Getting impeachment into perspective

The lines have been drawn on the question of to impeach or not to impeach. The focus point of this debate is Speaker of the House Nance Pelosi who so far has been able to keep it from consuming the Democratic caucus despite calls from members in both houses not to mention many 2020 Presidential candidates.

In 100 words: Yes, it’s a myth that a failed impeachment will have a lasting impact on the party who brings it. It only took 2 years for the Republicans to get past their Clinton debacle.  But to bring impeachment now will ignite an otherwise disinterested public who wants Congress to look to their needs.  The Mueller report produced no smoking gun but it can be used as a script to attack the unfitness of Trump during the 2020 campaign. Bottomline, Republicans will stick to Trump just as Democrats stuck to Clinton, so let the 2020 election decide.

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