In an interview with Fox News this week, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) became one of the very few Democrats with the courage to speak out against the idiotic move to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time. Insisting that it is “so ill-advised for Joe Biden to be coming in, trying to heal the country, trying to be the president of all the people when we’re going to be so divided and fighting again,” Manchin split with the majority of his party’s elected officials.
He noted that the quest to convict Trump in the Senate was an impossible hill to climb until incoming Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are sworn in.
“I don’t see that and I think the House should know that also,” he said. “We’ve been trying to send that message over. They know the votes aren’t there. I think this is so ill-advised for Joe Biden to be coming in, trying to heal the country, trying to be the president of all the people when we’re going to be so divided and fighting again. Let the judicial system do its job. Let that take its place. Let the investigations go on. Let the evidence come forth, and then we’ll go forth from there. There’s no rush to do this impeachment now. We can do it later if they think it’s necessary.”
As far as we can tell, Manchin is just about the only Democratic elected official on record as opposing impeachment. However, that’s not to say there aren’t others who are deeply concerned about Nancy Pelosi’s new anti-Trump salvo.
A bipartisan group of House members and senators huddled virtually over the weekend in a bid to halt the impeachment train. Members of the House Problem Solvers Caucus along with a swath of senators worry that the eleventh-hour impeachment effort will only incite more violence and turn Trump into a martyr.
Some MAGA-aligned House Republicans are already whispering about exacting revenge on Democrats — by potentially using House procedures to instigate an impeachment of Biden. “Republicans will figure this out. … It will be their favorite new tool. We’re such imbeciles,” said another Democrat opposed to impeachment. “We never think about the consequences. It’s going to be like: Game on. Let’s impeach [Biden] 12 times in a week.”
It’s pretty sad that Democrats have to look to “MAGA-aligned” lawmakers and a small number of “Problem Solvers” in their own party to see what’s staring them right in the face. In less than a week, they will have the chance to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. And this is how they want to do it? With one last face-slap to the millions of “deplorables” who voted for Trump?
We’ll see how that works out for ya.