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 where you can get the Trump socks Rep. Jeff Duncan wore to the impeachment vote

Quite literally standing with the president, Representative Jeff Duncan wore a stylish pair of Trump socks to the impeachment vote Wednesday evening. We were curious where he wound up with these socks (spotted by a Redditor) so we did some digging and provided links to the items below in case you’re interested too.

Rep. Duncan gave a fiery defense of the President (transcript and video below) during his brief speaking time and we suggest giving it a listen or read in case you missed it last night.

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“Madam speaker, you know we’re not debating impeachment of an American president today. Your minds are already made up. The Democrat majority has had a verdict, impeachment, looking for a crime since the inauguration. The Washington Post ran the headline, “The Campaign To Impeach President Trump Has Begun,” just 19 minutes after President Trump took the oath of office. Nineteen minutes!

The freshman congresswoman from Michigan told a group of supporters “we’re gonna impeach the mother blank” shortly after she was sworn in. Even Speaker Pelosi admitted last week that the impeachment effort has been going on for two and a half years, long before any phone call between two world leaders. In fact, 71% of the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee supported impeachment before the phone call.

The impeachment sham is based on hearsay, conjecture, and opinion. You know what? You can’t even get a speeding ticket in this country based on hearsay. But yet, we’re gonna impeach an American president based on just that. Where are the crimes of treason, high crimes or misdemeanors here? Those are things that constitute impeachable offenses, not hatred or policy disagreements. If memory serves me right, Congress told the administration to withhold aid to Ukraine until they got their act together, straightened out. That was in multiple NDAAs voted on by both parties in this chamber. So in the simplest terms we’re impeaching the president for doing something we told him to do? Give me a break.

We have wasted precious time that we’re given to serve the American people. While you held secret hearings and depositions behind closed doors in Chairman Schiff’s chamber of secrets. But the American people have a great sense of fairness, I promise you. THey see president Trump has not been treated fairly in this process. Impeachment based on hearsay and opinion, not facts. It’s a sad day in this chamber, the people’s House. I yield back.”

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Democrat Congressman allegedly in talks with Trump admin about switching parties

Representative Jeff Van Drew, a freshman representative serving in south New Jersey’s 2nd congressional district, is currently in talks with Trump officials about switching parties.

Van Drew, a Democrat who has been ardently opposed to impeachment, is expected to join the Republican Party in the coming days.

Among House Democrats opposed to impeachment, Van Drew is joined by Rep. Collin Peterson. Peterson’s Minnesota district is far more conservative than Van Drew, and the two were the only Democrats to vote against the impeachment inquiry resolution in October.

New Jersey’s 2nd congressional district was previously a Republican stronghold since 1995 until Rep. Frank Lobiondo retired in 2018 and Van Drew defeated the Republican challenger by 8 points. Now, Van Drew is losing favor with Democrats in the district.

For his part, Van Drew previously denied the claims that he intends to switch parties. “I’m not changing anything — just doing my job,” he said in an interview Wednesday. “I’m still a Democrat, right here.” That denial might be old news according to more recent sources.

The rumor mill seems to indicate things have drastically changed since then. POLITICO’s John Bresnahan took to Twitter today claiming to have heard from Democrat sources that Trump is planning to do a Rose Garden event with Van Drew next week. His colleague, Heather Caygle, recently reported that Van Drew has informed his staffers about the upcoming switch:

Van Drew’s congressional, campaign staff and other members of the New Jersey delegation were informed he was planning to switch parties on Saturday, according to Democratic sources. The question now was when, not if, Van Drew was joining the Republican Party, according to several Democrats with knowledge of the ongoing conversations.

As of Saturday afternoon, it was still unclear if Van Drew would make the announcement before the House votes on impeachment, which is expected Wednesday.

“It was supposed to be bipartisan, it was supposed to be incontrovertible. It was supposed to be something that was always on the rarest of circumstances,” Van Drew told reporters about impeachment earlier this week. “Well it’s not bipartisan.”

Republicans were excitedly touting the news on Saturday, describing it as a huge blow to Democrats’ effort to impeach the president, which Trump and other GOP leaders have repeatedly decried as a “partisan witch hunt.” The move is also certain to score major points with Trump, whose support could be crucial in a crowded GOP primary. Trump and Van Drew are expected to hold an event together next week, according to sources on Capitol Hill.

Yesterday, we published a list of Democrats that are currently pushing for impeachment and currently representing districts Trump won in 2016. We highly encourage our readers to contact the office numbers provided to let them know how their feelings on the situation before the vote on the House floor this Wednesday.

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
NJ02
@CongressmanJVD@VanDrewForNJ (202) 225-6572

Collin Peterson
MN07
@CollinPeterson (202) 225-2165


Democrats below are still on the field of play:

Tom O’Halleran
AZ01
@RepOHalleran @TomOHalleran (202) 225-3361

Lucy McBath
GA06
@RepLucyMcBath @LucyMcBath (202) 225-4501

Lauren Underwood
IL14
@RepUnderwood@LaurenUnderwood (202) 225-2976

Cheri Bustos
IL17
@RepCheri@CheriBustos (202) 225-5905

Abby Finkenauer
IA01
@RepFinkenauer@Abby4Iowa (202) 225-2911

Dave Loebsack
IA02
@DaveLoebsack@DaveForIowa (202) 225-6576

Cindy Axne
IA03
@RepCindyAxne@Axne4Congress (202) 225-5476

Jared Golden
ME02
@RepGolden@Golden4Congress (202) 225-6306

Elissa Slotkin
MI08
@RepSlotkin@ElissaSlotkin (202) 225-4872

Haley Stevens
MI11
@RepHaleyStevens@HaleyLive (202) 225-8171

Angie Craig
MN02
@RepAngieCraig@AngieCraigMN (202) 225-2271

Susie Lee
NV03
@RepSusieLee@SusieLeeNV (202) 225-3252

Chris Pappas
NH01
@RepChrisPappas@ChrisPappasNH (202) 225-5456

Andy Kim
NJ03
@RepAndyKimNJ@AndyKimNJ (202) 225-4765

Josh Gottheimer
NJ05
@RepJoshG@JoshGottheimer (202) 225-4465

Mikie Sherrill
NJ11
@RepSherrill@MikieSherrill (202) 225-5034

Xochitl Torres Small
NM02
@RepTorresSmall@XochforCongress (202) 225-2365

Max Rose
NY11
@RepMaxRose@MaxRose4NY (202) 225-3371

Sean Patrick Maloney
NY18
@RepSeanMaloney@MaloneyforNY (202) 225-5441

Antonio Delgado
NY19
@RepDelgado@DelgadoforNY19 (202) 225-3665

Anthony Brindisi
NY22
@RepBrindisi@ABrindisiNY (202) 225-3665

Kendra Horn
OK05
@RepKendraHorn@HornForCongress (202) 225-2132

Matt Cartwright
PA08
@RepCartwright@CartwrightPA (202) 225-5546

Conor Lamb
PA17
@RepConorLamb@ConorLambPA (202) 225-2301

Joe Cunningham
SC01
@JoeCunninghamSC (202) 225-3176

Ben McAdams
UT04
@RepBenMcAdams@BenMcAdams (202) 225-3011

Elaine Luria
VA02
@RepElaineLuria@ElaineLuriaVA (202) 225-4215

Abigail Spanberger
VA07
@RepSpanberger@SpanbergerVA07 (202) 225-2815

Ron Kind
WI03
@RepRonKind@KindForCongress (202) 225-5506