“It would take just three Republican senators to turn the impeachment vote into a secret ballot. It’s not hard to imagine what would happen then.”
This is the new #NeverTrump plan. They want “secret ballot” votes in the Senate to impeach President Trump.
Oh, that sounds very “freedom-loving,” doesn’t it? ?
The new “sure-fire” plot comes from Juleanna Glover. She has worked as an adviser for losers like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and John McCain, to name a few.
Glover seeks to allow elected officials who represent “We The People” to bypass what “THE PEOPLE” actually wants to soothe the hurt feelings of a handful of butt-hurt establishment stooges.
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She explains that senators could vote on impeachment by secret ballot, and this way, they wouldn’t have to “face a backlash” from constituents or the media or the president himself. She believes if this were the case, Trump would likely be impeached.
And she says it’s “easy” to implement. “A secret impeachment ballot might sound crazy, but it’s quite possible. It would take only three senators to allow for that possibility.”
[…] according to current Senate procedure, McConnell will still need a simple majority—51 of the 53 Senate Republicans—to support any resolution outlining rules governing the trial. That means that if only three Republican senators were to break from the caucus, they could block any rule they didn’t like. (Vice President Mike Pence can’t break ties in impeachment matters.) Those three senators, in turn, could demand a secret ballot and condition their approval of the rest of the rules on getting one. [Politico]
The piece gets even more stupid, as Glover goes on to suggest that a “secret ballot” might also be a “benefit” for Trump. Why would he “benefit” from a secret ballot? Well, Glover points out that once he’s impeached (thanks to the secret ballot), it would free up time so he could focus on his post-presidency stuff.
There’s already been some public speculation that, should the Senate choose to proceed with a secret ballot, Trump would be found guilty. GOP strategist Mike Murphy said recently that a sitting Republican senator had told him 30 of his colleagues would vote to convict Trump if the ballot were secret. Former Senator Jeff Flake topped that, saying he thought 35 Republican senators would vote that way.
While it’s unlikely Trump would support a secret ballot, it’s possible he might actually benefit from one in the long run. If a secret ballot is agreed on and Trump knows the prospect of impeachment is near, he could then focus his energies on his post-presidency. [Politico]
This last paragraph of the piece could be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read. It’s wildly idealistic and reminds me of a 10-year-old writing a story about Santa Claus. It’s pure fantasy.
Trump did nothing wrong; there is no “crime.”
These people are delusional.
This lady here is a perfect example as to why the #NeverTrump movement is a total flop. Can you imagine someone this dense and detached from reality being a “political advisor?” No wonder we have so many political buffoons in D.C.
A secret ballot might get Trump out of office sooner than everyone expects: The sooner any three Republican senators make clear that they will support nothing short of a secret ballot, the sooner Trump realizes his best course could be to cut a deal, trading his office for a get-out-of-jail-free card—a clean slate from prosecutors—just as Vice President Spiro Agnew did. And if Trump were to leave office before the end of the year, there might even be enough time for Republicans to have a vibrant primary fight, resulting in a principled Republican as the nominee. [Politico]
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