impeach Trump is about control of Democratic Party
By Rick Salutin
November 10, 2019 "Information
Clearing House" - The Trump impeachment
frenzy in the U.S. among Democrats, especially by
party heavies like Nancy Pelosi, makes zero sense on
First, there’s no
chance they’ll succeed: they’ll impeach (i.e.
charge) him in the House and fail to convict in the
Republican Senate. Why waste resources on losing
instead of building a credible, vote-garnering
It’s not about
healing divisions, since this will make those far
It’s a dreadful
issue to base an impeachment on: Trump’s klutzy
efforts to bully Ukraine’s president into providing
dirt on potential rival Joe Biden. It’s obscure and
distant (Ukraine!). What’s a good impeachment issue?
Organizing a seedy criminal burglary (Watergate)
from the White House — which was the case for
Nixon’s impeachment. Or having sex with a young
woman in the oval office (Clinton). People can
relate. Those are gripping, titillating and
Plus, an election’s
a year off. Why not beat him there and avoid issues
of legitimacy? Nixon and Clinton were both impeached
right after elections. That timing made sense, it
was the only expedient way to dump them.
Some say it is about
that, they’re trying to cripple Trump for the
election. But this will just entrench voters on both
sides, it won’t move a single ballot.
Pelosi’s a special
mystery. She held out against impeachment for three
years. Then along comes a Ukrainian sideshow and
she’s all in? Spare me.
What shifted her
now? I’d say the answer is: this impeachment isn’t
directed at Trump at all, it’s about undermining the
rising left-wing opposition in the Democratic party.
They are plausibly on the verge of seizing the party
agenda away from the neo-liberal consensus of the
Clinton-Obama decades — with issues like universal
public health-care and equitable taxes. They’ve even
found ways to fund campaigns without bowing to the
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