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If you ever want to drive me insane, you don’t need to use the Chinese water torture on me. You just need to force me to watch the ineptness of the House and Senate and the histrionics and hand-wringing regarding impeachment. But I’m begging Mitch McConnell to put us all out of our misery. The Editorial Staff of the Wall Street Journal (sorry—it’s probably behind a paywall) describes the process to set us all free. Mr. McConnell is ignoring the hysterics of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. He seems to be doing that with a twinkle in his eye. In fact, he may already be contemplating these steps recommended by the WSJ. So what is he up against? I’m describing the basic process here.
- Nancy Pelosi insists that the articles of impeachment must be formally transmitted to the Senate. Not true:
There’s nothing in the Constitution that says impeachment requires a formal transmittal of the articles to the Senate, whether by sedan chair or overnight Fed Ex, or that the House must appoint impeachment managers. The parchment merely says the House has sole power over impeachment and the Senate the sole power to try an impeachment. The act of impeachment is the vote.
- Nancy Pelosi demands that the Senate state the rules it will follow. They not only do not have to state them, but they certainly don’t have to negotiate the rules with the House. Ms. Pelosi—those rules are none of your business.
- The Senate has rules in place that say a trial doesn’t begin until the House appoints managers to deliver the articles. Simple options: (1) Give Pelosi a deadline for appointing managers, or (2) start without managers (and the Presidents’ lawyers will make the case). As said earlier, the articles have already been “delivered.”
- Mitch McConnell can have witnesses or not. It’s not up to Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi. So get over it.
At this point, the House Democrats will be all hot and bothered if Mitch McConnell takes action. I believe the country knows what a sham the impeachment process has been, and what it continues to be, and citizens will reject the Democrat temper tantrums.
The WSJ closed with this statement:
For Senate Republicans, their constitutional duty here is also the best politics. Don’t join Nancy Pelosi in defining impeachment down. Honor the Constitution by holding a trial.
Just do it, Mitch.