That’s been one of my main concerns about the move to impeach TrumPutin–the legislative mechanics of it, with the Republicans still controlling the Senate and, as you note, the probable inability to convict him based on that.
Not that there aren’t strong reasons to impeach TrumPutin, from emoluments (which I think would include the inauguration fundraising, since his hotels were allegedly price-gouging), violations of campaign finance laws with payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, and whatever Mueller’s “witch hunt” might turn up. (And while I agree that we could be seeing ImpeachClinton 2.0, TrumPutin’s charges make Clinton’s pale in comparison.)
But my understanding is that impeachment is only a political remedy, not a legal one–I think that arrogant huckster needs to be imprisoned, not simply removed from office. It may be that he needs to be removed from office before he can be tried as a criminal, but should that happen by impeachment or–
My other concern is that this could backfire on the Democrats in a spectacular manner. I’d rather they build a clear, understandable, appealing platform for 2020 to begin a progressive movement. It’s great that we had a blue wave in 2018, but one wave doesn’t make a tide. For that, we need a sustained series of waves, the first of which is gaining further control in 2020.
Regarding impeachment, if the perception is that the Democrats are only going after TrumPutin, the perception is likely that this is more partisan bickering, more gridlock, more politics as usual. And if the Dems cannot demonstrate that they are for something–universal health care, a livable minimum wage, stronger environmental regulations, reduced defense spending, whatever–and not merely against someone–guess who?–they will lose. Big. And that wave of November 2018 will get swallowed up and quickly forgotten.
What’s worse, TrumPutin could win a second term. And how much further behind will we be then?