HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Editorials & Other Articles (Forum) » In Private, Republicans A...

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 12:24 PM

In Private, Republicans Admit They Acquitted Trump Out of Fear

History has indeed taught us that when it comes to the instincts that drive us, fear has no rival. As the lead House impeachment manager, Representative Adam Schiff, has noted, Robert Kennedy spoke of how “moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle.”

My colleagues know they all just might. There’s an old Russian proverb: The tallest blade of grass is the first cut by the scythe. In private, many of my colleagues agree that the president is reckless and unfit. They admit his lies. And they acknowledge what he did was wrong. They know this president has done things Richard Nixon never did. And they know that more damning evidence is likely to come out.

So watching the mental contortions they perform to justify their votes is painful to behold: They claim that calling witnesses would have meant a never-ending trial. They tell us they’ve made up their minds, so why would we need new evidence? They say to convict this president now would lead to the impeachment of every future president — as if every president will try to sell our national security to the highest bidder.

They stop short of explicitly saying that they are afraid. We all want to think that we always stand up for right and fight against wrong. But history does not look kindly on politicians who cannot fathom a fate worse than losing an upcoming election. They might claim fealty to their cause — those tax cuts — but often it’s a simple attachment to power that keeps them captured.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/05/opinion/trump-senate-acquittal-impeachment.html

I have asked some of them, “If the Senate votes to acquit, what will you do to keep this president from getting worse?” Their responses have been shrugs and sheepish looks.

Cowards. The entire lot.


13 replies, 1339 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 13 replies Author Time Post
Reply In Private, Republicans Admit They Acquitted Trump Out of Fear (Original post)
EarthFirst Feb 2020 OP
SWBTATTReg Feb 2020 #1
EarthFirst Feb 2020 #3
exboyfil Feb 2020 #4
exboyfil Feb 2020 #2
wryter2000 Feb 2020 #5
EarthFirst Feb 2020 #6
Mopar151 Feb 2020 #10
Mopar151 Feb 2020 #12
58Sunliner Feb 2020 #7
CaptainTruth Feb 2020 #8
MasonDreams Feb 2020 #9
Mopar151 Feb 2020 #13
Skittles Feb 2020 #11

Response to EarthFirst (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 12:27 PM

1. Oh BS. Cowards is more the word I'd use. If only 3, 4, 5, etc. would have turned / changed ...

their votes, rump would be gone. And they're protected by capital hill police, what in the heck could rump do? Crap, they're all retiring right and left, so what's to lose?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 12:31 PM

3. Exactly.

Self-preservation also comes to mind...

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 12:31 PM

4. Cushy jobs and clients after retirement

See Robert Mueller. He has hung his shingle out again. Ken Star has never shut up, but Mueller is like a silent Buddha.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to EarthFirst (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 12:28 PM

2. Will a Democratic administration be able to get to the actual transcripts

I know there is already enough in the public record to impeach the bastard, but how will history judge this? Is it so long as you get away with it, it is fine?

I suppose that the Trump/GOP judiciary which dominate our court systems will continue a rear guard action even if Democrats get the Presidency back.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to EarthFirst (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 12:39 PM

5. I'm so effing sick of their private remarks

Grow a spine. Thank heaven for Mitt Romney. He showed how small the rest of them are.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to wryter2000 (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 12:39 PM

6. +1 nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to wryter2000 (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 09:24 PM

10. It's too simple to understand for today's Republicans. They hate the arithmetic!

One eighth of a good and decent man is more moral carachter than the "Leadership" can handle in any fair fight.

And a full quarter man above any Republican senator serving.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Mopar151 (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 09:53 PM

12. Throw in an 1/8 credit for enduring the slavering ORCS

That drag every male complicit in their evil quagmire lower. It should be more, but there are adjustments for denial

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to EarthFirst (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 01:22 PM

7. I don't want to hear excuses anymore, or whispered admissions.

If you can't/won't do the job, resign, or you should be tried for treason.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to EarthFirst (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 04:31 PM

8. Republican politicians know they need Trump's base to get reelected.


If they turn on Trump, Trump's base will turn on them, & they will lose all the Trump voters in the next election.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to EarthFirst (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 05:12 PM

9. He did say, if you vote against me I'll put your head on a pike.

Wouldn't you cooperate to save your neck, then maybe retirement, again to save your neck.

It is tricky to quit your job if you work in organized crime.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to MasonDreams (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 09:55 PM

13. See #12.

Too simple for idiots.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to EarthFirst (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 09:25 PM

11. so they chose Trump over AMERICA

fucking COWARDS

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread