Chris Bower writes “On Impeachment” at MyDD, and lays out his reasons for opposing it. Here is his main objection:
Even if we had the votes for conviction, that means we would almost certainly have a veto proof congressional majority on the following policy areas: universal health care, revoking authorization to conduct the war, public financing of campaigns, renegotiating all of our trade agreements for better standards, passing complete energy independence legislation, and on and on and on. Now you tell me, if we had the ability to do all of these things, where would impeachment rank on the list of legislation that would actually help Americans?
David Corn penned “Impeachment at Our Peril” at TomPaine, and made a similar observation: “Democrats must deliver legislatively and produce significant bills that connect with the concerns of Americans. That's job No. 1:”
Impeachment would eclipse the positive components of the Democratic legislative program that can actually help American families—such as boosting the minimum wage, lowering college student loan rate and fixing the alternative minimum tax.
While—as the polling data suggest—impeachment proceedings could be politically unwise, Democrats shouldn’t decide their agenda based on political considerations. After all, excessive and unseemly concern for maintaining political power is what brought down the GOP. That lesson should not be forgotten so quickly.