Donald Trump and the’I’ Word
Politico has a new piece that argues there is a disconnect between the Dem base and party leaders on the I word-impeachment:
“Democratic officials in Republican-dominated Washington view the entire subject as a trap, a premature discussion that could backfire in spectacular fashion by making the party appear too overzealous in its opposition to Trump. Worse, they fear, it could harden Republican support for the president by handing his party significant fundraising and political ammunition when the chances of success for an early impeachment push are remote, at best.”
“We need to assemble all of the facts, and right now there are a lot of questions about the president’s personal, financial and political ties with the Russian government before the election, but also whether there were any assurances made,” said California Rep. Eric Swalwell, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “Before you can use the ‘I’ word, you really need to collect all the facts.”
“The ‘I’ word we should be focused on,” added Pennsylvania Rep. Brendan Boyle, “is ‘investigations.'”
“The problem for party lawmakers is that the hard-to-placate Democratic base has assumed a stop-Trump-at-all-costs posture. At a recent town hall in Albany, Oregon, Sen. Ron Wyden faced three questions about the issue. Rep. Jim McGovern, who was also confronted with the impeachment question at an event in Northampton, Mass., told his constituents it’s not the right strategy for the moment, according to local reports. In California, a real estate broker has launched a challenge to Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher using a new “Impeach Trump Leadership PAC.”
I don’t think there is much to worry about. It goes both ways. It’s true that you have to have an investigation before you can make the case for impeachment-though arguably, Rience Priebus admitted that Trump committed impeachable offenses this morning.
After watching Priebus’ meltdown, I now get it: Preibus is short for Peevish. Cant wait till SNL lampoons him.
On the other hand, if impeachment talk mobilizes the base, you don’t tamp it down. That was the way the GOP played it with the Tea Party the last eight years.
Look, anything that mobilizes people to go out and organize, mobilize, protest, vote run for office themselves, is a good thing.
The answer is certainly not to douse them with cold water. There’s nothing to stop the Dems on the Hill for pushing for investigations as the base talks impeachment.
As I’ve talked about recently, I’m looking into being a candidate myself here in the NY 2nd Congressional District against Peter King. On the stump I may well talk about ‘impeachment’ as it excites and mobilizes those who want to see Trump impeached-and there is a case that he’s done multiple things already that are impeachable offenses.
If I actually became a Congressman-I’m jumping ahead now-I’d be arguing for hearings.
If someone in the media asked if I was looking to impeach Trump, I’d say ‘That depends on what we learn in the hearings. Though there is a lot that is worrisome.
So I don’t know that there is a huge difference. It’s just framing a message.
“But it’s not just furious rank-and-file Democrats who are raising the idea. A handful of Democratic House progressives — among them California Rep. Maxine Waters, Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin and Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro — have already publicly raised the specter of impeachment.”
Good. Talking about impeachment is shorthand. By definition you have to investigate before you impeach.
“Waters has said she thinks Trump is marching himself down the path to impeachment, while Raskin — whose office was presented last week with a petition carrying more than 850,000 signatures calling for impeachment — has repeatedly brought up the prospect of voting for impeachment “at some point” in rallies and interviews. Castro has said Trump should be impeached if the president repeatedly instructs Customs and Border Protection officials to ignore federal judges’ orders.”
“Some have read New York Rep. Jerry Nadler’s “resolution of inquiry” that could force the Department of Justice to share information about Trump’s Russian ties and conflicts of interest as a way to further lay the groundwork for impeachment.”
“You see immense energy from people who want to resist the president. And that’s affecting the Congress,” said California Rep. Ted Lieu, who has said that a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives would impeach Trump. “A recent poll came out saying that 46 percent of Americans want the president impeached, and certainly members of Congress take notice.”
Exactly. At the very least no one should be ruling out impeachment.
Like when Nancy Pelosi said he hasn’t committed impeachable offenses yet.
How do you know? Isn’t that for the investigations to figure out?
The mere mention of impeachment on the left has already kicked off a fundraising frenzy on the Republican side, with both the GOP House and Senate campaign wings raising cash off it — much like Democrats did under President Barack Obama when Republicans speculated about the prospect.
“No president has EVER endured the level of disrespect shown to President Trump. (It’s sickening) Unprecedented obstruction from the left on his cabinet nominees. Mockery and scorn from the liberal media. And now the liberal elite are calling for his impeachment … IN HIS FIRST MONTH,” reads a National Republican Senatorial Committee email from last week.
Well no candidate ever conspired with a hostile foreign power to win a US election before.
Sorry, I like my Presidents legitimate, ok?
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