Sanity lived to see another day in the House of Representatives on Wednesday when most Democrats, despite the rhetoric coming from their party, voted against bringing articles of impeachment against President Trump. Apparently the minor fact that Trump has actually not committed any high crimes or misdemeanors actually still means something on Capitol Hill, even if you wouldn’t know it from the way these Democrats talk on cable news.
Even so, the vote itself revealed that there is a significant minority of Democrats who are fully willing to go through with impeachment. Russian collusion may have been a hoax, cries of obstruction may be silly on their very face, and off-color tweets hardly meet the standard for impeachment, but that didn’t stop 95 Democrats from voting this week to bring impeachment to a floor vote. While it’s still well short of a majority of the House, it is certainly better than Rep. Al Green’s previous attempts at impeachment have done.
“In the three times Green has brought up such a resolution, colleagues from both parties voted to set it aside, and Wednesday was no exception. But he has gained support from his party with each attempt,” reports Fox News. “In December 2017, only 58 Democrats were on Green’s side. A month later, that number grew to 66. Now, roughly a year-and-a-half later, 95 Democrats opposed the motion to table his resolution.”
The numbers gave the Texas Democrat confidence.
“The president, at some point, will be impeached,” said Green. “People are starting to pay attention.”
Some of the Democrats who voted for impeachment this time around are ones who voted against it in previous scenarios. Their number includes Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Joe Kennedy (D-MA), and Jackie Speier (D-CA). Others are newcomers to the House, and you’ll not be much surprised by their names: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). The so-called Squad made their intentions known the minute they were sworn into office, after all. Few will forget Tlaib’s vow to “impeach the mother**ker.”
Truthfully, though these radical Democrats would never admit it, impeachment would be the greatest gift they could possibly give Trump (although waxing hysterical about his tweets is a pretty good consolation prize). Certain to be quickly exonerated in the Senate, Trump would force the Democrats to head into the 2020 elections with a second failure at their feet – the Mueller Report being the first. Blue-state Dems who voted for Trump the first time around would see quite clearly that their former party is not willing to address the concerns that forced them across party lines in 2016, and Trump would coast to victory over whatever inane candidate happens to win the DNC nomination.
But hey, it would make people like AOC feel really morally superior on Twitter, and isn’t that what’s important at the end of the day?