The impeachment of President Donald Trump is officially underway, with the Senate having affirmed their oath to administer impartial justice. However, as most of the global witnesses have observed, over half of the current US Senate has basically buried their heads in the sand, essentially rendering a shameless verdict before the trial begins.
How in God’s name — and it was in God’s name — can the Republicans who have already decided to acquit President Trump take a solemn oath to administer “impartial justice”? They’re partial to the core, unabashedly so, as their united march toward a foregone conclusion shows. A mind-meld this ironclad isn’t a reflection of facts. It’s a triumph of factionalism.
The majority of the party’s senators have said outright or clearly signaled that they have no intention of finding the president guilty and removing him from office. Yapping lap dogs like Lindsey Graham and obedient manservants like Mitch McConnell have gone further, mocking the whole impeachment process.
So the oath they took: How does that work? Did they cross the fingers on their left hands? Do they reason that American politics has reached a nadir of such fundamental hypocrisy and overweening partisanship that no one regards that pledge as anything but window dressing?
If the tables were reversed you can rest assured the Republicans would be crying day and night on state-sponsored TV, and be doing everything in their power to ensure the Democratic president was removed from office.