In the last six years, we've had one president impeached over a single issue of perjury, and another who's getting away with (almost literally) murder, who won't be impeached at all. The common thread: one party controls Congress. And that party will use impeachment as a weapon, or ignore it completely, as it fits the party's purpose. It's become shatteringly clear that partisanship is so entrenched that the means of disciplining or removing a president are broken. Now. We all know that the Republicans are never gonna change the process. But -- purely as an intellectual exercise, if you wish -- can you foresee a way to amend the Constitutional impeachment process in order to make it work as intended again? The only way I can think of involves equalizing the number of Republicans and Democrats involved in the process. After all, in a regular jury trial, what prosecutor or defense attorney would settle for a majority of the jury being biased in favor of or against the accused? So. One way would be to limit the number of representatives, for example, who could vote on bringing impeachment charges. For instance: under our current breakdown, the House has 231 Republicans and 202 Democrats. "Evening out" the process would require the elimination of 29 Republicans from the deliberation process. You could have the Republicans choose the 29 to be dropped from the impeachment vote, or have Democrats choose them. (The latter would give the opposing party the chance to eliminate those it feels to be the most partisan "jurors".) Alternatively, everyone could have a chance to participate in the process, but only 202 on each side of the aisle would be allowed to vote. I know, I'm building castles in the sky here...but if the Democrats ever get back into power, they could do worse than to propose a constitutional amendment to this effect. Making things more even could give the Republicans second thoughts about using the threat of impeachment vengefully (as they did with Clinton). It might also make guys like Bush a little more careful, knowing that a Congressional majority no longer "guarantees" that they can't be impeached.