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The Role Of Party-Switchers In Impeachment

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The Role Of Party-Switchers In Impeachment

The Role Of Party-Switchers In Impeachment
December 17
18:21 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be spared the embarrassment of Democrats defecting in the partisan impeachment of President Trump – at least one Democrat. New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew — who voted against the startup of the impeachment along with Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson  — has announced that he will swing over to the Republican Party.

Van Drew is one of the 31 House Democrats who won their congressional seats in districts won by President Trump in 2016.  Most of them will vote for impeachment and hope that the power of incumbency will get them through the 2020 election.

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While there are rumors that there is a handful of other Democrats who might vote against impeachment, Van Drew is the only one on record at the time of this commentary. Contrary to speculation, it is possible that Pelosi will convince her caucus to unify.

With Van Drew joining the Republicans, it is now possible to see a completely partisan vote in the House.

In a political game of tit-for-tat, Pelosi is considering inviting former Republican (now Independent) Congressman Justin Amash to serve as one of the “managers” who will present the Democrats case before the Senate.

This would make for good theater, but not do much in terms of influencing the outcome of Trump’s trial in the Senate. The Democrat-friendly media, however, gives this idea more importance than it deserves. They claim it would put a staunch conservative on the Democrat prosecutorial panel.

In reality, it would only prove that Amash – like a number of self-proclaimed conservatives who now support the Democrats – can no longer be considered a true conservative. Like former Florida Congressmen Joe Scarborough and David Jolly, activist Bill Kristol, columnist George Will and shameful hubby, George Conway — Amash is aiding and abetting left-wing democrats.

It is one thing to dislike Trump, as a person, but quite another to support – directly or indirectly – the far-left progressive policies of the Democratic Party.  Those folks are now in league with the likes of Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and the squad. They are not principled conservatives in any real sense.

Switching sides in the middle of a battle is never a popular move. It is likely that neither Van Drew nor Amash will be back in Congress after the 2020 election.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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