GOP Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is pivotal to Trump’s acquittal, as he is considered one of possible swing votes.
But Alexander weighed in late yesterday to say he will not vote for more witness testimony.
I think it’s safe to say game over. At this point, everything else is just a formality. And Democrats have no one but themselves to blame. The left put together a flimsy case, lacking evidence, and then asked the Senate to fill in the blanks. That’s not the way our system works. Even the President is innocent until proven guilty. Yet, liberals constantly crucify him, forcing Trump to disprove their assertions time and time again.
In fact, Alexander cites Democrat incompetence as his reason for siding with McConnell and the rest of the GOP.
As Fox News quotes:
“If this shallow, hurried and wholly partisan impeachment were to succeed, it would rip the country apart, pouring gasoline on the fire of cultural divisions that already exist,” Alexander said. “It would create the weapon of perpetual impeachment to be used against future presidents whenever the House of Representatives is of a different political party.”
He added: “The framers believed that there should never, ever be a partisan impeachment. That is why the Constitution requires a 2/3 vote of the Senate for conviction. Yet not one House Republican voted for these articles.”
Alexander’s decision gives the GOP a definite majority, as McConnell can afford to lose up to three defectors. Now, the only question is a matter of timing. When will the official vote end this impeachment madness?
If it were up to me, we’d take that vote today, thus ending the impeachment with week’s end. I just love a fresh-start Monday.
However, desperate dems might push to drag things out, especially with Iowa in front of us.
Joe’s Only Hope
In fact, Biden’s only hope for Iowa is to keep his rivals busy.
…multiple congressional sources told Fox News that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., could seek to have the trial spill over into next week — past the State of the Union address and the Iowa caucuses — by introducing a series of motions and calling for more debate.
“The Senate can only move as fast as its slowest member,” one source said. Asked when the trial would end, another replied, “when everyone is exhausted.”
That could help presidential candidate Joe Biden, as two of his Democratic rivals, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren, would be tied up in the Senate before and even during voting in the critical, first-in-the-nation caucus.
Fox News is told some of the new last-minute push could be designed to help Biden; some may be to avoid giving the president an acquittal just before State of the Union; and some may simply be that the Senate needs to give its members more say and debate.
But considering Biden’s track record, nothing short of a miracle will do him any good. Especially when we factor in the 1988 footage that resurfaced this week. I find it highly unlikely that Biden will be the last man standing once the Democrats tally the votes.
I can already hear Trump’s battle cry. After three long years of constant investigations, accusations, and falsified relations, the President walks away with another victory. Luckily, Trump has the constitution on his side!
“There is no need to consider further the frivolous second article of impeachment that would remove the president for asserting his constitutional prerogative to protect confidential conversations with his close advisers,” Alexander said.
Indeed, Alexander [continued], “Our founding documents provide for duly elected presidents who serve with ‘the consent of the governed,’ not at the pleasure of the United States Congress. Let the people decide.”
“The question then is not whether the president did it, but whether the United States Senate or the American people should decide what to do about what he did,” Alexander said. “I believe that the Constitution provides that the people should make that decision in the presidential election that begins in Iowa on Monday. The Senate has spent nine long days considering this ‘mountain’ of evidence, the arguments of the House managers and the president’s lawyers, their answers to senators’ questions and the House record. Even if the House charges were true, they do not meet the Constitution’s ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ standard for an impeachable offense.”
Once again, Trump proves to be the chess master, as he now declares checkmate. I think I know exactly what Trump should tweet next: BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME @RepAdamSchiff.