Don't know that this will be a popular thread but it's an important one.

If the rules of Congress could just be set aside because "geez, come on, obviously"... Republicans would never abide by any of them.

If we could ignore them for good reasons, they could ignore them for bad
And yeah, I can think of a time or two the GOP has breezed past the rules at the committee level in recent history, but when it comes to removing Trump from present and future offices while he's claiming to be illegitimately ousted... it's not time to get cute with the rules.
Don't get me wrong. He'll say it was illegitimate no matter what. We can't deny ammo to a munitions factory.

But if we don't do it the right way, by the book... he's no longer lying. And that will shift a lot of institutional support back in his favor.
Ideally we defeat his coup without another coup to accomplish it. The tools are there.

And if he tries something while we're doing it, we have a nice record of who exactly made us do it the slow way.
Ultimately this point here is important. The big part that failed in 2016, the failsafe intended to keep men like Trump out of power, was the electorate.

"Shouldn't someone have stopped him? Vetted him? Disqualified him?"

Yeah. We should have.

Still and as always, I think the House Dems could and should do a better job of explaining themselves.

Messaging matters.

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13 Jan
Yes! The impeachment is very loosely akin to an indictment, which is where the decision is made to bring charges. The House is very roughly like a grand jury in this analogy.

Next, managers from the House will act effectively as prosecutors for a trial in the Senate.
The Senate can vote to convict and will, in the event of a conviction, vote for the penalty. The two things we're looking for are removal from office (likely moot by that point), and barring him from holding office in the future.
It takes a two-thirds "supermajority" to convict and so the magic number we are looking for is 67, which will mean (if all Democrats hold the line) at least 17 Republicans crossing the line. This is far more likely to happen if McConnell comes out for conviction.
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13 Jan
So as I alluded to in my impeachment thread, I don't think the Democrats made their case as strongly as they could have, but they didn't need to because Donald Trump himself made the case for them.

The Senate trial will be different and I hope they make the strongest case.
Today was really more of a procedural vote than anything. The votes needed were lined up beforehand, with some wiggle room on the Republican side.
There is a chance! For my money, assuming nothing major and unexpected changes between then and now, the chance rests on enough Republicans seeing and seizing on a chance to be FREE of him.

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13 Jan
Louie Gohmert, who sued to have the Supreme Court say that his party's vice president can, should, and must overturn the results of our democratic election, wants us to know that he thinks impeaching Trump is a dangerous threat to our experiment in self-governance.
Darrell Issa is insisting that Donald Trump's conduct hasn't escalated over four years but has been extremely consistent.

The Republicans are kind of doing a terrible job of defending Trump.
Representative Hakeem Jeffries has a powerful delivery. If I were running for anything he'd be on the list of people I'd want to stump for me.
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13 Jan
I've been reading this and they do a good job of laying out the case, including making the case for why they don't need to have an additional investigation process. They're largely relying on a record of events that happened in public - statements, tweets, posts, etc.
The committee makes the note that previous impeachment proceedings have included an investigation phase but they also note that the Constitution leaves it to the House to determine its own procedures, and in this case they've determined investigation is unnecessary.
It's possible for House members to disagree with what the facts mean, but the facts are assembled in the report, and the committee's conclusion is that they are damning enough.
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12 Jan
The MAGA talking point that Trump is promoting, that the 25th amendment "will come back to haunt" Biden, and that that shouty woman in Florida said to the British TV man... so far as I can tell, it's based on the conspiracy theory that President Kamala Harris is the Dems' endgame
You know, there are people on here who go around saying "How did a guy who hid in his basement all summer win 81 million votes?" as if "Joe is hiding in his basement" isn't a talking point they invented and a thing that actually happened.
So the targeting on this 25th amendment whataboutism is really weird because in their worldview, Joe Biden being removed by it is *exactly* what the Democratic establishment already wants to do, and has always planned to do.
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12 Jan
I was just about to start rewatching Breaking Bad for the second time since Quarantimes began and instead I started rewatching Better Call Saul. And that's called growth.
Don't think I ever twigged Jimmy saying that his clients in his first public defender case are "near honor students" before.
Yeah, both shows are really well written as far as characterization goes. It's just that one of them structures the entire narrative around a character I really don't enjoy watching at all.

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