The national Democratic Party leadership continues to promote a lackluster opposition to the racist and tyrant Donald Trump even as the elections in 2018 grow closer.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, along with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, issued a joint statement in response to U.S. Rep. Al Green’s introduction of an impeachment resolution in the House Wednesday. They argued that “now is not the time” to consider the ultimate action against Trump.
One is left wondering when it will ever be the time for Democratic leaders to act on anything instead of just asking their base for money to lose elections they should easily win. The Republicans hold the presidency and have majorities in the House and Senate. More than two-thirds of all state legislatures continue to have Republican majorities. But Democratic leaders continue to play it safe.
It’s true that with a clear Republican majority in the House, Green’s resolution had little chance of passing, but his contention that Trump is generating racial hatred, demeans the presidency and deserves impeachment resonates with a majority of Democrats across the country.
Yet the resolution was tabled or defeated on a overwhelming 364-58 vote. The 58 votes were, of course, cast by Democrats, which means that more than two-thirds of them didn’t vote for impeachment and sided with Republicans and Pelosi on the issue.
It’s glaringly obvious that the lopsided vote didn’t reflect the will of a majority of Democratic voters and other progressive voters, who continue to abandon the party. The national Democratic Party leadership remains overly cautious in the era of Trump, a strategy that doesn’t bode well for the 2018 elections and beyond.
In these turbulent times under Trump, more House Democrats could have sent a basic signal that they’re listening to their base of voters and voted accordingly. That they chose not to is not a good sign. A discouraged Democratic Party base, along with Republican gerrymandering and outright electoral corruption, will mean Democrats will lose again.
(Here are the articles of impeachment advanced by Green, who is from Texas.)