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Dems Facing a Party-Line Vote on Impeachment Ground Rules

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., addresses reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

If you’re going to overturn the election of a president, you would think that you’d want a few brave souls from the opposition to at least give the appearance of bi-partisanship.

Democrats are realizing that this simply isn’t going to happen and it calls into question the legitimacy of their entire inquiry.

Associated Press:

There was no doubt that the Democratic-controlled body would approve the eight pages of procedures on Thursday, with each side likely to lose a handful of defectors, if any.

“As much as this president flaunts the Constitution, we are going to protect it,” House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern, D-Mass., said on Wednesday as his panel debated the procedures.

This, from a political party that routinely calls for severe restrictions on the First Amendment, total repeal of the Second Amendment, ignoring the Ninth and Tenth Amendments altogether, deep-sixing the electoral college…shall I go on?

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told The Associated Press that the package creates “much more of a politically closed system than an open system.”

That echoed Republican complaints that the Democratic-run process has been secretive and tilted against them. Democrats say their plan follows how impeachment efforts against Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton were run.

In fact, Democrats during the Nixon impeachment and Republicans during the Clinton impeachment bent over backward to not only be fair to the accused, but to give the appearance of being fair. The Democrats aren’t even trying.

Both parties are looking for total unanimity in the vote and Republicans, at least, appear likely to get it.

Republicans said a solid GOP “no” vote would signal to the Senate that the Democratic push is a partisan crusade against a president they have never liked. McCarthy, R-Calif., said he’s unaware of any Republican even “leaning toward voting for it.”

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., a moderate who some thought might be open to backing the Democratic rules, said he would oppose them. He complained about the secrecy that Democrats have used and said he had not been pressured by GOP leaders or Trump, with whom he had a drink at a Republican fundraiser Tuesday night.

“You really can’t roll back the clock” from the time the investigation began last month, Upton said.

Vulnerable Republican House members would have no problem voting against an impeachment resolution but vulnerable Democrats in Trump districts might feel like they’re walking the plank having to vote to impeach the president. Maybe Democrats should hold the vote in the middle of the night in a closed session to accommodate those members in danger. It would certainly anger a lot of people, that’s for sure.

Democrats don’t think they’ll be hurt much by the partisan appearance of their inquiry. It will certainly please the hysterical, anti-Trump vote — the real power in the party. They don’t care what impeachment looks like, they just want it done.

That may well be their undoing.