Don't Force A Cheap Vote On Something As Serious As Impeachment

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Rep. Al Green introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump, arguing he "brought dispute, contempt, ridicule, and disgrace on the presidency." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- For we the people, and the politicians who represent us, talk is cheap.

But your vote really matters, or ought to.

So you really have to wonder what on earth 58 House Democrats were thinking when they voted yesterday in favor of a resolution to impeach President Trump.

According to The Hill newspaper, the resolution by Rep. Al Green of Texas didn’t claim Trump has committed a crime, which is usually what impeachment is for. “Instead,” they write, “Green argued that Trump has ‘brought disrepute, contempt, ridicule and disgrace on the presidency’ and ‘sown discord among the people of the United States.’”

Uh-oh.

If those are impeachable offenses, it’s going to be hard for lots of politicians to last more than a few months in office.

More than 120 Democrats had the good sense to pass on this premature showboating. Given the clown show that was the Trump campaign inner circle, the special prosecutor will likely have some real meat for them to vote on soon enough.

But four of our own members, including Mike Capuano, and Seth Moulton – voted for impeachment.

Moulton is too young to remember how ugly and divisive the Nixon and Clinton impeachments were, and how lame it is to be grandstanding on the topic.

But what’s Capuano’s excuse?

“Sometimes, it’s more important to follow your heart than do the practical or political calculation,” he says, as if this was nothing more important than a prom date.

Go ahead and talk, by all means. Trump is a worthy target.

But a cheap vote like this on a matter this serious is a bad look.

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