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How Impeachment Could Reshape the Presidential Race

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21.01.2020

Impeachment has yanked the three senators seriously competing in the Iowa caucuses back to Washington for a trial that could last weeks, with only Sundays off for good behavior. This past weekend, during what was probably their last unencumbered stretch of campaigning before the February 3 caucuses, all three reacted in characteristic fashion.

Elizabeth Warren grew emotional with nostalgia for her time on the campaign trail, but not so emotional that she missed an opportunity to make a dig at the free-spending Michael Bloomberg, who is skipping the early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Bernie Sanders treated the whole matter as though it were a minor annoyance, much like the malfunctioning hand microphone at his Monday afternoon rally in Des Moines.

And Amy Klobuchar (suddenly the queen of newspaper endorsements from the Quad-City Times to the New York Times) displayed a combination of the stoicism needed to survive a Midwestern winter and a dutiful sense of constitutional obligation.

(They aren’t the only senators still in the race. Michael Bennet of Colorado also made stops in Iowa on Monday, but he is focusing his it-will-take-a-miracle campaign on New Hampshire’s February 11 primary.)

The press scrum after a Warren campaign rally in Des Moines on Sunday began with the network embeds trying—and failing—to provoke the candidate into saying something that would prolong the silly-season controversy over whether Sanders actually claimed that a woman couldn’t be elected president.

I broke in to ask Warren how it felt to be just two weeks from the end of the road in Iowa after more than 100 campaign events in the opening-gun state. I do not often pose........

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