Judging by his disappearance from the headlines, President Trump's impeachment looks like he'll be sent to the back burner when the House reconvenes next week. Not so. After the break, a dozen more Democrats came in favor, bringing the number to 131, and reporter Gerald Nadler said the impeachment investigation could begin in late fall, after hearings this month and next.
The Pooh-bang of the House Guide goes hand in hand. One of them rightly told me last week that the worst they could do was lose the impeachment vote. They need a majority of the House – 217 Democrats (plus independent Justin Amash), which means that they must have at least 87 more commitments by the end of the year. There are currently 235 Democrats.
Can they get there? (Later than the beginning of 2020 and this is too close to the elections). The party line is that members of the Democratic Party will fulfill their duties and look at the evidence that Trump is vigorously fighting in court to refuse. This argument is partly legitimate (it is important to build a public case), but mostly window dressing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and moderates already know that the man obstructs justice, abuses power every day and is apparently unfit for office.