On one hand, I can kind of agree with the intent of this article. On the other, we need to accept the practicalities of democracy.
A few years, I had a conversation with an experienced police officer. His theory is that criminals seldom stop at one crime. There may not be enough evidence at the first crime scene to convict. But as crimes continue, the evidence starts mounting for a conviction. When the criminal is finally put on trial, the trial is about that one crime scene with the evidence. But most people involved recognize that the criminal is being unofficially tried for a string of crimes.
The Ukraine scandal is a metaphor for all the other stuff that has been going on. It appears to the one crime where there seems to be enough evidence or perhaps “we really need to do something with this guy.”
Another political reality is the 30% to 40% support for Mr. Trump. Moving ahead with impeachment at the first sign of a crime would have given the impression that the D’s were mostly motivated by their loss in 2016. The D’s had no choice but to wait for two reasons: (1) they had to placate the suspicion of vindictiveness and (2) they needed to get more a few more crimes racked up to really make the point clear.
From what I can see, the impeachment process seems to be working pretty well. Even if the Senate votes to acquit, the voters are going to have some questions for the R senators to answer. Even “red” states only need a small change in voter intention to turn blue.
(1) How many of the 50% who normally don’t vote will vote? If 5% of this group vote D, it will be a D landslide in Washington.
(2) The D’s are not exactly angels. How will that affect voter response? The Hunter Biden situation is lingering.
But it’s time to put a stop to all this drama. We need a new way to govern ourselves.