In Fallout from Trump Controversies, Republicans Warn Democrats Will Seek His Impeachment. Democratic Candidates Are Avoiding the Word.
There is a long history of midterm elections swinging in part on corruption scandals. Democrats began preparing for a similar campaign messaging effort shortly after Trump’s inauguration in 2017, with weekly staff meetings in Pelosi’s office and an initiative by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) to draft anti-corruption reforms, including new ethics rules and stricter campaign finance disclosure, that the party could pass into law if they win back control of the House. But as Democratic strategists studied the issue, they concluded that it was better to use questions of corruption to “caffeinate” other messages about health care, education and taxes…. Rather than talk about specific corruption in Trump’s orbit, they prefer to talk more broadly about the problem in government. “It’s a much more systemic problem now, and we have developed a much more systemic response to it,” said Sarbanes. “People just want to see that there is that sense of responsibility and accountability to them and their priorities”