Back on February 19, 2017, I posted about R.D. Laing’s book Knots, which used to be popular in the circles in which I moved. I thought of the book again this morning.
The Extortion Knot
The evidence of record shows that I extorted Ukraine by withholding military aid needed to defend their country from an invasion.
The evidence of record shows that I did this for political gain.
The evidence of record shows that I released the aid when my scheme was exposed by a whistleblower.
But my coverup has been partially successful, and I have prevented some highly relevant evidence from being made public.
There is a metaphysical possibility that the evidence I am still covering up might disclose some less damning reason for my actions.
I cannot offer any plausible explanation for what that less damning explanation might be.
Nevertheless, because there is a metaphysical possibility that the evidence I am hiding might prove my innocence, you must acquit me.
The Constitutional Knot
I refuse to engage in a reasoned argument about whether my bad conduct is impeachable under the Constitution, because there is a metaphysical possibility that I did not engage in bad conduct.
Just as there is a metaphysical possibility that the evidence I am still covering up might support the some less damning explanation for what I did.
The Swing State Republican Senator’s Knot
Even the Trump Cultists among my base will probably not be fooled by Trump’s Extortion Knot position or his Constitutional Knot argument.
But the Trump Cultists among my base do not bloody well care, and will crucify my ass if I vote to remove, no matter what rationale I might put forward for that vote.
Conceivably, a vote based on “bad but not impeachable” might save me in the next election. Because a vote to acquit might placate the Cultists, and a “bad but not impeachable” rationale might placate enough of the non-cultists to get me over the finish line.
But if I make the “bad but not impeachable argument,” Trump will tweet me to death, and the Trump Cult base will vote for my primary opponent.
Therefore, I am coerced to spout nonsense, all while avoiding the one argument that might save me in a general election.