Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats took a big risk pursuing impeachment.
Schiff and Pelosi figured impeachment was a “can’t lose” proposition after the so-called “whistleblower” stepped forward.
But the Democrats committed a grave error.
The size of their mistake is beginning to become crystal clear.
Now Democrats got hit with this insanely bad news about impeachment.
Given the fact that the House of Representatives has just a few weeks left in session this year, Democrats are in a race against time to wrap up a vote on articles of impeachment.
Under the current schedule, many Capitol Hill insiders expect a vote on articles of impeachment to take place the week of December 16.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that his chamber will hold a Senate trial and the only question is how long it will last.
In 1999, the Senate held a five-week trial on the articles of impeachment the House passed against Bill Clinton.
Republicans expect a trial to last at least that long.
And that would throw the Democrat presidential primary into chaos.
Six Senators – Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Michael Bennet, and Amy Klobuchar – are still in the race.
Any Senate trial would be expected to start in early January, and if it ran five weeks, would run through the February 3 Iowa Caucuses and February 11 New Hampshire primary.
McConnell stated the Senate would be in sessions six days a week for the trial and that would sideline all six Democrat Senators running for President from the campaign trail in the crucial final weeks before the first votes are cast and the winners will chart a course toward the nomination.
Staffers for all the campaigns recognize this reality and are preparing for the fact that their candidates won’t be able to campaign in Iowa or New Hampshire – or attend much-needed fundraisers – in the month of January.
The Washington Post exclusively reported:
Those conversations about the timing and framework for a trial remain fluid and closely held, according to more than a dozen participants in the discussions. But the deliberations come as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) faces pressure from conservative activists to swat back at Democrats as public impeachment hearings began this week in the House.
The discussions raise a potential hazard for the six Democratic senators running for president, who had previously planned on a final sprint out of Washington before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses and the Feb. 11 New Hampshire primary.
The Post also exclusively reported:
One top adviser to a senator running for president, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss strategy, said the campaign was already rearranging fundraising and campaign schedules to prepare for a trial.
“We’ve been all but told that January is when we should expect not to have them,” the person said. “And that in December is when we should expect to have them.”
The top two Senators running for president backed this up in their public comments.
“We will do our best to get back to Iowa, to get to New Hampshire, to get to all the states that we have to,” Bernie Sanders told a crowd at a campaign rally in Iowa.
Elizabeth Warren declared that “if the House goes forward and sends impeachment over to the Senate, then I will be there for the trial.”
Voters in Iowa and New Hampshire value face to face contact with candidates.
Warren and Sanders expected to finish strongly – or even win – those states.
Had Warren or Sanders won Iowa, they would stampede into New Hampshire, which neighbors their home states of Massachusetts and Vermont.
Sanders and Warren would likely piggyback a win in New Hampshire off Iowa and propel themselves toward the nomination.
But if they can’t campaign and other candidates win the race, Democrats could face a long primary process where multiple candidates score early victories which leads to a protracted nominating contest where the eventual nominee emerges broke and leading a fractured party.
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