by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon ponders the significance of the presidential impeachment.
Donald J. Trump made history again on Wednesday, joining Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton as the third president since America’s founding to be “impeached” by his enemies in Congress.
The House of Representatives voted mostly along party lines to impeach Trump for a series of alleged “crimes” after more than six hours of meaningless debate. At numerous points during the tedious deliberations, Democratic lawmakers pretended to respect the Constitution, much in the same way that liberals pretend to love America during the World Cup.
House Democrats applauded after voting 230-197 to approve the first of two articles of impeachment — “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” — despite repeatedly declaring their sadness at the thought of having to impeach a sitting president. …
… The House vote to impeach Trump is functionally irrelevant, given the fact that 1) no one cares, and 2) The Republican-controlled Senate will never vote to remove Trump from office on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R., Ky.) watch.
Trump is by far the most successful commander in chief to be subjected to an impeachment vote, and the only president to be impeached despite no evidence of wrongdoing.
The president marked the occasion on Twitter, a popular social networking website, before departing the White House for Battle Creek, Mich., to address a rally of adoring fans.