Apparently, the Republican Party has discovered a potential advantage to the impeachment, which is now taking place in the House but will eventually pass to the Senate.
Some conservative legislators are getting so tired of the whole process that they are discovering how to use it for their own benefit, according to The Washington Post.
Many Senate Democrats have stated that the impeachment of President Trump is more important than their other political efforts. It is clear, however, that a lengthy hearing would put them in a difficult position, especially in the face of the 2020 presidential campaign, where Democrats have a lot at stake.
How could the Republicans use this to their advantage? No doubt, they could do so, and voices are spreading that they are already doing so.
For Democrats (and specifically for Democratic senators running for president), impeachment hearings are mandatory and could possibly affect the primary campaign season.
This would lead to at least six of the Democratic candidates being potentially absent for the popular Iowa assemblies.
The Iowa Caucuses, or partisan assembly, is an election event in which residents of the state of Iowa meet in caucuses in Iowa’s 1681 precincts and elect delegates to the corresponding county conventions. These county conventions select delegates for both elections: National Convention and State Party Convention, at which they ultimately select delegates to the convention nominating to presidential elections.
The Iowa Caucuses is important to candidates because it draws the attention of the mainstream media, especially during presidential election times.
Socialist candidate Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), has expressed a desire to go through the impeachment process as quickly as possible in order to return to the campaign.
“We will do everything we can to get back to Iowa, to get to New Hampshire, to get to all the states we have to be in,” Sanders said at an event in Iowa when asked about President Trump’s impeachment inquiry. “But there’s no doubt it will make our life a little more difficult.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate members are anticipating how they would handle the possible ‘impeachment’ in the Senate.
According to reports, they could use the ‘Ukraine case’ to their advantage by designing the impeachment in the Senate to annoy their Democratic colleagues running for president.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that some Republicans and Senate advisers are having close talks about the possibility of holding a lengthy Senate impeachment that would begin in January to “tangle up the Democratic presidential race.”
“That could be a strategy,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told the Washington Post with a “shy smile” when asked about the plan. “But I will leave that to others. I’m just a humble worker.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) also acknowledged the effect the impeachment schedule could have on his Democratic colleagues. “Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden might like it,” Cornyn told the Washington Post.
The timeline, of course, also depends largely on when the House of Representatives would hold its final impeachment vote, which is currently unclear. What is clear is that in the Senate there is a Republican majority and the majority can also make the Democrats’ plan to sink President Trump turn against them.