Billionaire hedge fund manager and progressive activist Tom Steyer’s group, Need to Impeach, is taking an aggressive stance in pushing its mission, sending impeachment guides to 5,171 Democrats running for office. The guide lists the top five reasons that supporters of the group believe that Trump should be impeached, including the wildly subjective opinion that “he is too unstable to have nuclear weapons,” and that he “colluded with Russia,” a completely unfounded allegation at this point. Supporters are certainly not legal experts, so their opinions on why impeachment is warranted are absolutely worthless. The guide also lists polling data on what the support would be for impeachment IF certain findings come out of the Mueller investigation. Again, this is pure conjecture and also completely worthless information.
At least Steyer has plenty of money, because he is certainly wasting it in this effort. While polling shows that support for impeaching Trump has grown to over 40% at times, there was also broad support for the impeachment of Presidents Obama and George W. Bush. Those efforts similarly produced long lists of loosely plausible reasons for impeaching that ultimately amounted to nothing. Time magazine noted last summer that many people being polled don’t fully understand impeachment, and will say that they support it simply to register their displeasure with the current administration. While I vehemently disagree with the final conclusions in his review of Cass Sunstein’s books about impeachment and authoritarianism, even Andrew Sullivan agrees that the actual conditions necessary for impeachment simply have not been met yet. But that certainly can’t be surprising, given that the calls for impeachment began even before Trump took office.
Need to Impeach claims that it has over five million supporters, so its voice deserves to be heard. And yet, the NRA also claims more than five million members, but the left claims that it is a marginalized “terrorist” organization who we absolutely should NOT listen to. Need to Impeach also uses the words of the founding fathers to support its cause, claiming that Alexander Hamilton’s definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors” would absolutely include Trump’s actions. And yet, the left abjectly ignores the words of the founding fathers when it comes to the Second Amendment, even though they are the only ones who actually know what they meant. For example, James Madison, who helped write the Second Amendment, stated to Congress in 1789 that
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country."
How many different times can the left have it both ways with no impunity?
The good news is that the Democrats seem to be rejecting Steyer’s calls for impeachment, and don’t want his impeachment guide. They understand that this idea is radically leftist, and will not win them elections if they succumb to it. As polarized as our country has become, the answers lie in the middle, where rational heads can prevail. Impeachment, especially with such flimsy reasoning as Steyer has presented, is only bound to divide the country even further. But if Steyer can’t prevail upon the Democrats to take up the banner of impeachment, he will just run against Trump in 2020 instead.