According to a new feature story in the Washington Post, the Democrats may be downplaying the idea of impeaching Donald Trump in public these days, but they are certain to pursue that lofty goal should they wrestle back control of Congress in the midterm elections. Paul Kane writes that when Democrats had a choice between the experts who could fill the top party spot on the House Judiciary Committee, they could have picked someone with a long history of fighting for immigration reform. Instead, they chose Rep. Jerrod Nadler, a constitutional-law expert.
“Why?” asks Kane. “To ready themselves for a battle with President Trump that could end with impeachment proceedings.”
From the article:
One Democratic handicapper familiar with recent internal races expected Nadler to win by about 15 votes. Instead, he won by more than double that margin.
What changed the calculus?
“The constitutional argument,” Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) said in explaining the broad support for Nadler. Democrats, he said, must “prepare for the coming storm.”[…]
Democrats are careful to say that Nadler will not push too far or too fast on any impeachment proceedings. “He doesn’t rush to judgment about anything, very deliberative,” said Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), a friend of more than 25 years.
Such cautious statements aside, it’s hard not to conclude that Nadler was given his new job for a singular reason.
“It’s something I think he was made for,” Crowley said. “He’s at the right place at the right time and when we need him most.”
This is why we cannot afford to rest on our laurels this November. It’s not just a matter of making sure we have the votes to push through a conservative agenda or even a matter of making sure TRUMP’s specific agenda gets through Capitol Hill with flying colors. It’s also a matter of preserving what we won in 2016, and that is going to become much more difficult to do if Democrats win a majority in the House, Senate, or both. The selection of Nadler is only one of many signs that this party has impeachment on the brain; does anyone seriously think they WON’T take a shot at it if they gain control of either chamber?