Two hundred thirty-one years ago, Alexander Hamilton nailed the essence of presidential impeachment.
“In many cases, it will connect itself with the pre-existing factions, and will inlist [sic] all their animosities, partialities, influence and interest on one side, or on the other,” he wrote in The Federalist No. 65.
What Hamilton couldn’t have predicted: the unabashed cash grab that the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump has become. It’s one made possible by a confluence of technology, shifting norms and extreme partisanship — and flatly unthinkable even a political generation ago.