Graham: Party Line ImpeachmentNovember 1, 2019
the party-line split is a problem for Democrats nonetheless. There’s little prospect for mass House GOP defections, and Thursday’s vote suggests Trump’s firewall in the Senate may remain impregnable. But an impeachment that draws no Republican support at all—no matter how consistent the testimony is, and no matter how obvious Trump’s bad behavior is—is by definition partisan. An impeachment inquiry is a deadly serious moment, and proceeding without any Republican backing will likely undermine the inquiry’s legitimacy in the public eye.