Will Impeachment Cloud Overshadow Legislative Progress?

• As Democratic-led House move forward with the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, concerns are growing over important policy matters that are still pending, such as a plan to cut prescription-drug prices, trade deal with Mexico and Canada, tighter rules for purchasing and owning guns; spending bills to keep the government funded.
• The fact that lawmakers will leave for a two-week recess aggravates the concerns of both members of both parties.
• On Wednesday, Trump also warned that an impeachment inquiry might derail the North America trade pact.
• Wall Street also believes that impeachment inquiry may hinder trade deals. “Legislating is dead. As we previously said, impeachment will lead to Congress doing nothing,” said Raymond James analysts as per CNBC.
• On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, assured that the impeachment inquiry would not distract the legislative agenda.
• Also, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who has been working on possible legislation changing background-check standards for gun purchases, noted that the work is going on as usual. Trump administration and Republicans are also continuing to move forward with the legislations, notes WSJ.
• Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence was in Indiana, where he talked in support of the trade deal. White House legislative affairs director, Eric Ueland, also assured that Impeachment does not impede legislative process as per WSJ. Pointing to a similar situation in 1998, Ueland said “….there was a lot that President Clinton focused on that Republicans in Congress worked through.”
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Left View

A never-ending encore! 

My goodness. It’s Trump’s symphony in action, better than he could’ve ever imagined. Sure, sure, perhaps he’s losing a bit of sleep, but truthfully I believe he isn’t all too worried. Now, how could that possibly be? The media is his crucifix. The wonders of a 24 hours news cycle the hands that carry it to hell. But he’s smiling, all right.

This is his perfect shield, comprised of chaos, hatred, bigotry, intolerance, disdain for the rule of law, a walking middle finger to the unwritten rules that inform how we live our lives.

He so eagerly transgresses and aggravates, confuses and triumphs as a result of the platform he builds for himself. It’s not the platform you read about as a “management style” in a textbook; nor is it the “political strategy” that’s recommended by the expert.

Expertise means nothing. Wrong or right means nothing. He’s doing it again, in front of our very eyes.

As the news sites refresh, the articles keep rolling in. One more damning than the next. Then, a more benign headline pops in, something about WeWork or Greta Thunberg.

Legislative peril, my friends, is the least of our concerns. I suppose we ride it out, I mean, what else have we done the last few years?

Right View

The Dems' Greatest Weakness: Strategy. 

Seems as though we’re all getting a little tired of the news these days. Of course the impeachment inquiry is taxing the legitimate purpose and interest and function of our government. In this pseudo-martyr attempt involving some mystery “Whistleblower”, some uploaded documents for the public to see, and a dramatic performance by Pelosi, I’m wondering what the heck is going on. How can the Democrats pull this kind of a stunt, and how would it even be politically beneficial to them when the Biden family is deeply implicated in the matter at hand? Biden, the most likely Democratic presidential candidate. What did they gain from this? Because I can tell you one thing, this impeachment inquiry will hardly evolve into an impeachment process, and not in any scenario will it lead to actual impeachment.

We’re about 12 months from the 2020 presidential election and it certainly seems to me that this precious time ahead of the big day should be spent very differently. Because this strategy is rather peculiar. The Dems want to impeach the president for trying to expose a crime. And then, they want to elect the person who committed the crime.

Good luck with that.