President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Impeaching Trump Would be the Dumbest Political Move for Dems…Ever

Last week I wrote that given President Trump’s propensity to say and do ill-advised things, there was an increasing likelihood that Vice President Mike Pence could be our president soon. After all, at this point there is absolutely no evidence – none – that suggests Trump conspired with the Russians on a single thing. But with patently foolish statements, tweets, and briefings, it is almost as though the President is doing his best to make everyone think that he did. And it’s crippling his presidency.

Just past the 100 day mark and there is no significant piece of legislation the Trump Administration has guided through a Congress despite holding majorities in both houses. Instead the Trump White House is spending its time fighting with reporters about their conspiracies and accusations. That isn’t good presidential leadership. It’s a petty narcissism that distracts our Chief Executive from accomplishing anything besides defending himself from his own blunders.

And those realities are precisely why it would be the dumbest political move, maybe in history, for the Democrats to actually pursue impeachment against the President, even should they gain a House majority in the midterms. Trump is the perfect gift for the Democrats right now. He can’t get out of his own way, but he has too much pride to acknowledge that is his problem. It is always somebody else that is out to get him. He throws his own White House staff under the bus and then calls it “Fake News” when the media reports that the staffers aren’t happy about it.

If Democrats were smart, they would keep the president totally focused on himself for the next few years (which doesn’t seem to be that difficult) all while building up electoral momentum to run against the party that has done absolutely nothing with control of the entire federal government. The last thing they should do is seek to remove Trump from office, either making him a martyr of their hatred, or clearing the way for a far more balanced, focused, and conservative president in Mike Pence.

It seems there are those on the left that are starting to pick up on that, like Cliston Brown at the Observer:

Trump is doing more damage to himself and his party every day. Every new stupid statement, every new blunder, and every new scandal make it more and more likely that Democrats will win big in 2018 and 2020… Keep him in office. Politically, Trump is the goose that’s laying a treasure trove of golden eggs. Let him spend four years making such a toxic wreck of the Republican Party that disgusted voters won’t want to get anywhere near the GOP for a decade.

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Let’s be honest. Given the absolute lack of anything resembling effective leadership, strategy or a coherent message in the divided, cacophonous train wreck that is the Democratic Party, letting the Republicans immolate themselves is the Democrats’ best and only play at the moment. The Democrats are like the basketball player that can’t create his own shots; he only scores when the other team coughs up the ball and gives him an open layup. Unless and until the Democratic Party figures out that it needs to rid itself of its clueless, tired leadership and consultants that haven’t had a new idea since about 1965, the only way for Democrats to win is to cash in on Republican screw-ups.

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Four years of Donald Trump could end with Democrats in control of the White House, both chambers of Congress, a majority of governorships, and a number of key state legislatures that we could not dream of winning back through our own efforts. And the timing is perfect. The 2018 and 2020 elections are the ones that will determine who draws the new Congressional and legislative maps in 2021. The Trump Trainwreck presidency could put Democrats in a position to control the country for a decade.

Some of Brown’s expectations seem a bit grandiose even with Trump’s unprovoked foibles. But there is simply no denying the fact that Democrats are in a much stronger position politically with an undisciplined Donald Trump as the face, voice, and strategist of their opposition than they would be with Mike Pence.

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