by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Impeachment fatigue is beginning to fracture the House Democratic Caucus.
Tuesday’s circus-like atmosphere in the House Judiciary Committee, where Democrats conducted a raucous “impeachment” hearing featuring former Trump 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, was over. But it was followed Wednesday morning by a noticeable impeachment hangover in the halls of the Capitol.
House Democrats heading into a weekly closed-door planning meeting were eager to get back to the legislative agenda, but the media remained focused on the hearing and the party’s efforts, led by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, to ferret out the evidence many liberal Democrats are seeking to impeach President Trump.
Liberal Democrats ratcheted up the impeachment frenzy Tuesday when Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley introduced a resolution calling on the House Judiciary panel to open an impeachment inquiry into Justice Brett Kavanaugh over new, but now in question, proof of allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to his teenage years.
Moderates, meanwhile, fear the impeachment saturation could doom their reelection efforts.
“Am I concerned? The answer is yes!” Democratic Florida Rep. Donna Shalala told the Washington Examiner. “In my district, I’m not getting asked about impeachment. I’m being asked about healthcare, I’m being asked about the environment, and about infrastructure. It’s not like around the country they are thinking about impeachment. It’s a Washington phenomenon as far as I can tell.”