We’ve still got three years to go of President Donald Trump’s first term (hopefully to be followed by four more years), and the Left’s fantasies that he’ll be booted out of office early show no signs of slowing down.
On Thursday, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski had on left-wing writer Ezra Klein to elaborate on a Vox column he published the same day that would be a master class in farce if not for the fact that Klein actually believed it: “The Case for Normalizing Impeachment.”
Here’s the video of the madness, followed by the money quote:
I think it’s something we need to talk about, whether it’s okay to impeach a president just for not being somebody who should be president which traditionally isn’t the way we think about it. We don’t have a language for saying, we’ve hired the wrong person for a job. In every other business, when you hire the wrong person for a job, you think about firing him.
Right off the bat, you may notice a problem with Klein’s logic: when the objection is nothing more specific than “wrong person for a job,” we do have two means of doing something about it: first, halfway through the president’s term America can elect a Congress that will either empower or constrain him, and if he hasn’t shaped up, two years later we can vote him out.
The expanded version of this case Klein lays out at Vox isn’t much better. He mostly cites as justification a media trick that will be very familiar to conservatives by now: a bunch of quotes supposedly from administration officials “confirming” Trump’s “instability,” many anonymous and few verified.
Hilariously, one of the few named names is Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who Klein says is “widely respected,” fretting that Trump is setting America “on the path to World War III.” This might be noteworthy, if not for two things: first, Corker’s opinion of Trump seems to have been conditional on whether he was going to get a job with the administration; and second, as a chief enabler of Barack Obama’s Iran deal, Corker arguably did more than anyone on Capitol Hill (with the exception of Obama himself) to make nuclear war more likely.
But go on, Ezra, tell us more about how this is solely about your deep, sincere concern for national security.
Klein also spins Trump’s lamentation that as president he’s “not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department” or FBI as somehow meaning Trump was lamenting “his inability to use his power to prosecute his political enemies.” Klein writes that it’s “impossible to imagine the hellstorm that would have followed a similar utterance by President Barack Obama or George W. Bush.”
Ezra must have a short memory, because Obama didn’t merely utter it; he literally used his power to punish political enemies. Remember the IRS targeting scandal?
As for Klein’s main point, despite the asininity of what he told Joe and Mika, his piece gets the Founders’ understanding of “high crimes and misdemeanors” basically correct: the phrase doesn’t simply mean legal crimes, but encompasses fundamental betrayals of the public trust.
That, of course, means the question ultimately comes down to not an open-and-shut legal matter, but whether advocates of impeachment can convince the electorate that such a drastic step is warranted. But that isn’t good enough for Klein:
Though we have mechanisms for removing a dangerous president, those mechanisms are too politically explosive to actually invoke. President Trump could order a nuclear holocaust before breakfast, but unless society can agree that he is either criminal or comatose, both America and the world are stuck with him and all the damage he can cause.
“Trump could unilaterally nuke us all” is a particularly insane bit of ignorance (or dishonesty) that national security expert Richard Miniter helpfully dismantled last year.
But more to the point, if Donald Trump really was the unhinged, genocidal madman Klein claims he so obviously is, the electorate would readily accept the case for removing him. Nobody would be complaining that it’s too hard to impeach a president, because impeachment proceedings would already be underway!
That’s all this is really about: liberals’ impotent rage that the American people don’t hate Donald Trump as much as they do.
Hat tip: Grabien