This is not a column in defense of President Donald Trump.

He called up the Ukrainian president and asked him to do him a favor by investigating his political adversary, Joe Biden, and Biden’s son, Hunter. He reminded the Ukrainian president how much military aid the U.S. had ponied up for the Ukraine and how nice the U.S. had been to the Ukraine. That, perhaps, is a quid pro quo.

If this is an impeachable offense, fine. Figure it out and impeach him. Try him, convict him, run him out of the White House. Tar and feather him, I don’t care.

Then former Indiana Governor Mike Pence would be president. But wait. Maybe he spoke to the Ukrainian president, too. If he asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden and Hunter Biden, he’d need to be impeached, too.

Then, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi would be president. (Don’t think this thought hasn’t crossed her mind, by the way.)

Then finally, maybe, there’s a slim chance, but just maybe, Congress could get back to actually governing. You know, things like infrastructure, defense, immigration, health care, taxes, the environment, the deficit, et. al.

Nah. That’s a pipe dream. That’s not how government rolls anymore. It used to be that way. Politicians working together to craft meaningful legislation. Ah, the good old days. Sure, there used to be acrimony, but in the end they actually got stuff done. Not any more.

These days politicians are consumed by gaining political advantage, whether you’re asking foreign leaders to probe your rivals or impeaching somebody.

And I suppose, if that’s the way it has to be, I can live with that. But while we’re at it, can we apply the same standards to all politicians?

It was not hyperbole when I said the president  should be impeached if his  ham-handed attempts to get the Ukrainian president to investigate his political rival Joe Biden is an impeachable offense.

Under the Hobbs Act, for example, extortion is described as "obtaining property from another, with his consent, under color of official right" and “obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.”

Sounds kind of like what Trump did. If that’s impeachable, prove it. Impeach him.

And after that, let’s get serious about applying the rules equally.

A Ukrainian natural gas company brings Hunter Biden onto its board of directors for $50,000 a month. Hunter has no experience in the natural gas business. A Ukrainian prosecutor is investigating the natural gas company for corruption. Vice President Joe Biden travels to the Ukraine and asks that the prosecutor be fired because the prosecutor isn’t working hard enough to eliminate corruption in the Ukraine.

The new Ukrainian chief prosecutor says he saw nothing wrong with what the Bidens did in the Ukraine. (Well, of course, he didn’t.) And the Ukrainian president has been quoted in the press as saying he didn’t want any more investigations, regardless of the evidence. “I do not want Ukraine to again be the subject of U.S. presidential elections,” he said.

OK. Nothing to see here. Let’s move on. Do you suppose the media and Democrats in Congress would be so dismissive of this if it was Donald and Eric Trump instead of Joe and Hunter Biden?

Think this behavior is rare? Hardly.

According to reporting by Peter Schweitzer in the New York Post, Hunter’s private equity fund Rosemont Capital (which was co-founded with John Kerry’s stepson Chris Heinz, by the way) used family names and connections to make a ton of money in China. They were able to attract and secure $2.4 billion under Rosemont’s management following a meeting with China’s leaders.

Big coincidence here: Their meeting was on the same day Vice President Joe Biden met with China’s president.

Further, the Rosemont crew met with the same top Chinese officials shortly after the vice president started the U.S.-China Strategic Dialogue. Weird, huh?

Then Hunter traveled with dad on a high-level trip to China and closed a billion-dollar Rosemont deal with the Bank of China. (You know the Chinese government runs the Bank of China, right?)

So what? It’s all good. No quid pro quo. Just good business.

And it’s almost comical to see CNN’s feeding frenzy over Trump’s behavior when they matter-of-factly – yawn – reported the same behavior by Democrats last year.

Back in May 2018, CNN reported that three Democratic senators – Menendez, Durbin, and Leahy – wrote a letter to the new Ukrainian prosecutor.

Why? Well, because they were upset that the prosecutor had closed four investigations. Why? Well, because these senators thought these investigations and resultant prosecutions were critical to the Mueller probe of Trump’s 2016 election.

But wait. There’s more.

The letter states the senators were “strong advocates for a robust and close relationship with Ukraine.” OK, but then, “We have supported the capacity-building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these (democratic) principles to avoid the ire of President Trump.”

The senators demanded the new Ukrainian prosecutor “reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.”

So three Democratic U.S. senators urge the Ukraine to continue investigations to help them get dirt on Trump. They make it sound like their continued support of Ukrainian aide is at stake.

Apparently, that’s just good governing.

But Trump urging the Ukraine to investigate Biden is an impeachable offense.

Do you have any idea how much of this stuff goes on? U.S. politicians playing carrot and stick with foreign aid to get governments to do what they want? The examples are endless.

Here’s an idea, voters. Let’s impeach them all. Every last one of them.