Kamala harris & other republicans are fighting for Donald Trump’s impeachment rather than the fight for the country’s good. The impeachment dilemma has sunk so deep that they forget to think about the country’s advancement. Rep. Jordan lately tweeted to say
A weird trend in American politics has marked the previous two years. The party at the top has often behaved as if it were losing, and the loser as if it were winning. Republicans have the presidency, both chambers of Congress and most governments of the state, yet they inveigh against their rivals and the media indefinitely. Democrats, though mainly powerless to prevent the changes
President Donald Trump and his party are struggling with the nation, most of which they abhor, to suppress a sense of euphoria. Many find Mr Trump so terrible, and his base rallying tactics so clearly targeted at a minority of voters, that his project’s imminent collapse is guaranteed. A trickle of Democratic wins in special elections, including some amazing ones.
As the mid-terms loom on November 6th, the Democrats’ recovery looks likely to continue. Mr Trump and the Republican Party remain unpopular. Publicly available statistical models give Democrats a 70-90% chance of winning the House of Representatives. They also look well-placed in state races. According to Nate Silver, a prognosticator, 59% of Americans could soon have a Democratic governor. Texas is the only large state which the Republican candidate for governor is favoured to win. There are 12 Republican-held parliamentary chambers, including Arizona, Colorado and Florida, in play, according to Carl Klarner, a political scientist. If the Democrats won only half of them, that would bring a big bite out of the state’s 1,000-seat benefit of the Republicans.
Last weekend, a small group of House Democrats calling for impeachment were joined by a Republican: Michigan Rep. Justin Amash.
Amash is the first Republican in Congress to call for impeachment, and his party defection was perhaps not surprising. Amash is libertarian and a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. He has called out President Donald Trump in the past. But his tweet thread was notable for the fact that it excoriated lawmakers in his own party who Amash said were turning a blind eye to the president’s conduct.
Amash’s statement likely won’t be a game changer for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her committee chairs , the most important people who get to decide how far to go on the subject. But it does add a bit more momentum to a nagging question Democrats have been dealing with (and putting off) for months: Do they try to impeach the president?
Pursuing articles of impeachment against Trump would be politically explosive. Democrats know the Republican-led Senate under Mitch McConnell won’t take the next step after impeachment — a trial in the Senate — and they doubt the public would support them. In March, only 36 percent of CNN-polluted voters endorsed impeachment. That number has increased in the months to come, with 45 percent of the public supporting impeachment per May Reuters / Ipsos survey. But it is still an extremely divisive subject, and one Pelosi would only entertain if she knew the vast majority of Americans, including Republicans, were on board.
Democrats know their best shot at getting rid of Trump is the 2020 presidential election. But at the same time, special counsel Robert Mueller laid out numerous instances of potential obstruction of justice by Trump in his report, and Democrats know they can’t just ignore it. The progressive wing of the Democratic Party has been vocally pushing for impeachment proceedings, but they need buy-in from committee chairs and House leadership.
“If we do nothing here, the president is going to be emboldened,” House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings said on CBS’s in April.
Pelosi has been extremely careful with her rhetoric on impeachment, saying Trump was “just not worth it” a few months ago. She’s largely held the line since then, repeating that committees can still investigate Trump without opening impeachment proceedings. But she also seems to think the president is trying to goad Democrats into impeaching him as a way to stoke controversy.
It’s not just about the Mueller report; now that the Trump administration is actively pushing back on all Democratic subpoenas, chairs of key House committees have suggested impeachment could be on the table should Trump’s behavior get too out of control. And although Pelosi has shown no indication she will actually launch proceedings, she has alluded to it in public talks.
“I think the president every day gives grounds for impeachment in terms of his obstruction of justice. You never say, blanketly, I’m not answering any subpoenas,” Pelosi said last week at a Georgetown University Law Centre event. “Now I don’t want to impeach. I want them to give us the information before they have to spend too much money on lawyers.”
In other words, Pelosi is still on a fact-finding mission. Whether she finds enough facts to go down the road of impeachment is an open question.
House Democrats are split. On one side, there’s a handful, including Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI), Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Al Green (TX), and Steve Cohen (TN), who have been vocal about their belief that Trump is unfit for office. Many of them have signed up for impeachment papers.
On the other hand, a number of moderate Democrats think that impeachment is a diversion from problems such as infrastructure and health care, the very stuff that first brought them to a Democratic majority. And then there’s a bunch of people in the middle who don’t rule out impeachment but want more data before they do.
People with the most authority to direct the party one way or the other, Pelosi and her committee chairs fall into that middle category somewhere. For all Pelosi’s reticence to impeachment, committee chairs including Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) are speaking more seriously about it since the edited Mueller report came out.
The question of whether to impeach Trump is one where if they do, Democrats could be damned and damned if they don’t. Because Congress is divided between a Democratic House and a Republican Senate, Democrats are anxious that impeachment will be viewed as a political struggle, particularly if they rush into it.