Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Blunder is Costing the Democrats Big Time
Recent filings show that Joe Biden has less than half the cash-on-hand as his top rivals for the Democratic nomination, but even when you include those rivals – Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and others – the total amount raised doesn’t hold a candle to what Republicans have in the bank. Fueled by the impeachment push currently driving Democrats into the fall, the Republican National Committee has raised an astounding $27.3 million in the month of September. This leaves them with a total war chest of $59.2 million of cash-on-hand with which to annihilate Democrats when the campaign season begins in earnest.
“The RNC’s September fundraising haul is the best off-cycle month in the history of both the Republican and Democratic parties. This cycle, to date, the RNC has almost tripled the Democratic National Committee’s fundraising efforts, according to the GOP, which also noted that the Democrats, as of last month, carried $7.3 million in debt,” reports Fox News.
In an interview with the network, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said, “While Democrats focus on fighting President Trump, Republicans have prioritized voters and we have another record-breaking fundraising month—the highest ever off-cycle—to show for it.
“Voters are tired of Democrats’ petty politics and baseless witch hunts, and their shameful attacks have only energized our grassroots army and allowed us to lay the groundwork for Republicans to take back the House, expand our majority in the Senate and re-elect President Trump in 2020,” she continued.
Together with the Trump campaign, the RNC has raised a total of $125.7 million in the third quarter of 2019.
While Trump and the RNC were already crushing the Democrats in fundraising before Nancy Pelosi officially authorized the impeachment inquiry, there can be no doubt that impeachment has proven a powerful tool in the Republican Party’s efforts to raise money. An October “Stop the Madness” campaign has been focused on vulnerable House Democrats who do not want to be smeared with their party’s plan to oust Trump. These Democrats are hanging on to their offices by the thinnest of margins in districts that Trump won handily in 2016. Their fate prevents Pelosi from holding a House floor vote on the inquiry, and it may block the party from turning impeachment into anything more serious than a talking point.
On the other hand, Pelosi is stuck. The radical wing of her party is demanding Trump’s impeachment, which now also has on-the-record support from nearly every major candidate for the Democratic nomination. She can’t simply drop it and move on without risking her Speakership, and she can’t move forward without energizing Trump’s base and alienating swing voters.
Announcing this inquiry could turn out to be the worst political mistake of Pelosi’s life.