The moment Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was wrangling her caucus members, directing them to dodge all questions about impeachment until after the midterms, according to a Wednesday Politico report.
Democrats, who feel well-poised to make significant electoral gains this fall, are eager to avoid lighting a fire under Republican voters by casting President Donald Trump in a sympathetic and vulnerable light.
Instead, the party line is to emphasize the corruption oozing from the White House and congressional Republicans’ utter refusal to staunch the flow.
Republicans, on the other hand, are desperate for Democrats to cling to the issue.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during her Wednesday press briefing that impeachment is the “only message Democrats have going into the midterms.”
“I think that the biggest contrast you could possibly make is the message of the Democrats, which is nothing more than attacking the president and looking at cheap political stunts while this White House and Republicans in the House and Senate are focused on doing good things for the American people,” she continued.
Despite the bait, the vast majority of Democrats from all corners of the party seem to be following Pelosi’s marching orders, deflecting impeachment questions in favor of kitchen table issues like healthcare and the economy.