Is it premature for Democrats to talk about impeaching President Trump? | The Tylt
Is it premature for Democrats to talk about impeaching President Trump?
Up until this point, Democrats have been refusing to discuss impeachment or the Mueller investigation. The concern was that they would get ahead of themselves and, instead of rallying their base, would energize hardline conservatives instead. Per Politico:
With 76 days to go until the midterm elections, Democratic leaders are adamant that they will not turn Nov. 6 into a litmus test for impeachment — even though Cohen accused Trump of directing him to break campaign-finance laws to win the presidency. Party leaders believe that’s the wrong hill to die on and the issue won’t register with voters. And most rank-and-file Democrats in both chambers are following that advice.
“Everybody wants to jump to the end of the analysis, which is impeachment, but I think we’ve got to take it step by step here,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a former law professor who sits on the House Judiciary Committee. “I know all of the questions of impeachment are fascinating to the media, but we’re working full-time just to try to put the Democrats back on the scoreboard of national politics.”
A House Democrat close with leadership put it bluntly: “The voters don’t want to talk about impeachment right now. … You don’t want to poke the bear in a way that he’s able to come back even stronger.”
The recent developments with not only the Mueller investigation, but also several prominent Republicans being charged with criminal corruption, have changed Democrats' outlook on the party's election strategy.
But the summer eruption of apparent Republican malfeasance has some in the party arguing that Democrats should make corruption more central.
“There’s no way this won’t matter in a whole bunch of races out there, and Democrats need to be talking about this everywhere,” said Senator Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut, invoking the 2006 campaign, when “late-breaking corruption scandals, on top of an unpopular president, tipped the House and the Senate.”
Or, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, a former congressman and the architect of the 2006 House Democratic takeover, put it: “Trump is the issue, and rather than draining the swamp, he brought it with him.”
Democrats moved on Wednesday to elevate the theme. Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, distributed a public letter to her colleagues arguing that the Trump-era capital had “become a cesspool of self-enrichment, secret money and ethical blindness” and that House Republicans were offering only a “blind eye to the corruption and criminality at the heart of President Trump’s inner circle.”