For the last two months, the House has had its opportunity to make the case for impeachment.
It has failed miserably in that task, and now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has confirmed the rumors that he’s planning to dismiss the charges against the president, saying that the country and the Senate have heard enough, and it is time to move on, according to the Washington Examiner.
No show trial
When President Bill Clinton was impeached, Democrats said they did not want a “show trial” in the Senate. They knew Clinton’s conviction was unlikely, so why waste everyone’s time?
McConnell is now echoing their own words, and the Dems are furious at him for it. But the plain truth is that the House has failed to make a case worthy of debate.
Democrat impeachment hawks in the House haven’t even managed to capture the support of everyone within their own ranks.
In fact, at least one Democrat is expected to leave the party over this impeachment to join the GOP.
Mutually assured destruction
In defending his position, McConnell has stated that the only thing that will come about from a full Senate trial is the mutual destruction of both parties.
“Have we learned enough after listening to all of this to go on and vote on the two very weak articles of impeachment?” he asked.
He went on: “Or do we have a show trial in which both sides try to embarrass the other and put on an embarrassing scene, frankly, for the American people? Obviously, I think we’ve heard enough.”
Some conservative pundits are making the case a Senate trial would enable Republicans to get Biden on the stand, but that is an unlikely outcome. Even if Biden is called, he has already stated he will not honor the subpoena.
If that is the case, the matter would have to work its way through the courts, eventually coming before the Supreme Court, a process that would take months to play out.
While it may create outrage among Democrats to hold an immediate vote, that is what McConnell is pledging will happen.