How Did Impeachments Become So Partisan?
The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins this week. Alas, the outcome seems foreordained. While a handful of Senate Republicans may join Senate Democrats in voting to convict, the vote is virtually certain to fall short of the required two-thirds majority.
Public opinion and political alignment on Trump’s impeachment is almost a pure party-line affair. Despite the seriousness of Trump’s offenses—those for which he was impeached this time, for which he was impeached before, and those for which he was never impeached—relatively few are willing to cross party lines. This is a problem. As we noted in a recent statement of Checks & Balances and like-minded Republican lawyers and former government officials:
A political party that permits its President to violate his oath of office and the rule of law without serious consequence will have little basis to ask the American people to entrust it with governing responsibly again. Our country needs two serious political parties, each capable of governing, for our democracy to remain strong.
Alas, partisan willingness to excuse Presidential misconduct is not new. It’s just been getting worse. How did we get here?
My fellow co-founder of Checks and Balances co-founder Paul Ros
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