Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the House Judiciary Committee chairman and primary author of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, was asked on Sunday by ABC’s George Stephanopolous to comment on the possible defection of Democrat Rep. Jeff Van Drew (NJ), who is reportedly looking to switch to the GOP.
For his part, Nadler responded by blaming Van Drew’s sudden reversal on his reaction to polls regarding whether he would be re-elected, rather than what is really at stake in the impeachment hearings, the Washington Free Beacon reports.
Van Drew represents one of the 31 districts within the Democratic Party that is a nightmare for Democrats. The district not only has its fair share of Republicans, but many of the Democrats in the district are also fairly moderate.
Point being, many of them are against the impeachment of Trump. Van Drew has been trying to represent these people fairly, but it could cost him the nomination in 2020.
From the very beginning, Van Drew has been against impeachment, and he has not had a problem saying as much to the media. He has also stated that he will vote against removal when the time comes later this week.
Taking such a contrarian stance has not played well with the hardline Democrats in Van Drew’s district, with his recent disapproval rating among Democrats at almost 60%.
That being the case, Van Drew is considering switching parties, and he even met with Trump on Friday to discuss this very subject. In all likelihood, Van Drew will be running a Republican ticket come Election Day 2020.
Nadler calls Van Drew out
According to Rep. Nadler, the Van Drew defection is no big deal. In fact, Nadler says this defection is nothing more than Van Drew reacting to his negative polling numbers. “What he’s reacting to is the public polling that shows he can’t get renominated. His electorate in his district is 24 percent to renominate him and 60 percent to nominate somebody else,” said Nadler.
Nadler seems to be missing the point, though.
Van Drew still has the approval of more than 40% of Democrat voters, and if he defects and gets Trump’s endorsement, he will more than likely have the support of the majority of Republicans in the district.
Put it all together, and you have an easy win for Republicans and the ability to turn a blue seat red in the House.
Nadler can brush it off all he wants, but Van Drew’s “defection” is proof that the red wave is coming, and Nadler will have nobody but himself, Nancy Pelosi, and Adam Schiff to blame for it.