Two straws in the gale leave us wondering whether Democratic leaders do in fact have a shred of common sense?
Democrats seek to quell Trump impeachment talk
Party leaders caution against rushing into a political trap.
They call it the ‘I’ word.
Just a month into Donald Trump’s presidency, Democratic Party leaders are trying to rein in the talk of impeachment that’s animating the grass roots, the product of a restive base demanding deeper and more aggressive investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia.
Democratic officials in Republican-dominated Washington view the entire subject as a trap, a premature discussion that could backfire in spectacular fashion by making the party appear too overzealous in its opposition to Trump. Worse, they fear, it could harden Republican support for the president by handing his party significant fundraising and political ammunition when the chances of success for an early impeachment push are remote, at best.
And in the #OppositionParty NY Times:
Are Liberals Helping Trump?
effrey Medford, a small-business owner in South Carolina, voted reluctantly for Donald Trump. As a conservative, he felt the need to choose the Republican. But some things are making him feel uncomfortable — parts of Mr. Trump’s travel ban, for example, and the recurring theme of his apparent affinity for Russia.
Mr. Medford should be a natural ally for liberals trying to convince the country that Mr. Trump was a bad choice. But it is not working out that way. Every time Mr. Medford dips into the political debate — either with strangers on Facebook or friends in New York and Los Angeles — he comes away feeling battered by contempt and an attitude of moral superiority.
“We’re backed into a corner,” said Mr. Medford, 46, whose business teaches people to be filmmakers. “There are at least some things about Trump I find to be defensible. But they are saying: ‘Agree with us 100 percent or you are morally bankrupt. You’re an idiot if you support any part of Trump.’ ”
He added: “I didn’t choose a side. They put me on one.”
Sounds about right. The old adage is that Democrats look for heretics while Republicans look for converts, and here we are.
But before we hope for a return by the Democrats to a low Earth orbit, let's note that the "Are Liberals Helping Trump" is currently the third most emailed NY Times article, number 1 is this Nick Kristof Outrage Porn:
How Can We Get Rid of Trump?
We’re just a month into the Trump presidency, and already so many are wondering: How can we end it?
One poll from Public Policy Polling found that as many Americans — 46 percent — favor impeachment of President Trump as oppose it. Ladbrokes, the betting website, offers even odds that Trump will resign or leave office through impeachment before his term ends.
But after Mr. Kristof chats with professors and political savants there is no happy ending for NYT readers:
My take is that unless things get much worse, removal may be a liberal fantasy.
"May be". Bold words. But this is what sells papers because the readers want it, so Keep Hope Alive!