Mike Pence has mostly kept quiet as the impeachment proceedings have gone on — but the same can’t be said about his staffers.
The vice president’s chief of staff, Marc Short, is now predicting that since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) impeachment stance is “untenable,” she going to capitulate sooner rather than later, The Hill reports. The political situation certainly lends itself to Pelosi retreating with her tail between her legs.
The greatest Democrat disaster
Trump’s impeachment has become one of the greatest political disasters for the Democratic Party. Nancy Pelosi, in her decades in Congress, has kept herself relatively safe. But she was pushed into impeachment by the radical sector of her caucus.
Pelosi may very well be regretting her lack of conviction as she faces the future.
“We’re confident this position is untenable and she’s going to move it along,” Short said of the House speaker. “She will yield. There’s no way she can hold this position.”
Some scholars say that until the articles are sent, the impeachment process cannot continue. Others argue that the Senate has the power to do whatever they want once the House impeaches — but it looks like the GOP isn’t in a rush to move forward.
Pelosi has to do something
Indeed, Republicans in the Senate have already made it clear they view Trump’s impeachment as a sham. The public proceedings and the conduct of Democrats have destroyed any goodwill.
Additionally, impeachment has actually become a benefit to President Trump’s reelection efforts. The longer it has dragged on, the worse it has gotten for Democrats.
Democrats are staring down the barrel of a gun right now. 2020 is right around the corner — and their position on impeachment could be a disaster for them.
The best course of action for Democrats is to advance impeachment to the Senate. Impeachment will fail in the Republican-controlled Senate, but it will at least be a symbolic victory for Democrats.
Democrats will then be able to paint the Republicans as lackeys of President Trump. They can energize their base and shift momentum. As it stands right now, Democrats are only hurting themselves with their refusal to advance the articles of impeachment.
Of course, that option presents the end of impeachment. Democrats are willing to die on this hill — and they may get their wish. Either way, Pelosi will have to make a decision, and it is likely she will have to cave to the pressure.