A Glimmer of Hope?

I have said since the word “impeachment” was first mentioned, that there would be no chance the Senate would vote to convict, even if the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump.  Moscow Mitch McConnell has indicated that he would not even allow the case to be tried in “his” Senate.  But, there are some signs that the republicans are beginning to see Trump in a less favourable light these days.

Twice this summer I have written about Republicans for the Rule of Law (RRL), “a group of life-long Republicans dedicated to defending the institutions of the republic and upholding the rule of law.”  Earlier this year, the group sponsored a 30-second ad calling for Trump’s impeachment that was aired on none other than Fox and Friends.  They also hand-delivered a copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to every lawmaker in the republican party.

This week, our friend Keith wrote a post titled Republicans for the Rule of Law condemn Trump behavior (and obstruction) with Ukraine in which he updates us, telling us that RRL is once again standing for law and justice and calling Trump out on his recent actions.  Be sure to check out Keith’s post for more information.  The group has a new 30-second ad out now …

Bill Kristol is a neoconservative political analyst and frequent commentator on several networks, who has held senior positions in both Ronald Reagan’s and George H.W. Bush’s administrations.  Kristol is also one of the co-directors of Defending Democracy Together, the ‘parent’ organization for Republicans for Rule of Law.  Yesterday, Kristol wrote an OpEd in the New York Times that bears reading.

Republicans Don’t Have to Nominate Trump in 2020

The party can do better.

Bill-KristolRepublicans have had their differences these past few years. Most have supported President Trump; a few have not. Some of the president’s supporters have been enthusiastic; many have not. Some of the reluctant Trump supporters have expressed reservations at certain times; many have not.

But with the revelations of the last week, and the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry, we are at a new moment. This is obviously the case for Republicans in Congress, who will have to vote on impeachment and perhaps on conviction. They have a unique part to play in this drama; the rest of us are merely observers or advisers. All we can really now ask of members of Congress is to keep an open mind and to evaluate the facts as they emerge.

But we already have learned enough to know that the government whistle-blower is correct to say “that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.” We know this latest instance is part of a history of repeated injuries and usurpations. We may not yet know whether removal from the office to which President Trump was elected is warranted. But surely we know enough to judge that Mr. Trump does not deserve renomination for that office for an additional four years.

The Republican Party faces a binary choice. It either will or will not renominate Donald Trump in 2020. (And if President Trump is removed as a consequence of impeachment and conviction, or if he resigns, the G.O.P. either will or will not nominate as its standard-bearer a newly sworn-in Mike Pence, who will have been at Mr. Trump’s side for his entire administration and has been a fervent defender of the president.)

The 2020 Republican nomination is an open question. It is a decision of great consequence on which all Republicans have a say, and all have a responsibility. Republican leaders in particular — Republican elected officials and former elected officials, Republican activists and donors, appointees of this administration and of former Republican administrations — bear a weighty responsibility. They can support Donald Trump, and put a stamp of approval on his tenure in office. They can keep quiet, a stamp of approval of its own sort. Or they can step up and act for the honor of their party and the good of their country.

There are currently three announced Republican challengers to Donald Trump. Republican leaders could in various ways support one or all three of them. There are also other Republicans who might well be stronger candidates for the nomination and who may well be more qualified to serve as president. Those individuals could be encouraged by colleagues, activists and donors, privately or publicly, to run — and they could be offered support if they do.

And may I say directly to those Republicans who could run: You have a unique chance to act for your party and your country. You can play a role in overcoming the shame and stain of the past three years, and in the reformation of a once great party. Win or lose, you will go down in the history books as a man or woman of honor.

The Republican Party has surely discovered over the past few years the wisdom of Virgil: “The gates of hell are open night and day; Smooth the descent, and easy is the way.”

But Republican leaders of conscience and courage now have an unusual moment “to return, and view the cheerful skies,” as Virgil put it. “In this the task and mighty labor lies.”

No, this doesn’t mean Mitch McConnell will immediately find his cojones and do the right thing, nor that the fools in the House Freedom Caucus will “see the light” and understand what Trump is doing to this nation.  But, it’s a start.  Some republicans have had enough of Trump and find that they can no longer support him.  The movement is gathering momentum, I think, and if it starts getting loud enough, the republicans in Congress will either listen or else pack up their belongings and go home in January 2021.  I’m not convinced that the congressional republicans will support impeachment, but I think what we are seeing is a step … a baby step perhaps, but a step nonetheless in the right direction.

32 thoughts on “A Glimmer of Hope?

  1. We can only hope that The Flabmesiter keeps on blathering, ranting, whinging and generally carrying on, and hopefully those who up until now have no seen any need to vote will think:
    ‘Heck! This is the face we present to the world and has his finger on The Button? We gotta get rid of this klutz next year!’ (well that’s the All-Ages/Family freindly version)

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  2. Sad news today, Sen Bernie Sanders undergoing emergency heart surgery and will be taking a leave of absence from campaigning. Let’s pray he will recover soon and return to challenge Trump in 2020! Well, I can hope.

