In 1971, artist Carly Simon released a song about the hopeful nervousness one experiences before a first date: Anticipation was keeping her “waiting” for none other than a fashionably late Cat Stevens. Much like the words evoked by Simon, conservatives excitedly await the results of the impending midterm elections and enumerate what possibilities lay in the very near future. And the word “impeachment” is beginning to play on Swamp radio.
Ah, Midterms: The Great Equalizer
A fetid Swamp wind blistering across the beltway carries a refrain of cautious optimism in excruciating harmony with the desperate stench of fear. It’s nearly hypnotic. In less than a year, the fate of a battered nation will be determined. Conservatives croon about a red wave while progressives howl at the moon, demanding a miraculous intervention.
Will it be business as usual for the Biden administration – or doom? More may be at stake for Democrats than merely a halt to liberal legislation, should they lose Congress.
Tit for Tat Politics
Would Republicans put the nation through another trial and spending of dwindling resources out of spite? Probably. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke candidly and without a laundry list of pronouns on his popular podcast, The Verdict With Ted Cruz. The gentleman from the Lone Star State theorized about what Americans might expect if Republicans retake control of the House of Representatives:
“The Democrats weaponized impeachment. They used it for partisan purposes to go after Trump because they disagreed with him. And one of the real disadvantages of doing that … is the more you weaponize it and turn it into a partisan cudgel, you know, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”
But what issues are real impeachable offenses? Hair-sniffing: no. Inappropriate groping: apparently not. Babbling incoherently and getting lost on the front lawn? Negatory, good buddy.
But as Cruz reminded, who needs real crimes? If you don’t appreciate the current squatter in the White House, just file Articles of Impeachment. Chief Political Correspondent for Liberty Nation Graham J. Noble believes the anticipation of striking revenge will peter out, much like Cat Stevens and Carly Simon. Noble explains:
“I think impeachment for anything he has done so far is unlikely. I don’t think Republican leaders want to be accused of initiating a ‘revenge impeachment.’ As for compelling reasons to impeach, there are so many. After all, the accepted narrative is that the House gets to decide what is impeachable.”
Ah, apply that goose and gander adage again. President Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath to a federal grand jury – and that is a felony. Nowadays, it’s because people publish mean things on social media. So has Biden committed an impeachable offense? According to Noble, that would be a resounding yes: “I would say the most obvious impeachable offense Biden has committed is not only failing to protect the southern border but, in effect, aiding and abetting illegal immigration. Knowingly sheltering an illegal alien happens to be a federal offense.”
And that raises the question: What to do about it all?
Anticipation Is Making Me Wait
As in most mid-term elections, the balance of power probably will shift. However, if it doesn’t skid to the right, all talk and strategic planning sessions will be unusable. For now, politicians should be ready to face their very own worst-case scenarios and perhaps just do the jobs they were elected to perform on behalf of a government that is supposedly “by the people, for the people.” Just do what Carly says and appreciate that “these are the good old days.” God knows what’s on the horizon.
~ Read more from Sarah Cowgill.