The Democrats insist on dragging out the impeachment circus as long as possible by calling for witnesses that should have been heard by the House if they were so important to the case. Naturally, the RINOs* (Sen. Romney, Sen. Collins, and Sen. Murkowski) are only too happy to help the “stupid party” prove once again it rarely knows how to use majority status to effect its goals:
GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine claimed credit Wednesday morning for shaping the initial impeachment procedures resolution to require a vote adding witnesses and additional evidence. A Senate vote on whether to consider calling witnesses and allowing other new evidence is expected as early as Friday.
“I am pleased that I along with Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and others worked very hard to get into the resolution a guaranteed vote on whether or not to call witnesses at this point in the trial,” Collins said Wednesday.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to ensure that if witnesses are called, it’s not a selective assortment designed solely to try to make the president look bad. No, if we’re going to call witnesses, let’s hear from those whose activity the president was concerned about in the first place:
Even Mitt Romney, the first link to break, has said that he thinks calling witnesses should be reciprocal. That means Joe and Hunter Biden, at minimum. But calling the Bidens in exchange for calling John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney has been rejected by Democrats.
So McConnell’s way out it to force Democrats to reject a witness deal. That way, Democrats are the ones responsible for no new witnesses. It provides cover to people like Susan Collins who may be concerned how voting against witnesses my impact their reelection chances.
McConnell needs to go nuclear. Mutually Assured Destruction nuclear on witnesses — the Bidens or bust.
The GOP has become more politically assertive and aggressive with Trump in the White House, and that’s been a pleasure to see. I’ve said before that if he does nothing else, Trump’s at least showing the Right how to fight. That said, there are still plenty of “Republicans” who’d be happy to see the president fail. McConnell must insure that if the investigation is going to be rehashed in the Senate, that it’s done in full, so that all the truth comes out.
Otherwise, there will be a lot of people like me who will wonder what point there is in handing the Republicans political power at all. If they fail here, they should expect alternative political organizations to challenge for their place. And they’ll deserve their irrelevance.
* RINO = “Republicans in Name Only,” for those unaware. And no, it’s not a compliment.