Thursday, August 17, 2023



It is only a matter of time before serious Democratic

candidates for president pledge to pardon Joe Biden if 

they are elected president in 2024 — mirroring what most

Republican candidates who are now pledging to pardon

Donald Trump are saying in their quest for the 2024 GOP


Trump already faces four separate sets of indictments,

and eventual trials. Allegations and evidence are now

piling up against Mr. Biden during the time when he

was vice president, as well as his current position as

president, and often involving members of his family.

Mr. Trump was twice impeached by a partisan-controlled

Democrat U.S. house four years ago, but not convicted in 

the U.S. senate. Articles of impeachment have now been 

introduced in the  currently partisan-controlled Republican

U.S. house, but if passed, face no likelihood of conviction

in today’s U.S. senate.

A potentially serious third party, called No Labels, is already

on the ballot in ten states, and likely to qualify in many more.

It would seem inevitable for its nominee to pledge that he or 

she would pardon both Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden in the hope

that voters would welcome it as an end of the bitter divide

between the traditional major parties.

Although such pardons would end the prosecutions for

alleged federal crimes committed by both figures, one a

sitting president and the other a former president, 

presidential pardons do not cover prosecutions of crimes at

the state level.

Moreover, it remains an open question whether pardoning

both leading figures would, in fact, reduce the now-widening

divide between liberal-progressive and conservative voters,

Such a circumstance, however, might well shift the emphasis

and political strategies of both sides.

It also might take the air out of the current use of impeachment

and prosecution as weapons of political discourse and conduct,

thus lowering the temperature of contemporary political combat.

That current temperature has produced an unprecedented

political heat wave which no political air-conditioning has so far

provided any relief.

Although there are aspects of the current national political and

social environment which resemble or echo those in the past,

the now unfolding 2024 presidential campaign and its volatile

national voter mood continues to move in largely uncharted 

political territory — and much of the campaign still lies ahead.

It seems likely to make the ride on even one of the newest 

amusement park roller coasters seem placid by comparison.


Copyright (c) 2023 by Barry Casselman. All rights reserved.

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