“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” So begins Charles Dickens’ classic novel “A Tale of Two Cities.” The political reality in America reflects a sort of Dickensian dichotomy at present.
On the one hand, the figurative “city” of America exemplifies the “age of wisdom” of a country emboldened and busy: eliminating terrorists, protecting our streets, and growing wealthy. On the other hand, the literal city of Washington embraces an “age of foolishness” as an insular cabal is transfixed with impeachment.
Illustrative of this contradiction, the news flow of last week revealed some of the loftiest achievements of the Trump presidency, while simultaneously unfurling the growing threats to that success from the chattering political class via the Democrats’ ignoble impeachment efforts. Thankfully, the party-line House vote to finally formalize the impeachment inquest was tempered by the long-awaited rise of a spirited and unified Republican defense of the president. That mitigation, combined with the incredible, tangible successes of the past week, provide a roadmap for the president to persevere – and prevail – through impeachment and march toward reelection next November.