The president's argument, in his letter to Nancy Pelosi, will have succeded in its objectives, and will have proved itself persuasive, if Republican Party voters, throughout the nation, end up concluding that the impeachment process is just more "politics." That claim is the president's best defense against impeachment and removal.
Titled, "Impeachment: What Lies Beneath," the article begins with an analysis something like the one I have just provided here - though the CounterPunch version is, in my view, quite a bit more snarky.
CounterPunch and I are in agreement that impeachment, in its current form, is highly problematic, and that the current proceedings are unlikely to remove the president from office. I am concerned that the process will drive people away from the kind of political engagement that I think is vitally important. The author of the CounterPunch article, Jim Kavanagh, puts another spin on the situation. He suggests that proceeding with the impeachment does not make political sense for the Democratic Party, and so deduces that it is at least possible, if not actually "likely," that there is something else going on - something hidden "beneath" what we know about the impeachment from reading about it in the press, and from watching the hearings and debate on television.
Kavanagh admits that he is "speculating," but his speculations have a certain logic to them if you are at all suspicious of the government. He says, for instance, that a majority in the Senate may well vote to impeach the president, because the powers that really run the country, called out by President Eisenhower as the "military-industrial complex," do not find President Trump a reliable ally. Those in the government who wish to continue the United States' far-flung military adventurism are anticipating, says Kavanagh, the near-term need to use United States' military forces in the Middle East, as a war begins next spring between Israel and Iran, a war that will (the article predicts) quite possibly involve the use of nuclear weapons.
It is, again, all just "speculation," and maybe Kavanagh is a complete "kook," but I am hoping that some of the readers of this blog posting will take time to read that CounterPunch article, and to consider whether he might be right that "something is happening here," and that we "don't know what it is."
If that were true, it would behoove us all to start paying very close attention, because if Kavanagh's speculations have any reality at all, what is happening here is very, very scary.