As you continue to watch (or not, as most of the country is bored already with the whole impeachment thing) Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial in the Senate, a couple of things have become very apparent. First, Trump is not going to be convicted in the Senate, and is going to escape the wrath of that punishment for the second time, and for the fourth time in US history (no president has ever been convicted of any charges during an impeachment trial). Second, Democrats are still hating Trump more than Satan and still want to see him burn in hell long after he’s gone.
How, are you asking, are they going to do that? And why not just leave well enough alone?
Well, those are interesting questions. How Democrats are planning on doing that is by passing a resolution in Congress that is permitted under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. It was originally passed back in the Civil War era, and gives Congress the right to bar anyone from holding office if they have “engaged in insurrection”. So, all they would basically have to do is get a majority of votes in the House, and I’m thinking 60 votes in the Senate in order to pass this. That’s still going to be a stretch to get 10 Republicans to switch, but it may be an easier putt than to convict Trump in the Senate hearing.
We know that there are six Republican Senators that have decided that the impeachment trial is at the very least, constitutional. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana joined fellow GOP Rhino’s Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who joined all of the Democrats in saying that after witnessing a 13 minute rather biased and emotional video taken from inside the attack on the Capitol, that the trial was indeed constitutional and should move forward. That doesn’t mean the six are going to vote to convict, and frankly I’d be surprised if more than three of them do (probably Collins, Murkowski, and Romney).
The problem Democrats will have is, there is no way to get the resolution to bar Trump from holding office to pass the Senate with only 51 votes. It doesn’t qualify under the appointments rule, and it doesn’t qualify under budget reconciliation. So, these six along with four others would have to cross the aisle and vote to ban Trump from ever holding office again.
My big question is why? Why are Democrats so afraid of Donald Trump in the first place? Is it because he had, up until the election, a rather impressive and successful term as president, especially for a first time office holder? Is it because he beat Hillary Clinton, widely viewed as the worst candidate in US presidential political history? Or is it because they hate him SO much that they just never want to see his face again?
Actually, I think it’s because they think that after four years of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Democrats are going to be hard pressed to win back the White House in 2024. I don’t think Biden is off to a good start already. On inauguration day, his approval rating was 56%. While that’s higher than half-way, the historical average of first day presidencies is 65%. And it’s steadily fallen since then. Currently it sits at 51%. He’s only been in office three weeks! And 34% give him “strong approve”, while 38% give him a “strong disapprove” rating, leaving him with a -4 rating. That’s terrible this early!
Democrats know that if the trend continues, Biden will most likely be one of the more unpopular presidents in recent memory, maybe even more unpopular than his former boss (who is ranked at the bottom of the presidential list…as you’ll see on Sunday!) The last thing Democrats want is for Trump to announce he’s running for office again in 2024, and to actually beat either Joe Biden (if he runs), or Kamala Harris (if he doesn’t). I don’t know if they could handle that!
So, it’s get rid of Trump, step on his throat until he cries, “I can’t breathe!”. Though totally unnecessary, it’s the way that party works!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!