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    Tom Steyer to Dems: See, I told you not to wait on Mueller to impeach Trump

    Tom Steyer to Dems: See, I told you not to wait on Mueller to impeach Trump

    Steyer’s Need to Impeach group releases ad whining about how “Nothing Happened” from waiting.

    Billionare Tom Steyer has a fever, and that fever is to impeach Trump.

    Steyer started Need to Impeach to push Democrats to impeach Trump. Steyer’s obsession annoyed the Democrat establishment leaders, who feared it would damage Democrats.

    Even after the 2018 election, when Democrats regained control of the House, Democrats waited, hoping the Mueller Report would provide the evidence and political cover they needed.

    But the Mueller report all but killed impeachment talk. Trump was completely vindicated on Russia collusion, and Mueller’s non-decision on obstruction deprived Democrats of what they needed.

    Steyer is not happy that Democrats waited.

    Greg Sargent at The Washington Post, who is something of a mainstream Democrat weather-vane, writes Democrats are badly blowing it against Trump. A brutal new TV ad shows how.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has succeeded in stifling impeachment talk. The Post reports that the speaker privately told Democrats to stick to policy and forget about an impeachment inquiry, and not a single Democrat uttered a word in protest.

    This is meant to illustrate the iron grip that Pelosi often successfully maintains on her caucus. But, whether you support an impeachment inquiry right now, there’s no way to describe the broader strategy that Democrats have adopted on the impeachment question as a success. It’s been a muddled mess.

    A new ad that impeachment proponent Tom Steyer is set to launch illustrates this well. Notably, rather than merely making the case for an inquiry, the ad trains its fire at Democrats for failing to initiate one.

    The ad — a $1 million buy on national cable and in Iowa and New Hampshire — takes aim at what might be called the Democrats’ “Wait For Mueller” strategy,

    I would not call the Steyer ad devastating, more like a history lesson in frustration. Sargent continues that at every level the “Wait for Mueller” strategy was misguided:

    Numerous Democrats did claim there was no need to decide on an impeachment inquiry until we saw Mueller’s findings.

    In retrospect, this was a serious strategic failure. If it was intended as a stalling tactic — a way to delay the moment at which Democrats would reveal their real intention not to act — it only created a situation in which Mueller’s extraordinarily serious revelations made it more difficult to definitively close the door on it.

    If it was sincere — i.e., Democrats really wanted Mueller’s findings before making the call — then they were not prepared for the possibility that those revelations would be severe enough to overwhelmingly warrant an inquiry, setting them up to look feckless and weak at a moment of extraordinary challenge to the country.

    Here’s the ad:

    The problem was not Democrats’ “Wait for Mueller” strategy. That was the only strategy they could have followed. To not wait for Mueller on something as momentus as impeachment would have been politically disastrous.

    What can Democrats do now? When it comes to impeachment, not much that wouldn’t harm Democrats more than Trump.

    Which is why Trump should hope for 2020 that Democrats follow Steyer’s advice and engage in the “really futile and stupid gesture” of trying to impeach Trump.


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    In my lifetime Democrats have always sought some way to impeach the Republican president in office. Nixon was well on his way to impeachment when he resigned (for actions that pale in comparison to Clinton’s and Obama’s). I recall sleazy efforts by Democrats to keep Gerald Ford from becoming VP after Agnew resigned (ensuring the Democrat Speaker of the House would become President). Democrats tried to leverage the Iran-Contra hearing into fodder for impeachment. Both Bush I and II have been targets of serious impeachment efforts (I recall some Democrats even wanted to impeach Bush II just days before he left office in 2009). If Democrats had had their way Trump would have been the first President in US history who was impeached BEFORE he took the oath of office.

    It is safe to say Democrats have a HARD time accepting the results of an election they lost fair and square! Must be that Communist fetish that controls their party now.

    Wow – – Cowbell AND Animal House references in the same post!

    mrtoad21 | May 17, 2019 at 7:36 am

    This ad looks like Steyer went to a Teacher’s Union meeting and picked out the biggest scolds to lay down some of their ‘truth’. I’m just waiting to get a demerit or be sent to the Principal’s office for ‘wrong thought’.

    Helen | May 17, 2019 at 10:26 am

    I just heard the ad on t.v. while putting the dishes in the dishwasher. I thought they were talking about Obama! Ha ha!

    Yamamma | May 18, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    I saw the ad but I had the tv muted. The expressions on these people’s faces was pure hatred and anger. NEWS FLASH…..
    Donald Trump won the election. Time to get over yourselves.

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