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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Prudence and Impeachment

In  Defying the Oddswe discuss Russian involvement in the 2016 campaign and other scandals.

At The Hill, Lloyd Green writes that the Clinton impeachment holds lessons for those who would immediately impeach Trump.
Back then, Newt Gingrich, the ever priapic House Speaker, and his Republican congressional colleagues thought it a good idea to impeach Bill Clinton for being, well, ever priapic. For his efforts, Gingrich lost the speakership as his own “hobbies” became the focus of attention, and the Republicans managed to lose four seats in the 1998 midterm elections, despite the fact that they were the “out” party. President Clinton ended up the winner as he completed his term with a 65 percent approval rating, a number higher than every other president since Harry Truman.
Instead, the Democrats and the country would be better served by waiting for what the special counsel ultimately says and does about President Trump. Conceivably, Mueller could indict Trump, label him an unindicted conspirator much like Richard Nixon, or recommend that the House consider Trump’s impeachment. It also possible that Trump escapes legal jeopardy. The bottom line is that prudence is in order. There is plenty of time left on the clock.
In 2014, some Republicans talked about impeaching Obama. Democrats used such talk to raise money.