McConnell May Face Republican Revolt as Tensions Rise in GOP

Senate Republicans face a choice that history might well view as weightier than their ultimate vote on conviction-acquittal. The choice, of course, involves whether they will follow McConnell’s planned kangaroo court proceeding, or whether Republicans will vote to hold something akin to a fair trial as contemplated in the constitution, one with evidence, witnesses, a lack of coordination with the man on trial, all that. Ex-federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner warns Senate Republicans that it is the vote on procedure that will be the one that defines their career for history: History is barreling down on Senate Republicans. Their vote on the impeachment trial will forever define their public life. Will they be remembered for voting in favor of McConnell/Graham’s no-witness rigged trial? Or will history record them as standing for fairness & justice? — Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) December 26, 2019 Call me naïve, but I believe tweets like this, which focus the issue like a laser and remind the Senators involved that they need to consider consequences beyond next week’s rage tweets, matter. This country certainly does sit at a crossroad, and history will be brutal upon anyone, on any side, that acts out of pure political expediency with such weighty issues hanging over the country. And my dog does it ever matter. First of all, we cannot count upon all 47 Democrats and Independents voting against McConnell. Senators like Doug Jones from Alabama, and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin face near political death by voting against McConnell representing the Trumpiest of states. It is very easy to yell at Jones and Manchin to do the right thing. Why even be a Democrat? I do make that argument. But while we do hold to that point, as we should, we should at least remember that having these people lose their seats because of such a vote only ensures they are replaced by far more repulsive Trump sycophants. It is kind of “no-win” for us and the senators, unless it appears Trump could be removed. So it is critical that influential people place as much pressure upon Republicans as possible, both to influence those Republicans that might break from McConnell, such as Murkowski, Romney, Collins, Alexander and maybe Ernst, to gather as many votes as possible, but also to give cover to those Democrats like Jones and Manchin, who are in a vice-grip political situation. Transitioning a bit in topics, I am beginning to believe that McConnell’s strategy might well end up hurting Republicans, including Trump, even if McConnell succeeds in operating a sham quickee. Another former prosecutor, Alex Little, said things may get rough for McConnell as he faces his caucus behind closed doors and away from the media. “I think there are three main people in the Senate that McConnell needs to look out for,” he began. “I think Murkowski, Romney and Collins who may take that tactic and may say, ‘listen, we care about the procedure, the institutional interests of the senate.’” Yes, those are the obvious ones, but there may be more. These Republicans need to understand that there is a fundamental divide (in the eyes of the independent public) between finding a reason to acquit the leader of your own party, versus voting to reject even hearing about what he did. Coordinating with Trump and refusing […]

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