Thank you for doing your job. Especially to the House Democrats in Republican-leaning districts who could have easily abstained or voted not to impeach, knowing that more than enough votes were already available.
That is the kind of courage, conscientiousness and placing the country before party we need out of Congress, but is sorely lacking. Some may be risking their seats but did their duty anyway. The country voted overwhelmingly for congressional oversight of the president in the 2018 midterms — even in many Trump districts — and that’s exactly what we’ve gotten. After all, elections have consequences, as many Trump supporters are fond of saying. You can be sure that reasonable Republicans are afraid for their country and are glad to hide behind congressional oversight from the Democrats and demonize them. Kind of the best of both worlds.
And thank goodness for this newfound oversight! Under a Republican House, do you think Mr. Trump’s wrongdoing would ever have seen the light of day? And, it doesn’t even matter that Mr. Trump won’t be removed from office. The Senate Republicans who privately loathe Mr. Trump will not bring themselves to do that, of course. Call me naive, but I believe in his heart of hearts, Mr. Trump knows he is dodging a bullet and will no longer seek foreign help for his 2020 political prospects. A win for all of us.
But Senate Republicans had better be careful. Many Americans will not put up with a sham trial. Just ask Virginia Republicans who made a mockery of a special session the governor called on gun safety last year. Their dereliction of duty cost them dearly at the polls and I believe the same will happen to Senate Republicans in 2020. For all you Trump supporters who find this entire affair a sordid miscarriage of justice, I have just one question: If a Democratic president had done what Mr. Trump has admitted to doing, would you still feel it is not impeachable? As a Democrat who supported the impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1998 because we cannot permit anyone lying to Congress in this country, I unfortunately already know the answer to that one.