Dog Catches Car: House Dems Get Impeachment, Now What?

The House Democrats fulfilled a party-wide 2018 campaign promise on Monday afternoon by formally voting to send two Articles of Impeachment of President Trump to the Senate, setting forth just the third Presidential impeachment trial in the nation’s history. As the dust settles from the initial monumental report, a major unanswered question has appeared for the Democrat party: What’s the plan after this?

With a Republican-dominated Senate and a need for 67 votes to remove Trump from office in the most partisan time in Congressional history, the goal of an official unseating of the President appears to be dead before it even arrives at the table. Knowing this, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has threatened to withhold the articles from the Senate until she can guarantee the Senate and its Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will conduct what she considers to be a “fair trial”.

So what exactly is the intent of the Democrats? Do they have a strategy at all? Did they not think they’d ever get this far? Surely they knew they had the votes in the House to push through impeachment, but also were aware that it’s a losing battle once the articles reach the Senate. Their best outcome at this point seems to be something along the lines of the Senate’s impeachment trial being dragged out long enough that it becomes something that the Democrat Presidential candidate can use as campaign fodder against Trump’s reelection, and possibly some campaign speeches—a chance to whine about Congress’ divisiveness as the nation heads into another contentious election cycle. That’s really the only benefit to making such a futile effort.

The most glaring, and to some, unfortunate, truth for Pelosi and the Democrats is that the battle they are fighting is rapidly losing the interest of the public. Media polls have shown a growing disinterest by the American public in the impeachment proceedings. And, at this point, the only people who have kept up with or even still care about the impeachment process are radicalized voters on either side whose minds are already made up. In a time where the pool of centrists is narrower than ever, this strategy doesn’t seem like one that appeals to those stray voters.

To her credit, Nancy Pelosi has been in the American political game long enough that most know better than to accuse her of being politically clueless, and it is well documented that the Democrat Party’s overall strategy is to outwit their opposition with shrewd tactics instead of viable or even appealing policy. This could well be their crowning achievement in that respect, though their path to success is unclear. Regardless, it seems safe to assume that the impeachment saga has only just begun and there will be plenty to watch out for as Congress does all it can to erode its nearly single digit approval rating

Here’s a list of every Dem rep voting for impeachment in districts Trump won…and how to contact them!

Are these your representatives? CALL THEM!

You have until next Wednesday to make your case to these lawmakers. The House Judiciary Committee has voted to approve two articles of impeachment against President Trump. The next step is a vote on the House floor on 18 December.

Below you will find a list of all 31 Democrat House members that are currently representing a district that Trump won during the 2016 election. They are all planning to vote for impeachment. Special thanks to Comfortably Smug for putting this list together.

Please consider calling these members of Congress if you care about putting election pressure on Democrats. Let them know you’ll be showing them how you feel at the voting booths if they don’t take your words seriously today.

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Update: These two Democrats plan to vote against impeachment

Jeff Van Drew
@CongressmanJVD@VanDrewForNJ (202) 225-6572

Collin Peterson
@CollinPeterson (202) 225-2165

Democrats below are still on the field of play:

Tom O’Halleran
@RepOHalleran @TomOHalleran (202) 225-3361

Lucy McBath
@RepLucyMcBath @LucyMcBath (202) 225-4501

Lauren Underwood
@RepUnderwood@LaurenUnderwood (202) 225-2976

Cheri Bustos
@RepCheri@CheriBustos (202) 225-5905

Abby Finkenauer
@RepFinkenauer@Abby4Iowa (202) 225-2911

Dave Loebsack
@DaveLoebsack@DaveForIowa (202) 225-6576

Cindy Axne
@RepCindyAxne@Axne4Congress (202) 225-5476

Jared Golden
@RepGolden@Golden4Congress (202) 225-6306

Elissa Slotkin
@RepSlotkin@ElissaSlotkin (202) 225-4872

Haley Stevens
@RepHaleyStevens@HaleyLive (202) 225-8171

Angie Craig
@RepAngieCraig@AngieCraigMN (202) 225-2271

Susie Lee
@RepSusieLee@SusieLeeNV (202) 225-3252

Chris Pappas
@RepChrisPappas@ChrisPappasNH (202) 225-5456

Andy Kim
@RepAndyKimNJ@AndyKimNJ (202) 225-4765

Josh Gottheimer
@RepJoshG@JoshGottheimer (202) 225-4465

Mikie Sherrill
@RepSherrill@MikieSherrill (202) 225-5034

Xochitl Torres Small
@RepTorresSmall@XochforCongress (202) 225-2365

Max Rose
@RepMaxRose@MaxRose4NY (202) 225-3371

Sean Patrick Maloney
@RepSeanMaloney@MaloneyforNY (202) 225-5441

Antonio Delgado
@RepDelgado@DelgadoforNY19 (202) 225-3665

Anthony Brindisi
@RepBrindisi@ABrindisiNY (202) 225-3665

Kendra Horn
@RepKendraHorn@HornForCongress (202) 225-2132

Matt Cartwright
@RepCartwright@CartwrightPA (202) 225-5546

Conor Lamb
@RepConorLamb@ConorLambPA (202) 225-2301

Joe Cunningham
@JoeCunninghamSC (202) 225-3176

Ben McAdams
@RepBenMcAdams@BenMcAdams (202) 225-3011

Elaine Luria
@RepElaineLuria@ElaineLuriaVA (202) 225-4215

Abigail Spanberger
@RepSpanberger@SpanbergerVA07 (202) 225-2815

Ron Kind
@RepRonKind@KindForCongress (202) 225-5506