Four-twenty in the morning is as good a time as any to be surfing the web, looking up the legal definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” searching for any possible angle that might be used to stop Donald Trump from being sworn in. I can dream, can’t I?
The Constitution provides for an impeachment process, but Trump will have to be sworn-in before an embarrassed and fearful Republican majority in both houses will be able to remove him from office before doing any lasting damage. That would give them President Pence, which is undoubtedly what they really want.
Just how messed up and serious things truly are has been impressed upon us by Neocon David Frum, former speech writer for George W. Bush, who is arguing that we should all be grateful if Mitt Romney or anyone of his ilk might agree to accept a position in the upcoming Trump Administration, because it might save us from the chaos of thinking that is sure to accompany Trump to office as he continues acting more like an angry teenager tweeting out missives against the nation’s newspaper of record, The New York Times.
Not only is this unbecoming of a president-elect, it might be considered downright bizarre. Equally strange, is the announcement that Trump is now going to take a “victory tour” of the country, giving him an opportunity to fulfill the ego-gratification that comes with speaking to crowds of his supporters. It’s not like he has anything else pressing that needs his immediate and undivided attention, like putting an administration together. No, the ego trip that comes from interfacing with his supporters is obviously more important.
The really frightening thing in all of this bizarro political world turned upside down, is that Frum is right. Regardless of what you might think of Neocons and their entire socio-economic fascist philosophy, in this case, he is absolutely correct. The best we may be able to hope for at this point is for someone like Romney to get on board the Trumpist ship of state, ready and willing to strap down that big fat loose canon as it rolls with the waves between the far-right on one side and what appears to be some undefinable need to be accepted by the masses of Americans who were conned into voting for him, thinking he can actually relate to, or genuinely cares about anyone but himself, on the other.
One wonders if Trump knows what Trump wants now that he’s confronted with a position he possibly never really imagined he’d be able to obtain? One wonders what goes on inside that golden domed comb-over.
At the very least, considering the Trump campaign’s relationship with the Russians, his failure to establish a blind trust for his businesses, his prior proclamation of a need to seek out revenge against his political opponents, Mrs. Clinton in particular once he is in office, not to mention legal issues surrounding Trump University and suggesting violence might be a viable alternative to reasonable and peaceful political recourse, he may have already exhibited a gross incompetence to hold the office of President, possibly qualifying for the broad definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
The problem, of course, is that Congress can’t act prior to Trump being sworn in, prior to the powers of the Presidency being turned over to someone with an agenda no one, possibly even the President-elect himself, can understand.
The only solution, prior to that taking place, would be for the electors to fulfill their obligation to the nation and refuse to cast their ballots for Trump when they meet in December. And that, we are told by pundits and political luminaries, is highly unlikely to the point of being out of the question. But is it even possible?
Short of an upset by the electors, perhaps our best hope, as Mr. Frum has suggested, is for Mitt Romney, or anyone with a more traditional outlook and less extreme political experience and no known financial ties to the Turks, Russians or other operatives eager to influence the oval office, to swallow hard, get on board, and do whatever he or she can to influence our soon-to-be president to set a reasonable course for the country – while we wait for Congress to debate the true meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
It could be quite some time before any of us gets a really good night’s sleep again. What’s happening now makes the Obama years feel somehow distant, nothing more than a dream of a time when more stable and sane political discourse was the norm – by which, of course, I mean that it was possible to understand what was being said.