Douthat is such a weird name. Douthat on executive amnesty and impeachment.
Formidable piece of observation and argumentation there.
Now here you’ll see Chait withhold full endorsement by saying he’s ‘not totally up on the details’ or whatever.
But this is really just a bit of douche language to mitigate the appearance of agreeing with a conservative. Fact is, the reasoning is strong and as a smart man Chait has no credible way of disagreeing. Which means he agrees.
Look, Newt is both brilliant and absurd. Here, he’s probably right. My accrued life wisdom tells me to not be apocalyptic. So with executive amnesty, I doubt the President gets impeached. Executive amnesty remains a dramatic move however in ways Douthat describes. It will not be without its after effects. And if impeachment is a fantastic possibility, the Republicans putting Democrat candidates in a box over it certainly is not.
Executive amnesty is incredibly destabilizing, electorally. So much so, that I kinda doubt the President actually does it. It’s risky, it’s aggressive, it’s bold, and it’’s radical. The President has been a disappointment as a bold, aggressive, radical, and I doubt that changes now