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Impeachment talk: Just sound and fury signifying nothing

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Impeachment is a good talking point bad strategy for Democrats

If you ever went to a Tea Party rally between 2010 and 2016, chances are you heard a whole lot about Obamacare. It was a disaster. It needed to be repealed. The Republicans were going to regain control of the House, Senate, and White House, and the first thing they were going to do was to repeal Obamacare forever. These were the talking points at the rallies.

The same could be said about every campaign rally during the same time period. To various degrees, the majority of Republican candidates ran on a promise to repeal Obamacare if they got the power to do so. They even demonstrated this many times in practice, especially the infamous “clean repeal” of 2015 that was passed in both chambers before being sent for its predictable demise by veto at the left hand of President Obama.

When the champagne corks had been picked up following the victorious 2016 election, the time had finally come to do something extremely important. No, it wasn’t what they had promised. Only a small handful really had any intentions of fully repealing Obamacare. The task at hand was to change their own narrative, the narrative they rode to victories in three out of four elections. They no longer needed to talk about repealing Obamacare. Now was the time to talk up “repeal and replace” in hopes they could fix Obamacare and rename it.

The GOP used the Obamacare repeal to help them win control, then turned everything around when they finally got control. The end results was essentially an untouched Obamacare to this day.

Fast forward to the Democrats’ version of Obamacare: impeachment. Now that the Mueller report has been released, Democrats who hoped the report would result in a hands-free end to the Presidency were disappointed. But it’s not all bad news. Now they have a boogeyman they can talk about at campaign rallies, on social media, at town halls, and in interviews. Impeachment is the talk of the town in DC.

But this is different from Obamacare. There’s no real chance at a united front because there are four groups of Democrats separated by how they must handle impeachment for their own self-interest.

  • Radical progressives, mostly in the Senate and especially if running for President, must beat the drum as loud as possible for impeachment knowing it’s a message that can rile up their base.
  • Establishment Democrats must be the voice of reason knowing there’s no practical value of pushing impeachment, especially with next to zero chance of the Senate actually impeaching him if the House calls for it.
  • Red state Democrats in between the first two groups must shy away from impeachment or risk getting voted out.
  • Blue state Democrats in between the first two groups must push for impeachment if there’s a risk they could get primaried for not being tough enough on President Trump.

In the end, there will be no impeachment. The calls for impeachment will eventually die down, replaced by “vote him out” as we approach 2020. It’s a bluff that even the most ignorant leftist lawmakers know can’t actually have an impact other than make noise for political expediency.

Impeachment is a scam.

Some Democrats can use impeachment to raise money or garner support. Presidential candidates must use impeachment to keep their fans angry. But none of them have any illusions impeachment can happen. They’re all bluffing.


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