It wasn’t that long ago when congressional Republicans were clawing at each other. You had the TEA Party wing vs. the Establishment wing.
The TEA Party cadre was far more ideological, far more zealous in pursuit of its agenda. The TEA Party wing ended up driving John Boehner out of the speaker’s chair and out of public office. They tore a page out of the Democrats’ playbook that called the shots during the 1960s, when the Hawks battled the Doves over whether to fight the Vietnam War.
A decade later, Republicans have (more or less) settled in behind the president of the United States, Donald Trump.
Which brings me to the Democrats’ current state of play. The progressive wing is battling the Democratic version of the establishment wing.
The progressives want to impeach the president now. The more seasoned of them say “no.” They’re fighting openly with each other.
One big difference? I do not expect Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give up the fight. She doesn’t want to impeach the president, at least not yet. The progressives in her caucus aren’t hearing the last part of it; they seem to hear “no impeachment” and go ballistic.
My own advice to the Democrats’ far-left wing is to wait for the special counsel, Robert Mueller, to finish his job. Attorney General William Barr is going to let his collusion probe finish under its own power.
If Mueller produces the goods, then they can talk openly about impeachment. Not beforehand.