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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

It may be a counterintuitive gambit, but Republicans are betting it will pay off. DAVID FRUM 8:38 AM ET To the old-fashioned, it might seem crazy that the Republicans plan to fight the 2018 election as a referendum on a Trump impeachment. Traditional wisdom was: If the president of your party is unpopular, try your utmost to de-nationalize off-year elections. Focus the voters on local issues and down-ballot candidates! "Maybe you don't like Trump. But you like the new factory openings in our district, don't you?" So why are Republicans edging toward the opposite approach?

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The short answer: They have no choice.

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They figure impeachment, were it to happen, wouldn't happen before the vote, and afterwards, who really cares? The guy's become a liability that they can't get rid of before the vote.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-04-10 01:28 PM | Reply

After two years of ignoring everything dotard does and says, they are now making it an issue? Are their voters dumb enough to fall for it?

You betcha.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2018-04-10 01:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

yup

fear of impeachment is what will drive the party of "law and order" to get out and vote because they are afraid of a fair application of "law and order".

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-04-10 01:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

And most of the coward Democrats are playing right into it by staying quiet about impeachment. Or in some cases saying they will not impeach Trump.

Any Dem running on an anti-Trump platform SHOULD be saying they WILL vote to impeach Trump if the evidence deserves impeachment.

#4 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-04-10 02:44 PM | Reply

With Trump pushing for war in Syria, making somewhat dramatic moves in trade, and facing Mueller's yet to be revealed report Either side could easily play their hand wrong.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2018-04-10 03:59 PM | Reply

I've said it before. It's too soon to talk about impeachment. Talking about it now will only give Trump more opportunity to play the persecuted martyr.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-04-10 05:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#6

Completely agree, Twin.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-04-10 05:07 PM | Reply

It's too soon to talk about impeachment.

I don't think they'd impeach donald even if they could.

It would just make the whole sordid mess more embarrassing than it already is.

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-04-10 06:01 PM | Reply

The GOP will never impeach Trump, so why talk about it. The dems can't get a supermajority in the Senate.

Mueller is going to find the evidence and let state prosecutors put trumps gang in jail.

#9 | Posted by bored at 2018-04-10 06:04 PM | Reply

BORED

Never say never. There's more than one way to force a President out of office as evidenced in the aftermath of Nixon's Saturday night massacre.

At the moment, and against all legal advice, Trump appears to be going down the path that led to Nixon's resignation.

It was too little/too late but the eventual firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox(without cause) by Solicitor General Robert Bork was declared illegal by a federal district judge, not to mention an abuse of power by Nixon.

I'm only saying there is a precedent for the legal jeopardy Trump would face that does not involve impeachment.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-04-11 02:18 AM | Reply

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Adding to the above #10, the GOP members of House of Representatives are facing strong headwinds in the midterms. Those who can read the graffiti on the wall are retiring or have decided not to run for re-election. The Democrats may not get a "super" majority but, much like what happened to Nixon's support in the House, it doesn't take a great stretch of the imagination to see the GOP turn against Trump if, for no other reason, then they see their constituency outraged by Trump's attempts to obstruct justice.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-04-11 02:41 AM | Reply

Then there always the conspiracies, one of which is that Jeff Sessions, who acts much too smug about his own firing, has some serious dirt about Trump that would destroy Trump if it became known.

I'm not much into conspiracies but I'll admit I've had those same thought myself.

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-04-11 03:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Vote for me for Congress/The Senate. I'll protect you from the Mike Pence Presidency!
--(insert the name of your GOP congressional or senatorial candidate here)

#13 | Posted by catdog at 2018-04-11 08:33 AM | Reply

Impeaching Trump would give us President Pence. I'm not sure that would be better. He's as evil as Trump but smarter so he's more likely to get evil things done. Face up to it, we're screwed. And when they rammed Hillary through as their nominee Ds were almost as much a part of it as Rs.

#14 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2018-04-11 09:32 AM | Reply

That's the only thing in their bag of tricks to scare dumb GOP voters that Trump himself hasn't totally f---d up yet, so there's that.

#15 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-04-11 03:56 PM | Reply

The GOP is all about impeachment??
LOL!!
Who makes this chyt up?

#16 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2018-04-11 04:01 PM | Reply

Who makes this chyt up?

#16 | Posted by phesterOBoyle

The Atlantic Magazine

The Atlantic is an American magazine, founded in 1857 as The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 2006, the magazine is based in Washington, D.C. Created as a literary and cultural commentary magazine, it has grown to achieve a national reputation as a high-quality review organ with a moderate worldview. The periodical has won more National Magazine Awards than any other monthly magazine. Has a slightly liberal bias in reporting coverage, put produces exceptional journalism that is sourced and factual. (5/15/2016)

mediabiasfactcheck.com

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-04-11 04:13 PM | Reply

And most of the coward Democrats are playing right into it by staying quiet about impeachment. Or in some cases saying they will not impeach Trump.
Any Dem running on an anti-Trump platform SHOULD be saying they WILL vote to impeach Trump if the evidence deserves impeachment.

#4 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT AT 2018-04-10 02:44 PM

Not shocking as a large majority of Democratic politicians are spineless jellyfish.

They should be shouting that they will impeach Dotard as soon as they get power as the American democracy is in serious peril. They need to be yelling how they will be taking the country back from Putin/Russia, and punish those involved in the whole Russia fiasco to the fullest extent of the law.

#18 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-04-11 07:42 PM | Reply

Mueller's first duty was to uncover Russian meddling and collusion with the Trump campaign, in order to reach the conclusion that Trump's election was illegitimate. The crimes of rats around Trump are being exposed but its starting to look like Ken Star's investigation which started with the Whitewater land deal and ended in Monica's mouth (and saving social security).

Yes, there was Russian meddling. Whether that meddling determined the election result is highly doubtful, given the amount of money billionaires poured into Trump's campaign and the scale of the Cambridge Analytics and Brad Parscale propaganda techniques deployed. On top of that Hillary's campaign, which depended heavily on traditional Republican supporters, lacked a focused populist campaign strategy. Both Sanders and Trump rose in the polls by invoking populist policies. Sanders did so honestly while Trump lied his --- off. But nothing else motivated the majority of 2016 voters, who correctly recognize that there is no longer a Government of, by and for the people in DC. There still isn't. The Republican majority, under Trump, have just made things worse.

Manafort and Lynch are toast, but cannot be directly tied to Trump. Right now Stormy hush money looks stronger than Russian collusion, as a cause for impeachment. But Mueller cannot indict the President. All he can do is write a report to Congress. Republicans will not impeach, but Democrats will.

#19 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-04-12 08:36 AM | Reply

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