The losses continue to pile up.
On Wednesday, Trump became the first president to be impeached multiple times. The charge was incitement of insurrection. Ten Republicans joined the entire Democratic voting bloc, sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial.
The ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump are noteworthy. During the first impeachment, not a single Republican voted against Trump. (Justin Amash, a former Republican turned Independent, did vote against Trump).
Additionally, there were some Democratic defections. Not this time, however.
Here are the ten Republicans who voted against Trump, and their districts voting results in the last presidential election:
Cheney (Wyoming at large) Trump +43
Newhouse (Washington 4) Trump +19
Rice (South Carolina 7) Trump +19
Kinzinger (Illinoise 16) Trump +16
Gonzalez (Ohio 16) Trump +14
Upton (Michigan 6) Trump +4
Meijer (Michigan 3) Trump +4
Beutler (Washington 3) Trump +3
Katko (New York 24) Biden +9
Valadao (California 21) Biden +10
The case now heads over to the Senate, where a two thirds majority is needed to remove the president. Democrats will need 17 Republicans to join them, a tall order undoubtedly.
One Republican senator told Yahoo! News that the situation is “fluid,” and that “there is more openness (to impeaching) than I would have imagined, but I’m not sure they would pull the trigger.”
Mitch McConnell, the soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader, is open to the idea of removing President Trump, telling colleagues, “I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”
The shocking statement comes a day after the New York Times reported that McConnell privately backed impeachment, believing that impeaching the president will “make it easier to purge him from the party.” Republicans sources told Jonathan Martin, the lead reporter on the scoop, that about twenty senators were open to impeachment before the McConnell news broke.
The dam is breaking.
But this article isn’t about impeachment. It’s about success — or lack-thereof. Donald Trump promised his followers winning, and more winning, and even more winning. “If I’m president, we’ll win so much, you’ll get bored of winning,” he once said.
In November, it turned out, he didn’t win. It wasn’t even close, frankly. He lost “bigly.” Then there were the post election lawsuits. Trump and his allies won a single case, a Pennsylvania suit involving the time period to fix problematic ballots. He lost the other 64 cases.
Then there were the Georgia runoffs to determine who controls the Senate. In historically ruby red Georgia, two establishment GOP incumbents were defeated easily by their Democratic challengers. Trump lost the Senate, too.
Of course, losing isn’t a recent phenomenon for Trump. During the 2018 midterms, the first nationwide set of elections following his inauguration, Democrats thumped the GOP up and down the ballot box, netting over 40 sets in the process of handing the gavel back to Speaker Pelosi.
Chronologically, for those keeping track at home: Trump lost in 2016 by three million votes. Then he lost the House. Then he got impeached. Then he lost the presidency by seven million votes, then the Senate, then got impeached once more.
Oh, and his little putsch was unsuccessful.
What will remain of Trump’s presidential accomplishments? With Democrats poised to control all levers of power in Washington, very little of what Trump did in four years will survive Biden’s first one hundred days. Obamacare remains the law of the land, the Paris Climate Accords will be rejoined, and the Democrats can reverse the Trump tax cuts for the wealthy with their new majority in the Senate.
Besides the judiciary, what remains? I guess three miles of new border wall — assuming Biden doesn’t knock it down, anyway.
All that winning, and so little to show for it.