For John, BLUF: When politics gets too personal it gets too dangerous. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The Huffington Post, by Opinion Writer Kaitlin Byrd, 8 June 2018.
Here is the lede plus four:
It would be dangerous, divisive and difficult for Democrats to impeach Donald Trump. Or so says a growing consensus among the Washington political establishment.No mention of "Russia", "Putin" or "Collusion" or even "Mueller". So, for this writer there is no need for the Mueller Investigation. Donald J Trump is a jerk and deserves to be impeached based on his actions as a human being.
Pundits counsel caution, hanging onto visions of bipartisan compromise. Others invoke the hazards of 1998, when the impeachment and acquittal of then-President Bill Clinton hobbled GOP political ambitions. And Democrats weigh the potential backlash to pursuit of impeachment against the unvented anger of their base in this year’s midterm elections.
Some argue that running on impeachment is a trap; others, that it is a threat. What no one disputes are the merits.
Of the many arguments against impeachment, none is a moral one. Republicans not immediately within the Trump inner circle do not even assert his innocence as a defense. Instead, they use the threat as a motivating tactic for their base, stoking their resentments and fueling partisan animosity.
Perhaps if the only costs paid by the American people were ones of hyperpartisanship and aggressive Fox News broadcasts, it would be a reasonable calculation to avoid the question of impeachment. But there are far more terrible costs extracted by Trump’s malfeasance and Republican complicity.
I hope the Democrats run on impeachment, I hope they follow the lead of Article Author Kaitlin Byrd and Representative Maxine Waters.
The thing is, there are a lot of voters out there who will think of this as the Clerisy devaluing their vote back in November 2016. An act of total disrespect.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff