Why Republicans Won’t Dump Trump Anytime Soon

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As Donald Trump’s approval ratings fall and calls for his impeachment increase, Democrats seem not yet to have realized how the old saw, “beware of what you wish for, because you just might get it,” applies to them.

What they wish for is to see the back of Donald Trump.

But, having made themselves irrelevant, Democrats can do nothing to bring this about.  Now, only Republicans can dump Trump.  Democrats can only wish.

They are not alone.  More than half of all Americans would have been happy to dump Trump from Day One.  Half a year later, the number is closer to two-thirds.  That would include quite a few people who generally vote for Republicans, and a few Republican officials as well.

With Trump, there are no neutrals.  Many of his supporters will never defect.  As his ineptitude becomes increasingly hard not to see, and as his mental state deteriorates in full public view, the reasons why are becoming increasingly difficult to fathom.  Nevertheless, their faith in the Donald is real.

The authors of our Constitution saw to it that it would be extremely difficult to depose a sitting President.  The only admissible grounds are treason, bribery and  “high crimes and misdemeanors,” and both the House and the Senate would have to be in accord.  Trump has made himself vulnerable to impeachment in countless ways, but with his own party in charge of both chambers, his position ought nevertheless to be secure.

Even so, the…

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