Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Rep. Elissa Slotkin has made her decision.
The freshman Democrat, elected in 2018 in a district Trump won in 2016, has come out in support of impeachment. This wasn’t necessarily a surprise, but it appears Nancy Pelosi has laid the hammer down with her caucus. There may be few no votes from her side at this point. Slotkin had notably written a major op-ed back in September pushing for impeachment to take place.
For her trouble, she then had to go home and face her constituents. This took place in Michigan during a town hall and things didn’t go well.
Protestors erupt on @RepSlotkin during a town hall after announcing her support for impeaching President Trump.
Slotkin is a freshman Democrat who represents a district Trump won in 2016.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 16, 2019
Going back to the prior thought about Pelosi getting her caucus in line, that may be a short lived victory. She’s essentially dooming several of her newest members to re-election defeat. I’m not speculating that all Trump district Democrats will lose, but some that otherwise might have been safe aren’t going to be now. It’s just a matter of how far the damage goes. In the case of Slotkin, she’s very likely about to serve her last year in what will be a short career.
At the end of the day, the blue urban centers will be happy, but they don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. Extra votes in California don’t win presidential elections. All Pelosi had to do was hold back the tide and get them to 2020 without going crazy. She just couldn’t do it.
Against the odds and media perceptions, President Trump has managed to position himself as the winner during this impeachment fight. I’m not so sure that’s due to any brilliant strategy on his part as much as it is Democrats leading themselves into a buzzsaw. I’ll take it though.