What will it say if Adam Schiff’s circus failed not only to get Republicans on board the Impeachment Express, but also caused a few Democrats to jump off? House Democratic leaders remain confident that they have the votes to impeach Donald Trump, but the Washington Post reported last night that they’re already resetting the expectations for the final vote.
Impeach in haste, repent at leisure … or election time:
House Democratic leaders are bracing for some defections among a group of moderate Democrats in swing districts who are concerned a vote to impeach President Trump could cost them their seats in November.
Lawmakers and senior aides are privately predicting they will lose more than the two Democrats who opposed the impeachment inquiry rules package in late September, according to multiple officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk frankly. Two senior Democratic aides said the total could be as many as a half-dozen, while a third said the number could be higher.
Predictions about some defections come as a core group of centrists from districts Trump won in 2016 are having second thoughts. While many knew impeachment would never be popular in their GOP-leaning districts, some have been surprised that support hasn’t increased despite negative testimony about Trump from a series of blockbuster hearings last month.