I’m obviously not a fan of the leadership of the Democratic party at this time, as anyone who reads this space knows, but I will admit, their conduct since the Mueller report was released — has me very puzzled.
Nancy Pelosi knows the American people don’t like it when the government is shut down and/or presidential impeachment is in the air, I have actually sat at a dinner table with her at a wedding we both attended and heard her explain this to someone. She knows this because the Republicans did both of these things in my lifetime — and got Congressional majorities snatched from them as a result. Nancy Pelosi peddled cooperation in her congressional race strategy in 2016 (except where she got primaried) and was rewarded at the midterms, –but now she’s hardening her position into what I call the “Suicide Pose.”
That’s the yoga pose where you squander your goodwill with the American people by attacking for impeachment, a sitting president who has just been cleared by the former head of the FBI.
The question I can’t answer yet, is why.
Voting is the path to power and this strategy will not get her more votes in the swing states, which is where the game is lost or won.
It’s like Howard Dean with his crazy “50 State Strategy,” he had while at the DNC, which sounds good on paper and which sounds good to a lonely Dem precinct captain in Kansas — but is a laughing stock for serious pols like Pelosi.
She understands it’s a waste of time, because if you spend money and effort attempting to turn deep red districts blue, that’s money, time, and expertise you did not expend in a purple district where victory was doable. The Independents and swing voters are allergic to impeachment, even more so than Republicans are — and Pelosi used to know this.
Has she been persuaded by bad data (one theory of mine) that the electorate is in a place — I don’t think, and she didn’t used to think — was possible?
Public polling does not support this theory, however, whatsoever. Right now, according to Rasmussen and Gallup, Trump is more popular than the week he was elected. To attack him now, as she is definitely doing, is just suicide. Oddly, Chuck Schumer is not out on this branch with her anymore, and complimented the President on his China position, on Twitter, just this week, as Pelosi was raging.
Are Pelosi and Schumer still on the same page? Mysteries.