If you’re like us, or even if you’re just a rational human being, then the news of the last few weeks has been fairly shattering. Trump’s closest associates, like Manafort and Cohen, have been convicted of serious crimes, and (in the case of Cohen) revealed things about Trump himself that should end the career of any politician. Yet, of course, Trump’s supporters continue to love him, and nothing seems to change.
But there are two articles in the press this week that we all ought to read, for they suggest that Trump’s reckoning may, eventually, be on its way. First is Donald Trump’s Worst Nightmare May Come In The Form Of Rep. Elijah Cummings by Kurt Bardella in the Huffpost. He argues that if the Democrats gain control of the House this year, then Trump will face a determined enemy in the form of Cummings, who will (if given a Democratic House) have the power to force a real confrontation with Trump’s administration. He writes, “The Trump administration will be put on trial and the full scope of its corruption will be exposed. Congressional hearings will be covered wall-to-wall on cable news, dominating news cycle after news cycle. Trump, more than any president in history, evaluates his success based on how the media covers the day. A barrage of hearings and subpoenas will have a deteriorating effect on Trump and completely stall the White House’s agenda.”
The second article, this one from CNN, is A reckoning could be coming for Trump by Stephen Collinson. He, too, argues that if…if…there is a Democratic House after September, then everything could change. Suddenly, the Manafort and Cohen convictions will take on a new meaning, even among Republican Congressmen. He writes “There’s also little doubt that Tuesday’s legal stunners, and the news that White House Counsel Donald McGahn testified to Mueller for 30 hours, have seeded new dark clouds around the President that could manifest themselves in ways impossible to predict right now….” Impossible to predict, but, he notes, “A Democratic rout would prompt Republicans to consider whether sticking with Trump and a strategy solely reliant on his base is wise in the 2020 election.”
Of course, to say it again, this all depends on a Democratic House after the 2018 midterms.
Which means, if there is one single task we have —as Progressives, Liberals, and Moderate Conservatives—it is to get the voters to the polls.
It is literally a matter of life and death for us all.