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Republicans Using Impeachment Threat to Stir the GOP Base

Great idea for the GOP.

Complacency and lack of enthusiasm during the midterms of a president’s first term is the bane of the party that owns the White House. What better way to motivate voters than to tell them that what they came out in droves for in 2016 is under threat?

The New York Times reports that the impeachment threat is taking center stage in the Republican effort to avoid a blue “wave.” Of course, the idea is portrayed as lunacy normalized, the way the liberal media love to depict conservative ideas and strategies.

From the piece:

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.

The appeals have become a surefire way for candidates to raise small contributions from grass-roots conservatives who are devoted to Mr. Trump, veteran Republican fund-raisers say. But party strategists also believe that floating the possibility of impeachment can also act as a sort of scared-straight motivational tool for turnout. Last week, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas used his re-election kickoff rally to introduce a video featuring a faux news anchor reading would-be headlines were conservatives not to vote in November.

“Senate Majority Leader Schumer announced the impeachment trial of President Trump,” one of the anchors says.

“Blaring political hyperbole on the right”? When are we going to see commentary by mainstream reporters about “blaring political hyperbole on the left”? Never, because that’s what’s known as “moral outrage.”

There’s nothing strange, cynical or manipulative about this, as the piece suggests. Democrats fully intend to impeach President Trump for something if they seize power. Even the few responsible Democrats left understand that they have to please the base, which will demand it.

Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi
The Impeachment Crew

Republicans will see impeachment for what it is, an attempt to reverse the legitimate results of the 2016 election. Funny how concerned Democrats are about Russians undermining democracy when they applaud or fail to object to people like Rep. Maxine Waters, a top Democrat, demanding impeachment before any evidence warranting it is in.

We can, and must, deal with the Russians. But a far bigger threat to democracy is a cultural failure to accept its results, whether its Waters robotically repeating “impeach” or Hillary Clinton running around the country – and the world – suggesting her loss just wasn’t fair.