he current conventional wisdom about the politics of impeachment is that it won’t hold much sway by the time Election Day rolls around next year. Americans aren’t ranking it as a top voting issue, and the public’s attention span is so short that it will be long forgotten after the Senate holds its trial.
But talk to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s majority-makers, the freshman Democrats who won on GOP-friendly turf to take back the House, and they aren’t acting nearly as confident as the Washington zeitgeist. As Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan acknowledged in a Detroit Free Press op-ed upon announcing her support for articles of impeachment: “I’ve been told more times than I can count that the vote I’ll be casting this week will mark the end of my short political career. That may be.”