Editor’s Note: We got over him years ago. The Democrats aren’t ready to move on though.
Trying to think of other over-the-top jokes from 70s sitcoms that are now official U.S. policy … pic.twitter.com/NKfduMqpzm— Jake (@s_decatur) January 25, 2021
Ummmm… pic.twitter.com/AdpD9td2OH— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 27, 2021
As should have been clear by his rapid recovery in the polls, there aren’t anywhere close to enough Republican votes in the Senate to convict Donald Trump. As with Charlottesville, a bad new cycle wasn’t the end of the world and was quickly overshadowed by Neoliberal Joe’s culture war agenda.
“For a moment, it looked like Donald Trump might be losing his iron grip on the GOP. In the wake of the deadly Capitol riot, 10 House Republicans joined Democrats in their vote to impeach him. Several other Republicans openly suggested at least censuring the president.
Local and state Republican parties are censuring Republicans for disloyalty in states across the country. The lawmakers who broke with him are weathering a storm of criticism from Trump-adoring constituents at home, with punitive primary challenges already taking shape. In Washington, party leaders who once suggested Trump bore some responsibility for the Jan. 6 violence are backtracking.
On Tuesday, 45 Republican senators — all but five members of the GOP conference — voted that putting a former president on trial for impeachment is unconstitutional, all but guaranteeing the Senate won’t convict him. If the Republican Party seemed to be at a crossroads about its post-Trump future, it now appears to have concluded in which direction to travel. …”
“SHAPIRO: But that condemnation has been so quickly, if not squelched, then at least slapped down. Is there a place for what you describe as the governing wing of the party in today’s GOP?
AYRES: That is a major question going forward. We’ve seen many of the stalwarts of the governing wing in the Senate decline to run for reelection.
SHAPIRO: You’re talking about Rob Portman of Ohio, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Richard Burr of North Carolina.
AYRES: And Lamar Alexander, who did not run again in 2020. All four of those gentlemen were core parts of the governing wing of the Republican Party in the Senate. And all four are going to be gone. …”
The Democrats came into Washington guns blazing on impeachment, censorship, smearing all Trump voters as “domestic terrorists” and vowing to establish a police state to fight “extremism.” They used Joe’s first week in office to push “racial equity” and transgenderism and open borders and climate change extremism. The effect was to instantly solidify their opposition.
It would have been much smarter and popular to go easy and to send a clean bill through the House and Senate that delivered on the promise of $2,000 stimulus checks. Instead, Old Trusty foolishly went with a blitzkrieg of culture war executive orders and crammed too many polarizing social issues into too short of a window of time. There are probably enough Republican senators who would support removing Trump, but it is politically impossible for them now given the angry reaction of their base.
In February, the Democratic Senate is going to have a show trial and Trump’s acquittal is now all but a foregone conclusion. It was a huge waste of political capital and time on meaningless, emotionally satisfying political theater. Meanwhile, the COVID relief package which is bundled with $1,400 checks is being kicked down the road to March or April while this parade of unpopular White liberal stuff – woke and trans and climate change and open borders – continues and ratchets up political polarization.
Note: How much damage can the Democrats do with their trifecta in name only? The reality of the situation is that the filibuster isn’t going anywhere because Manchin and Sinema won’t change it and Joe’s flurry of executive orders will be challenged in federal court. The Democrats will use budget reconciliation to pass the COVID relief package at some point this spring.