Opinion-Policy Nexus

As Donald Trump's bizarre administration continues to lurch from one crisis to another, the "impeachment" word is increasingly being speculated about.

While such conjecture might be comforting for some, it is premature and probably misplaced. In the three instances in United States history when the procedure has been invoked at the presidential level, it has proven to be more of a political than a legal device. In other words, it isn't going anywhere so long as Republican congressional officials are unwilling to challenge the sympathies of Republican voters, some 80 per cent of whom feel the president is doing a good job.

Most of these Republican legislators have few illusions about Trump's lack of competence, and opposed him for the party nomination, but they are trapped between the concerns of the Republican core electorate, and American voters at large who are increasingly hostile to the president. Elected Republicans who succumbed to a "deal with the devil" thinking he would sign ideological legislation, are coming to understand that the president's antics are blocking their ability to accomplish much of anything, but they are now stuck with him. This situation is unlikely to change, until and unless Republican voters start deserting Trump in significant numbers.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 09:44