THEIR VIEW: Televised impeachment hearings a bind for GOP

Published on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 19:20
Written by The Republican (Springfield, Mass.)

Once impeachment hearings are on TV, will Republicans who’ve been complaining mightily about secrecy begin to argue that the whole thing is just too show-business? Don’t bet against it, because with this crowd, anything seems possible, with almost nothing beneath them.

First up, on Wednesday, will be Bill Taylor, our nation’s top diplomat in Ukraine. He’ll answer questions from the House Intelligence Committee -- which has both Democratic and Republican members, so those who have been falsely claiming that President Donald Trump’s adopted party has been shut out of the process will no longer be able to make that nonsensical assertion.

Also on Wednesday: George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, will appear before the same committee.

Though the president and his sycophantic supporters will do everything in their power to paint both Taylor and Kent as secret Democrats and closeted never-Trumpers, the facts tell a very different tale. Each worked in the administrations of both Democratic and Republican presidents, with Taylor having served as ambassador to Ukraine under President George W. Bush. Kent has worked in the State Department for nearly three decades, again having served under both Republican and Democratic presidents. Those looking for some sort of deep-state conspiracy intent on taking down a duly elected Republican chief executive will have to look elsewhere.

Which leads to Friday, and the appearance of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was recalled from her post by the White House, essentially for not mindlessly going along with Trump’s efforts to advance his political agenda by getting Ukraine’s president to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who had worked for a Ukrainian oil concern. Card-carrying members of the conspiracy-minded set may see the opening trio as deep-state lefties with an obvious agenda, but reasonable people following the testimony, thankfully, won’t likely be so inclined.

Fair-minded folk watching the impeachment hearings will doubtless learn much about the machinations of the Trump White House, its stunning mix of politics and policy. All for Trump’s personal gain. Much has already been revealed by the transcripts of what was said in private testimony.

Republicans can either face the damning facts, or they can try to run from them. With the TV cameras rolling, running, thankfully, won’t be so easy.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 19:20. Updated: Tuesday, 12 November 2019 19:22.