I welcome the prospect of Republicans rallying around this president. Let them come out of their holes. Let’s have a summer of wall to wall coverage, town halls, interviews with Trump voters. Force them to confront the facts of the MR. Get Republican congressmen on the record defending collusion (yes, collusion) with Russia, and the crimes of obstruction. Force McConnell’s senate to acquit him in the teeth of overwhelming evidence. Let’s have the fight with Trump now, not wait until 2020.
It’s important to remember that Bill Barr is already working the intelligence trail to deliver a massive propaganda dump for the president, demonizing those who originated the Mueller investigation. How do Democrats propose to counter that, if not by getting Americans to confront the MR itself?
The beauty of all this is that Trump would have no one opponent to demonize. No Hillary Clinton, no Comey, no Mueller. It would be the whole country rising up against him. By contrast, if it is only in the 2020 election that he must defend himself, all he has to do is go after the nominee. William Barr’s propaganda will do the rest.
Richard Hasen has it right:
No one knows if a fairly done impeachment inquiry will hurt Democrats politically. No one knows if failing to seriously pursue an impeachment inquiry will hurt Democrats more. So it makes sense to do what is constitutionally required.