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GOP frets over Trump’s ‘bring it on’ taunt at Dems to start impeachment hearings: ‘You don’t know what’s going to come up’

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While President Donald Trump is openly daring Democrats to begin impeachment hearings against him — hoping to use the move to rally his base before the 2020 election — some Republicans are afraid the president is making a big mistake.

In a Politico piece on Trump’s plan to “weaponize” impeachment talk by turning it back on Democrats, some GOP lawmakers expressed the desire that both sides drop it because of the damage and chaos it could create.

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Noting that Trump and his re-election campaign aides plan “to bend the chatter around the [impeachment] issue to their advantage, knowing the topic will dominate the national conversation as the 2020 election ramps up,” one adviser said it’s not optimum, but it could be helpful.

“Nobody wants to be impeached, but if they do it will benefit the president,” explained Trump legal adviser Joseph diGenova. “They’ll be looked at as maniacs.”

According to a former senior Trump White House official, impeachment talk helps to create the drama the president craves.

“It plays into his rhetoric, but I don’t think they want to go through impeachment hell,” explained the official who asked to remain anonymous. “In his heart of hearts, he doesn’t want [to get impeached], but the specter of it creates that production value that’s so important to him.”

“It goes back to the campaign,” the insider added. “That’s why he does those rallies. It is what motivates his base, it’s what motivates him.”

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Some Republicans aren’t so sure it’s a great plan and for good reason.

According to Politico, “Trump’s ‘bring it on’ mantra isn’t embraced everywhere. Some Republicans in the president’s orbit see impeachment as a recipe for more drip-drip coverage reminding voters of the Mueller probe, not to mention the prospect of unrelated surprise revelations. Already, Mueller’s probe uncovered details about hush-money payments Trump made during the campaign to women to cover up claims of extramarital affairs.”

“The problem with the impeachment proceeding is that once it opens, you don’t know what you’re going to find or what’s going to come up,” worried a Republican close to the White House, referring to the more than a dozen investigations of Trump that are still ongoing.”

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According to Michael Feldman, a longtime Democratic strategist, Trump’s braggadocio about impeachment talk is a cover for actually wanting it to all go away.

“They don’t welcome a detailed conversation about what’s in it, nor do they welcome any new lines of inquiry or investigation,” Feldman explained. “He realizes when it stays in the bounds of a 400-page [Mueller] document, it’s less dangerous than when people are exposed to what’s in it.”

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Here’s the real reason Trump and the GOP don’t want mail-in voting

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Trump and Republicans don’t want mail-in voting this November because it blows up a couple of their most effective voter suppression schemes.

In presidential elections dating back to 2000, there’s been noticeable media coverage of long lines in majority-black precincts; commentators sometimes wonder out loud why people would have to wait in line 8 hours to vote in, for example, inner city Ohio in 2004 or Milwaukee in the 2020 primaries.

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The GOP has a ‘death wish’ and is ‘pulling out all the stops to do unpopular things’: political scientists

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Even as President Donald Trump's approval numbers keep heading downward and Democrats maintain a significant eight-point lead in the generic congressional ballot, the Republican Party keeps floating ideas that two political scientists describe as a potential political "death wish."

Writing in the New York Times, political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson argue that the GOP is taking a completely unorthodox approach to governing in the months heading into a major election.

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Your election angst is real: Trump’s gonna cheat and it could be total hell

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During the presidential campaign of 1988, "Saturday Night Live's" Dana Carvey played then-Vice President George H.W. Bush as a lovable oddball and Jon Lovitz portrayed Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis as an emotionally detached technocrat, musing out loud during a debate, "I can't believe I'm losing to this guy."

Even though it was a comedy sketch, that line has been thrown in Democrats' faces ever since as an example of their arrogant elitism and failure to understand Real America. Don't you know that the average voter wants a president they can have a beer with, not some egghead know-it-all?

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