Rep. Al Green’s impeachment effort backfires disastrously

Congressman Al Green’s call for impeachment of President Donald Trump Wednesday had disastrous results. (Screen capture, YouTube, C-SPAN)

Right in the middle of Wednesday’s important voting activities on concealed carry reciprocity, Texas Congressman Al Green (D) took the House microphone to call for a vote on his proposed impeachment of President Donald Trump.

What happened next underscores the age old advice, “Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should” and “Be careful what you ask for, you may get it.”

Green got it, alright. Live on C-SPAN, Green’s impeachment effort was crushed as Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly rejected the impeachment proposal 364-58. It was the kind of legislative slapdown perhaps befitting such a notion. Greene launched his effort earlier this year with an impassioned speech.

Green was among the 184 Democrats, joined by 14 Republicans, who voted against the reciprocity measure. He was on the losing side in that effort as well.

Republicans, joined by six Democrats, pushed concealed carry reciprocity over the top 231-198. To the surprise of some people, anti-gun Democrats were joined by 14 Republicans, but most of those GOP members weren’t voting “no” because they oppose concealed carry. Their opposition stems mainly from the combination of reciprocity and another measure, “Fix NICS,” to ostensibly improve the National Instant Check System. Whether they dislike NICS altogether and want it gone, or just believe the two issues should stand alone, they voted against H.R. 38.

Green’s call for a vote on his impeachment language only interrupted the flow of the reciprocity proceedings. It was almost as though he were attempting to stall the inevitable. Reciprocity may face tough going in the Senate, but the House vote was a decided victory for gun owners.

Trump has been in the crosshairs since before he took office. For months, the news was dominated by the alleged Russia links, but that meme staled quickly when the discussion began to creep uncomfortably closer to Hillary Clinton.

A new Rasmussen survey released Thursday shows 33 percent of likely U.S. voters think special investigator Robert Mueller and his team have a political agenda in their investigation of the alleged Trump-Russia connection. Breaking that down along party lines, 63 percent of Democrats think Mueller’s probe is legitimate, while 42 percent of Republicans and 36 percent of independents think this is political. Thirty-five percent of Republicans and 46 percent of independents think the investigation is impartial.

Meanwhile, Trump is maintaining his maverick style. Wednesday’s declaration by the president that Jerusalem is considered the Israeli capital gave the talking heads something more to talk about. The president’s bull-in-the-china-shop persona has upset many a political apple cart over the past 11 months.

He came into office promising to “drain the swamp.” He hasn’t accomplished that, but he’s knocked some pretty good holes in the dam, and House rejection of Green’s impeachment proposal just re-fueled the bulldozer.

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