The mismatch between what you can remove a president over (nothing, apparently) and what you can remove a mayor or governor or whatever is so vast. Rod Blagojevich was impeached and barred from holding any office again by his own party!
This really it's partisan; it's a function of a presidential system, where voters elect a quasi-sovereign who, in addition to governing, represents the nation like a king or queen. Same with Bill Clinton - a governor in his position would have quit so his LG could take over.
We all hate the "West Wing" now, but there is a very true plot point in an early season where a focus group finds that people would want their governor to resign if he concealed an illness... but, it turns out they're forgiving if a president does it.
Lots of mayors and governors have resigned in disgrace, and you didn't have their parties running around saying that - for example - forcing Eliot Spitzer out bc he paid for a prostitute was disenfranchising his voters. And Spitzer won by 38 points.

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1 Feb
It’s not *surprising* but it’s interesting to watch how the Georgia wins transformed the parties’ negotiating power and style. Just like seven weeks ago an emerging CW was that Biden would have to sacrifice Neera Tanden but maybe Susan Collins would let him confirm Blinkin
Rs spent two months assuming they’d have Senate, dictating limits for Biden. Then they lost the Senate but the expectations for what “working across the aisle” means haven’t fully reset. So you get takes like “Biden plan is DOA if moderate Rs balk.” But... it isn’t!
The missing piece here is that people are *also* used to a Dem House caucus where Pelosi needs to mollify Blue Dogs, and the House Dem majority is narrower than 2009. But it’s far more liberal, after bad cycles and maps for Dems removed all their conservatives.
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11 Jan
Even if you want to take Turley seriously — doctors do not recommend this — the Trump campaign had actually used “peaceful” sarcastically for months. It reacted to media descriptions of “peaceful” BLM protests by handing out “PEACEFUL PROTEST” signs Image
The joke was that the media insisted BLM rallies were “peaceful” while impugning Trump voters.
There *were* some dumb looking TV broadcasts where hosts struggled to explain that a day of civil disobedience was followed by a night of riots. But this got shorthanded by Trump et al to: The media says BLM and Antifa are “peaceful” because they let them get away with stuff.
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11 Jan
Leave aside the riots, silly as that sounds. Had some big city mayor been caught on tape pressuring officials to forge election results and keep him in office, he’d have resigned or been removed within a week.
Why does impeachment exist? What is the crime that a dial-a-quote academic like Turkey thinks a president can be removed for?
The premise of all this is that if the winner of the 2016 election for Vice President becomes president for several days, it will irrevocably divide the country. Really?
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7 Jan
Best part of this is Domenech's smug aside about "the media" saying a protest was "justified because of the wars." Once Trump was president, "the wars" became a bad Democrat thing and the Federalist was against them, safe behind their keyboards.
I'm particularly sensitive to this because I was wrong about Iraq and once helped interrupt an anti-war protest, something I've regretted for 18 years. The protesters were right.
It's been written about, it comes up when I annoy people on here, but I was in college and joined some counter-protesters who were *invited onstage* to address the crowd anyway. But of a clue about which side was right...
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7 Jan
New Mexico's probably got the first House race of 2021 - the special for Deb Haaland's seat - and Rs are starting it by trying to overturn an election they lost by 11 percentage points.

A fun issue for the eventual GOP nominee to be asked about endlessly
This is one lawmaker, but the NM GOP gathered the Trump electors on December 14 and claimed that they represented an alternate slate.

One argument - I am serious - was that the state legislature didn't vote to approve every drop-box individually, making the election invalid.
This is a problem in Haaland's seat; if Rs turn out every single Trump voter there and Ds turn out just 4 in 5 Biden voters, Ds win.
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6 Jan
More of a second day story, but there are some swing seat Rs, like Mike Garcia, who announced that they'd support the electoral contest when they thought it would be a box-checking thing. How much of this do they own in 2022?
People forget things like shutdowns, but the footage of armed men storming the House at gunpoint is going to stick with people. And years of "we're the jobs, not mobs" party branding, poof.
Social justice protests are politics, but they're not about electoral politics. When they turn into riots, it's not because Democratic politicians told them to be "wild" and "stand up and stand by" to keep them in power.
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