Red-state Dems reportedly ready to back away from impeachment

December 12, 2019
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After some initial hesitation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is fully on board with impeaching President Trump. However, it appears that some in her caucus are beginning to revolt. 

According to an article published on Tuesday by Politico, “A small group of vulnerable House Democrats is floating the longshot idea of censuring President Donald Trump instead of impeaching him, according to multiple lawmakers familiar with the conversations.”

It goes on to say that most of them represent districts Trump won in 2016 and that on Monday, they met to try and push an alternative to impeaching him.

Among them was Oregon’s Rep. Kurt Schrader, who hails from the state’s fifth congressional district. A swing district, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton carried it by only four points.

“I think it’s certainly appropriate and might be a little more bipartisan, who knows,” Politico quoted Schrader as saying about a possible censure vote. Still, he conceded that “time’s slipping by.” An anonymous Democrat echoed Schrader’s thoughts, saying, “Right now, there’s no other options. This is another option.”

Regardless of the options, Pelosi seems firm in her path. “I think censure is just a way out. If you want to go, you gotta go,” she said back in June. “If the goods are there, you must impeach. Censure is nice, but it is not commensurate with the violations of the Constitution should we decide that’s the way to go.”

Comments like that suggest that anything short of impeachment will be a non-starter with the Democratic leadership, a perception that some in the GOP share.

“I don’t think [moderate Democrats] have enough to block impeachment,” a Republican was quoted as saying. “Ten to twelve max. But they’re working to raise it.”

If recent polling is to be believed, it may not just be Democrats from moderate districts who have reason to fear impeachment. A poll from Firehouse Strategies suggests that as impeachment has dragged on, Trump is gaining in popularity among voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. All three are considered to be crucial battleground states.

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