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  3. That first step is always the hardest, even if it is a baby step. The second step is the second hardest, but a touch easier. Subsequent steps become less hard, more easy. And so it goes. Trump is tying the noose around his neck as we speak. He is increasing the amount of his bullying, and it is getting easier for some to see.
    Keep pouring on the pressure, and he will make his noose the tighter. There might not be a bright light at the end of the tunnel yet, but there is a faint glimmer. Forward ho the wagons!

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  4. Excellent post! I admit to being easily overwhelmed by the sheer volume of news items that arrive amidst my inbox and my inability to read through each one to keep myself abreast of the impeachment train. This evening brought the first “Impeachment Briefing” newsletter from The New York Times. Whilst it cannot be the only thing read, it is helpful to have the days events condensed to a more manageable amount of news. I think this will be a long contentious Fall! Thank-you!

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    • Thank You! I think you spend as much time reading the news these days as I do, and yes … it can be overwhelming. It’s pretty bad when I say, “I have to have a break … I think I’ll go scour a bathtub!” I got your email about the Impeachment Briefing and have signed up to receive it also! Thank you!!! A long, contentious fall is a given, but my fear is it’s going to be this way … or worse … for the next 13 months! Ulcers.

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  5. What as mess you have over there.
    But, what with BREXIT and all, we have a much, much bigger mess here in the UK.
    The way I see it, neither mess wil be sorted out soon.
    Thanks Jill. Lots of love from England 💖💖💖

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    • We certainly do have a mess, as do you guys. I’m not sure which is actually worse … both have the potential to be disastrous. No, I don’t think either will be sorted soon, and I look for other Western nations to experience similar problems … France and Germany already are. Most of it, including your Brexit, has it’s origins in the Arab Spring and the resultant refugee crisis, and the end result is that it isn’t going to change any time soon. Sigh. Love you back, Jack! ❤

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  6. Jill, great post and thanks for the link. When five states canceled primaries, my first reaction was “are you sure you want to do that?” This was before the latest mess. McConnell said he would be obligated to take an impeachment up in the Senate. Right now, he believes he has the votes to acquit him. But, that is now. There is more to come and more Republicans are finding that voice they forgot they had. It is only a few, but they are more emboldened. As the economy tapers off some and as more comes out about the Trump modus operandi of bullying, lying and obstruction, it will get more dicey. Keith

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    • I hadn’t heard that McConnell had said that … I’m glad! Yes, right now there are few republicans in Congress willing to stick their necks out, but … based on what may be learned in the investigations, a lot could change in the next weeks or months. I think the number of republicans in Congress who have already announced that they will not run next year speaks volumes. Get out while you can, seems to be the message.

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  7. Kristol definitely has disdain for Trump, as do many of he so-called Never-Trumpers. They’ve been pretty loud, but they don’t resonate with the Cult no matter how loud they get. Jill, I’m thinking one Willard Mitt Romney is sitting there in the Senate, hoping to be the whitehorse who rescues the Republican Party from oblivion. And let’s just say this does happen and he nominates Nikki Haley for VP. I know right now it may seem a bit far-fetched, but if things keep spiraling out of control as they are now, who knows? What do you think?

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    • There are a handful of conservatives for whom I have respect, and Kristol is one of them. I think the jury is still out on whether these Republicans for Rule of Law, and others can wake some people up. I’m not holding my breath, but neither am I discounting them yet.

      Mitt Romney … y’know, the main thing I have against him was his “47%” remark back when he was running against Obama in 2012. That, and the fact that his net worth is $250 million. I think we need to have someone in office who can better relate to the other 99% of the nation, not just the top 1%. Other than that, Romney is certainly a better human being than most other republicans, though I think the last one who threw his hat in the ring, Mark Sanford, is not a bad guy — for a republican 😉 As for Nikki Haley … 👎

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      • I’d never vote for the Mittster but I know deep down, he wants to be potus. I bet it consumes him every day. I just find myself looking at all of the possible scenarios we might be confronted with over the coming months. I keep asking myself, how much longer can Republicans attach themselves to this disaster president? The more stuff keeps coming out, I keep hoping we’ll see some courage. I’m not holding my breath!

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        • I wouldn’t vote for him either, but I would prefer to see him in the White House than Trump. Yeah, there’s no doubt his goal is the Oval Office … he’s already tried for it twice. Your question is one I ask multiple times every day … how much longer ’til the fools realize what Trump is doing to this nation? The answer I’ve come to is … they will never understand or care very much. At least, not until it hits them directly, as it did 376 steel workers in Louisiana this week … then, maybe. Sigh. I don’t know about you, but I’m discouraged.

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          • Discouraged indeed. I do feel there’s a slight….and I mean ever so slight chance that Moscow Mitch will cut bait if he determines Trump is losing some of the Cult. And if he also determines that Trump has no way of winning in 2020, he might go to him and say it’s time to resign. Fantasy land Jill? LOL . Probably. A chance though…..

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            • Yeah, I think there is a chance, but I wouldn’t bet any money on it, nor am I holding my breath. On the upside, his approval rating has taken a bit of a hit this week, but then … it did that a few weeks ago and then almost immediately re-bounded. It always amazes me … what, do people change their minds on a daily basis??? Sigh.

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