So, the word impeachment has been said out loud, and in public by both parties. The Democrats have actually called for an impeachment.
Pelosi had it right though: gross incompetence, petty crime, and hearsay are not, strictly speaking, sufficient grounds to remove a sitting president. We might not like it, but that’s not going to get the job done.
Given the vicious mood both across the country and in Washington, any impeachment battle is likely to drag on for a very long time indeed, and be a real drain on the country in general.
Our allies are backing away because we’re not credible or trustworthy anymore, the markets are reacting badly because they see this could go very wrong, and our enemies are amused because we’re defeating ourselves.
Perhaps we’re focusingn on the wrong details, though…
Let’s say we drag the country through the muck, (further) damage our reputation, and get into the odd battle here and there. At some point, given Trump’s history and his inability to realise it really is him and his actions the world is unhappy with, he’s going to be replaced.
The person that replaces Trump will look Presidential, Smart, Well-Mannered, Polite, and have a certain gravitas, simply by showing up on Monday with a normal-length tie, and not using Twitter.
They’re going to look like a hero. For some period of time, if they can calm the open warfare between parties, and try to unify the government into a semblance of common sense, they’ll look like a Nobel peace-prize winner.
Who’s the first in line to become this saviour?
Michael Pence, the sitting VP.
All along, he’s seen the shambolic, chaotic, unknowing groping Trump administration stumble, falter, and shoot itself in the foot, leg, spleen, heart and both lungs. He’s nodded when Trump tried to cut support for ecology, education, and diplomacy, while ramping up pointless things like support for the wall, increasing the military spend by $54B, or trying to take healthcare away from 24 million Americans.
He’s gone along with every stupid, crazy, insane declaration Trump made, without standing up for America, Democracy, Human Rights, Truth or anything resembling morality.
He’s smiled knowing that in a little while Trump would damage his presidency so much that it would have to be taken from him and delivered into Pence’s hands.
He’s not the hero the US needs.