I was wrong about John McCain, and rarely have I been so happy to be wrong.
Now, when the Republicans control all branches of government, but they still cannot get anything done, it may be time to admit that the American people will be harmed less – at least in terms of public policy – if Donald Trump is not impeached.
This presupposes three things.
One, this presupposes most importantly that our two houses of Congress miraculously manage to pass an effective program to protect the polls in 2018 against foreign interference.
Two, this presupposes that Donald Trump is not so unhinged that he uses the tremendous power of the presidency to create wars so destructive that it is a complete disaster.
Three, this presupposes that the deep cultural damage, and damage to public ethics, that Trump is doing to our society is not so profound that we cannot recover from it.
Otherwise, though, it is becoming hard to see how we will be better off with the political skills of a President Pence or a President Ryan in play. Don’t tell the Republicans.