Letter: Impeachment distraction
Tom Cantlon is usually right on, but I must disagree with his May 1 column, where he calls for U.S. House Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, even if the Senate won’t sign on.
The purpose of impeachment is to remove a miscreant from public office. If the effort does not stand the slightest chance of succeeding, I fail to see the point in trying to do it.
Impeachment proceedings will also tie up a lot of resources and money, and will be extremely time-consuming and laborious. The Democrats would be much better served channeling all this energy into coming up with a winning strategy for 2020. Right now, they don’t have any such strategy. They are just coasting along, assuming anyone they put up for President will be a shoo-in to win. Wasn’t it this kind of thinking that led to the 2016 results? The Dems seem to have learned nothing from that defeat.
Like it or not, Trump will be a formidable candidate in 2020. If the Democrats are not on top of their game, they will lose ... and pursuing a Quixotic quest to impeach the president when they cannot possibly achieve it will keep them from adequately strategizing for the campaign. They cannot adequately do both. Starting impeachment proceedings will virtually guarantee four more years of President Trump. It is that simple.