Senate Majority Mitch McConnell’s sudden public about face, and likely betrayal of Glorious Bleater in his darkest hour of need made no sense to me from the moment e expressed his support for Trump’s 2nd impeachment. McConnell has been at least as slavish, if not more so, than any other GOP member of the Senate. But a seemingly random juxtaposition of reports tonight suddenly illuminated me as to what McConnell was planning, and it’s pure, Machiavellian McConnell.
Trump will be history next Wednesday, nothing can change that. And begrudgingly, even the most loyal Trump acolytes in the GOP have been forced to accept it. And that fact has already unleashed a feeding frenzy in the GOP for potential 2024 hopefuls. Everybody from Tom Cotton to Marco Rubio, from Ted Cruz to Mike Pompeo, to Nikki Haley, are all scrambling to set up exploratory committees to look into a possibility of a 2024 run.
But there is a dark cloud on that oh so shining, positive horizon. And that dark cloud is none other than one Donald John Trump. Even before the 2020 election was completed, Trump floated the possibility that if he lost, he may just sit back, make some money, marshal his forces, and run again in 2024. And if true, that has the chilling effect of freezing the 2024 GOP Presidential field. It is already common knowledge that the GOP is now the party of Trump, and nobody in the party would like the prospect of running against him in the 2024 primaries for the nomination.
Here’s where impeachment, and the Machiavellian fingers of Mitch McConnell come into play. McConnell is an undying party man, and Trump is not. Trump is an insult that the party unfortunately had to not only endure, but pretend to adore. McConnell has already made it clear that he will not expedite the process of impeachment, so that Trump would have the ultimate humiliation of being removed while in office. But McConnell made it perfectly clear that the path to convicting Trump after he left office is a distinct possibility.
If Trump is convicted by the Senate after he has already left office, then the result is nothing more than ceremonial at best. But if Trump is convicted, that would trigger a second, much more consequential vote, one to permanently bar Trump for running for federal office again. Do you see where I’m going here?
If the Senate votes to convict Trump, then no further GOP support would be needed. The 50 already seated Democratic votes, with Kamala Harris on deck to break the tie, would be enough to bar Trump from ever running from any federal office again. And in so doing, McConnell can clear the field for the first post Trump candidates to try to reclaim the party, without them having to run against Trump to do it!
I have written before that Mitch McConnell is a cold, cruel, vindictive son of a bitch, and one who doesn’t mind waiting to take his revenge. For four long years, he has had to play the part of the subservient acolyte to a political buffoon, and to appear to like it. But at the last moment, when Trump is at his lowest, McConnell can ensure that Trump can never again enslave his party. It all fits like a glove.
If you enjoyed this article, you might also like to check out President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange . They comprise a pretty much daily report from the front of the 2016 GOP primaries, as well as the general election
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