The Democratic Party doesn’t really seem to understand democracy anymore; their response to losing the 2016 election has been to spend three years trying to impeach President Trump. They’re pushing another attempt right now — but it looks like it might have come back to bite them. The party is trying to find its candidate for the 2020 election, with a large field fighting for the nomination — and the impeachment process is getting in the way.
It’s now emerged that, under Senate rules, several of the heavyweight Dem contenders could be trapped in Washington for the length of any impeachment trial. If House Democrats succeed in pushing their case against Trump to the Senate, that could mean several weeks of hearings — the 1999 Clinton trial ran for over a month — and the Senate has to be in session six days a week right through it. No less than six of the Dem presidential wannabes are senators, and that would leave them with a stark choice — drop out of the race, or hope that they can win without campaigning.
The rules say senators are required to listen to the testimony, and they can’t do that if they’re on the campaign trail. The only way around this is for the Senate to agree to change the rules — and that requires Republican consent, which isn’t going to happen.
Polls suggest that 60% of Americans want Congress to drop the impeachment farce and concentrate on things that really matter. Will the sudden threat to the hopes of Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and others be the last straw that makes that happen? We’ll just have to wait and see.
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