U.S. Rep. Jared Polis was clearly participating in some outlandish political grandstanding for the benefit of his gubernatorial campaign this week.

He sided with a few dozen Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States, because he says it’s time to talk about it.

These “honest discussions” he’s calling for should really take place before the House of Representatives takes action to essentially overthrow a government elected by the people.

So bizarre and radical was the impeachment proposition, that even Democratic U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette and Ed Perlmutter voted against it.

Polis’s glib reasoning is that, “Congress needs to carry out a thoughtful, honest discussion about President Trump’s fitness to serve and start the process to determine the truth.”

The more responsible and non-political stance in any impeachment proceedings, no matter the party, is for Congress to investigate first, uncover some actual proof, and then talk about it.

If the actions warrant, that’s when impeachment should begin.

Remember President Bill Clinton? We’re just saying.

We suspect Polis’s motive was purely to have something to campaign on as he runs for governor, because his record as a congressman for the last eight years certainly won’t get him very far.