Impeachment Has Made Democrats More Vulnerable, Not Less
Moderate Dems from swing districts are panicking. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign is making millions fundraising on impeachment.
It could be that U.S. President Donald Trump is playing checkers, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing chess.
But it could also be the other way around.
If Moderate Democrats are to be believed, the latter may be the way the wind is blowing into Election year, 2020. Moderate Democrats from vulnerable swing districts feel their reelection concerns aren’t being taken seriously enough by Democratic leadership.
It is difficult to see where Democrats intend to go from the Judiciary Committee and Rep. Jerry Nadler. If constitutional law professors who’ve never met Donald Trump- and weren’t privy to any information about the Ukrainian call in question- are being consulted for their learned opinions on the House floor, Democrats have no other material witnesses to call.
If House Democrats, led by a once impeachment-reluctant Nancy Pelosi, intended for the previous weeks of Congressional testimony by career diplomats disappointed in Trump diplomacy to move the needle of public sentiment in Democratic favor, they failed.
Registered Democrats planning to vote Democrat in 2020 are certainly convinced of Trump’s unfitness for office; but they were convinced of that before and after the Mueller investigation and report, too.
Everyone else is largely unmoved. Even some Congressional Democrats are unmoved.
“For me, right now, I am struggling to see how the evidence supports impeachment at this point.” — Democratic Congressional Member, speaking on the condition of anonymity to CNN
The Democratic failure to get even one House Republican to break rank and vote for impeachment pretty much set the scene for the electorate to follow:
If House Republicans were unmoved by the Democratic case against Donald Trump, Republican voters wouldn’t be any more likely to be convinced.
Now, there are plenty of Democrats who think that Republicans are, without…