This weekend, four more House Democrats joined the cause – the cause for impeaching President Donald Trump. This brings the caucus that much closer to a majority for impeachment proceedings, meaning that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may not be able to hold back the floodgates for much longer. An impeachment in the House (inevitably followed by a swift acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate) would be an electoral disaster for the Democrats in 2020, and Pelosi seems to be one of the few who understand that. Nonetheless, it was probably only a matter of time before the inmates took control of the asylum.
Though the steadily climbing total may not move Speaker Nancy Pelosi off of her resistance to opening a formal impeachment inquiry, Sunday’s burst of support suggests momentum behind the effort is growing and accelerating. More than a dozen Democrats — including Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), a member of Pelosi’s leadership team — have newly signaled their support since former special counsel Robert Mueller testified to Congress on Wednesday.
The four who issued their support on Sunday, all from Washington state, bring the total number of House Democrats who have publicly said they’d vote for an impeachment inquiry to 107 — 11 shy of a majority of the Democratic Caucus — with backers of an inquiry promising there are more waiting in the wings.
The lawmakers received a significant endorsement a short time later from Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the third highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate and a close ally of Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Murray said in a statement that “as we have learned more about the gravity of the potential threats to our democracy identified in Special Counsel Mueller’s report, it has become clear the House should begin proceedings to determine whether the President’s actions necessitate impeachment.”
It is truly remarkable that Mueller’s hearing, a disaster by any fair-minded account, would actually bring Democrats closer to impeachment rather than further away. It shows what we already knew, that this is a party willing to go to the ends of the earth to avoid facing reality. Their conspiracy theories have failed the sniff test. Their obstruction of justice claims are laughable on their face. The Midwestern moderates – the ones who voted for Obama and then switched to Trump – have absolutely no use for this kind of partisan circus. And yet they’re moving forward with it anyway.
It is one of the biggest, most obvious political blunders in modern history, but Democrats – driven more these days by the mob on Twitter than any form of logic or reason – show little sign of recognizing it.
Hey, who are we to wake them up?