For moderate Democrats in competitive districts— including those where Trump dominated in 2016 — the switch away from impeachment less than a week after the Senate acquitted the president is a welcome reprieve.
“I’m glad that we’re shifting and pivoting to something else. Every time I poll in my area, it’s always the same thing: Education, health care and the economy,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who is facing a fierce primary challenger from the left in his sprawling south Texas district.
The centrist Democrat said he sees Pelosi’s shift to the economy as a signal that talk of impeachment and investigations are over in the House, at least for now. There are a series of ongoing court cases though could renew the push among some Democrats to investigate Trump, including the bid to interview former White House counsel Don McGahn. But Democrats risk appearing as sore losers in light of the president’s acquittal.
“That is what I understand,” Cuellar said, jokingly tapping a wall outside the House chamber, as if to knock on wood. “That is what I’m hoping.”
Democrats, including Pelosi, argue that they’ve been talking about the economy nonstop since taking back control of the House — and have passed a new major trade…