It NEVER was gonna be much of an effort ….
As horror and anger of the January 6th protests and assault on the Capitol fades….
Republicans that would be needed to come across the political aisle to vote to convict Republican ex-President Donald Trump has shrunk…
The effort to even do it has been pushed back almost 2 weeks….
Unless something crazy comes out?
Trump remain in the history books as the only President that was impeached/indicted of charges and beat them twice…
Trump worries isn’t about Congress….
It SHOULD be about the state prosecutors in New York, Georgia and even Washington DC….
Oh, and the IRS….
If the Republican Party is to make a clean break with former President Trump, the upcoming Senate impeachment trial is a “now or never” moment.
“Never” has begun to seem the more likely option.
There has been no sign in recent days of a groundswell of Republican senators willing to convict Trump. Instead, several have pushed back against the idea of the trial, suggesting it is improper, or at least unnecessary, now that Trump has left office.
The anti-Trump tide that swelled enough to reach many Republicans after insurrectionary violence erupted at the Capitol on Jan. 6 looks to be ebbing.
“I think momentum has slowed in recent weeks, and there is a desire among a broad swath of the party to put this behind them and move on,” said Matt Gorman, a Republican strategist and former communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Gorman added, of the Democratic-led effort to convict Trump, “I’m not saying it won’t get any support [from Republicans] but I think the people who would take this from a handful to a sizable number have dwindled away.”
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, has been clear that he believes Trump committed an impeachable offense by his inflammatory rhetoric that preceded the violence at the Capitol.
There are some other possibilities but even GOP figures skeptical of Trump believe the potential votes against him within his own party are likely to be capped closer to six or seven than the 17 that would be required to convict….
Individual members might view Trump’s antics with distaste — but that is not necessarily reason enough for them to cast a vote or issue a denunciation that might draw a primary challenge or condemn them to defeat in a general election.
Susan Del Percio, a Republican strategist and senior adviser to the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, said:
“If you want to have the support of Donald Trump because his personality is big and helpful in your district, then you are going to try to highlight your support of him. But when it comes to the principles of the Republican Party, Donald Trump has shown that he has none. And so, for those that do, that makes it very hard to follow him.”