Writing to learn was once a popular concept in education. The idea was to write about what a student was learning. It was hardly revolutionary in English, but it was pretty cutting edge in math.
If my recent post is any guide, writing to learn works. I had written a very narrowly focused post, but old BMG pals Somerville Tom, Christopher, and Gmoke led me to some important realizations about impeachment:
- The Force is with us. The punditry is part of the growing pressure leading toward impeachment. Their reasoning is less consequential than their pushing. Somerville Tom, Christopher, Justin Amash, everyone else pushing for impeachment now is part of this force.
- Impeachment? Inevitable. I didn’t realize this until Gmoke said that he anticipated it happening this summer. Trump’s crimes are too numerous, too obvious, and too harmful to be ignored forever. The courts keep rejecting him in court. He’s not going to be able to run the clock out, and he’s doing an admirable what Pelosi termed “self-impeachment.”
- The 10%. Electorally, we’re fighting with the GOP over about 10% of voters. Maybe a bit more. Hardcore Trumpists will never give up, but Trump’s support can drop by at least 10%. At his least popular, George W. Bush was at 24% approval. Even with today’s hyperpartisan political arena and the hermetically sealed conservative infosphere, Trump’s approval can easily go as low as 30%. He’s at about 41% approval now.
- Hanging Fire. Pelosi and the Democratic leadership are not stupid. They can only file so much legislation that won’t go anywhere. Gmoke says it well: “[Pelosi] seems to want the House to proceed as deliberately and correctly as possible, dotting all i’s and crossing all t’s, so that when the time comes no one can credibly claim that there was a rush to judgment by Democrats. It also seems to me that she wants the public, the people to force the House to act so that impeachment will be seen less as an act of the Democratic House but more of a demand by the voting public.” John Dean agrees.