Wednesday was perhaps the most daunting and embarrassing day in history for all of us Americans. But, in the end, it was a day to be proud of.
In 1787, Ben Franklin was walking out of Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention, when he was asked, “Doctor, what do we have? A republic or a monarchy?”
Franklin replied: “A republic, if you can keep it.”
We kept it. Within hours of the crowd debacle on the Capitol, Congress met and, in what went from one of the most partisan sessions to a long-time bipartisan session, quickly affirmed the 2020 election and began the traditional peaceful transfer of the power.
Some things this week:
- Mike Pence overcame his loyalty to Trump and showed us that his first loyalty is to his oath of office and the rule of law. And you can tell that of the overwhelming numbers of those in Congress, in business, and even many in the Trump administration.
- The 25th Amendment will not be invoked. If Trump had weeks or months to spare, he could very well be. With 12 days to go, invoking would be more problematic than it’s worth it. The House could very well impeach Trump next week and I expect to see far fewer Republicans stand up in his defense. The Senate does not have time to hold a sentencing trial before January 20, but a trial is still possible even after he has left office. A conviction would have prohibited him from running again for the presidency.
- And, the implementation of the 25th Amendment, which requires the agreement of the government majority, is made more problematic with all government vacancies, including Justice, Defense, Transportation and Education.
- Trump was castrated. Be careful, when the memoirs are written, we will know that Pence, the Secretary of State, the Joint Chief, the Director of the FBI and the Secretary of Homeland Security have reached an understanding on the final days of Donald Trump. It is now in a box.
- During the mob takeover of the Capitol, Trump refused to directly authorize federal troops via the DC Guard while watching the rampage on TV. Pence had to step in and step over Trump’s head to get the troops up the hill, probably illegally because only the president has that power, but necessary. It was the mayor of DC and the governors of Maryland and Virginia who sent the first reinforcements.
- One of my biggest concerns in recent months was whether we would have a vibrant two-party system with Republicans in a virtual divided civil war over what I expected would be Trump’s ongoing dominance over the party – perhaps even as a viable presidential candidate in 2024.
- Despite Trump’s Georgia Senate debacle for Republicans, that concern was only exacerbated when I heard Donald Junior at the rally on Wednesday threaten any Republican who voted to certify the election as “primary”. That was the time when the Trump family was at the height of political power in America.
- Less than two hours later, Trump and his family had become major players in American politics in the wake of their mafia’s actions. Yes, Trump will continue to lead an outcast group of the less-than-bright bulbs up the tree and may get a spot on one of the fringe cable TV networks, but what has changed so radically for Trump and the Republican party is that Republican officials are she is no longer afraid of him.
- Since the senators were still sheltered in an unknown location, Ted Cruz rounded up the dozen Republican senators who accepted the election challenge and led them to decide to stop it with the first state, Arizona, rather than do more political damage.
- Only Josh Hawley of Missouri insisted on taking him to Pennsylvania, but the Arizona vote had already dropped to 93 to 6. Cruz and Hawley did enormous political damage. The highly respected former Missouri Senator John Danforth said his important support and mentor to Hawley was the worst mistake he ever made. Apparently, House Republican leader McCarthy and the more than 100 House Republicans who have yet to vote not to certify the elections are a little slow in adopting.
- Will there be consequences for mafia participants? Not only is the FBI hot on the heels of the people they are identifying, there has also been one The surge of activity from private social media drives attendees crazy. Some of them have been identified by these people and many have already lost their jobs and are being held accountable by the local media.
- Trump will now have very serious business problems. Which company will plan their next meeting at a Trump resort? Which bank will support this already loss-making business? Why should foreign entrepreneurs take this seriously? Which mainstream network will have anything to do with him or his family?
- Look for Trump to end his time in the White House by forgiving himself, his family, and his cronies for any future charges. But a federal pardon won’t help him with characters like the New York State Attorney General on his trail over fraud issues.
Our foreign critics enjoyed watching the debacle on the hill.
What the world should pay attention to is that the great American experiment in democracy, in a matter of hours, has finally had enough, stood up and got rid of a demagogue with the most powerful office in the nation who thought he was the most great of our republic.
Be proud. We kept it.