The new oval office?
We hear over and over again that, if the Democratic House impeaches Trump, he cannot be removed from office, because it would be impossible to get 20 Republican Senators to stop cowering in fear of the deranged base they spent decades creating, in order to provide the two thirds majority needed to ditch him.
This is almost certainly true, but all is not lost. As usual, this argument comes from people who talk about the Constitution without having really read it very thoroughly.
Here is what the Constitution actually says about the Senate trial that follows impeachment:
Article I, Section 3, Clauses 6 and 7:
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present"
Note that the vote required is not two thirds of all senators, but two thirds of those who are present.
So here is my plan: Let the Senate, including all of the many Republicans that want nothing to do with this idiot, vote to finally honor Trump with a gigantic military parade, perhaps celebrating his glorious, total victory over the Kurds, who have always been our enemies.
Something like this would be appropriate, I think.
Make it clear that any Republican that does not come to the parade will be chewed alive by Trump's base. Then, in tacit agreement with Mitch McConnell, a Senate vote to convict will be held during the parade, allowing Trump to be kicked out of office by a unanimous vote of those Senators who are present, all of which will be Democrats; at which point, Trump could be frog marched off of the reviewing stand and thrown in the street, and all the troops in the parade can go home and enjoy the rest of the afternoon with their families.
Cue the deafening screeching and yelling by the Republicans, which may go on for years; but who gives a damn as long as Trump is gone?
Of course, nothing will stop Trump from declaring the next day that he is still running to be re-elected, like it or not. Some may be tempted to point out that the Constitution also says:
"Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor"
At this point it is necessary for me to digress and repeat a few lines from a scene in "My Little Chickadee" in which W. C. Fields tries to lure a rube into playing poker with him.
Rube: "Poker...but isn't that gambling?"
Fields: "Not the way I play it, no."
Trump's answer to the Constitution, and I must confess that he is likely on firm legal ground here, is that as long as he is in the White House, being President is not an "office of honor." Might work, who knows?