A shift in the weather

Senator Lamar Alexander:

“If this shallow, hurried and wholly partisan impeachment were to succeed, it would rip the country apart, pouring gasoline on the fire of cultural divisions that already exist,” Alexander said. “It would create the weapon of perpetual impeachment to be used against future presidents whenever the House of Representatives is of a different political party.”

He added: “The framers believed that there should never, ever be a partisan impeachment. That is why the Constitution requires a 2/3 vote of the Senate for conviction. Yet not one House Republican voted for these articles.”

I was happy to see this from Senator Lamar.   I had sent him a note on Sunday to encourage him to hang tough.  I encouraged my Facebook friends to do the same.

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7 thoughts on “A shift in the weather”

  1. Good, going, Senator Alexander:

    “I worked with other senators to make sure that we have the right to ask for more documents and witnesses, but there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense,” Alexander said.

    “There is no need for more evidence to prove that the president asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter; he said this on television on October 3, 2019, and during his July 25, 2019, telephone call with the president of Ukraine,” he continued. “There is no need for more evidence to conclude that the president withheld United States aid, at least in part, to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens; the House managers have proved this with what they call a ‘mountain of overwhelming evidence.’ There is no need to consider further the frivolous second article of impeachment that would remove the president for asserting his constitutional prerogative to protect confidential conversations with his close advisers.

    “It was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent and to withhold United States aid to encourage that investigation,” he continued. “When elected officials inappropriately interfere with such investigations, it undermines the principle of equal justice under the law. But the Constitution does not give the Senate the power to remove the president from office and ban him from this year’s ballot simply for actions that are inappropriate.”

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-republicans-do-or-die-moment-pivotal-vote-impeachment-vote

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  2. “. . . It was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent and to withhold United States aid to encourage that investigation,” he continued. “When elected officials inappropriately interfere with such investigations, it undermines the principle of equal justice under the law. ”

    On the whole I’m relieved about it, but I was very disappointed by the part quoted above. Republicans ALWAYS have to spinelessly throw a bone to the Ds. It’s just like Ricochet founders who can’t agree with the President without first qualifying it with ‘well, his administration is reckless, chaotic and half-baked on almost everything, but he squeaked out this one good decision . . .” I cannot believe they don’t understand that it says loud & clear to their base “I take you utterly for granted.”

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  3. Pencilvania:
    “. . . It was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent and to withhold United States aid to encourage that investigation,” he continued. “When elected officials inappropriately interfere with such investigations, it undermines the principle of equal justice under the law. ”

    On the whole I’m relieved about it, but I was very disappointed by the part quoted above. Republicans ALWAYS have to spinelessly throw a bone to the Ds. It’s just like Ricochet founders who can’t agree with the President without first qualifying it with ‘well, his administration is reckless, chaotic and half-baked on almost everything, but he squeaked out this one good decision . . .” I cannot believe they don’t understand that it says loud & clear to their base “I take you utterly for granted.”

    Totally agree Pencilvania!
    Look,I’m not sure this is over yet.  What if somebody else flips, and it’s a tie?  The Dread Pilate Roberts gets to break it.  O the suspense…..

    And y’know what?  I don’t care.
    I very much want this  to be over.    But what if the Dems did call Bolton? He has already contradicted himself on tape.  Mulvaney?  Great, he’d be another Corey  Lewandowski.  The Dems are sorry they ever called him. 

    And we could get B. Hussein (Y not?) and Eric  Ciaramella?( Yeah, never mind Schiff,  he ain’t gonna crack.  He already lied to Congress, he can’t go back on it.)

    Of course it’s not over till  it’s over, but at this point either scenario looks like WINNING!

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  4. MJBubba:
    [quoting Sen. Alexander]“It was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent and to withhold United States aid to encourage that investigation,” he continued. “When elected officials inappropriately interfere with such investigations, it undermines the principle of equal justice under the law.

    Well, he is wrong about this part. Foreign aid is all about getting other countries to do what we want, or should be anyhow. And there is a legitimate national interest in knowing about the possible corruption of a presidential candidate. This has absolutely nothing to do with “equal justice under the law,” not that it’s even a thing in the US. If there were equal justice under the law, I can think of any number of Obama officials and holdovers who should be in jail. If Mr Alexander is so concerned about the rule of law, he should focus his attention there.

    I’m glad Alexander made the right choice, even if for the wrong reasons. It’s dismaying that he (a) doesn’t understand a basic principle of foreign policy and (b) got sold on the Left’s narrative about muh election interference. The Republican Party remains infected with loser mentality, which is one of the many reasons the empire is doomed.

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  5. Mirabile dictu,  Murkowski just made the right choice for the right reasons.
    Screw Alexander the Late.  His words are already being recited by the Dems, and  they’ll haunt the GOP as Nov 3 approaches.   Sour old spoiler.

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  6. Hypatia:
    Mirabile dictu,  Murkowski just made the right choice for the right reasons.
    Screw Alexander the Late.  His words are already being recited by the Dems, and  they’ll haunt the GOP as Nov 3 approaches.   Sour old spoiler.

    Oh I am happy with Senator Alexander.   For a lot of 2017 it looked like he was poised to break to the NeverTrump side.  He never did commit; he got a lot of push-back from constituents.   He has a solid record of listening and responsiveness.

    Talking Snake Media was making much of the fact that Lamar Alexander had chosen not to run for re-election, and this is his last year in the Senate.  He has a long track record as a centrist, and they were hoping, hoping, hoping that he would throw in with the Dems on this one.

    In my note that I sent to his office I had encouraged him to hang tough with his Tennessee constituents, who are overwhelmingly supportive of President Trump.    I am very pleased to have him sticking with us.

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