Is this what /r/politics is going to be for the next few months? Every single comment section devolving into frothing-rage at the Speaker and other Dems? I’m not a huge fan of Pelosi either, but I understand the hesitation.
The American voting public is very different than people who follow politics. Only 27% of Americans support impeachment. only 48% of Democrats. 95% of Americans haven’t read a single page of the Mueller report, and most could not tell you any specifics of what Trump has done wrong.
Unpopular opinion here, but now is a really stupid time to impeach. Can anyone give me a solid argument as to why impeaching now versus several months from now is the best strategy for democrats?
I won’t pretend to know what Pelosi is thinking, but it seems to me impeachment would be much more impactful closer to election time.
If you impeach now, sure it may expedite some legal proceedings and bring Trump into the spotlight. But then it’s going to be over months before the election. Trump will scream vindication, 42% of the country will believe him, and our goldfish memories will move on to the next scandal. What the hell will that have accomplished?
By delaying it, you let Mueller, Epstein, and other investigations have their own spotlight and outrage, you let support for impeachment grow. And you put it squarely into the 2020 election, making it impossible to screech how he was exonerated, and hamper his campaigning.
Is Pelosi planning on impeaching at a strategic moment? I can’t predict that, but I can tell you if the GOP could pick a time for Democrats to impeach, they would 100% pick right now, the same timing everyone in this sub seems to be supporting.
People need to step back and realize impeachment will NOT result in Trump’s removal. The Senate will never convict. Therefore, it is no longer an obligation, but a political tool. We should be smart and use it as such, not let our outrage cause us to botch the advantage this could give us and turn against our own party.
Edit: The bottom line is that when half the actors (Congressional R’s) refuse to cooperate, choosing when to impeach is not black and white. I wish this sub would have healthy discussions (like a lot of us are doing now – thank you to those that are) rather than blanket-rage against career politicians who have different motives than you. Hell, if there’s one thing Russian trolls would probably want to fan the flames on, it’s this very subject. I’ll join the Pelosi outrage too if nothing is done in a few months, but I’m not there yet.
Speak your case – argue your point with people like me who see differently. Put pressure on representatives and peers for what you believe. But let’s not spiral into excessive outrage that hurts the party as a whole. The past few weeks, it has been really over-the-top on this sub.
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