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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Quick Question

In November, will voters re-elect Democrats because:

A) They did their best to act like a legislative body, only to be stymied by the GOP?; or

B)  They spent a year fruitlessly impeaching the guy up for re-election at the same time and who they will likely turn out of office?


Blogger June Butler said...

Either way nothing will get done. Which course will make Trump most unelectable? I'm inclined to slow-walking impeachment, but I don't know how long Pelosi will be able to resist pressure to impeach.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Rmj said...

I don't think the issue is Trump's re-election, but continued Democratic control of the House. The Democrats in Texas who won didn't promise to impeach Trump, so I don't see that as a campaign promise. Trump won't win because the Senate won't hold a trial (I could see McConnell do it that way), but it doesn't strengthen the Dems argument that they're getting things done. And as an incumbent, that's the best argument you have.

And I still think most of the country would rather vote Trump out than see Congress tie itself up in a fruitless impeachment. My presumption is people elect a government, not a political fight club.

3:46 PM  
Blogger June Butler said...

For me, the issue is very much Trump's reelection. I agree that Pelosi's priority is to hold the House. I also agree that if Trump is impeached, Mitch probably will not hold a trial,and I'd much rather have Trump voted out than impeached.

What concerns me is that if the 42% of eligible voters who did not vote in 2016 do not vote in 2020, there may not be enough votes to toss Trump with all that's stacked against Democrats and people who want him out. Foreign interference, voter suppression, gerrymandering, and other mischief is a lot to overcome without a large voter turnout.

Pessimist that I am, I am still terrified that Trump may be reelected.

5:40 PM  

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