As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff has taken the lead in efforts to remove President Trump. However, a report from The Hill suggests that in addition to impeaching Trump, Schiff might be interested in taking his job.
That seems to be the view of at least one member of his caucus, anyway.
“When we look at the characteristics of what we want to see in a president, it is somebody who is not going to lose composure because he’s been poked. And we’re seeing that on display from Adam Schiff every single day,” an unnamed representative was quoted as saying.
“He’s not too vanilla,” the anonymous Democrat continued. “But I kind of want that now after Trump. We need boring; boring is good.”
What’s more, Schiff has no shortage of admirers that think he’s ready for higher office of some sort. Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) said, “I think he would be a good senator,” and Rep. André Carson looks to Schiff for inspiration, telling The Hill, “I think he’s a brilliant mind. I think he’s a thoughtful leader”
Arizona’s Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is another Schiff fan, declaring, “He’s a former prosecutor, and I think he is perfect for this job.”
Some on Capitol Hill speculates that Schiff may be a strong contender to replace 86-year-old Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) as she approaches retirement, others say that he could just as easily opt to stay in the House and eventually run for Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) House Speaker position. Schiff has yet to confirm or deny the rumors.
Yet while Schiff is popular among his fellow Democrats, his signature cause isn’t polling so well among voters.
That’s evident from a survey published by Emerson Polling. It found support for impeachment “has flipped since October,” with forty-five percent in opposition versus forty-three percent in favor. It also reported that political Independents show “the biggest swing is among Independents.”