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April 25, 2019

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Joseph Ernst

Failing to impeach, thereby providing vindication for those who see no wrong ("No collusion! No obstruction!"), makes Democrats look weak. Because they are. They can't even enforce their subpoenas. Donald Trump won partly because of the strength he projected, however unconventional it was. "Lock her up! Crooked Hillary! Only I can solve this nation's problems."

So do nothing. Tolerate his crimes. Make him acceptable, and win all the elections. Sounds like a strategy that can't fail.

Peter G

Unfortunately, despite your compelling arguments, the one thing the Democrats cannot do is fail to investigate. This they must do. And the thing about diligently investigating is that you might find things out that compel impeachment. Basically they need to find something huge and incontrovertible for impeachment to succeed. Pretty much anything they find will cause some to demand impeachment of course. I conclude that this be a feature of the political landscape from now until Election Day. And maybe after.
Fortunately Trump’s basic and base instincts are helping out with this little hot potato. He is going to obstruct and delay House investigations as a matter of complete lack of principle. That helps the Democrats quite a lot I think. With a bit of luck that just might get you through these troubled times.

PM Carpenter

"Despite your compelling arguments, the one thing the Democrats cannot do is fail to investigate. This they must do. And the thing about diligently investigating is that you might find things out that compel impeachment."

That has already been accomplished. Dozens of instances that compel impeachment are extant. But there isn't time, nor is there sufficient political will. Investigations, of course, should proceed. But an effective impeachment movement would be self-destructive to Democrats and helpful only to Donald Trump..

shsavage

Certainly, investigations are proceeding, but it's equally clear that Trump has no intention of sending a single piece of paper to any Congressional committee even in the face of subpoenas and fines. He's already filed suit to block them. It's a page right out of the Don's playbook, but it's quite likely to succeed. He only has to run out the clock, since all subpoenas expire at the end of the congressional session. Sure, the Congress can hold persons in contempt for refusing to answer a summons, and they can issue fines, but who's going to enforce it? The DOJ is responsible for enforcement, but DOJ is clearly a tool of the administration with Barr at the helm. Trump expects to delay and extend until the whole issue of investigations and subpoenas reaches the Supreme Court, where he expects Justice Beer to rule in his favor.

Peter G

I quite agree with that. That's why I found your arguments compelling. I'm just pointing out that the Mueller investigation was limited in scope. The investigations won't be. The risk I probably did not well articulate is that they might find something out that makes impeachment absolutely necessary to maintain party unity but so close to the election that it perversely helps Trump.

A Damon Runyan quote sprang to mind as I considered this. The narrator in one of his stories spoke of not asking questions about anything. The consequence of asking questions was to get a reputation as such a guy as likes to find things out. And his conclusion was the best thing that reputation could get you is a bust in the beezer. This might seem an odd scenario to worry about but then I also thought about the Billy Bush tape revelations just before the election. Everybody seemed quite sure that was the last nail in the coffin of Trump's political aspirations.

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