Our breakfast time has always resembled a political analysis briefing. The news of the previous day is rehashed over egg, toast, coffee, and a decent night's sleep.
This morning's insight is that parties het up to impeach President Trump and git-r-done quick (E.J. Dionne, for example) for obstruction of justice, lying, appointing incompetents, bad hairstyling, and general Looney Toons behavior better make sure their case is iron clad. A President Trump who beats an impeachment would be more insufferable than the current version.
Think about it:
Beating an impeachment would strengthen President Trump's already bloated sense that he is a "winner." He would see it as an endorsement of his management style--issuing contradictory statements, using public appearances to complain about Fake News and how badly he's been treated by the press, and to belittle opponents with schoolyard name calling. Jabbering about The Wall and undesirable aliens would ramp up. An unimpeached President Trump would continue to endorse legislation that he doesn't understand and continue thinking up draconian cuts for public programs. In short, he would get a lot worse.
And failure to impeach President Trump would likely change the office of the presidency for the worse, too. Would future presidents feel the need to release tax statements, reveal the state of their health, set coherent foreign policy, and show respect for their opposition and the press? I doubt it. Would failure to impeach President Trump discourage other incompetents from running for office? No.
President Trump has already degraded what it means to be president. An unimpeached Trump would show that you can get away with all kinds of crooked and crazy and still stay in office.
The electoral process was proved a failure in 2016. And the checks designed to remove an incompetent and possibly crooked head of state would be a proven failure if President Trump beats an impeachment rap.
I'm not advocating timidity, but there's more at stake here than getting rid of Trump, and we need to make sure we're not going off half-cocked.