These operatives acknowledge they’ve been caught off guard by the speed with which impeachment has become a relevant issue — and are wary of the political damage it could cause if not handled correctly.
Even a week ago, before Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, few party officials had even considered such a dramatic move, which has happened only twice in American history.
“I mean Jesus, it’s not even Memorial Day!” said one Democratic operative.
Only after testing the question with voters will the party have a firmer sense of how it should act.
“I have no clue to be honest,” said another Democratic operative when asked what party strategists made of the politics of impeachment after The New York Times reported on a Comey memo that alleges Trump asked the then-FBI director to drop his probe of the president’s first national security advisor. “Still processing what we’re reading in The Times.”