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E.J. Dionne: Don’t focus on impeachment. Focus on Trump’s vile budget

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16.03.2019

Please, Tom Steyer, stop spending all that money on impeachment ads. If you want to run spots against President Trump, target his shameful 2020 budget.

In the meantime, the rest of us should quit pretending there is a big debate among Democrats about impeachment. There isn’t. There is actually consensus, which is why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won broad support when she pushed back against impeachment during an interview with The Post.

True, there is an intellectually legitimate case that the House has a moral and constitutional responsibility to start the impeachment process now, given what we know about Trump’s misdeeds and lies. Yoni Appelbaum, a senior editor at the Atlantic, has advanced this argument forcefully and thoughtfully.

But the vast majority of Democrats recognize that they did not win control of the House last fall on a promise of impeachment. To the extent that Democrats who flipped House seats (and thus the majority) campaigned on holding Trump accountable, it was by endorsing the traditional inquiries being carried out now. Before you risk tearing the political system apart, you have to lay the groundwork with your constituents. This has not happened........

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