jester wrote:mayoradamwest wrote:no? I don't see a way out of this damage other than pulling a gerald ford...
I dunno, maybe I'm wrong but I don't see the american political system actually putting the entire complicit body of republicanism complicit. it would require a purge that would have a hard time appearing legitimate.
A few of things.
Ford was an establishment GOPer pardoning a long time GOP politician. Nixon had a lot of social connection currency working in his favor. And we shouldn't over look that it was and remains a somewhat controversial decision. A similar situation would require Trump resigning and Pence pardoning him (a not impossible scenario).
If a Dem takes the WH, I suspect they will come into office with immense pressure not to pardon Trump. Particularly if the evidence points to collusion with foreign adversaries. Moreover, if this is the end game, Trump will almost certainly have taken steps to further alienate folks (e.g., pardoning Don Jr). You can argue that Nixon was punished, but that wouldn't be the case for Trump.
And, not for nothing, there's a decent chance under this scenario that Trump faces criminal liability in NY and I'm not sure he can bank on Cuomo to intervene.
what happens if whatever punishment happens doesn't appear legitimate to 40% of the country? It's all damaging, but what's the least damaging outcome.. you might be right that partisanship pushes it in a certain direction though.
while Trump isn't an establishment GOPer, the entire GOP establishment have remora'd themselves to trump's anal cavity.... there's a lot of people to burn down there. Not saying it wouldn't be fun to see of course.