Here, excerpted from today’s editorial in the New York Post (a more lengthy excerpt than I usually use – but definitely use this link to read the entire commentary) is an excellent explanation of Democrats’ real impeachment strategy:
Democrats’ strategy for the Senate impeachment trial is apparently to turn it into a never-ending Senate investigation — even though that was supposed to be the House’s job.
Start with the General Accounting Office opinion that Team Trump’s temporary hold on aid to Ukraine constitutes a violation of the law. Maybe — but the GAO is no kind of court or other legal authority. If this was a real issue, the House could’ve raised it long ago. “We forgot” is just an old Steve Martin joke.
Then there’s the claim that assertions by Rudy Giuliani crony — well, ex-crony — Lev Parnas just plain compel the Senate to consider “new evidence” and call witnesses to get to the bottom of the Ukraine affair.
Rudy looks pretty foolish, and sleazy, for ever associating with this guy. But Parnas is facing federal indictments and plainly figures his best bet to skip prison is to win an immunity deal by confirming every conceivable anti-Trump suspicion. His “evidence” is mainly his own handwritten notes — written when? Can he prove that?
All this is starting to seem like a farcical replay of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, which had wrapped up until Democrats decided to play the Christine Blasey Ford card. That prompted a media furor that led to excruciating extra hearings, which changed no one’s mind. Then they pushed for more hearings about other, even less substantial charges. Even the now-disgraced Michael Avenatti got into the act.
The House is supposed to finish its investigation before sending the case to the Senate — not demand the Senate do the real work. What’s to prevent Adam Schiff & Co. from coming up with more Parnases (and Avenattis) to stretch this out for months?
Is the editorial correct? Is this an attempt to:
-stretch the impeachment process out for months – thus preventing government from legislating (which Democrats have been quite proficient at since they took over the House of Representatives),
-while ongoingly attacking President Trump in the most public way possible,
-and, not incidentally, locking the four senators who are presidential candidates – including two major hard-left candidates, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – to their seats in the senate chamber, while the Democrat power structure’s apparent preference, Joe Biden, is free to campaign every day.
In the minds of people like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, this must seem like hitting for the trifecta. Mire President Trump in a never-ending impeachment trial, use their complicit media to beat up on him daily, and take two hard-left, probably unelectable, major candidates off the playing field so that a (comparatively) more moderate candidate can cop the nomination.
Can this blow up in Democrats’ faces? You bet it can, in a number of different ways.
One is that the trial itself becomes as farcical to the public as the House hearings were. That does nothing good for Democrats.
Another is that Republicans who, let’s not forget, control the senate, will use the impeachment trial to showcase Joe Biden’s machinations on behalf of his ne’er-do-well son, Hunter. That is, to pound into the public’s mind that Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion dollars in foreign aid to Ukraine unless the prosecutor investigating Burisma, the Ukraine energy company that hired Hunter Biden and paid him millions of dollars for doing exactly nothing except being Joe Biden’s son – was summarily fired.
This is as clear a quid pro quo threat as you will ever find, and cannot do anything but damage Biden, so it’s a very sure bet Republicans will pound it into the public’s top-of-mind consciousness.
And, of course, there is the prospect of forcing Adam Schiff – the lead manager of the Democrat impeachment team – to testify as a fact witness about his knowledge of the so-called “whistleblower”, which he clearly lied about.
These are not the only ways Democrats can self-inflict damage with their impeachment strategy (e.g. do they really think John Bolton’s testimony will benefit them???) but they are pretty big ones.
In any event, this is what appears to be the Democrat impeachment strategy.
How will it ultimately play out? Sit back, bring plenty of popcorn, and find out.