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Impeachment 2.0 in Perspective

We’ve just finished another week of uniquely Washington asininity.  China is threatening Taiwan.  Gas prices are going up.  Unemployment isn’t going down.  Another migrant caravan is on the way.  COVID-19 vaccine distribution is a mess.  In spite of all of this, congress has decided that its top priority is to impeach a man – who has already left office.  Many have called this unconstitutional.  It’s worse than that – it’s also silly.

Impeachment 1.0 didn’t go very well.  Lead prosecutors (house managers) Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler soiled the bed – as lawyers would say.  Speaker Antoinette was determined to make impeachment 2.0 a model for future proceedings.  She reviewed her caucus of legal giants, and selected the court jester to be one of the prosecutors.  Eric Swalwell, who slept with a Chinese spy named Fang Fang, would prosecute Donald Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”  You’ve got to hand it to Nancy – she does have a knack for keeping politics entertaining.

The impeachment hearing in the House of Representatives was a model of efficiency.  By not allowing Trump to defend himself, and skipping the collection of evidence, the articles of impeachment were brought in record time.  The speaker who gave us, “We must pass the legislation to see what’s in it,” has now given us, “We must hurry and remove him from office before he leaves office.”

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Unfortunately, impeachment 2.0 didn’t go quite as smoothly in the Senate.  The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court declined to preside over the proceeding.  He must have had a scheduling conflict.  Therefore, Chuck Schumer selected Patrick TDS Leahy to ensure The Donald’s fair and impartial treatment.

The house managers were given 2 days to present their case.  It was damning – to the Democrats that is, not to Trump.  Their evidence included a doctored tweet and an edited video.  Rep. Swalwell also misread a tweet, claiming it was calling on the cavalry – as in calling out the troops.  The tweet was actually calling on calvary – as in calling on a prayer vigil.  Whatever, they’re almost the same.  Their evidence may have been lacking, but their presentation was really passionate. 

Donald Trump’s lawyers destroyed the prosecution’s case by simply playing a video of Democrats talking. Impeaching an ex-president – unconstitutional.  Embarrassment on the national stage – substantial.  Calling the prosecution as your star witness – priceless!

The case was going so bad for the Democrats that on Saturday they decided that they would renege on their agreement with Republicans, and call witnesses.  They announced to the press that they had a witness who had overheard someone saying something to someone else.  It was a “smoking gun.”  An hour later, they called the press back and said, “never mind.”  Apparently, it hadn’t occurred to these legal geniuses that if they called witnesses, so would Donald Trump.  They couldn’t have the defendant defending himself, so witnesses were off the table again.  A few minutes after that announcement, Trump was acquitted – again.

For those Republicans who are depressed about the election, consider this: The impeachment showed that the Democrats have Trump hatred, and nothing else.  Hatred makes a horrible election strategy.  They have no solutions for any of our problems, so to distract us, they put on this little show.  It was the political equivalent of, “Hey look, a squirrel.”  That may work for Basement Joe, but not for the rest of us.  The Democrats are not ascendant – they have peaked.

So where do the Democrats go from here?  I suggest impeachment 3.0!  They’ve impeached a president.  They’ve also impeached a past president. Go for the trifecta, impeach a future president.  Maybe they could impeach all of the Trump children, as a group, to prevent any of them from holding future office.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could be the lead prosecutor.  I hear she makes a mean Bloody Mary – for the morning after hangover.

Author Bio: John Green is a political refugee from Minnesota, now residing in Star Idaho. He is a retired engineer with over 40 years of experience in the areas of product development, quality assurance, organizational development, and corporate strategic planning. He can be reached at

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