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)
Earlier this morning, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to advance two articles of impeachment. Having punted on accusing the President of any crime, including the much pushed “bribery” angle, they settled on “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress,” both of which are so vague as to be meaningless.
Because of the weakness of the case and the political realities back home, this has left some moderate Democrats in the House dreading the coming floor vote. Just how terrified are they? So terrified that 31 of them won’t even commit to voting to impeach the President.
We Asked The 31 House Democrats From Trump Districts How They Would Vote On Impeachment — Not One Was Fully Committed https://t.co/Hyo5UrZ0R2
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 13, 2019
The Daily Caller contacted the offices of all 31 House Democrats from districts where President Trump won in 2016 to ask them if they would vote to impeach President Trump, as many have not publicly stated where they stand on impeachment. Each office was contacted at least three times and all offices were given ample time to respond.
All Democratic offices that responded had very similar messages, saying they have not yet made a decision and are still weighing out the facts.
“This is a somber time. No one runs for Congress wanting to ever have to face the question of whether to vote for articles of impeachment. Once the articles are voted out of Committee, I plan to review the final resolution in combination with the House Intelligence Committee report over the weekend and make a final decision based on my oath of office,” Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig told the Daily Caller.
Oklahoma Rep. Kendra Horn told the Daily Caller she is still reviewing the articles of impeachment and is still undecided.
The excuses being levied here are laughable. There is no one still undecided in all this mess. The facts have been laid out for a while and nothing new is garnered within the actual articles of impeachment. They are a condensed rehash of the hysterical charges Schiff sent over his “report.” The idea that Rep. Horn, Rep. Craig, or any of the other 29 “undecideds” just need more time to get a clearer view of the case is nonsense.
No, in reality, they are just scared. They know they are from Trump districts that have largely shifted against impeachment in the preceding weeks. Voting to impeach the President on these flimsy grounds essentially tells their constituents that they care more about Nancy Pelosi’s wishes than their voters. That’s not going to help them in 2020, where Trump’s ability to get the base out threatens to swamp their re-elections.
As much of a dumpster fire as this impeachment process has been, perhaps Republicans should send Schiff, Nadler, and the gang a thank you card. They’ve managed to box their most vulnerable caucus members in, leaving them very little room to maneuver. Had this simply been a censure vote, those moderate members could play both sides of the fence. A full impeachment vote means they either tick off the majority of their colleagues or a sizable portion of their voters.
It’s a tough scene for the freshman class.