Dems Know That A Phony Impeachment Probe Will Cost Them 2020, Here's What They're Saying
Democrats repeated attempts to impeach Trump has shaken confidence in their own party. Some of the more moderate Dems warned that pursuing impeachment will kill their chances in 2020, which is pretty likely.
The folks over at The Hill are also worried:
"Senate Democrats representing red states are worried the House impeachment process may spin out of control and destroy any chance their party might have of winning back the majority next year.
These Democrats hope the House keeps its impeachment focus on the Ukraine controversy, and that Democrats act relatively quickly. If they do not, the red-state Democrats warn President Trump could turn the tables on them.
“It’s really incumbent on the House to really be laser-focused. The president is a master of pivoting and deflecting and I think it’s really important to stay focused,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who narrowly won reelection in a Republican-leaning state in 2018.
One Democratic senator who requested anonymity to discuss the dynamics within the Democratic caucus said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has told his colleagues that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants to keep the scope of the impeachment inquiry as narrow as possible."
Just like Hotair pointed out that having Tester and Manchin speak out publicly against that strategy shows another risk. Democrats need twenty Senate Republicans to flip to remove Trump, and that won’t happen on the basis of what Democrats have on any track. It sounds as though they might lose Manchin and Tester, and almost certainly Alabama’s Doug Jones, if they go broad-spectrum with an inch-deep argument. They might lose them anyway, but at any rate removal is not in the cards. And if that’s the case, why would Pelosi’s moderates put their necks on the line in Trump-friendly districts for a dead-end stunt?
That’s the tension that will start to split the Democratic caucuses on Capitol Hill, especially if this is all they end up bringing to an impeachment vote. That’s still a very large if, of course.