As promised by Rep. Al Green (D-TX) an impeachment vote was taken in the House of Representatives yesterday.
In total it lost by 364-58. Only 30% of Democrats voted in favor.
This is not to say Democrats would not vote for impeachment. The reasons most, maybe all, voted it down were :
-With a 241-194 Republican majority it couldn’t win anyway;
-Many Democrats have come to realize (some more belatedly than others) that fighting for impeachment – or anything else other than jobs, the economy and national security – is a losing political strategy. Falling from majorities in every part of government to minorities does eventually get through to some people – even politicians.
This, of course, is before we get to the fact that the basis for Green’s impeachment vote – his accusation that Donald Trump is a racist – has nothing to do with the constitutional definition of what a President can be impeached for:
Article II § 4: “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
A member of the opposition party – one who belongs to an overtly racist organization himself (let me know when the Congressional Black Caucus allows non-Black members in) calling the president names, doesn’t qualify.
The result of this exercise is to make Al Green look ridiculous (no problem at all for him, since he is in the safest of safe congressional districts and won’t lose his seat over it) and Democrats, in general, look just as ridiculous (including the Democrats who are not in safe districts and could lose their seats).
Saying, in effect, “we didn’t vote for impeachment...yet” doesn’t let them off the hook.
This kind of crapola is, as noted above, is what brought Democrats to their current minority status. And it can seriously damage their not insignificant chances for a comeback next year.
I recall that great line in Working Girl, when Trask (Philip Bosco) exasperatedly asks Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford) “Are you trying to blow this deal?”
Democrats desperately need Bosco. And I’m not talking about the milk additive.