Good grief, the GOP really needs to get it’s act together.
It’s becoming abundantly clear that many of them are working more for the Democrats than the conservative voters who elected them.
And the latest Rhino to join the list is Rob Portman, who is now hinting that he will vote to convict Trump, despite the fact that he’s supporting Rand Paul’s challenge to the impeachment trial.
Of course, Portman is reportedly planning to retire in 2022, so this man clearly has nothing to lose.
Except for the GOP’s integrity and support.
Republican Ohio Senator Rob Portman releases a statement on the impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/WT9GiEq4dn
— Louie Tran (@louie_tran) January 26, 2021
Now here comes Portman, who announced yesterday that he’ll retire after 2022, to say that he wasn’t making a judgment about the constitutionality of the trial by joining Paul today. He just wanted to, you know, talk about it on the Senate floor. Hear both sides. Democrats made that impossible by blocking Paul, but Portman’s vote to convict is still theoretically in play.
That seems too clever by half, especially for a senator who no longer has to fear the wrath of the voters. But it’ll be nice, I suppose, if we can eventually say that all but six Senate Republicans let Trump off scot-free after a months-long coup attempt and murderous attack on the Capitol instead of five.
Paul didn’t want to hear any of it afterward:
“If you voted that it was unconstitutional then how in the world would you ever hope to convict somebody for this?” Paul asked, adding ,”45 of us, almost the entire caucus, 95% of the caucus, voted that the whole proceeding was unconstitutional. This is a big victory for us. Democrats can beat this partisan horse as long as they want — this vote indicates it’s over, the trial is all over.”
Trump will be acquitted for sure but Portman’s logic leaves some suspense in the mix about how many Republican votes to convict there’ll end up being. The most shocking pro-Trump vote this afternoon came from Mitch McConnell, who hasn’t spoken to Trump in more than a month, passionately opposed the effort to object to Congress’s certification of Biden’s victory, and was reportedly “pleased” that Trump had been impeached over the Capitol riot and was considering voting to convict.
Well, it looks like we may have yet another Rhino who’s seat will need to be filled pronto.
Thanks for doing us the favor of removing yourself Portman!
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