This morning while using the rest room at the Newtown Country Club I heard snippets of a conversation taking place out in the dining room. There were about 4 guys sitting around talking about Trump and all the impeachment noise being made these days. I didn't hear everything but caught a few of the following bits and pieces:
"They won't be happy until they convict SOMEONE". (I presume they mean by 'they' the democrats.)
"Impeach for what? What do they have?"
"It's just a media circus."
That sort of thing.
I felt like running out and lecturing them on the meaning of high crimes and misdemeanors but my friends were waiting for me.
So here's what I think. I think they're right-for all the wrong reasons. Now is not the time to impeach. Here's why.
1. As House leader Nancy Pelosi has correctly observed, not even all House democrats are on board with this. If you can't get overwhelming support within your own party then it looks like a lost cause from the start.
2. But suppose somehow the House does impeach him. Then what? It goes to the Senate-a republican controlled Senate. Senate republicans have remained stubbornly supportive of Trump even though he's such a despicable slob. So there's no chance he'll get convicted in the Senate.
3. Efforts to impeach could backfire on the Dems. Witness the above conversation I overheard. How many other people think this is just a witch hunt? Why take the chance?
So what needs to happen is that Trump's opponents do nothing but bide their time. Let him continue to lie, trip and stumble his way through the rest of his term and keep track of everything like police analyzing a crime scene which is pretty much what it has amounted to. Then when the next presidential campaign rolls around and a Democratic candidate emerges (looking like Biden at this point) you've got the ammunition you need to show Trump for what he is-the most corrupt, immoral liar to ever set foot in the White House.
There's my two cents worth for the day!