At the present time, all the Democrats in the House of Representatives are expected to vote for impeachment against Donald Trump.
If he’s impeached in the House, the vote moves to the Senate, where all of the Democrats and quite a few Republicans would have to vote to impeach him, so he’s removed from office.
And while all that’s true, there’s a good reason why some Democrats actually don’t want President Trump to get impeached.
As Nancy Pelosi admitted before deciding to fast track multiple impeachment inquiries through the House of Representatives, the American public doesn’t find impeachment particularly agreeable.
They would be okay with it if they knew that Trump was being impeached for valid reasons. However, most Republicans and a number of moderate Democrats realize the only reason the Democrats want to impeach Trump is they don’t like him.
So, if the Democrats in the House vote to impeach Trump and then the Senate fails to impeach him, it could backfire on them in an unprecedented way and cost them dozens and dozens of seats in the midterm elections.
This is especially true of Democrats in red states who barely won their districts to begin with.
These Democrats know that if the impeachment proceedings veer off course (that is, away from the Ukraine controversy) that President Trump could quickly flip the script and use their attacks against them.
Democrat Senator. Jon Tester of Montana knows what it’s like to be on thin ice in Congress. He barely won in 2018 and realized if the House gets distracted or tries to turn the tables on Trump, it could blow up in their faces.
“It’s really incumbent on the House to really be laser-focused. The president is a master of pivoting and deflecting, and I think it’s really important to stay focused,” Tester said.
And Senator. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, said the same thing and cautioned against the Democrats opening up a can of worms and talking about old news (like the Steele dossier).
“I think it’s much better if it’s going to be focused because there’s a whole load of hay out there that they’ve been talking about for so long,” he said.
“I just think anytime a foreign entity is involved, it needs to be investigated,” Manchin continued.
Both Tester and Manchin worry that because the left is so radicalized in their hate towards Trump, they’re going to try and attack him on all angles. And seeing as how some of those angles aren’t useable for impeachment, they’re concerned it will lessen their chances of getting Trump impeached.
If that has them worried, then it’s probably good news for Trump that Pelosi says the initial inquiry will be focused on the Ukraine call, but could devolve into voting on other “impeachable offenses.”
As Alexander Bolton writing for the Hill reported, “Pelosi told reporters…that the House inquiry will focus on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, at least initially.
“She said there is a ‘consensus in our caucus’ that Ukraine ‘is the focus of the moment because this is the charge,’ referring to the whistleblower complaint against Trump. Even so, the six other House committees will continue to examine various allegations of presidential misconduct.”
Now it’s easy to see why some Democrats are nervous about voting for Trump to be impeached. It could cost them their jobs.