Sanford: On impeachment, facts will be more important than rhetoric

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Local 24 News political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shares his point of view on a battle of the
guest columns.”

It’s routine for members of Congress from opposing parties to battle it out on the House floor or in committees. To do it through competing newspaper guest columns is not an ordinary occurrence. But these are not ordinary times in politics. And Democrats and Republicans seem to be sparring whenever and wherever they can.

So it’s no surprise that Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen took exception to a guest column by Republican House member Mark Green strongly critical of impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Green’s argument is that Congress is getting nothing else done because Democrats are preoccupied with removing Trump from office. Green insists that Americans are the ones being harmed by this inaction on important legislation.

In response, Cohen penned a column of his own calling out Green for playing fast and loose with the facts. Cohen argues that the Democrat-controlled House has passed several important bills that are languishing in the Senate, being blocked by majority leader Mitch McConnell.

Both Green and Cohen are spouting familiar talking points from their respective parties. But this fight is much deeper than that. Green, who represents Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District, is willing to defend Trump no matter what. And Cohen, the Ninth district congressman, started talking impeachment long ago.

Their divergent views are a microcosm of the country. But as impeachment hearings go public tomorrow, the facts will be more important than rhetoric. And that’s my point of view.

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