arms-control treaties and aggression in Ukraine. Democrats and liberals would be assailing congressional Republicans on immigration and abortion—not espionage and treason. Instead, their hopes, their interests, their constituencies, and possibly their careers are all at risk, subordinated to the personal imperatives of a president who does not share their principles and does not care about their party.”
This is why it would arguably suit the GOP more than the Dems to get rid of Trump. They have a much better chance in four years of Pence of getting a GOP legislative agenda done than with Trump who seems to see Congress-even the members of his own party in Congress-as unnecessary appendages.
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