By Jon Dougherty
Well, it took long enough, but finally, a Democrat has admitted that his party is not interested in legislating or leading our country — instead, the party is only committed to removing a president from office who hasn’t committed any impeachable offenses.
During an appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation” Sunday, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) said he believes that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) should be considering impeachment charges against POTUS Donald Trump and bringing them to the floor.
“Do you personally think impeachment should be considered?” show host Margaret Brennan asked.
“I think it should. I think it’s the best way to get all of the facts out. I also believe that at some point we have to hear from this president whether he’s lying to us or not. We need to hear from him under oath,” Richmond said.
But the Democrat went further in admitting that deposing President Trump is, at least personally, his current “sole focus.”
“Look my sole focus right now is to make sure that [Trump’s] not the president next term,” Richmond said. He added that though Congress should further investigate whether POTUS obstructed justice, the primary objective of his party ought to be “to make sure that [Trump] does not win re-election.”
It’s one thing to want your party’s eventual presidential nominee to win the next election — got it.
It’s quite another to be irrationally focused on impeachment when so many other issues — health care, the border crisis, infrastructure, foreign policy — require congressional input.
Richmond is essentially saying that Democrats don’t want to do anything with their House majority except wield it.
It should be said that Democrats’ own voters don’t really care about impeaching the president, as The New York Times reported over the weekend:
The hundred-odd students who gathered on the hilltop campus of Concordia University here on a sunny Thursday morning had a lot of questions for Representative Katie Porter on abortion, immigration, voting rights and the 2020 primary races.
But as their fluorescent question cards were plucked one by one from a raffle drum, not one mentioned the topic burning up Washington: the report of Robert S. Mueller III.
The voters in Miami who came out early Wednesday to see a freshman Democrat, Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, at Flava’s restaurant lobbed only a single question about it amid queries about clean drinking water and fresh produce. When Representative Mike Levin, another freshman Democrat, faced his constituents in the beach town of Carlsbad, Calif., he found himself politely disagreeing with those who worried that a possible impeachment could jeopardize Democrats’ chances in 2020.
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