Democrats are expecting wide-scale defections when Articles of Impeachment against Trump come to the floor for a vote.

Democrats are expecting wide-scale defections among their rank and file when Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump come to the floor for a vote next week.

House Democratic leaders are bracing for some defections among a group of moderate Democrats in swing districts who are concerned a vote to impeach President Trump could cost them their seats in November.

Wrote the Washington Post’s Rachael Bade and Mike DeBonis late Wednesday:

Bade and DeBonis quote three senior House Democrat officials saying that there will be at least a half dozen Democrats who join with all Republicans to oppose impeaching President Trump, but a third senior Democrat aide told them there would probably be many more than just a half dozen defections.

Lawmakers and senior aides are privately predicting they will lose more than the two Democrats who opposed the impeachment inquiry rules package in late September, according to multiple officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk frankly.

Two senior Democratic aides said the total could be as many as a half-dozen, while a third said the number could be higher.

Generally speaking, if the Democratic leadership is already trying to get ahead of the story by publicly leaking that they expect at least a half-dozen defections a week before the actual vote, the number of defections on said vote is likely to be much higher.

There are 31 districts that Democrats currently represent that President Trump won in 2016, and another 20 or so that are considered battlegrounds with vulnerable incumbents.

Democrat leadership, meanwhile, does not intend to ensure its passage–and will not whip the votes for impeachment on the floor.

“In fact, Democratic leaders have said they don’t intend to whip the impeachment vote, allowing each member to make his or her own personal choice on such a historic roll call that many see as a legacy-defining issue,” Bade and DeBonis wrote before quoting Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), a deputy whip in House Democrat leadership, as confirming the plan by Democrat leaders to not whip the vote.



The 31 Delusional Democrats

Here the list of the 31 House members that won in 2016 despite Trump winning their district, including Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger who, earlier this week we had written about her constituents fuming over her support for the Impeachment of our President.

    1. Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.)
    2. Lucy McBath’s (D-Ga.)
    3. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.)
    4. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.)
    5. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa)
    6. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa)
    7. Cindy Axne’s (D-Iowa)
    8. Jared Golden (D-Maine)
    9. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.)
    10. Haley Stevens (D-Mich.)
    11. Angie Craig (D-Minn.)
    12. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)
    13. Susie Lee’s (D-Nev.)
    14. Chris Pappas’s (D-N.H.)
    15. Jefferson Van Drew (D-N.J.)
    16. Andy Kim (D-N.J.)
    17. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.)
    18. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.)
    19. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.)
    20. Max Rose (D-N.Y.)
    21. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.)
    22. Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.)
    23. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.)
    24. Kendra Horn(D-Okla.)
    25. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.)
    26. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.)
    27. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.)
    28. Ben McAdams (D-Utah)
    29. Elaine Luria’s (D-Va.)
    30. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.)
    31. Ron Kind (D-Wis.)


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