Last summer, after President Trump had been implicated in illegally trying to influence an election (by making hush-money payments to a porn star and then lying about it), I asked a searching question of his party:
“Hello, Republicans? Are any of you from the Grand Old Party still out there?”
It wasn’t that I thought Trump necessarily deserved impeachment. But as with the GOP’s pursuit of Bill Clinton in the 1990s, it was already clear that some censure, some sanction, at least some denunciation, was required. Or else his behavior would only get worse.
Now, the GOP response to the conclusion of the Mueller investigation into Russian election meddling has been even more sycophantic, if that was possible.
Most news coverage has been about how Democrats are divided on what to do next. But far more concerning is that Republicans are totally united — on doing absolutely nothing.
Locally, U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, got the collective inaction ball rolling by pretending nothing happened. “The American people can see for themselves that there was no collusion or obstruction of justice by President Trump,” he said.