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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

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November 5, 2019 --

If the presence of the World Series trophy in Washington cannot dissipate partisan zealotry on Capitol Hill, Republicans should impress on the public the fact that an impeachment is just an accusation.  (The definition of "impeach" is  "to bring an accusation." )    Should the House approve a partisan impeachment,  it will merely approve a partisan accusation, and President Trump has been dealing with one partisan accusation after another, from the time he was sworn in, January 20, 2017.   For example the day she took office, MIchigan Democrat Rashid Tlaib used a vulgar term in calling  for impeachment of the president.  But Articles of impeachment are merely articles of allegations.  They prove nothing, certainly not guilt.   

 John Batchelor indicated on his radio program, October 30,  that the push to impeach by House Democrats is "electioneering."  LPR agrees.     Democrats seem to be  hoping that  the voters will confuse the anti-Trump accusations for evidence of guilt,  and vote against the president a year from now.  The  Democrats hope  that a confused public will encourage Senate Republicans to turn against the president and  convict him on the Democrats'  absurd accusations. 

The Hill website, October 31, reported that many Senate Republicans "have expressed concern over the drip-drip of damaging revelations."   A Republican senator who considers mere accusations to be "damaging revelations " is a senator whose powers of discernment have become rather fuzzy.  Now is again the  time to recall the wisdom of Honest Abe:  "you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time.  But you can't fool all of the people all of the time."

And by the way, Kimberley A. Strassel , in The Wall Street Journal, last May, months before the phony Ukraine accusation,  pointed out that the constituents in the "uber-liberal districts" want their representatives to get "Trump's scalp."   Articles of Impeachment against the president  are just accusations that amount to paper hatchets;  they deserve shredding by the Senate, on receipt.