Impeaching Trump was, despite it all, essential

Impeaching Trump was, despite it all, essential

[Ed. – Circle back around for the author’s opinion of all how essential it was on Nov. 4.]

The purpose of impeachment was never political. It was never meant to be undertaken, and never should have been undertaken, with an eye to the Democrats being in a better political position after it was over. On those grounds it was, as Nancy Pelosi clearly felt, up to the very brink, a gamble not worth taking. The reasonable argument for why it had to be attempted was that to not impeach Donald Trump was not, well, reasonable. To allow obvious heedlessness to pass unchallenged was to collaborate in it. Impeachment was undertaken out of principle — the principle that the rule of law matters, and the corollary principle that political parties are not put in office to practice passivity. And it was … undertaken not at the political behest of a few radicals but in response to the collective and appropriate panic of national-security and intelligence professionals within the executive branch. …

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