Well it is over, right? It was over once Rand Paul forced a vote, and today's vote confirms the one thing necessary: There's no way that the 44 senators who (correctly and righteously) voted that this proceeding is an unconstitutional farce will then somehow vote to convict. Not gonna happen, never was gonna happen. Meanwhile, Trump remains as popular as ever.
Which brings us to the really interesting question: What's next?
CTH has a very good post on this topic. Sundance starts out by hitting on the fact that the Left--in this case, Politico--is slowly coming to the realization that Trump really is teflon coated. The faux impeachment will only harden the resolve of Trump's 75 million supporters. Can the Dems say that about Zhou Baiden or anyone else they care to bring forward? The spectacle of a political show trial in a capital city under military occupation to protect the coupsters will ultimately not be lost on Americans.
So, again: What's next?
Sundance focuses on the possibility of a third party, noting that "Trump’s MAGA army is the ultimate political splitter party." How so? Here's how:
The MAGA coalition [75 million strong] is the most diverse, widest and deepest part of the entire American electorate. President Trump’s army consists of every creed, color, race, gender, ethnicity and orientation. It is a truly color-blind coalition of middle America patriots and middle-class voters that cuts through the political special interest groups.
Or, to put it another way, this not a John Anderson or Ross Perot or even a George 'Curly' Wallace or Strom Thurmond. This is not a Libertarian or Green type party we're talking about. If anything, it's more along the lines of a Bull Moose party, but even that doesn't truly equate with the Trump phenomenon. Not only is Trump a successful president with a devoted following, but he has the advantage of being the acknowledged leader of the Republican party. We know that from the Senate vote: 44-6. And the House vote was even more lopsided.
Here's how I see this. Obviously only time will tell us how Trump proceeds. However, it's important to bear in mind that, even if Trump forms a third party, that doesn't mean he will need to excommunicate all Republicans. He can pick and choose the candidates he endorses. Be the kingmaker, including in the Republican party. What Republican candidate running for office will prefer McConnell's endorsement to Trump's? To even ask the question shows how ridiculous the entire notion is.
The bottom line is that Trump has options, the possibility for a flexible approach that could be utterly unprecedented. Here's how sundance ends his own speculations:
There is no reference point for 75 million Americans being disenfranchised by Wall Street, bribery, corporations, media and big tech. That 75 million person army is fuel for a stunning and cataclysmic shift in the American landscape.
The goal of Pelosi/Schumer's 2nd impeachment pantomime isnt convicting Trump. They dont have 67 votes. No,the goal is to shame, blackball & cancel 74 mil Trump voters by tarring them all as the hooligans who broke into their sacred Temple &suppressing the popular America 1st vote— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) February 9, 2021
Problem: The Dems spent four years with wall to wall media support tarring Trump voters as totally beyond the pale and trying to "shame, blackball & cancel" them. Result? Trump got more votes than any presidential candidate in history. Doesn't sound like a winning strategy--to try to accomplish in a few days what they were unable to accomplish in four years.
Impeachment Sequel To Go Straight To DVDhttps://t.co/7NQ8cjLiHt— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) February 9, 2021