Court Not Only Part of Swamp

It is something of a tradition when a president comes to West Virginia for political leaders — those of his party, anyway — to show up. We can think of 34 prominent men and women who probably will not attend President Donald Trump’s rally in Charleston this evening. Other things require their attention.

Trump is scheduled for a rally at 7 p.m. today, at the Charleston Civic Center. Just down the street several blocks, members of the state Senate will have spent much of the day discussing the ground rules for trials of three of the five justices of the state Supreme Court.

Justices Allen Loughry, Elizabeth Walker and Margaret Workman have been impeached by the House of Delegates. Now, state senators will hear the evidence against the three and decide whether they should be removed from office. Two other justices are gone already. Menis Ketchum resigned after agreeing to plead guilty to a federal charge. Robin Davis quit after the House impeached her.

State senators have a lot on their plates, then. They are involved in an historic event, perhaps unprecedented anywhere in the United States. Even staunch Republican lawmakers can be pardoned if they decide to forgo the Trump rally.

If what is going on in the state capital is explained to the president, he will understand. After all, he probably understands Washington is not the site of the only political swamp.

Cleaning up the Mountain State’s version of the swamp is at the heart of the Supreme Court impeachment situation. There is plenty more to do elsewhere in state government.

So, once the high court cases are handled, let us hope reform-minded legislators have plenty of energy in reserve. They need to move on — decisively and in a bipartisan manner — to continue draining the swamp in Charleston.

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