House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to reporters about the release by the White House of a transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskiy, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
As I wrote last week, a number of polls released since the public impeachment inquiry hearings conducted by the Schiff-led House Intelligence Committee started show support for impeachment has dropped dramatically, especially among independents.
With that information in mind, it shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that moderate House Democrats are reportedly sounding alarm bells about the issue, in part thanks to the anti-impeachment ad blitz by the GOP and GOP-affiliated groups in swing Democrat-controlled House districts where the incumbent is seen as vulnerable.
This point was amplified even further Sunday morning by Washington Post reporter Rachael Bade. She told the CNN panel that in addition to the two House Democrats who voted against the impeachment inquiry resolution from a few weeks ago, she and other journalists are hearing that more moderate Democrats are increasingly “getting cold feet” as the process plays out:
“I think what we’re starting to see, you know, is when the impeachment inquiry was first announced and [Democrats] started to do these depositions, a lot of people were asking, ‘Can Nancy Pelosi peel off any Republicans?'” Bade asked “But I increasingly think the question is becoming does [Nancy Pelosi] lose more Democrats? Because Republicans have really unified behind the president, and although two Democrats voted against the impeachment inquiry rules that they voted on a couple of weeks ago, we are hearing behind-the-scenes there are more moderates getting cold feet. And it comes back to these ads and people being afraid for being punished for voting to impeach the president.”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 24, 2019
As I’ve said before, this is a nightmare scenario for House Democratic leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who have said they’d be willing to lose the House over this issue. In spite of those statements, they still have very deep concerns about how this will play out among those vulnerable House Democrats in the months to come.
Independents are a crucial voting bloc for both major parties, and often decide elections in competitive races.
When you take all of this into account, it starts to become much clearer why Pelosi thinks Congress and not voters should decide the 2020 presidential election.
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 16+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –