threatens to cut off the Democrats’ tailwind
The launch of the Biden impeachment inquiry by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has been shaky and fraught with missteps. The rushed timetable appears to have been driven by Schiff’s desire to essentially outsource the hard work of the investigation. The inquiry reportedly rests on a single deposition of a single witness, and Democrats have struggled to keep a unified message on the merits of the inquiry. This has led to confusion and frustration among rank-and-file Democrats, who may be forced to take a politically charged vote without understanding the basis of the inquiry. As the debate rages over the impeachment inquiry, Democrats could find that their tailwinds of electoral momentum from 2020 may be cut short as a result of this mishandled impeachment inquiry.