The Trump impeachment debacle calls for penalties on both parties, for roughing the public

Democrats are in a hasty march to impeach President Trump. Republicans have no thoughtful rebuttal. One side points fingers while the other shrieks “fake news.”

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Rep. Adam Schiff Joins Nancy Pelosi At Her Weekly News Conference On Capitol Hill

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Shiff answer media questions on Oct. 2 about the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

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Can politicians learn anything from pro football besides punting on balanced budgets and blocking useful legislation? Probably not, but there are other parallels.

About 20 years ago, when the struggling Chicago Bears played the equally woeful New Orleans Saints in a nail-biter, one of the play-by-play announcers remarked that it was an exciting game between two really bad teams. That’s what the current presidential campaign/impeachment debacle feels like: a titanic scrum between two bumbling giants that almost no one can stand.

On second thought, tedious is probably a better word than exciting. When a starting quarterback is about to return from an injury, teams try to weigh the risk of him returning too soon vs. the chance of losing the next game(s) without him. Teams may make the wrong decision, but they agonize over the pros and cons.

I don’t see similar deliberation from Democrats in their hasty march to impeach President Trump, or thoughtful rebuttal from Republican lawmakers. One side piously points fingers while the other shrieks “fake news” and scours every corner for scapegoats.

Have Democrats considered that removing Richard Nixon required bi-partisan and public support? Do Republicans factor in the long-term effects even if impeachment fails? Remember, Gerald Ford was a one-term president.

Between the Trump team’s disgraceful middle school-level petulance and the Democrat’s dour, school-marmish finger-pointing, it’s hard to feel noble backing either side. Penalize both teams — for roughing the voter.

James Newton, Itasca

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Why does Trump do what evil dictators want?

It’s worth wondering why President Donald Trump does things evil dictators like him to do.

Like ignoring Russian boss Vladimir Putin’s interference in our elections. Like giving a pass to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince for the murder of a Washington Post columnist. Like accommodating Turkey’s anti-Kurd leader by removing troop support for allied Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Syria. Like giving North Korea’s Kim Jung Un the one thing he always wanted — equal status with the head of the world’s most powerful nation.

It would be no surprise if Trump’s decisions in the first three cases were influenced by his big-money interests in those countries. As for North Korea, Trump told Kim he sees great potential for part of his country becoming a Trump-like resort.

Eddie Stone, Northbrook

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