Now here is something I never thought I would type: "Donald Trump was acquitted of both articles of impeachment on Wednesday despite a bipartisan vote to convict him on the charge of abuse of power."
At a post-acquittal news conference, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was repeatedly asked about Romney’s political future given his vote to convict Trump on an abuse of power charge.
A number of influential GOP figures, including Donald Trump Jr., have pressed Senate Republicans to remove Romney from their party’s ranks in the chamber.
But McConnell was notably restrained in his criticism of his Utah colleague and declined to say whether he thinks Romney should be expelled.
“I was surprised and disappointed, but we have much work to do for the American people, and I think Senator Romney has been largely supportive of most everything we’ve tried to accomplish,” McConnell said.
He was far more scathing in his assessment of Democrats, casting their move to impeach the president as a grave misstep.
“Right now, this is a political loser for them,” McConnell said. “They initiated it. They thought this was a great idea. And at least for the short term, it has been a colossal political mistake.”
Yeah. Mitt Romney finally found his spine. Trump will have to destroy him, of course.
Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown comes awfully close to naming and shaming the rest of the GOP.
For the stay-in-office-at-all-cost representatives and senators, fear is the motivator. They are afraid that Mr. Trump might give them a nickname like “Low Energy Jeb” and “Lyin’ Ted,” or that he might tweet about their disloyalty. Or — worst of all — that he might come to their state to campaign against them in the Republican primary. They worry:
“Will the hosts on Fox attack me?”
“Will the mouthpieces on talk radio go after me?”
“Will the Twitter trolls turn their followers against me?”
My colleagues know they all just might. There’s an old Russian proverb: The tallest blade of grass is the first cut by the scythe. In private, many of my colleagues agree that the president is reckless and unfit. They admit his lies. And they acknowledge what he did was wrong. They know this president has done things Richard Nixon never did. And they know that more damning evidence is likely to come out.
So watching the mental contortions they perform to justify their votes is painful to behold: They claim that calling witnesses would have meant a never-ending trial. They tell us they’ve made up their minds, so why would we need new evidence? They say to convict this president now would lead to the impeachment of every future president — as if every president will try to sell our national security to the highest bidder.
I have asked some of them, “If the Senate votes to acquit, what will you do to keep this president from getting worse?” Their responses have been shrugs and sheepish looks.
They stop short of explicitly saying that they are afraid. We all want to think that we always stand up for right and fight against wrong. But history does not look kindly on politicians who cannot fathom a fate worse than losing an upcoming election. They might claim fealty to their cause — those tax cuts — but often it’s a simple attachment to power that keeps them captured.
As Senator Murray said on the Senate floor in 2002, “we can act out of fear” or “we can stick to our principles.” Unfortunately, in this Senate, fear has had its way. In November, the American people will have theirs.
Meanwhile, the retribution phase begins in earnest.
White House @PressSec Stephanie Grisham says of Rep. Adam Schiff after Trump's acquittal: "Will there be no retribution?" pic.twitter.com/ewW50O7EYn— kadhim (＾ｰ^)ノ (@kadhim) February 5, 2020
And it will be a long twilight for America.
Breaking: from their press office -— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) February 5, 2020
“Good afternoon, Senators Grassley and Johnson today requested Hunter Biden’s official travel records from the U.S. Secret Service as a part of their ongoing probe into potential conflicts of interest.
A full news release is forthcoming”
From here on out, Trump goes for his enemies, and we'll see how long the Republic survives it.