Two Different Impeachment Playbooks

Following are some of my thoughts related to this article.

I don’t know about you, but on several occasions I’ve considered the differences between Clinton’s impeachment and what’s happening with Trump. Although Clinton didn’t “own up” at first, he finally did … apologized … and got back to running the country for the American people. Trump, on the other hand …

Well, I’ll let you read this excerpt from the article:

While Trump rarely goes more than a few hours without weighing in on the impeachment inquiry, Clinton’s strategy was to appear above the impeachment fray, a figure too busy working on behalf of the American people to spend his days focused on the investigation by Ken Starr or the impeachment proceedings that followed.

Take note: Clinton’s strategy was to “be a figure too busy working on behalf of the American people.” (He has said he would advise Trump to do the same.)

And Sen. Lindsey Graham (Yes, that Lindsey Graham) actually said this:

President Clinton defended himself but he never stopped being presidential. The public may not have liked what the president had done, but believed that he was still able to do his job, and as he governed during impeachment, I think that was the single best thing he did.

Some of you may remember when Clinton apologized and asked for forgiveness for the hurt he’d caused his family and the American people. He added that he was “genuinely sorry” for the pain and the damage that he had caused and for the wrongs he had committed.

Trump, on the other hand, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, frequently reiterating that his call to the Ukrainian president was “perfect.”

The article does point out that at the beginning, Clinton attempted to discredit and dismiss the investigation and the individuals conducting it. Eventually, however, he took his lumps and admitted the error of his ways.

One can hardly deny the difference between the two presidents.

Clinton acted like an adult and came out ahead in the end. Trump has acted like a child who has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, all the while insisting the cookie jar doesn’t even exist.

As he commented at one of his recent campaign rallies: “How do you impeach a president who didn’t do anything wrong?”