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Dead Man's Hand: The Impeachment Gambit

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The two-year Mueller investigation of Donald Trump's alleged collusion ("largely synonymous with conspiracy") with Russia is over. Nothingburger.

The 448-page Mueller Report has been published in full, and made into a dramatic hour-and-twenty-minute stage performance adapted by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright with a cast of Hollywood stars. Yawn.

Then there was the seven hours of Mueller himself testifying before two committees of Congress and the public. Painful, "very, very painful."

One might expect that the Democratic Party's #Resistance would abandon its attempt to unseat Donald Trump through litigation, in the face of the glaring fact that this whole Russiagate/Mueller Investigation thing has only been of great political benefit, a "massive gift," to Donald Trump. Seeing all the chips flow to your opponent, you gotta know when to fold 'em and play a new hand.

One might think a shrewd and serious #Resistance would perhaps switch to a strategy of frontal political assault that highlights substantive alternatives to reactionary social and foreign policies, where Trump is vulnerable for increasing inequality, social insecurity, and foreign aggression. 'Cause, you know, as Nathan Robinson puts it: "People are upset because they're drowning in debt, their rent is too damn high, they can't afford their health insurance and they are working crappy jobs," not because Konstantin Kilimnik got some polling data. One might think, with Robinson, that "hopefully we can put this pathetic chapter in American politics behind us."

One who thinks this, however, would be underestimating the #Resistance's capacity for self-delusion. As I put it previously, "The Mueller Investigation never happened and will never end." Matt Taibbi chronicles how, "in the space of a single news cycle," Mueller's testimony was turned from a "disaster" by a "struggling," "old and often confused" aging bureaucrat into another heroic victory for the regiments of the #Resistance, led by Mueller, the "Trump Hunter," a man whose "face was a portrait of rare depth, the sort one is more likely to find on a Leonardo da Vinci canvas "[or on] paintings of the Agony in the Garden, showing Jesus' upturned face as he prayed."

Yup, having lost a big political pot with its "Russian collusion" high card, the #Resistance Dems and media are now on full tilt with the "obstruction of justice" hand they say Mueller Agonistes has dealt them. Gotta love those Aces and Eights!

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VERY good piece, Jim. Thanks. You've almost got me persuaded.


Try this one on for an alternative view:

click here


AND this one, from which I learned a lot.....about the good effects of IMPEACHMENT of Andrew Johnson, even though he was not convicted.


click here


Besides, the Constitution is VERY clear on all this. Letting Bush and Cheney off for war crimes was VERY bad precedent. Must everything today be done out of narrow political upwomenship/upmenship motives?


Best,


Ray

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Hi Ray,

I'm doubly delighted, both to see Jim's thoughtful piece get such a prominent headline and to see you here responding to it. (Don't know if you remember me, but you read my CounterPunch piece defending Caitlin Johnstone and e-mailed me asking if I had HER e-mail.)

In any case, I wanted to draw your attention to an OpEdNews piece of my own that engages in dialogue with Jim's piece from a climate activist viewpoint and contributes (from that viewpoint) to the impeachment debate. Hope you'll read and comment on it.

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It is nice to see this post so nicely headlined! Check my comment on your piece, which I did not know was out there in dialogue with mine.

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We'll have to agree to disagree about this, Ray. I'm not persuaded by the links you provided, which refer to different historical and political situations. I'll stand by my reasoning here. I'll restate one important point: Dems here would not base their impeachment case on Trump being a war criminal (per Bush case) or on the political defense of anything like Reconstruction (Johnson) but on "collusion of justice" within the Russiagate framework. In other words, they will be reinforcing one of the worst and most dangerous political discourses developed over the last three years

Anyway, thanks for reading and responding. Much respect.

-jim k

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Do we have judicial precedent to let war criminals off?

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Not impeaching Trump as well as not impeaching - W Bush all came "from the same source" - Obviously, a "timid" Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi prefers "investigating" rather than "impeaching" Trump - for W Bush, however, she did not even bother to "investigate" him even though Pelosi/Conyers had "Thirty Five Articles of Impeachment" (e.g., #IraqWar - "Fraudulent Justification" Article II) "ready to go" - "on her watch . For Pelosi, it "seems to be" all about the "political capital and favor" of Republican presidents. #Verdict.

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Try common sense Lance. Much of the Democratic party seems to be lacking that attribute.


Impeachment, especially this close to an election is a no-go. If one is delusional, they will stay on the bandwagon.


This election is going to be close. Impeachment would only serve to strengthen Trump's position. It would be like handing him another 4 year term, and would make a lot of Republicans damn happy, along with the NRA.


Pelosi is making a rational decision. I would like to remind you how wrong the progressives were in the last election. Your "saviour" didn't even make it on the ballot (thanks to the DNC) but he is now tainted and won't be on the ballot again.


Pelosi isn't concerned with what the progressives want. Y'all simply don't have enough money and aren't cohesive enough for political success.



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"Can't let him walk the Earth without that stain" - Rep Al Green (D-TX). To defeat him at the polls would do history a disservice, would do our nation a disservice, and would not allow us to do what they did in 1868 when Andrew Johnson, who was the bigot of his time, who was impeached by the radical Republicans," Green said.

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When an MSM flunkie asked Gabbard recently if she supported impeachment she said no, because it will only make thing worse and will distract Congress from doing its work. They only reason that the question was asked was to try to isolate her from the turds in the Democratic party who are outpolling her. But her answer was so direct and logical, it'd be stupid to ask her again.

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The Republicans are starting to turn against Trump. Even his former communications director says Trump is "unstable" and unfit for office. This is a better way than impeachment to get rid of Trump.

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Don, did you even read Kavanagh's article??? It's a very coherent argument on why impeachment would be a disaster with no winners on any side. As Kavanagh points out, it would antagonize republicans, further tarnish the democrats for trying to reverse an election they fucked up, irreparably divide the nation and install Pence who is a much more serious, organized, and ideologically-coherent religious proto-fascist:

But since you brought up "unstable," they are all unstable when you facotor in that a hallmark of instability is murder. You probably voted for Clinton. How stable is she? A mentally stable person doesn't bomb a peaceful nation into oblivion for no reason and turn it into a slave market. Give me a break Don, looking to CNN to make your point is pathetic .

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John, well said.

Thanks.

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Impeachment won't install Pence. Impeachment does NOT mean removal from office.

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Tulsi wouldn't go along and that is one reason she is separated from these others she does what she thinks is right without regard to what is "politically correct" Remember her resigning from the co-chair of the DNC because she saw the corruption they were doing to get Hillary as their candidate. I believe she weighs the situation and outcomes before coming to a decision. Something needed in politics and is a major reason she is being demonized as she cannot be controlled by the establishment.

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President Trump said he would welcome Russia to G8.

This is bad news for many countries especially weaker countries. Russia will have a free hand to plunder.

What happened to the Western countries' support for Ukraine?

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Impeachment isn't about "unseating" a president or anyone.

Ask impeached, but remained in office, Bill Clinton.

Why's this "impeachment" word used so incorrectly all over the place, even on OUR side? Is it that so many want Trump to remain in office, except even more angry?

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