The U.S. Senate could have President Hubris
by the short hairs if it wished
Is Donald Trump trying to make Election 2020 closer than a barber’s shave? We get it that America is tired of overseas wars but pulling out of Syria precipitously betrays the Kurdish people who may be the most sincere players in that troubled part of the world. Our most loyal ally against ISIS et al. Trump’s overnight move may backfire politically. You can screw the Kurds like Chamberlain and Daladier screwed the Czechs but don’t diss the Republican Senate, which likes to think has a foreign policy portfolio.
Face it: the House of Reps can impeach any time it wants for any reason it can conjure. Trump’s firewall has been the Republican Senate. Mitch McConnell may wish to remind the President of that fact, if you get his drift.
At some point, will Republican nabobs — including Ron Johnson — decide to very visibly sit on their hands? (“You may have a valid point there, Chuck Todd. As I was saying to my good friend Mike Pence the other day …”)
The Wall Street Journal’s Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger may be crediting Trump with more downfield vision than is warranted but the result is remains valid:
It is clear that Mr. Trump’s interest in Ukraine was to take out Joe Biden, whose campaign has been based exclusively on offering relief from the never-ending Trump political wars. … If Rudy could dig up enough dirt to drive down Mr. Biden’s chances of being the nominee, Mr. Trump’s expectation was that the Democrats would default to the unelectable Elizabeth Warren. Faced with the prospect of voting for Sen. Warren and her lynch-mob politics, Mr. Trump’s rhetoric and personality would recede as issues.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: It must have occurred to more than one Republican that Mike Pence is Donald Trump without the itchy twitter finger or the political IEDs.