Don’t get your hopes up; it’s not like it sounds.
As Republican leaders scramble to stave off a Democratic wave or at least mitigate their party’s losses in November, a strategy is emerging on the right for how to energize conservatives and drive a wedge between the anti-Trump left and moderate voters: warn that Democrats will immediately move to impeach President Trump if they capture the House.
What began last year as blaring political hyperbole on the right — the stuff of bold-lettered direct mail fund-raising pitches from little-known groups warning of a looming American “coup” — is now steadily drifting into the main currents of the 2018 message for Republicans.
So far I haven’t heard of any Democrats planning on bringing it up in the mid-terms, and it’s slightly ironic that the Republicans think it’s such a drastic measure when it wasn’t that long ago that they rallied their troops around impeaching Bill Clinton. (How’d that work out?)
It’s also common practice for the GOP to go completely batshit when it comes to fund-raising appeals; they’re still working off Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, and raising the spectre of Trump in the dock in the Senate is a sure-fire way to shake down the base. But it may become problematic when they try to get support and votes from those who don’t watch Fox News or get their millinery from Reynolds Wrap. I’m not so sure they won’t drive a lot of voters into the arms of the Democrats with “Vote Republican or Trump Will Be Impeached!”