The complaints about this from Democrats today remind me of the huffing and puffing last weekend from Senate Republicans over Adam Schiff’s “heads on pikes” quote. (He was quoting someone else, actually. But anyway.) In both cases we have a participant in the impeachment process committing the terrible faux pas of acknowledging plainly how that process is driven by politics, not a good-faith interest in the truth. Schiff dared to suggest that Republican senators might vote to acquit Trump because they’re terrified of ending up on his sh*t list, which pretend-offended them despite the obvious truth of his statement.
Now here’s Ernst daring to admit that Trump and the GOP are interested in the Bidens’ corruption not (just) because they’re interested in corruption but because they’re interested in the electoral threat posed by Joe Biden. That happens to be exactly what House Dems have accused Trump of in trying to swing a quid pro quo with Ukraine, and which, ironically, they’ve now inadvertently enabled by forcing an impeachment trial on the subject. Trump’s going to use the platform they’ve handed him to damage Biden ahead of the election. And of course Democrats are using the platform to try to damage Trump ahead of the same election, having known from the start that there’s zero chance the Senate will vote to remove him. This pageant is and always has been aimed by both sides at swing voters watching at home. But you’re not supposed to say that if you’re involved in it.
Impeachment is a political process and a cynical one at that. Ernst is just unusually candid about it.