And with a whimper, Nancy Pelosi conceded defeat, and she is now pushing her fragile majority in the House to turn away from President Trump’s investigation and focus on saving their jobs.
It’s fair to say that this election is going to be very close. The Senate, the House, and the Presidency are up for grabs.
It will come down to turnout and the Democrats face the nightmare scenario of a party split that is irreconcilable. Nobody really knows if Bernie supporters will vote for a guy like Bloomberg – the exact opposite of everything they stand for. Will moderates vote for Bernie and all that baggage?
The New York Times reported that House Democrats, recovering from their failed attempt to remove President Trump from office, are making a sharp pivot to talking about health care and economic issues, turning away from their investigations of the president as they focus on preserving their majority.
Many top Democrats say that oversight of the president will continue, and they plan in particular to press AG Barr over what they say are President Trump’s efforts to compromise the independence of the Justice Department. But for now, at least, they have shelved the idea of subpoenaing Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, who was a central figure in the president’s impeachment trial.
In a series of private meetings over the past few days, and in written instructions she distributed to lawmakers Thursday before a recess this week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear that the emphasis must shift.
“Health care, health care, health care,” the speaker said, describing the party’s message during a recent closed-door meeting, according to a person in the room who insisted on anonymity to reveal private conversations. She said they had to be laser-focused on getting re-elected: “When you make a decision to win, then you have to make every decision in favor of winning…”
… But Mr. Jeffries said there had been “no discussion” of trying to compel Mr. Bolton to testify, either in the Judiciary Committee, on which he serves, or at the leadership level.
“It has not been an issue post-impeachment,” Mr. Jeffries said, adding, “I’ve been very clear and I think the speaker has, and other leaders, that our focus should continue to be on the ‘For the People’ agenda, which we articulated to the American people in advance of November 2018.”